Focus Areas

Architecture and Public Policy

CIS explores how changes in the architecture of computer networks affect the economic environment for innovation and competition on the Internet, and how the law should react to those changes. This work has lead us to analyze the issue of network neutrality, perhaps the Internet's most debated policy issue, which concerns Internet user's ability to...

Copyright and Fair Use

A healthy copyright system must balance the need to provide strong economic incentives through exclusive rights with the need to protect important public interests like free speech and expression. Fair use is foundational to that balance. It's role is to prevent copyright from stifling the creativity it is supposed to foster, and from imposing other...

Intermediary Liability
Whether and when communications platforms like Google, Twitter and Facebook are liable for their users’ online activities is one of the key factors that effects innovation and free speech. Most creative expression today takes place over communications networks owned by private companies. Governments around the world increasingly press intermediaries to...
Privacy

Privacy has become one of the defining issue of the Information Age.  CIS has received national recognition for its interdisciplinary and multi-angle examination of privacy, particularly as it relates to emerging technology.

Robotics

Robots are already in widespread use in manufacturing and warfare.  You see them increasingly in hospitals, warehouses, even homes.  The mainstreaming of robotics presents a number of interesting puzzles for administrative, tort, and other areas of the law. 

CIS has emerged as a national leader in exploring the intersection of law and robotics. ...