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.
September 2008 amendments to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act broaden the already extensive reach of the law, and fail to clarify the most vexing question about the statute, the definition of “unauthorized access”. However, they do shed some light on the issue of what constitutes the necessary element of “damage”, showing that several cases holding that mere unauthorized viewing of data is sufficient for a CFAA claim were wrongly decided. Read more about Amendments to Computer Crime Law Are a Dark Cloud with a Ray of Light
I haven't posted much the last few months as I finished the manuscript for a new book, "The Laws of Disruption,” which appears in October. Inc. magazine has just published the first of a two-part advanced look at the book. (See ”The Next New--Potentially Illegal--Thing” ).
The book explores the accident-prone intersection of innovation and the legal system, and why the crashes are getting more numerous and more deadly all the time.
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The most interesting aspect of cyberspace is not what happens for a time to its visitors. It’s not the absence of regulation nor the presence of perfect regulation; it’s not the staggering variety of content nor the sudden arbitrariness of geography; it’s not the constant threat of surveillance nor the occasional absence of accountability. The most interesting aspect of cyberspace flows from its status as an engine of realization: cyberspace widens the range of what we think of as possible. The Web is home to phenomena that never quite happened before—not because the technology was untenable, but because no one thought to do it. The importance of cyberspace is not what occurs to you when you visit; it’s what occurs to you.
This is hardly an isolated example. Read more about The True Danger Of The Internet: What Occurs To Us