Evans receives prestigious five-year Co-Hire appointment by the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Professor Tonya M. Evans has received a prestigious five-year Co-Hire appointment by the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences to add to her current tenured appointment at Penn State Dickinson Law School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The appointment begins on July 1, 2022.

This joint appointment with ICDS is a major milestone in Penn State Dickinson Law’s commitment to interdisciplinary research in the Penn State system. Professor Evans’ research focuses on the legal, policy, and economic justice implications of new technologies and innovation; specifically, distributed ledger technologies, cryptocurrencies and other cryptographically secured digital assets including non-fungible tokens (NFTs), decentralized finance (DeFi), and decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). Legal considerations include intellectual property, regulatory frameworks, and cross-border dispute resolution mechanisms. ICDS is a vibrant community of interdisciplinary researchers working on issues of significant importance to the research community with worldwide impact.

Professor Evans has authored two forthcoming law review articles related to her interdisciplinary work: The Genesis of Creative Justice: Disintermediating Creativity, 26 Lewis & Clark Law Review 3 (2022) and De-Gentrified Black Genius: Blockchain, Copyright & the Disintermediation of Creativity, 49 Pepperdine L. Rev. 101 (2022).

She will be discussing her findings on creative and economic justice in the metaverse on an upcoming episode of PBS NewsHour and also in a Twitter Spaces event on March 4th hosted by the Wall Street Journal.


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can the law keep up with crypto?


Last week I explored this question with Verge podcaster Nilay Patel on his popular show DeCoder. Nilay explained:

A lot of Web3 ideas seem to run directly into the existing legal system in complicated and sometimes very funny ways. The NFT world seems to have an impressionistic understanding of copyright law. DAOs, well, they aren’t actually recognized as legal entities in most states. So in a very technical sense, they can’t actually do anything in the real world. But all these things still exist, and at some point, the law will have to catch up.

So, today, I’m talking to Tonya Evans, a law professor at Penn State Dickinson Law. She teaches IP law, copyright, and blockchain. She also hosts the Tech Intersect podcast, where she covers how law and technology intersect. She has spent a lot of time thinking about crypto assets and how they interact with the law. Tonya’s point of view is that we shouldn’t just abandon many of the legal frameworks we have today — she just wants them to adapt to this new internet.

Read the full transcript here.

Evans presents What Every CIO Should Know about Blockchain at the IBM Cloud Forum

Forward-thinking CIOs attend the IBM Cloud and Innovation Forum to keep their fingers on the pulse of the future. An essential part of a chief information officer’s duties includes researching new technologies, developing strategies about how technology can provide business value and addressing the risks associated with digital information. TechTarget

That is what I will focus on in this presentation, empowering C Suite executives to educate, engage and evolve in order to remain on the leading edge of industry. Today we focus on three areas: smart contracts, the state, federal and global legislative and regulatory landscape, and intellectual property issues in blockchain.

Blockchain education is at the heart of mass adoption and implementation. That is also the focus of the UNH Law Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law Online Professional Certificate I developed and lead. We played a snippet of this video during the presentation.

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