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Jonathan Askin
Jonathan Askin is a Professor at Brooklyn Law School, teaching technology, telecommunications, new media, Internet and entrepreneurial law. He is the Founder and Director of the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic, designed to represent and advocate on behalf of Internet and new media startups and causes. Jonathan is also the Innovation Catalyst for the Brooklyn Law Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship. Jonathan is also a communications, Internet and media attorney and consultant, representing clients on strategic business development and policy advocacy.

Entries by Jonathan Askin

From Bleak House to Geek House: Will Europe Breed the Best, Next-Generation of Entrepreneurs and Lawyers?

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 7:44 AM

Just before I went to law school, I asked a few legal scholars and practitioners what books would best prepare me for the study of law. I read Charles Dickens' Bleak House and Catherine Drinker Bowen's The Lion and the Throne: The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke: 1552-1634,...

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What The Facebook Didn't Learn at Harvard, We Need to Teach at Law School

(4) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 8:05 AM

I took my tech law students on a field trip to see The Social Network when it premiered in 2010. My hope was to impart upon them the need to get the venture's legal structure, IP assignments, equity distributions, and other contractual relations in place before success. No...

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Marriage Is Totally Gay

(66) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 8:16 AM

I always longed to play the part of Huck Finn, living by my own code outside the social sandbox. I, admittedly, have always played more the Tom Sawyer role -- playing the rebel, but the rebel in the sandbox, secretly afraid to brave the wild world outside polite society. I...

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Dirty Pictures, Dirty Water and Dirty Politics

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 1:55 PM

When I was a child, my mom took this picture of my sister, my brother, and me.


My mom has granted me license to post this picture, and my brother and sister have released me from any claims arising out of use of...

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Occupy Wall Street as a Pivoting Startup: "Generation Why Not" in a "Yeah But" World

(25) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 1:55 PM

Pundits broadly criticize the Occupy Wall Street movement for its lack of coherent messaging. These observers do not understand digital startups, which are designed to reinvent themselves or "pivot" quickly in order to meet the needs of their users. Pivot or die is the mantra of the startup...

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Occupy Wall Street -- The "What If" Generation's Public Beta Test

(209) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 11:19 AM

The children of the 1960's asked "What if there was a war and nobody came?" Powerbrokers thought the question naïve and irresponsible with the potential to lead to unpredictable, anarchic results. Now, the children of the Digital Age can actually predict possible outcomes to this and other "What If?" questions....

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New Jersey's "Too Much Media" Opinion Might Mean Too Little New Media

(7) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 1:30 PM

New Jersey was the breeding ground for so many great advances in communications and media -- from the phonograph to the movie camera, from the tape recorder to the transistor, from the first experiments with news and sports radio broadcast to the first experiments in commercial broadband deployment. Yet, the...

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Something Wiki'ed This Way Comes

(7) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 12:58 PM

In the extreme, Wikileaks presages two potential futures: (1) a dystopic society with a stifled, dysfunctional government, cloaked in secrecy and largely unable to communicate within its own bureaucracy, let alone with its citizens or with the world; or (2) a utopian society with a functional government, accountable to a...

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