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This is the blog of Peter M. Shane, the Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.  I am the author of Madison’s Nightmare: Unchecked Executive Power and the Threat to American Democracy, published in 2009 by the University of Chicago Press.   Even more recently, I was lead drafter of Informing Communities:  Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, the final report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in Democracy. After graduating Harvard College and Yale Law School, I clerked for the Hon. Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. I then served as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and as an assistant general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget, before entering full-time teaching in 1981 at the University of Iowa. I have visited at Duke, Boston College, and Villanova Law Schools, and was the inaugural “Visiting Foreign Chair” for the University of Ghent Program in Foreign and Comparative Law in Ghent, Belgium, in 2001. My research focuses on (1) law and the American presidency, (2) democratic theory, and (3) cyberdemocracy, the use of new information technologies to expand opportunities for citizens to participate meaningfully in the formulation of public policy. With Professor Stephen Coleman of the University of Leeds, I co-chair the NSF-supported International Working Group on Online Consultation and Public Policy Making (IWG).  I am also engaged very-part-time as an unpaid special government employee of the Federal Communications Commission, consulting especially on issues related to the agency’s use of new media, as well as its research on the the future of media.  The views I express in this blog are entirely my own and do not represent the views of The Ohio State University, the FCC, or any other organization with which I am now or have ever been associated.

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