Herding Cats: Governing Distributed Innovation

60 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2018 Last revised: 22 Jun 2018

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Albert Lin

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: December 14, 2017


Do-It-Yourself biology, 3D printing, and the sharing economy are equipping ordinary people with new powers to shape their biological, physical, and social environments. This phenomenon of distributed innovation is yielding new goods and services, greater economic productivity, and new opportunities for fulfillment. Distributed innovation also brings new environmental, health, and security risks that demand oversight, yet conventional government regulation may be poorly suited to address these risks. Dispersed and dynamic, distributed innovation requires the development of more flexible tools for oversight and government collaboration with private partners in governance.

Keywords: distributed innovation, sharing economy, DIY biology, governance

Suggested Citation

Lin, Albert, Herding Cats: Governing Distributed Innovation (December 14, 2017). 96 North Carolina Law Review 945 (2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3100387

Albert Lin (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
Davis, CA CA 95616-5201
United States

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