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Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing

This section contains research on the networks that make the Internet work, the evolution of different business models that operate on the Internet, and ways to store and access information on the Internet through Cloud Computing.

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Reprint of Professor Paul Ohm blog regarding the expectation of privacy in the content of email messages stored with an email provider.
On June 25, 2010, the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology hosted the 7th annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference at Stanford Law School. A summary of a few of the panels during the day’s events is provided by TAP guest blogger, Franny Lee.
Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School, discusses the recent exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on NPR’s “On the Media.” Excerpts and link to the show’s segment available.
Professor Paul Ohm, University of Colorado School of Law, responds to questions on the topic of personal privacy and online activities in a two-part New York Times article, “Answers to Questions About Internet Privacy.”
Video interviews with Professors Shane Greenstein, Eric Clemons, and Damien Geradin during the Economics and Law of Internet Search symposium at the Searle Center, Northwestern University.
Two recent videos examine the net neutrality issue. In the first one, Bill Moyers talks with FCC commissioner Michael Copps about the future of net neutrality. And in the second one, Harvard Law Professor Larry Lessig, walks us through the history of America's broadband downfall.
Video and transcripts are now available online from the Brookings Institution policy forum on the economic benefits of cloud computing for governments.
The recent Facebook changes to gather affinity data from other web sites is becoming a hot privacy topic. TAP academics have written extensively on online privacy issues. Below are key articles that relate specifically to social media and privacy.
The FCC should pass the non-discrimination rule, usually called “net neutrality.”
Young-adult Americans have an aspiration for increased privacy even while they participate in an online reality that is optimized to increase their revelation of personal data.
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Wireless and Mobile Communications

Wireless or “mobile” devices send information one-to-one (like mobile phones), one-to-many (like AM or FM radio), or many-to-many (like Wi-Fi Internet access). Wireless devices send and receive signals along the electromagnetic spectrum in the form of waves similar to visible light or sound.

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Here Are All the Battlefronts TikTok Is Currently Fighting On

“If a bunch of congressmen go to their teenagers and say they've banned their favorite app, there might be a lot of pushback and that could matter.” — Mark Lemley, Professor of Law, Stanford University
Mark Lemley
CNN Business
July 20, 2020

Featured Article

SIRI-OUSLY 2.0: What Artificial Intelligence Reveals about the First Amendment

Machines that can actually think are referred to as strong Artificial intelligence (AI). The First Amendment might protect speech by strong AI. Courts focused on the value of speech to listeners and the need to constrain government power will be sympathetic to this view.

By: Margot Kaminski, Helen Norton, Toni M. Massaro