Alissa Cooper is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research is about how country-specific regulatory factors and industry paradigms impact Internet engineering. For her doctoral research, she is currently conducting a comparative study of the relationship between telecom regulation and broadband Internet traffic management in the UK and the US.
Prior to joining OII, Alissa served as the Chief Computer Scientist at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a non-profit public policy organization headquarted in Washington, DC. Her work at CDT focused on a range of Internet policy issues including consumer privacy, net neutrality, and technical standards. She conducted original research and writing on numerous policy topics, served as technical liaison between CDT and engineers at technology companies and within Internet standards bodies, and served as CDT's technical voice in public forums. During her time in DC, Alissa testified before the US Congress and and on several occasions before the Federal Trade Commission.
Alissa continutes to serve as CDT's Chief Computer Scientist on a part-time basis. She currently co-chairs the Geographic Location/Privacy working group (Geopriv) and serves on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). She is also a member of the Technical Working Group of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG).
Alissa joined CDT after completing her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science at Stanford University. There her work focused on computer security issues and included research into the structure and organization of botnets and online forums used to perpetrate fraud.
Internet openness and innovation, network gatekeeping, deep packet inspection, end-to-end architecture, privacy, net neutrality
Positions held at the OII
- DPhil Alumnus, December 2013 -
- DPhil student, October 2009 - December 2013
- Powell, A. and Cooper, A. (2011) Net Neutrality Discourses: Comparing Advocacy and Regulatory Arguments in the US and the UK. The Information Society 27 (5).
- Cooper, A. and Hardie, T. (2009) GEOPRIV: Creating Building Blocks for Managing Location Privacy on the Internet. IETF Journal 2 (5).
- Cooper, A. (2008) A Survey of Query Log Privacy-Enhancing Techniques from a Policy Perspective. ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB) 2 (4).
- Hansen, M., Schwartz, A. and Cooper, A. (2008) Privacy and Identity Management. IEEE Security and Privacy 6 (2) 38-45.
- Cooper, A. (2011) Doing the DPI Dance: Assessing the Privacy Impact of Deep Packet Inspection. In: W.Aspray and P.Doty (eds) Privacy in America: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. The Scarecrow Press, Inc., pp. 139-165.
- Cooper, A., Jacquet, A. and Soppera, A. (2011) Bandwidth Usage and Management: A UK Case Study. 39th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC), Arlington, VA, September 2011.
- Peterson, J. and Cooper, A. (2009) RFC 5594. Report from the IETF Workshop on Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Infrastructure. Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), July 2009.
- Cooper, A. and Morris, J. (2009) Binding privacy rules to location on the web. Proceedings of the 2nd international Workshop on Location and the Web, Boston, MA, 4 April 2009. LOCWEB '09 vol. 370. New York, NY: ACM, pp. 1-4.
- Barnes, R., Lepinski, M., Cooper, A., Morris, J., Tschofenig, H. and Schulzrinne, H. (2011) RFC 6280. An Architecture for Location and Location Privacy in Internet Applications. Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), July 2011.
- Cooper, A. (2010) The Next Tim Berners-Lee: Response to Ofcom Discussion on Traffic Management and Net Neutrality. September 2010.
- Cooper, A. (2008) What Your Broadband Provider Knows About Your Web Use: Deep Packet Inspection and Communications Laws and Policies. Testimony of Alissa Cooper before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, July 2008.
Cooper, A. (forthcoming) How Regulation and Competition Influence Discrimination in Broadband Traffic Management: A Comparative Study of Net Neutrality in the United States and the United Kingdom. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
Professor of Information Security and Privacy
Recorded: 17 March 2010 Duration: 02:04:23
This policy seminar provides three complementary assessments of the relationships between advocacy, rulemaking, and legislation around Net Neutrality, based on data from Canada, the United States, and the UK.
3 February 2011 Center for Democracy and Technology
Alissa Cooper, CDT Chief Computer Scientist and OII DPhil student, is named to the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), a technical committee that provides architectural oversight to the IETF, one of the world's premier Internet standards organizations.