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News Posted on July 18, 2012

Professor Chander Receives Google Research Award

Professor Anupam Chander has been selected to receive a Google Faculty Research Award that will support a study of the relationship between free speech and the development of Internet enterprise and survey the development of copyright, trademark, tort, and privacy law as it relates to Internet enterprise.

Google Faculty Research Awards are highly competitive one-year awards made by the Silicon Valley company to support world-class faculty performing cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering, and related fields.  The grant will enable Professor Chander to hire a post-graduate research fellow, as well as fund some travel and conference expenses. 

Professor Chander has argued in his paper "Googling Freedom," published in the California Law Review, that Silicon Valley and other new media enterprises bear a special responsibility to promote free speech in repressive societies. The new research to be funded in part by the grant explores the role of free speech in liberal societies and its relationship to the emergence of social media and other Internet-based services. 

His work will compare the United States and other nations on several legal factors and test his hypothesis that it is the United States' constitutional commitment to free speech that has fostered the rise of Silicon Valley's information service providers.

Professor Anupam Chander is a leading scholar in the law of globalization and digitization, and has written widely on international law and cyber law.  He is also Director of the California International Law Center at King Hall.