White Papers and Reports

Three Constitutional Thickets: Why Regulating Online Violent Extremism is Hard

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
September 12, 2019
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

The Program on Extremism Policy Paper series combines analysis on extremism-related issues by our researchers and guest contributors with tailored recommendations for policymakers.

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New EU Proposal on the Prevention of Terrorist Content Online: An Important Mutation of the E-Commerce Intermediaries' Regime

Author(s): 
Joan Barata
Publication Date: 
October 12, 2018
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Prevention of terrorism is undeniably an important and legitimate aim in many countries of the world. In the course of the last years, the European Union (EU) institutions, and the Commission (EC) in particular, have shown a growing concern regarding the potential use of online intermediary platforms for the dissemination of illegal content, particularly content of terrorist nature, based on the assumption that this content can reasonably increase the danger of new terrorist attacks being committed on European soil. Read more about New EU Proposal on the Prevention of Terrorist Content Online: An Important Mutation of the E-Commerce Intermediaries' Regime

Security Risks of Government Hacking

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
September 5, 2018
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Abstract: As the use of encryption and other privacy-enhancing technologies has increased, government officials in the United States have sought ways to ensure law enforcement’s capability to access communications and other data in plaintext. One of those methods is government hacking, also called “equipment interference.” Government hacking allows investigators to exploit hardware and software vulnerabilities to gain remote access to target computers. Read more about Security Risks of Government Hacking

Cybersecurity for the States: Lessons from Across America

Author(s): 
Brian Nussbaum
Publication Date: 
May 31, 2018
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Authors

Natasha Cohen
Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Brian Nussbaum
Cybersecurity Policy Fellow
 

Executive Summary

This study examines states’ efforts to advance cybersecurity efforts, enumerating lessons learned from an in-depth focus on three case studies of states that have seen demonstrable successes.

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The Risks of “Responsible Encryption”

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
February 5, 2018
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Abstract. Federal law enforcement officials in the United States have recently renewed their periodic demands for legislation to regulate encryption. While they offer few technical specifics, their general proposal—that vendors must retain the ability to decrypt for law enforcement the devices they manufacture or communications their services transmit—presents intractable problems that would-be regulators must not ignore.  Read more about The Risks of “Responsible Encryption”

Slowing Down the Presses: The Relationship Between Net Neutrality and Local News

Author(s): 
Adam Hersh
Publication Date: 
December 11, 2017
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

The FCC is poised to rescind the Open Internet Order—the set of strong, enforceable net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from interfering with web traffic that travels across their networks. One unintentional victim of that action is likely to be small television stations, newspaper publishers, and websites devoted to local news. Local news outlets play a vital civic role, but they face a crisis of declining revenue and audience, largely driven by internet competition. Read more about Slowing Down the Presses: The Relationship Between Net Neutrality and Local News

SESTA and the Teachings of Intermediary Liability

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
November 2, 2017
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

This Stanford Center for Internet and Society White Paper uses proposed US legislation, SESTA, as a starting point for an overview of Intermediary Liability models -- and their consequences. It draws on law and experience from both the US and countries that have adopted different models, and recommends specific improvements for SESTA and similar proposed legislation.  Read more about SESTA and the Teachings of Intermediary Liability

Automated and Autonomous Driving: Regulation Under Uncertainty

Author(s): 
Bryant Walker Smith
Publication Date: 
June 3, 2015
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

This report examines various emerging regulatory issues surrounding the deployment of automated and autonomous vehicles. This work was based on the expert opinion of the authors and serves as a think piece regarding the nature, timing and scope of regulatory action regarding automated and, ultimately, selfdriving vehicles. 

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