Revised Cybersecurity Act Needs Amendments for Privacy, Security

The revised Cybersecurity Act sponsored by Lieberman and Collins needs work.  It's provisions expand the government's ability to conduct network surveillance and interfere with the egalitarian flow of cybersecurity information.  The proposal should be amended to further narrow and clarify the circumstances under which otherwise illegal wiretapping and surveillance is allowed, to narrow the definition of "countermeasures" to only defensive actions that shield one's own machines, and to encourage declassification and publication of cyberthreat information.  

Stanford Students: Fall 2012 Course on the Law of Autonomous Driving

A century later, driverless cars and trucks have the potential to revolutionize society as much as the horseless carriages that preceded them. This emerging technology raises important questions -- about legality and liability, privacy and security, even intellectual property and land use -- that demand thoughtful analysis from a variety of perspectives. For these reasons, I am excited to be teaching an inaugural seminar on the legal aspects of autonomous driving. This Fall 2012 course is open to Stanford University students who want to meaningfully advance that analysis. Law students should preregister by this Friday, July 13th, 2012; others should follow these steps.

The Humboldt Internet Law Clinic Launched

Anyone who has ever attended law school in the United States knows what legal clinics are about. In recent years, clinical work with students in law school settings has been gaining momentum worldwide. Law faculties in Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, Africa, India, Japan and Israel (to name a few) already incorporate clinical activities within the fabric of their more traditional curriculum. Some observers even speak of the emergence of a global movement. And yet, there is still a lot of work to be done. Even in Europe, some folks would assume that “legal clinics” are places where sick laws are being admitted to find cure to their maladies… In Germany, where I currently practice and teach, none of the few clinics around focuses on technology or Internet law.

Network Non-Discrimination and Quality of Service

Cross posted from

Over the past ten years, the debate over “network neutrality” has remained one of the central debates in Internet policy. Governments all over the world have been investigating whether legislative or regulatory action is needed to limit the ability of providers of Internet access services to interfere with the applications, content and services on their networks.

Judge Alsup (ably) Explains It All To Us: Copyrightability of Certain Replicated Elements of the Java Application Programming Interface

Kudos to Judge Alsup for his order regarding copyrightability of software API's -  for both for legal as well as technical explanations - in Oracle v Google.  This aspect of the case is reminiscent of Java Wars Round 1 (Sun and Microsoft).   

See, Order Re Copyrightability of Certain Replicated Elements of the Java Application Programming Interface,



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