SoGiKII: Law, Communication Technologies and Culture Conference

Tuesday 9 June 2009 9-5
Coogee Legion Club (200 Arden St, Coogee)



SoGikII: Law, Communication Technologies and Culture, is a one day advanced research conference to be held on Tuesday 9 June, 2009, in Sydney, Australia, hosted by the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, University of New South Wales.

Past GikII presentations have contemplated knitted Daleks, Roman slaves and robots, data privacy and online hamburger games, and the copyright implications of Buffy-inspired avatars.

All your favourite bits from the Northern-flavoured GikIIs will be on the menu at GikII 'Down Under' - provocative intellectual debate, incisive legal analysis and LOLcats - all dished up with a generous serving of pop culture.

GikII noobs be warned: this is a conference with the boring bits left out, and the level of 'geek' cranked right up. (GikII, FWIW, is the tragic love-spawn of an Information Institute and a ligil geek.)

SoGikII will be chaired by David Vaile and Alana Maurushat, UNSW, with assistance from Lilian Edwards, Professor of Internet Law, University of Southampton UK.

So if combining cyborgs, post-structuralism, the absurdity of patent law and beach views sounds like your idea of fun, please email your abstract of 500 words or less to Sophia (s.christou [at] by May 25, 2009. A great title is not enough - boring submissions will be shredded by the resident Centre LOLcat.

Notification of acceptance will be by email by May 29. A prize for the best LOLcat will also be awarded so start getting creative with your pets! For more information, visit

The conference flyer (for distribution) is available here.


A Registration Form is available here. Costs are low, and dinner is extra.

[If you need to register via email, use this form here. Use Acrobat 7 or later, Save as PDF prior to Submit, and attach PDF.]

Conference Dinner:

Barzura Ristorante
62 Carr Street, Coogee
Tuesday 9 June, 7.30pm

Please contact Sophia (s.christou [at] with queries.

Conference - How to Get There

By Car/Taxi:

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By Bus:

Routes 313, 372, 374, 314, 373, 370, X73, X74. Refer to this map (E5).

Dinner - How to Get There

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SPEAKERS AND PROGRAM (Subject to change) -- See also: PROGRAM (draft)


Coogee Sands Hotel

161 Dolphin St, Coogee
+61 02 9665 8588

Rooms from $AUD 145 per night (special conference rate)
Direct booking with hotel required – quote conference on booking

Medina Executive Coogee

183 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
+61 02 9578 6000

UNSW rates (per night):
Studio - $AUD 147
1 bedroom apartment - $AUD 181
2 bedroom apartment - $AUD 242
Direct booking with hotel required – quote University of NSW & conference on booking