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  • Law, Borders, and Speech: The Big Picture

    David G. Post, reviewing what the original Law and Borders paper got right (and what it got wrong), noted that the central dilemma it had identified—the conflict between an a-territorial global network and an international legal system with territoriality at its core—had certainly proved to be a profoundly challenging one. He suggested that the failure (thus far) to make much headway on these problems of “governance on the Internet” (in Bertrand de la Chapelle’s phrase) may be pushing these problems “upward,” to the institutions (e.g., ICANN) concerned with “governance of the Internet,” as they face increasing pressure to leverage their control over critical infrastructure to exercise greater control over online content and conduct.

  • Law, Borders, and Speech: Introducing Our Proceedings Volume

    The essay below serves as introduction to the Stanford Center for Internet and Society's Law, Borders, and Speech Conference Proceedings Volume. The conference brought together experts from around the world to discuss conflicting national laws governing online speech -- and how courts, Internet platforms, and public interest advocates should respond to increasing demands for these laws to be enforced on the global Internet.

  • Tool Without a Handle: Privacy and Moral Hazard

    Discussions of privacy tend to focus on the value of privacy. This post agrees that privacy has value in practical terms, as an important moral principle, and for its contribution to human flourishing. At the same time, these observations are incomplete. Privacy, like security and transparency, involves trade-offs. Indeed, it involves trade-offs with precisely those other qualities – security and transparency in particular. Privacy, for example, protects data that would reveal fraud, lies, and other wrongdoing.

  • State Hacking An Option To Overcome Encryption, IGF Hears

    Date published: 
    December 21, 2017

    "The days of unfettered access to internet content are over, Riana Pfefferkorn of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society told government representatives during a panel dedicated to state interference in encryption, organised by Brazil’s registry Nic.br and CGI.br at the 12th Internet Governance Forum this week in Geneva. “Governments have to adapt,” the cryptography researcher said."

  • New Low-Cost Spy Satellites Are Getting Scarily Powerful

    Date published: 
    December 20, 2017

    "“We can imagine a series of market-rational decisions that produce a society we really don’t want,” says Neil Richards, an expert on privacy issues and a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis. “That’s my biggest worry.”"

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