Technological advancement has undoubtedly benefited society, but it raises new questions about how to protect civil liberties in the age of information. Should law enforcement surveillance technology be equipped with facial recognition? Can government officials legally block users from following them on Twitter? How should we regulate access to DNA from commercial genetic services? What is the ideal content moderation policy and how does it balance concerns about cyberbullying with robust free speech protections?
The Digital Rights Project gives Berkeley Law students an opportunity to think about some of these questions and to conduct substantive work at the intersection of law, technology, and social justice.
Students in DRP will support the work of the ACLU of Northern California’s Technology and Civil Liberties Team in conducting research and organizing community trainings. This work will focus on monitoring cases involving compliance with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA), monitoring lawmaker agendas in communities around California for surveillance developments, and planning trainings for community groups about how to challenge surveillance ordinances and protect their rights online. Students who are interested in committing more time may also have the opportunity to assist the ACLU with PRA and FOIA requests, subject to the organization’s needs.
Fall 2019 will be DRP’s inaugural semester.
Supervision: Students will receive training and be supervised by attorneys at the ACLU of Northern California.
Time Commitment: 8-12 hours per month. This includes an initial SLP training with the ACLU, bi-weekly work meetings, some time spent monitoring cases and legislation independently, and a community training towards the end of the semester.
For more information, please contact the student leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org.