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.
This Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to reclassify ISPs like Verizon and Comcast that connect us to the Internet as common carriers and adopt strong net neutrality rules to protect users, innovation, and free speech online. This is great news. Read more about Getting net neutrality right: Four improvements to take us across the finish line
Yesterday, news emerged (or was officially leaked) that the President will announce an initiative designed to bolster American Internet security: the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. Based on the post-9/11 designed National Counterterrorism Center (CTC), this new organization purportedly will serve as an 'intelligence fusion center' within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and work with the private sector in developing and sharing information and analysis related Internet security threats, vulnerabilities, trends, and situational awareness. Read more about Information sharing to the cyber-rescue, again!
This week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will circulate a draft of the Open Internet rules to his fellow Commissioners. According to news reports, the Chairman will propose to reclassify Internet access as a “telecommunications service” and adopt network neutrality rules under Title II of the Communications Act. If that is true, this is excellent news and a vital step in the right direction. After the D.C. Circuit’s decision last January, this is the only way to adopt meaningful network neutrality rules that will be upheld in court. The FCC will vote on the proposal on February 26th. Read more about What to look for in this week's network neutrality announcement