Journalism of Public Interest
September 24th, 2014
On Tuesday, one of the academics quoted by ProPublica, James
Grimmelmann, backed off of his criticism of Stanford, saying in a blog
post that after he read the legal filing and Stanford's response to
ProPublica, he believes the grant money from Google sounds like it is
"not accompanied by a promise that the work will not touch on a
particular subject." He said be believes the legal filing was
Here is the original story:
Stanford University recently declared that it will not use money from
Google to fund privacy research at its Center for Internet and Society,
according to a legal filing made by the school.
"Since 2013, Google funding is specifically designated not [to] be
used for CIS's privacy work," the university said in the court filing,
found by ProPublica in documents filed in an unrelated lawsuit.
Stanford's Center for Internet and Society
has long been generously funded by Google, but the center's privacy
research has proved damaging to the search giant in the past two years.
Two years ago a researcher at the center helped uncover Google privacy
violations that led to the company paying a record $22.5 million fine.