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.
A recent Guardian article reminds us that computer crime laws may be applied toward cybersecurity researchers disclosing vulnerabilities in modern technology products, services, and systems. So perhaps it's not the issue 'resurfacing' per se as it is reminding us of the current state of cybersecurity laws in America -- and especially how those laws relate to the perpetual 'debate' over cybersecurity research and disclosure. Read more about Is the vulnerability disclosure 'debate' resurfacing?
People working on net neutrality wish for a “third way”–a clever compromise giving us both network neutrality and no blowback from AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and others. That dream is delusional because the carriers will oppose network neutrality in any real form; they want paid fast lanes. They have expressed particular opposition to “Title II” of the Communications Act—something telecom lawyers mention the same way normal people might reference the First or Second Amendments. Title II is the one essential law to ban paid fast lanes. Read more about Net Neutrality’s Legal Binary: An Either/Or With No “Third Way”
Last night, the Wall Street Journal reported that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is revising his proposal for new network neutrality rules. Read more about Evaluating the Chairman’s Revised Net Neutrality Proposal