Protecting innovation & privacy for @MIT students @MITstudents @adafruit

Thank you MIT community for inviting me to chat with you at HACK MIT this weekend – an event where the MIT community celebrates making & hacking. And I love it! I wouldn’t be working & innovating here in my open source hardware factory if it were not for the making, hacking and open culture that MIT students are so well known for.

I want to help the next generation of students who want to hack on software, hardware, medicine, aeronautics, and more.

So! I’d like to extend an offer to MIT students: if you, in your capacity as a student researcher at MIT, are asked by a company to sign a document or contract agreement *OR* if you are asked to fill out a survey with personal information that could be used against you if you answer honestly – and it isn’t 100% documented what the information is to be used for – I will pay for my legal counsel to review it for you.

My PGP public key is available here.
FINGER PRINT: 7DF3 EB92 2879 42C0 C9B4 79E9 F39A C2C4 1580 033E

The folks on the other side of those documents have lawyers look at them, you should too!

Boston University School of Law and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have resources students can use right now, we will be working directly with the resources and teams as much as possible. Andy has an overview:

The BU/MIT Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic is a pro bono service for students at MIT and BU who seek legal assistance with their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities. Boston University School of Law students, under attorney supervision, provide counseling and representation to students with their academic- and innovation-related projects, activities, experiments, and ventures


Any current MIT student who would like to contact my clinic can either do so by emailing me directly, or by filling out our intake form online:

My GPG public key is available for those who would like to use that with their communications:

Andrew Sellars
Director, BU/MIT Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 1303B
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

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  1. Thanks for helping with legal issues. I am lucky to not have been caught breaking into the roof of the Green Building. I feel bad that an MIT student fell to his death from the top of the Great Dome – that could have been one of us in 1973.


    p.s. I like your resistor captcha and go Wyld Stallyns agd

  2. As an alumna of MIT & Senior House, I really appreciate you doing this.

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