Lawrence Liang

Essays by contributing writers will be posted in late March 2017.

Lawrence Liang is a lawyer and writer. A co-founder of Alternative Law Forum, he currently teaches at Yale University. Liang’s interest lie at the intersection of law, technology and culture. He is also a part of two online video archives pad.ma and indiancine.ma. He has recently written a book on imaginary libraries called Invisible Libraries.

Essays will take into consideration the changes brought about by digital technology, and the web as a source of information, a space for exchanges, and a site of power dynamics. They will explore commodity culture, provide analysis of how ordinary objects live out their lives through design, redesign, and critical design. They will reflect upon the challenges of intellectual property, public domain, culture sharing, and the electronic frontier. They will discuss #exstrange’s advocacy for borrowing platforms such as eBay (intended for the purpose of person-to-person trade and money exchange) and will consider the role of the stranger as a mobile figure, circulating goods and ideas, as well as the connection between this mobility, online commerce and social media.