Beyond Open: Cultures of Challenge

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    Yes, she is too optimistic when she says that the whistleblower’s discovering that colleagues share his or her concerns “is what almost always happens” (@ around 9’30”). Another thing she omits to mention is ethics. Although her two examples arose in the medical field, and parties involved both had a concern for patients, this commonality wasn’t even remarked on, much less foregrounded in her talk. A listener could take away that the creative conflict she advocates also works when the issue is simply making money (or controlling people) more efficiently, without any regard for the impact on employees, community, or other segments of society. Perhaps many in her audience interpreted her talk as being about a problem-solving tool that can help to maximize profits or power.