Gerardo Con Diaz

William C. Bark National Fellow

Gerardo Con Diaz is the author of Software Rights: How Patent Law Transformed Software Development in America (Yale, 2019) and of award-winning articles on the history of digital law. He is currently writing a sociolegal and historical study of internet copyright titled Digital Access (Yale, forthcoming), and shorter works on topics such as the history of music copyright, medical patenting, and online censorship. He is the editor in chief of the Annals of the History of Computing and an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Trained in mathematics, history and philosophy of science, and interdisciplinary approaches to technology law, he was educated at Harvard University (BA), the University of Cambridge (MPhil), and Yale University (PhD). He is now associate professor of science and technology studies at the University of California–Davis, where he teaches an array of courses on global digital cultures, information technology law, and the political economy of computing and telecommunications. At UC Davis, he is also part of a faculty team dedicated to infusing law, ethics, and the social sciences into the computer science and engineering curricula. His work has been featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and at several other venues in the United States and Europe. Born and raised in Costa Rica, he is a singer with training in both classical music and contemporary musical theater. 

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