WHO WE ARE
Brainbox is a think tank for improving law and policy as for emerging technologies.
Meet our fellows, researchers and team members.
Brainbox is dedicated to forming working relationships for better technology policy.
Brainbox is dedicated to better law and policy for emerging technologies across a range of issues
Individual privacy has taken on unprecedented importance as the information age matures.
freedom of expression
Our capacity to share and receive information has never been greater. Now it is under threat.
Policymakers are now responding to rapid developments of the past two decades. How should they proceed?
Learn more about our ongoing work
The Perception Inception Project
Emerging audiovisual technologies are generating compelling new forms of image and sound information, as well as changing the paradigms of how such information is created and consumed. The “Perception Inception” Project seeks to build a sound foundation for policy by identifying the proper role of law in response to this new synthetic media, and forecasting our informational environment in the near-future. Brainbox scholars are developing a framework for legal analysis of new audiovisual technologies, and a roadmap of how they interact with existing law. With support from the New Zealand Law Foundation and its Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies.
Openlaw case analytics
This project is about applying automated technologies and analytics to case law so as to greatly enhance access to justice. The possibilities that flow from this would be a significant breakthrough in access to justice. The core goal of the project is to develop automated tools that greatly reduce the time and expertise necessary to conduct legal research, both academic and practical. In short, as an output of the project, insights that once would have required a team of legal researchers working many hours will be attainable by laypersons in a fraction of the time.
LEGISLATION AS CODE IN NEW ZEALAND
This project will examine the legal, social, constitutional and democratic implications of converting, drafting and consuming legislation in machine-readable computer languages, commonly known as code. From a theoretical perspective, the task of drafting legislation as code is largely one of language and logic. However, regardless of whether the English language can be translated into code without any change in meaning, there are secondary questions to consider about how the role and function of law will change when it is constituted in machine-readable form. A constitutionally appropriate approach means that, while Government is a crucial partner in a wider social discussion about legislation as code, it cannot be the only decision-maker to investigate, implement and advocate for law as code.
Download our report, “Perception Inception: Preparing for deepfakes and the synthetic media of tomorrow”.
The report was funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation.
The report was covered by a range of media outlets, some of which have been captured on the New Zealand Law Foundation website here.
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