Does the Supreme Court Need Technical Support?

This blog post from DC Dicta, which was cited in the Wall Street Journal, describes some really bizarre technology-related questions asked by Supreme Court justices during oral arguments in the case City of Ontario v. Quon. Though the post and the article are mostly just poking fun at the justices, it is actually very worrisome that the individuals responsible for setting legal precedent for disputes related to digital/communications technology have such a poor understanding of its functions and significance. It seems that the years of legal experience required to become a Supreme Court justice may have the negative consequence of appointed justices who are not particularly aware of many of the hugely important trends we’ve discussed in this class. ┬áThis has frightening implications when considering cases such as City of Ontario v. Quon as well as inevitable court decisions regarding net neutrality. ┬áNet neutrality already took a blow earlier this month, and it’s hard to feel confident that the right decision will eventually be made when Justice Roberts is asking what the difference is between email and a pager…

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