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Internet Law Pioneer to Head

Internet Law Pioneer to Head Stanford Center

John E. Place, the former vice president and general counsel of Yahoo! Inc., has been named executive director of Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS), an interdisciplinary academic center focusing on the connections between the Internet, law and policy.
Place, a graduate of Stanford Law School, is seen as a leading legal expert on the Internet as a result of his years at Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Internet portal Yahoo!’s legal department. In 1997, he was the first lawyer hired by the company, which eventually had a legal department of more than 50 attorneys worldwide. Place retired from Yahoo! last March.
“John was literally there at the creation of Internet law, figuring out the law of cyberspace on the fly as Yahoo’s general counsel. He has a great understanding of the competing interests at stake among authors, artists and audiences,” says Kathleen M. Sullivan, dean and Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford Law School.
Founded a year ago, the CIS is a public interest technology law and policy program at Stanford Law School. The CIS brings together scholars, academics, legislators, engineers, students, hackers and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods such as free speech, privacy, public commons, diversity and scientific inquiry. It is part of the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology.  

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