There's Nothing Wrong with Being a Luddite

Brett M. Frischmann, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 6:00pm
By Invitation Only
Graduate Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Brett M. Frischmann, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

This event is by invitation only.

Professor Frischmann writes: "We need Luddism to thrive. Whether and how society can sustain our freedom to be ‘off’ is one of the foundational, constitutional questions of the 21st century."
More “food for thought” related to the dinner discussion is available in these brief pieces authored by Professor Frischmann.

Students may read the short essay at  If that piques your interest, then proceeed to any of the six essays at

Brett M. Frischmann
The Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Brett Frischmann joined Villanova as The Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, in 2017. In this new role, Professor Frischmann promotes cross-campus research, programming and collaboration; fosters high-visibility academic pursuits at the national and international levels; has the ability to teach across the University; and will position Villanova as a thought leader and innovator at the intersection of law, business and economics.  Professor Frischmann came to Villanova from Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University, where he was director of the Cardozo Intellectual Property and Information Law Program (2011-2016) and a Professor of Law. He is an affiliated scholar of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a trustee for the Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico di Torino. Professor Frischmann most recently served as the Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information and Technology Policy at Princeton University’s Center for Information and Technology Policy.

Professor Frischmann’s work has appeared in leading scholarly publications, including Columbia Law ReviewCornell Law ReviewJournal of Institutional EconomicsJournal of Economic PerspectivesUniversity of Chicago Law Review, and Review of Law and Economics, among others. His forthcoming book co-authored with philosopher Evan Selinger, Being Human in the 21st Century: How Social and Technological Tools are Reshaping Humanity (Cambridge University Press), will examine techno-social engineering of humans, various ‘creep’ phenomena and modern techno-driven Taylorism. Professor Frischmann’s books on the relationships between infrastructural resources, governance, commons and spillovers include Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (Oxford University Press, 2012); Governing Knowledge Commons (Oxford University Press, 2014, with Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg); and Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge University Press, 2017, with Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg).