Innovation or Exploitation?

February 19, 2013 6:30 pm

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6:30pm Reception - Manning Faculty Lounge

Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305

7:30pm Talk Begins - Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA, 94305
Have you ever borrowed a smartphone without asking? Modified a URL? Scraped a website? Called an undocumented API? Congratulations: you might have violated federal law! A 1986 statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), provides both civil and criminal remedies for mere "unauthorized" access to a computer.

This event aims to provide a geek perspective on the CFAA. Leading researchers, tinkerers, and entrepreneurs will explain the broad reach of computer trespass law and their first-hand experience with its chilling effects. All agree that serious intrusions warrant a remedy. But how can the law better distinguish between innovation and exploitation?
Paul Brest Hall
555 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford, CA


The are those that would us any law or statute, however arcane or ambiguous, in order to qhench the freedoms that we currently enjoy online. It is generally big business, that has billions to lobby our elected officials, who will stop at nothing to maximize the monetization of the web, while at the same time stifling our rights to use the web as we see fit. We must never surrender in the fight to keep the web free.

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