Nebraska Governance & Technology Center Announces its First Annual Student Paper Competition: How Technology Regulates

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center (NGTC), based in the Nebraska College of Law in collaboration with the Nebraska Colleges of Business and Engineering, is pleased to announce its first annual student paper competition. The prompt for papers is “how technology regulates.”

Technology regulates human conduct in many ways. Technologies can be designed to enable or prohibit certain types of activity directly. They may be used instrumentally to monitor or control activity. Digital platforms’ content moderation decisions have effects on our information economy and democratic policy. Changing technologies can support, undermine, or confound existing regulations and regulatory norms, for instance by decentralizing currency or eroding the distinction between longstanding categories such as employees and independent contractors.

This competition is for papers on topics such as these. We are particularly interested in papers that use a clear methodology to provide insight into underlying theories of technology and regulation. Preference will be given to papers written in a style suitable for essay-style law review publication (e.g., 6,000-10,000 words and properly footnoted). To be considered for publication, papers should be written in a style suitable to law reviews, including proper Bluebook citations.


This competition is open to anyone who was a law or other graduate student during the 2020-2021 academic year. Co-authored papers are welcomed. Papers co-authored with non- students where the student author was the primary author may be considered on a case-by- case basis.


Papers should be submitted as Word documents using the form available here.


Papers should be submitted prior to June 30, 2021.


$4,000 first prize, $2,000 second prize, $1,000 third prize.


Papers will be judged by the NGTC faculty with input from the NGTC academic advisory board and editors of the Nebraska Law Review.


Winning papers that meet the Law Review’s publication requirements will be considered for publication in the Nebraska Law Review.


Questions should be directed to Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center.