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.
by Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger
Network neutrality prevents broadband Internet service providers from micromanaging our lives online. Constraining the networks this way enables and even empowers Internet users to be active and productive human beings rather than passive consumers. Unfortunately, the network neutrality debate is so polarized that neither side sees the full picture. Read more about Why the FCC should prevent ISPs from micromanaging our lives
Pursuant to D.C. Circuit Rule 29(d), amici curiae the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and Legal Scholars Marvin Ammori, Jack M. Balkin, Michael J. Burstein, Anjali S. Dalal, Rob Frieden, Ellen P. Goodman, David R. Johnson, Dawn C. Nunziato, David G. Post, Pamela Samuelson, Rebecca Tushnet, Barbara van Schewick, and Jonathan Weinberg certify that they are submitting a separate brief from other amici curiae in this case due to the specialized nature of each amici’s distinct interests and expertise. Read more about Brief Amici Curiae of the Center for Democracy & Technology and Legal Scholars in Support of Appellee
For two years, network neutrality, the nation’s most high-profile and contentious Internet policy conflict has taken a backseat to other debates—privacy investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, cybersecurity orders from the White House, proposed copyright legislation like SOPA and PIPA, software patents in courts, and censorship abroad. After nearly a decade of (rarely productive) debate, net neutrality—restrictions on Internet service providers to ensure consumers experience freedom online—has rarely been in the news since early 2011. Read more about The Next Big Battle in Internet Policy