The Fourth IASTED International Conference on Law and Technology ~LawTech 2006~ (LawTech 2006)

Venue: MIT

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 09, 2006 End Date/Time: Oct 11, 2006
Registration Date: Aug 15, 2006
Paper Submission Date: May 15, 2006
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The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED)

International Society for Law and Technology (ISLAT)


Law and Technology 2006 (LawTech 2006), to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will be an international forum for everyone from legal scholars and engineers to practicing lawyers and technical researchers. By bringing together a wealth of experience and knowledge from these two diverse worlds, LawTech 2006 will promote the dialogue between the fields of legal theory and technological innovation. All papers and extended abstracts submitted to this conference will be peer reviewed by at least two members of the International Program Committee. Acceptance will be based primarily on originality and contribution.
All pictures of Boston and Cambridge are courtesy of the Great Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau. © by Great Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau

LAWTECH 2006 will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Founded in 1630, Cambridge is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in all of North America. Just across the Charles River from metropolitan Boston, today it is a vibrant and diverse city packed with world-class attractions. Visitors can arrange to go on walking tours of Harvard University and MIT, sit in the famed public squares, browse through the worlds largest concentration of bookstores, or just enjoy a coffee in the café-lined brick streets while taking in local artisans and street performers. These prestigious academic institutions bring a one of a kind international charm to small town Cambridge, filling it with first-class restaurants and specialty stores that cater to the large international student body and faculty living in the area. A quick trip over the Longfellow Bridge will take you into the heart of Boston, a bustling modern city steeped in American history. Here, visitors can hop on one of many historic tour trolleys and visit some of America's greatest landmarks. From Paul Reveres House to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, there is no better way to spend an autumn afternoon than enjoying the vibrant foliage and breathtaking charm of this lively city.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
1. Digital Rights Management

* Anti-Circumvention Regulations
* Trusted Computing (TC)
* Encryption / Cryptography
* Content Scrambling System (CSS)
* Digital Object Identifiers
* Serial Copying Management System (SCMS)
* Google Print Library Project
* Broadcast Flag

2. Artificial Intelligence and Law

* Software Agents/ Autonomous Agents/ Electronic Agents
* Automated Intelligent Legal Agents
* Legal Ontologies
* Deontic Logic
* Logical Models
* Computational Models of Legal Texts, Reasoning, and Argumentation
* Advanced Informatics Applied to Law
* Legal Knowledge-based Systems
* Advanced Judicial Support Systems
* Case-based Legal Reasoning
* Conceptual or Model-based Legal Information Retrieval
* Application Models
* Legal Applications of Knowledge-based Electronic Commerce
* Legal Expert Systems
* Integration of AI Techniques

3. Nanotechnology

* Patent and Trademarks
* Patent Acquisition Issues
* Patent Litigation Issues
* Regulatory Approaches to Nanotechnology
* Nanotechnology Research and Development Act
* Developments in Nanotechnology
* Intellectual Property Rights in Nanotechnology
* Secrecy and Transparency
* Toxic Substance Control Act

4. Intellectual Property

* Fair Use
* Creative Commons
* Genetic Resources
* Patents and Medicine
* Biotechnology
* Consumer Rights and Innovation
* Virtual Property
* Cyber Squatting

5. Privacy and Security

* Access Control and Audit
* Authentication, including Phishing
* Automated and Large-Scale Attacks
* Biometrics
* Commercial and Industrial Security
* Critical-Infrastructure Security
* Database Security
* Denial of Service
* Distributed Systems Security
* Electronic Privacy
* Information Flow
* Intrusion Detection
* Language-based Security
* Malicious Code
* Mobile Code and Agent Security
* Network Security
* Secure Hardware and Smartcards
* Security Protocols
* Security Verification

6. Technological Advancements and Law
A) Open Source

* Software Licenses
* Code and Free Speech
* Applications in Medicine
* Applications in Biology
* Open Licensing

B) Software Design for Legal Applications

* E-Commerce
* Data Forensics

C) Online Dispute Resolution

* Argumentation
* Theories of Dispute Resolution
* Dispute analysis and modeling


Initial Papers
Submit your paper via our website at:
All submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. The IASTED Secretariat must receive your paper by May 15 , 2006. Receipt of paper submission will be confirmed by email.

Authors are responsible for having their papers checked for style and grammar prior to submission to IASTED. Papers may be rejected if the language is not satisfactory.

Complete the online initial paper submission form designating an author who will attend the conference providing four key words to indicate the subject area of your paper. One of the key words must be taken from the list of topics provided under Scope. Initial paper submissions should be approximately six pages. Formatting instructions are available at:

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by July 1, 2006. Final manuscripts are due by August 1, 2006. Registration and final payment are due by August 15, 2006. Late registration fees or paper submissions will result in the papers being excluded from the conference proceedings.

Final Papers
Send your final manuscripts via email to: The subject line for the final manuscript submission must include your six-digit paper number. The formatting instructions can be found at: and must be strictly followed. The page limit for final papers is six single-spaced pages in 10 point Times New Roman font. Only one paper of up to six pages is included in the regular registration fee. There will be an added charge for extra pages and additional papers.

Proposals for three-hour tutorials should be submitted online by May 15, 2006. Tutorials are to be submitted via the following website address: A tutorial proposal should clearly indicate the topic, background knowledge expected of the participants, objectives, time allocations for the major course topics, and the qualifications of the instructor(s).
Special Sessions

Persons wishing to organize a special session should submit a proposal via email to: Proposals should include a session title, a list of the topics covered, and the qualifications and brief biography of the session organizer(s). Papers submitted to the special session must be received by May 15, 2006, unless otherwise stipulated by the Special Session Organizer. A minimum of five papers must be registered and fully paid in order for this session to be included in the conference program. More information on special sessions is available at:
Submissions due May 15 , 2006
Notification of acceptance July 1, 2006
Camera-ready manuscripts due August 1, 2006
Registration Deadline August 15, 2006