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Granick to lead Civil Liberties Initiative at Law School

Jennifer Stisa Granick will lead the new Civil Liberties Initiative at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS), the Stanford Law School announced Wednesday in a press release. The center will focus on analyzing the intersection between online technology and civil liberty, with emphasis on the study of cyber security, national security, government surveillance and free speech.

Granick was a founding executive director of CIS, serving from 2001 to 2007, and lectured in cyber law and computer crime law at the Stanford Law School. She then served as the civil liberties director at the non-profit digital advocacy and legal organization Electronic Frontier Foundation from 2007 to 2012.

She returns to Stanford after working as an attorney with the boutique Internet law firm, ZwillGen PLLC.

“We are thrilled to have her back as the center enters a new stage of growth in this constantly evolving arena,” Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer said.

Granick’s areas of expertise include computer crime and security, electronic surveillance, privacy, data protection, copyright and technology regulation under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, according to the press release.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the New College of Florida and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In addition to publishing law review articles, Granick has been a columnist for Wired Magazine.

– Alice Phillips