The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.
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 access the content and software of their choice without interference from network providers.
The current debate in Congress over whether to allow Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act to expire has revived the interest of many in the question of surveillance reform. Read more about Why Surveillance Matters (to All of Us)
Since 9/11 the spectre of 'terrorism' and the ethos of what I term 'Everwar' and the permanent state of national emergency have permeated the Congressional and national political agendas. Over the years, starting with the USA 'PATRIOT' Act rushed to passage in October 2001, a variety of legal, procedural and technical tools, processes, and interpretations -- some quite controversial -- were enacted or accepted in order to "protect the homeland" from the allegedly existential threat of terrorism. Read more about Regarding the Politics of Surveillance Reform
Today's vote is among the greatest public interest victories in U.S. history. The FCC's strong rules banning blocking, throttling and paid prioritization will help protect innovation, economic growth, and democratic discourse in America. Read more about Historic FCC Vote will Protect the Future of America's Economy and Democracy