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 on: 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.
Alissa Cooper on 18 Mar 2013 23:40PM
Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. The Internet runs on technical standards created in a variety of forums, most notably the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). These technical standards are what make [...]
Alissa Cooper on 18 Jan 2013 23:38PM
Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. AT&T took some heat last fall for imposing limits (some of which have since been removed) on which subscribers can use FaceTime, Apple’s video calling service, over [...]
Alissa Cooper on 28 Nov 2012 23:35PM
Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog and was co-authored with Emma Llanso. Updated December 5 The telecommunications standards arm of the U.N. has quietly endorsed the standardization of technologies that [...]
Alissa Cooper on 29 Aug 2012 23:32PM
Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. Recent proposals from several countries urging the mandatory adoption of technical standards are dangerous and misguided. Underscoring that view is today’s launch [...]
Alissa Cooper on 1 Aug 2012 23:24PM
Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. Defending networks from malicious hacking exploits depends in large part on the voluntary, cooperative efforts of network operators, device makers, and Internet users. [...]
Alissa Cooper on 13 Jun 2012 14:30PM
In recent years as regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have grappled with questions about net neutrality, there is at least one commitment they have made in common: to monitor market developments for signs that discriminatory or anti-competitive [...]
Alissa Cooper on 6 Jun 2012 17:18PM
Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. The Internet is running out of address space and it appears that the solution has narrowly avoided a technical issue that carried serious implications for consumer [...]
Alissa Cooper on 6 Mar 2012 23:43PM
Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. The addressing system our computers and phones use to find each other on the Internet is undergoing its largest ever transformation. We’ve nearly run out of Internet [...]
Alissa Cooper on 14 Oct 2011 17:15PM
Telecommunications policy issues rarely make news, much less mobilize thousands of people. Yet this certainly occurred in the United States around efforts to introduce net neutrality regulation. A similar grassroots mobilization has yet to develop in the [...]
Alissa Cooper on 14 Oct 2011 17:04PM
It can be difficult to predict when and why particular technologies will attract attention from policymakers. A few years ago, it seemed like around every policy corner — whether it be privacy, Internet neutrality, copyright enforcement, or [...]
Alissa Cooper on 9 Aug 2011 16:33PM
In the spring the major UK broadband providers agreed to an updated voluntary code of practice that requires them to publish “Key Facts Indicator” (KFI) tables in a standardized way that describe the limitations they impose on their broadband [...]
Alissa Cooper on 16 Mar 2011 09:46AM
With the news that AT&T will be introducing volume caps on its DSL and U-Verse broadband Internet service plans, a number of commenters (1, 2) have pointed out the contrast between AT&T’s move and the recent news from BT, which announced [...]
Alissa Cooper on 7 Jan 2011 12:11PM
It has been two whole weeks since the FCC issued its Internet openness rules, and with holiday celebrations out of the way there has been some time for the details to start to sink in. Some observers seem to be perpetuating a high-level debate about [...]
Alissa Cooper on 20 Dec 2010 08:34AM
The last decade’s worth of US policy work on broadband Internet openness – first open access, now net neutrality – has focused largely on the access links operated by individual residential ISPs. But the recent dispute between Level 3 and Comcast has [...]
Alissa Cooper on 1 Dec 2010 13:13PM
Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. Without knowing all of the commercial details, it’s hard to know what to make of Level 3’s recent claim that Comcast is threatening the openness of the [...]
Alissa Cooper on 20 Oct 2010 10:43AM
Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate at the RTC (Real-Time Communications) Web Workshop, a gathering focused on addressing what technical standards work is [...]
Alissa Cooper on 9 Sep 2010 10:17AM
Today is the last day to file comments for the net neutrality consultation that Ofcom, the UK telecom regulator, is conducting. As I was reading the consultation document and reflecting about the state of traffic management in the UK — where [...]
Alissa Cooper on 9 Sep 2010 10:16AM
For the past 10 days or so, a debate has been raging (see CNET, Free Press, AT&T, and the IETF discussion mailing list) in the techiest, wonkiest corner of the Internet policy universe about whether the Differentiated Services (DiffServ) standards [...]
Alissa Cooper on 12 Aug 2010 12:37PM
It’s been awhile since I last surveyed the traffic management policies of some of the largest UK retail ISPs. The chart below is up-to-date as of this week. ISP Has traffic management policy? Hours of application Takes application-specific action? [...]
Alissa Cooper on 19 Jul 2010 10:06AM
While soccer fans across the globe have been captivated with the excitement of the World Cup during the last month, vendors of DPI-based technologies have been casting their focus there as well. I recently came across a number of different vendor reports [...]