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.
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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.
This week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked satellite television provider DirecTV's heavy-handed legal tactics and protected security and computer science research into satellite and smart card technology. Read more about A Win for the Cyberlaw Clinic in DirecTV Case
Consumer group comments in the FCC's Broadband Practices Notice of Inquiry demonstrate the failure of the current reliance on a cozy, Telco-Cable duopoly to achieve the policy goal of a ubiquitous communications network "with adequate facilities at reasonable charge" in the broadband era. Pointing out that the decision to allow communications networks to operatte without an obligation of nondiscrimination is a recent reverseal of long standing policy, they make the case for a return to the principle of open communications networks as the solution to the declining status of the U.S. Read more about Reaffirming First Principles of Open Communications Networks