This Week in the News…

Posted: January 11, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Monday, Jan. 7, InformationWeek

‘Peer Production’ Promises to Leap in Importance

By Bradford C. Brown, chairman of the National Center for Technology and Law at the George Mason University School of Law, and David Post, a Temple University law professor and senior fellow at the Tech Center

“Peer production’s poster child is open-source software–free of proprietary claims, owned by nobody, reproducible and able to be modified by anyone, and whose continued development is in the hands of a bunch of volunteers working without any central direction…. Events in 2001 proved the concept: Peer production can work, and it can even be profitable. It’s going to have a profound effect on the business landscape in 2002 and beyond; those who figure out how to use it are going to have an edge in the new networked world in which we live.”

Monday, Jan. 7, USA Today

Sept. 11 Influenced Jury Awards: Fewer Cases Went to Trial, and Verdicts Were for Less Money

“Critics of large jury awards praise the development. ‘It’s a step in the right direction,’ says Michael Krauss, a legal ethics specialist at George Mason University Law School in Arlington, Va. ‘Now that we all know what true evil looks like, maybe it will be a bit harder for plaintiffs’ lawyers to yell about the “evil” that was done to their client by some soap manufacturer or hamburger company.’”

Tuesday, Jan. 8, USA Today

13 Environmental Rules Up for Review

“An obscure but powerful White House office that reviews federal rules has singled out 13 guidelines on environmental protection for change or abolishment…. Industry groups and think tanks nominated 12 of the 13 environmental rules on the list… The Mercatus Center, a market-oriented research institute based at George Mason

University in Virginia, nominated a rule that restricts snowmobiles in Colorado’s Rocky

Mountain National Park. The center nominated nine other rules, as well.”

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