Stephen Wm. Smith is a retired federal judge who is now Director of Fourth Amendment & Open Courts at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. From 2004 to 2018 he served as a federal magistrate judge in Houston, Texas, where he authored several ground-breaking opinions of first impression on electronic surveillance. In 2005 he wrote one of the first opinions requiring a warrant for cell phone tracking, a position that the Supreme Court recently adopted in its landmark Fourth Amendment case, Carpenter v.
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.