What the US Supreme Court Vacancy Means for the Internet

The retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy from the Supreme Court might change the game for environmental protections, abortion rights and civil rights. But what will it mean for the internet, and issues that matter to techies, like online privacy, immigration and warrantless surveillance?

Justice Kennedy has a reputation as a moderate member of the court's stalwart conservative wing, but on internet issues he usually voted libertarian, often (but not always) acting to expand online privacy and First Amendment protections. “Without him, the court will have lost one of its leading thinkers on the question of how our evolving constitution can meet the needs of a more advanced society,” Wired wrote last week.

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