Dating apps combine many controversial concepts: technology, sex, societal change, economic intrigue . . . and the law. We are in the early stages of understanding how dating apps are affecting the way people interact. Our legal system is just now grappling with how to deal with bad actors in a world where accountability is scarce. To lay the ground work on these concepts is Irina Manta.

IRINA D. MANTA is a Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law (CIPL) at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Professor Manta’s research spans legal issues involving intellectual property, torts, the Internet, privacy, national security, and immigration. A graduate of Yale Law School and Yale University, she co-hosts the dating podcast “Strangers on the Internet“.

Dating apps- what is the problem?

  • A quick survey of the dating app scene: Hinge, Tinder, Bumble, Facebook?
  • Bad incentives that apps send especially to men:  Technology and Incel culture . . . and scale
  • Legal problems – contract law, misrepresentation, privacy, torts etc . . . overlay of digital record-keeping on traditionally human interaction
  • Introducing accountability into the world of digital dating
  • Legal and extralegal measures (including cultural changes) need to be put in place. 
  • Why hasn’t the free market solved some of these issues?
  • What are the collective action problems involved? 
  • How (or who) should regulate this?
  • How does this drive a law professor to write a book and have a podcast around this?


Strangers on the Internet Links:

PODCAST AND WEBSITE: www.strangersoninternet.com

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/strangers-on-the-internet/id1632743749

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/24vap5ENIfNXnKrHXluZ3W

IG: @swipestrangers

Twitter: @swipestrangers

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/strangersontheinternet/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/strangers-on-the-internet/

Faculty Profile: https://law.hofstra.edu/irina-d-manta/

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