Maps and Legends

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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2 Responses

  1. Deven,

    Not on point, but perhaps tangentially of interest is the fact that one of the most compelling analogies or models of scientific theories in circulation today is the cartographic model: the first systematic treatment I’m aware of is from Philip Kitcher’s Science, Truth and Democracy (2001), chps. 5 & 6: “Mapping Reality,” and “Scientific Significance,” respectively: pp. 55-82, and John Ziman further summarizes the compelling virtues (which has implications for the nature of ‘realism’ in scientific theory) of this analogy in Real Science (2000): 126-132.

    Well, you did write: “please share any other creative and/or challenging uses of maps of which you are aware.”

  2. Deven says:


    Fully on point in my world. As always thanks and I will check out the sources.