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

Fran Parker lilbambi at
Wed May 30 06:43:52 PDT 2012

That is excellent news! Congrats to Jennifer Stisa and the Stanford Law 


On 5/30/12 9:11 AM, Yosem Companys wrote:
> 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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