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.
Transparency has always been essential to the rule of law and the legitimacy of our court system. But government secrecy has grown dramatically over the last few decades, especially in the realm of electronic surveillance (often court-approved) by law enforcement. CIS is a forceful advocate for greater transparency in government use of surveillance technology overall, and in particular for greater public access to court records showing the nature and extent of law enforcement intrusion into our digital lives.
Advanced technologies are revolutionizing how the government investigates, charges and prosecutes criminal cases—and defense attorneys must keep pace. Even small police departments can purchase powerful surveillance technologies, and internet companies collect vast troves of data on virtually everyone. This two-day CLE conference will discuss the government's use of technologically advanced investigative techniques in criminal cases, and the issues raised by those techniques under the Fourth Amendment and other federal law. Read more about 2018 NACDL Conference: Combatting the Surveillance State
What is the most secret docket in America? (Hint: it's not the FISA Court.) Have your cell phone records and email accounts been searched by law enforcement, and how would you know if they did? Come discuss the troubling answers to these questions with retired federal judge Stephen Wm. Smith, now CIS Director, Fourth Amendment & Open Courts. Read more about Stanford Internet and Society Lab - Secret Dockets, Secret Searches
This conference, which is by invitation only, will explore the increasingly important issues raised by trade secrecy protection of data-driven decisionmaking algorithms. Its distinctive contribution will be to bring innovation policy and intellectual property law expertise to the emerging debate about these tools. Read more about Conference on Trade Secrets and Algorithmic Systems