Jennifer Granick is the Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Jennifer returns to Stanford after working with the internet boutique firm of Zwillgen PLLC. Before that, she was the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jennifer practices, speaks and writes about computer crime and security, electronic surveillance, consumer privacy, data protection, copyright, trademark and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. From 2001 to 2007, Jennifer was Executive Director of CIS and taught Cyberlaw, Computer Crime Law, Internet intermediary liability, and Internet law and policy. Before teaching at Stanford, Jennifer spent almost a decade practicing criminal defense law in California. She was selected by Information Security magazine in 2003 as one of 20 "Women of Vision" in the computer security field. She earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from the New College of the University of South Florida.
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We here at CIS are delighted to welcome Giancarlo Frosio to our team. Giancarlo is our new Intermediary Liability Fellow, studying the ways that liabilities, immunities and safe harbors for global communications platforms affect freedom of expression and innovation online. Frosio is an Italian lawyer, fluent in several languages, with an S.J.D. and an LL.M. from Duke University Law School and an LL.M. from the University of Strathclyde in the U.K. Read more » about Welcome Giancarlo Frosio!
On July 30, 2013, I had the pleasure of having dinner with General Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency. Just a few weeks earlier, NYU Law Professor Christopher Sprigman and I had called the NSA’s activities “criminal” in the digital pages of the New York Times, so I thought it was particularly gracious of him to sit with me. [more] Read more » about My Dinner with General Alexander
Today, Lavabit, an email service provider that promised its customers better privacy and security than other publicly available services, shut its doors. Reading between the lines of a cryptic message posted on the site’s homepage, about six weeks ago the service was served with some kind of demand for user information, as well as a gag order preventing the company from disclosing both the details of that order as well as its very existence. Rather than cooperate, owner Ladar Levison has decided to close the doors on his 10-year-old company. In his letter Read more » about Give Me Complicity or Give Me Death: Lavabit Chooses Death
Chris Sprigman and I have a new piece up at The Daily Beast about NSA illegal mass surveillance. This time we're looking at the role of the secret FISA Court, which is what the Administration always points to when it tries to assure Americans that there are no dangers from the emerging NSA Panopticon. Read more » about Secret FISA Court Must Go
As you may know, both the ACLU and EPIC have brought legal challenges to the NSA's collection of Americans' phone records and related traffic data (metadata). Read more » about Calling All Big Data Experts for Amicus Brief in Phone Records Surveillance Cases
After the Estate of James Joyce refused to allow a scholar to quote Joyce in her book, we successfully defended her right under the fair use doctrine to use the quotes she needed to illustrate her scholarship. After we prevailed in the case, the Estate paid $240,000 of our client’s legal fees. Read more » about Shloss v. Estate of Joyce
In this case, two archives challenged statutes that extended copyright terms unconditionally—the Copyright Renewal Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA)—as unconstitutional under Copyright Clause and the First Amendment. Read more » about Kahle v. Gonzales
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals said no this week to tracking your movements using data from your cell phone without a warrant when it declared that this information is constitutionally protected. Read more » about New Ruling Shows the NSA Can’t Legally Justify Its Phone Spying Anymore
Reed Hundt proposes democratic action in response to our government’s secret infrastructure for monitoring and controlling modern communications. “Citizens,” he writes, “should be encouraged to take action on behalf of their own privacy and security.” Read more » about Saving Privacy
Yesterday afternoon, the White House put out a statement describing its vulnerability disclosure policies: the contentious issue of whether and when government agencies should disclose their knowledge of computer vulnerabilities. The statement falls far short of a commitment to network security for all and fails to provide the reassurance the global public needs in the midst of the NSA’s security scandal. Read more » about Obama Policy on Zero Days Craps Out
"So where is the line? Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, says Americans don’t have to choose between security and privacy. “Thirteen years after 9/11, we still have a political dialogue that’s based on this idea that there’s an inherent conflict between privacy and security. What the [smartphone] issue shows is how inaccurate and misleading that argument is,” she says." Read more » about What Brought Congress Together
"Regardless of whether the government calls it “hacking” or a mere warrantless “search,” however, prosecutors’ arguments against Ulbricht’s Fourth Amendment protections aren’t particularly convincing, says Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. " Read more » about Feds ‘Hacked’ Silk Road Without a Warrant? Perfectly Legal, Prosecutors Argue
"“People are starting to be sensitized that there is a right way and a wrong way to do data security,” said Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. “We’ve been doing it the wrong way.”" Read more » about Police want back doors in smartphones, but you never know who else will open them
"Jennifer Granick, the director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, said recently. “When it comes to privacy, the United States’ approach has been to provide protection for certain categories of information that are deemed sensitive and then impose some obligation not to disclose unless certain conditions are met.”" Read more » about The Solace of Oblivion
For the full piece featuring Jennifer Granick, check out page 10 of UC Hastings Magazine.
"There's been an exponential growth in government and law enforcement surveillance capabilities. We want to give people the tools to be educated participants in the debate." Read more » about Decrying Mass Spying
Only LLM and SPILS students are invited.
Lunch will be provided.
Please join Giancarlo Frosio and Jennifer Granick on Tuesday for a presentation on the activities of the Stanford Intermediary Liability Lab (SILLab). Read more » about Learn More About the Stanford Intermediary Liability Lab
Because of Edward Snowden’s remarkable public service, we know that the National Security Agency, with the cooperation of some large firms, has amassed an unprecedented database of personal information. The ostensible goal in collecting that information is to protect national security. The effect, according to Reed Hundt, is to undermine democracy. Read more » about Saving Privacy
Come meet CIS and hear about our exciting work and ways to get involved.
You will meet:
Barbara van Schewick - Associate Professor of Law and Helen L. Crocker Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, Director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, and Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Jennifer Granick - Director - Civil Liberties
Aleecia McDonald - Director - Privacy Read more » about Meet the Center for Internet and Society 2014
Jennifer Granick, CIS Director of Civil Liberties will be a speaker at World Affairs 2014.
“The best venue for a timely, honest discussion about our world and where it is going.”
WorldAffairs offers fresh insights and new perspectives on current global topics. This year's program will spotlight the critical issues and countries poised to impact our world and affect our decision making. Read more » about World Affairs 2014
"State of Surveillance" examines new technologies police departments are using to fight crime and the civil liberties concerns raised by these tools.
Law enforcement agencies say that many of the technologies make it easier to solve and, in some cases, even prevent crime. But privacy advocates warn that expanded databases could become dragnets that are increasingly populated with information about law-abiding citizens. Read more » about State of Surveillance: Police, Privacy and Technology
The following is audio of the conference last week in Austin hosted by the Intelligence Studies Project, a joint venture of the Strauss Center and Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The conference was entitled, “The National Security Agency at the Crossroads.” Read more » about The Content Collection Controversy
The Internet makes lives better, around the world, in ways people couldn't have imagined not even a decade ago. It sparks prosperity, inspires dissent, improves education, and encourages freedom. But all of the good it does is under threat, largely from governments. David Drummond will discuss where those threats are coming from, and the critical importance for us all that we overcome them. Drummond joined Google in 2002, initially as vice president of corporate development. Read more » about The Fight for Internet Freedom - A Talk with David Drummond
View the full video on our YouTube channel.
Moderator: Jennifer Granick - Stanford CIS Director of Civil Liberties Read more » about Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Post-Snowden Era