Jeff Kosseff

Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Law, The United States Naval Academy

Jeff Kosseff is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Law at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of Cybersecurity Law (Wiley), the first comprehensive textbook on U.S. cybersecurity laws and regulations, and in spring 2019 he published The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet (Cornell University Press), a nonfiction narrative history of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  He currently is writing a third book, also for Cornell University Press, tentatively titled United States of Anonymous, about the history of the First Amendment right to anonymous speech in the United States, from the Federalist Papers to online postings. He received a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to research and write the book.

His articles about cybersecurity and Internet law have appeared in Iowa Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, IEEE Security & Privacy, Computer Law and Security Review, Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, and other publications.  In October 2017, he testified about online sex trafficking and Section 230 before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.  In March 2017, he testified about Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act before the House Judiciary Committee.

Jeff has practiced cybersecurity and privacy law, and clerked for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Michigan. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a journalist for The Oregonian and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.


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Leave a Decent Comment: Section 230 & the Fight for the Future of the Internet

Short film featuring Chris Cox, Ted Cruz, Ashkhen Kazaryan, Rachel Bovard, and Jeff Kosseff

When politicians and big tech clash over political bias, fake news, and content moderation, who...