I am a visiting assistant professor of law at Northeastern University Law School, researching intellectual property, privacy, and free expression online. As a Fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, I founded and lead the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. I serve on the Board of Directors of Tor, promoting privacy and anonymity research, education, and technology.
I have taught Internet Law, Copyright, and Information Privacy at Brooklyn Law School and was a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Internet Institute, teaching a joint course with the Said Business School, Media Strategies for a Networked World.
I speak frequently on copyright, trademark, open source, and the public interest online. I have an A.B. from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School, and occasionally take a break from legal code to program (Perl).
I developed and
now coordinate the Berkman Center's Openlaw project,
bringing the model of open source and free software development to
legal argument in the public interest. Openlaw connects lawyers and
non-lawyers to develop arguments, strategies, and amicus briefs
in important cases. In the Openlaw/DVD forum,
we recently filed an amicus
brief in Universal v.
Reimerdes, one of the first cases testing the anticircumvention
provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Eight major
movie studios sued 2600 magazine
over the posting of DeCSS--a program that can decrypt and read the
data on commercial DVDs. Plaintiff movie studios claimed at trial
that DeCSS illegally circumvented their DVD movies' access controls,
while defendants argued that the DMCA did not create a new right to
block fair use and interoperability through encryption.
participants' brief argued that the DeCSS program, and
particularly hyperlinks to
it, were protected speech under the First Amendment. I also
helped to draft the cryptographers'
amicus to the Second Circuit, arguing that a ban on computer
programs that could be used for circumvention unduly restricted