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Innovation or Exploitation? The Limits of Computer Trespass Law


February 19, 2013

Room Offsite

    6:30pm Reception - Manning Faculty Lounge Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305
    7:30pm Talk Begins - Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA, 94305

    RSVP is required for this free event.
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    Have you ever borrowed a smartphone without asking? Modified a URL? Scraped a website? Called an undocumented API? Congratulations: you might have violated federal law! A 1986 statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), provides both civil and criminal remedies for mere "unauthorized" access to a computer.

    This event aims to provide a geek perspective on the CFAA. Leading researchers, tinkerers, and entrepreneurs will explain the broad reach of computer trespass law and their first-hand experience with its chilling effects. All agree that serious intrusions warrant a remedy. But how can the law better distinguish between innovation and exploitation?


    Ed Felten, Princeton University
    Jennifer Granick, Stanford University
    Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive
    Jonathan Mayer, Stanford University
    Alex Stamos, Artemis Internet
    Dan Auerbach, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Additional speakers TBA.

    This event is co-hosted by CIS, CISAC, and CITP.

    Remote Participation: We will be embedding the live Ustream on this page. Bookmark this page so you can watch on February 19 at 7:30pm PST.

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