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[liberationtech] Jennifer Granick to Direct New Civil Liberties Initiative at Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Wed May 30 06:11:25 PDT 2012


Stanford Law School today announced the appointment of Jennifer Stisa
Granick as Director of Civil Liberties at the Center for Internet and
Society (CIS). Granick will lead the Center's work at the intersection of
online technologies and civil liberties, with a particular focus on
cybersecurity, national security, government surveillance and free speech.

Granick is a renowned expert in computer crime and security, electronic
surveillance, privacy, data protection, copyright and technology regulation
under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. From 2007 to 2010, she was the
Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2001
to 2007, Granick served as founding executive director of the Center for
Internet and Society at Stanford Law School where she taught Cyberlaw and
Computer Crime Law as lecturer in law. She also directed the Cyberlaw
Clinic, which represented clients challenged for exercising free expression
online, for modifying their mobile phones and game consoles, and for
demonstrating computer and airport security flaws, among other rights.
Before teaching at Stanford, Granick spent nearly a decade practicing
criminal defense law in California. She represented several high profile
computer hackers and cybersecurity researchers. In 2003, she was selected
by Information Security magazine as one of 20 "Women of Vision" in the
computer security field. She will return to Stanford Law School in June
2012, after having served as an attorney with the internet boutique firm of
ZwillGen PLLC.

"We are thrilled to have Jennifer Granick back at Stanford and the Center
for Internet and Society," said Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer. "The
Center is a pioneer in exploring issues at the intersection of law and new
technology, examining how their interaction can either promote or harm
public goods like free speech, innovation, privacy, public commons,
diversity, and scientific inquiry. Jennifer is a talented scholar and
lawyer, who anticipated many of today's vexing challenges and helped chart
the Center's course during its genesis. We are thrilled to have her back as
the Center enters a new stage of growth in this constantly evolving arena."

Led by faculty director Barbara van Schewick, the Center for Internet and
Society is a public interest technology law and policy program that studies
the interaction of new technologies and the law and is a part of the Law,
Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. CIS strives to
improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both
as a means to further democratic values. Along with conducting research and
policy analysis, the Center sponsors legal fellowships, organizes events to
foster discussion of critical policy issues, and provides educational
opportunities for law students to conduct applicable research and policy
analysis in this field.

"Civil liberties online are increasingly coming under pressure," said
Barbara van Schewick, associate professor of law, Helen L. Crocker Faculty
Scholar, and associate professor of Electrical Engineering (by courtesy).
"Whether it's copyright enforcement, cybersecurity or government
surveillance - governments' efforts to tackle these issues often threaten
privacy, security or free speech. We believe these problems can be solved
in ways that preserve civil liberties. I'm excited that Jennifer Granick
has agreed to lead our efforts in this area. There is no better person to
help us figure out what the role of technology in an open and free society
should be."

During her time as founding executive director of the Center for Internet
and Society, Granick launched a number of programs that have made Stanford
Law School a national center for activities and programs related to digital
innovation, free speech online, and computer security. She maintained
strong ties to CIS throughout her tenure at other organizations, returning
periodically to Stanford Law School to teach Internet Business Law and
Policy, Internet Intermediary Liability, and Cybercrime.

"It's an exciting opportunity to return to Stanford Law School in this new
capacity as Director of Civil Liberties at this time of Big Data, cloud
computing, and increasing government surveillance of individuals'
activities on- and off-line," said Jennifer Granick. "I can think of no
better way to utilize my experience and skills to help answer these
important challenges than by working at Stanford with our amazing students
and faculty."

Granick earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings
College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from the New College of
Florida. She has been a contributor for numerous publications, including as
a columnist for Wired Magazine, and has published several law review
articles.
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