Some of us here at the LII are already looking forward to the 9th International Law via the Internet Conference in October 2008. Part of the reason -- but only part of the reason, really! -- is that the Conference will be held in Florence, Italy, the home town of its host, L'Istituto di Teoria e Tecniche dell’Informazione Giuridica (the Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques). We met the ITTIG folks for the first time last year at the conference in Montreal, and we found them to be fun and knowledgeable colleagues. We have much in common and much to learn from each other, and the conference will be a good chance to talk more about what we can work on together.
The International Law and the Internet Conference is an annual event of the Legal Information Institute network that explores progress and emerging problems related to new technologies and law. Cornell's Legal Information Institute was the first LII, but since we began operation in 1992 the name has been widely adopted by other projects that also provide free online access to legal information. The meeting in Florence will focus on ways in which the use of new technologies can become an irreplaceable tool of democracy for the citizens of the e-society.