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.
Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government by Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a now-defunct charity that federal agents said was a terrorist group. Read more about Ninth Circuit Gives Government a Pass On Warrantless Wiretapping
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) criminal prosecution of British citizen Richard O'Dwyer for operating a site called TVShack hit what ought to be a major stumbling block. TVShack allows users to link to other computer servers that host television shows and movies. Clicking on the link will allow the user to watch those videos from those sites in a frame on TVShack. Read more about TVShack Extradition Case Tumbling as Seventh Circuit Holds Linking/Streaming is Lawful
The revised Cybersecurity Act sponsored by Lieberman and Collins needs work. It's provisions expand the government's ability to conduct network surveillance and interfere with the egalitarian flow of cybersecurity information. The proposal should be amended to further narrow and clarify the circumstances under which otherwise illegal wiretapping and surveillance is allowed, to narrow the definition of "countermeasures" to only defensive actions that shield one's own machines, and to encourage declassification and publication of cyberthreat information. Read more about Revised Cybersecurity Act Needs Amendments for Privacy, Security