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.
Law consistently lags behind technology, nowhere more so than in the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. CIS is committed to closing this gap in a variety of ways: organizing specially-focused judicial training programs; forming strategic partnerships between the litigation community and the academic world to improve Fourth Amendment impact litigation; and sponsoring cross-disciplinary research bridging law, computer science, and social sciences to evaluate the impact of emerging technologies on digital privacy.
Brief of Retired Federal Judges as Amici Curiae in Support of Neither Party
Amicus curiaei brief of retired judges, including CIS Director of Fourth Amendment and Open Courts, in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a case challenging the fees charged by the federal courts for electronic access to court records. Read more about Brief of Retired Federal Judges as Amici Curiae in Support of Neither Party
Brief of Amici Curiae Former U.S. Magistrate Judges in Support of PetitionersAmicus brief of former magistrate judges, including CIS Director of Fourth Amendment and Open Courts Stephen Wm. Smith, in support of Petitioners-Appellants Jason Leopold and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed in the D.C. Circuit. The petition in the court below sought to unseal certain sealed surveillance matters in the District of D.C.'s docket and also sought prospective changes to enhance the transparency of the court's surveillance docket going forward.
The Carpenter Chronicle: A Near-Perfect Surveillance
On May 24, 1844, a crowd gathered inside the United States Supreme Court chambers in the basement of the Capitol, eagerly awaiting a demonstration of an amazing new communication technology. They watched as inventor Samuel F.B. Morse successfully sent the first long-distance telegraph message — “What hath God wrought?” — to a railroad station near Baltimore. While earlier demonstrations of the device had successfully sent messages between the House and Senate chambers, long-distance transmission was still an open question. Read more about The Carpenter Chronicle: A Near-Perfect Surveillance