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Technology and the Bench

September 3, 2019

Technology and the Bench is an FJC initiative produced in partnership with the Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Other partners for this project include the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Princeton University, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, and other scholars and judicial professionals.

The purpose of the series is to provide federal judges with critical information about the many points where technology intersects and interacts with laws and constitutional concerns. Viewers are not expected start practicing new technical skills as a result of this series, although some might. Rather, this series is meant to be a long-term resource and an inside look at the uses, history, and potential legal concerns pertaining to current and future technologies.

The knowledge, skills, and attributes addressed in this program are listed in the box labeled “Competencies.” Click on the links there to learn more about each competency and see related programs and materials.


This program is designed to provide a deep look into the history of encryption along with the modern uses. The video explores some of the constitutional concerns about encryption and provides information that can be useful for judges and court professionals faced with needing more information about this powerful technology and its legal impact.

Cloud Computing

This program provides foundational information about cloud computing technology while also asking judges to think about some important legal concerns regarding the cloud. Topics covered in this video series include definition, history, size/magnitude, uses, categories/types, service models, providers, benefits, and drawbacks.

This program is hosted by the Honorable Anthony Porcelli (M.D. Fla.) and Dr. Justine Sherry (Carnegie Mellon University).