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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.

Encryption

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).

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This video is part of the Technology and the Bench series created by the FJC and the Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in partnership with Princeton University. 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.

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This guide provides an overview of special conditions of supervised release and probation restricting computer and Internet use in an effort to protect the public from cybercrime, including child pornography offenses. The guide summarizes the relevant statutory provisions and Sentencing Guidelines policy statements that courts consider when evaluating computer and Internet special conditions; reviews Judicial Conference policy concerning the recommendation and execution of special conditions by federal probation officers; summarizes the types of bans and restrictions on computer and Internet access during postconviction supervision that have been upheld or rejected by courts, and discusses the most important factors that courts consider in assessing the restrictions; and describes the factors courts consider when evaluating conditions requiring computer filtering or monitoring and discusses other procedural issues related to the imposition and execution of such restrictions.

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