More or less as presented at @stanfordlaw’s CodeX on Sept 26, 2013.  Thanks to all who were present.

Open law, open software, open society

1. Tech:

  • Lists: docs (legal and otherwise) are pages; pages are collections of nested spans of text; collections can be organized as lists; lists can inherit from other lists.
  • Lists can be loosely connected: web pages, wikis, emails, git.
  • Providing: declarative use; multiple inheritance; iterative ontologies; a user-controlled distributed data model; collaborative intelligence.

2. Law:

  • The surface of law is legal documents
  • De-duplicated, the content of law is small and network benefits are powerful
  • Suppy is abundant (ABA, trade groups, law faculties are open-source institutions)
  • Demand exists in large, sophisticated, well-networked pools (notably corporate counsel)
  • Contract is the biggest, easiest domain
  • Improve outcomes by coding law!

  • A wiki of boilerplate
  • Sourced from experts and other participants
  • Affiliated with appropriate institutions and counterparts
  • Having dispute resolution processes
  • Preserving software integrity
  • Funded by stakeholders and benefactors