In 1995, Steve Worona and Margie Hodges-Shaw founded the Computer Policy and Law (CPL) Program, designed to assist college and university administrators in understanding the legal underpinnings of the Internet and to provide a forum to address the drafting of information technology policy in higher education. CPL was the first program of its kind, and for many years it attracted participants in information technology, judicial administration, student services, legal counsel to colleges and universities, and administrators from audit, human resources, and registrar offices from around the country.
In 2001, under the auspices of Vice President Polley McClure, CPL became ICPL, the Institute for Computer Policy and Law, a collaborative effort between EDUCAUSE, for which Steve Worona now worked, and Cornell University, which had hired Tracy Mitrano in the IT policy role. The collaboration lasted for 10 years, during which the program expanded to include national policy issues related to the Internet in the areas of privacy, cyber-security, electronic surveillance law as amended by the USA-Patriot Act, and other post-911 legal reforms affecting networked communications.
With the retirement of Steve Worona, Cornell reassumed full responsibility for the program. A newly constituted advisory board was established reflecting a new collaboration on programming with the Cornell University Library.
Broadening its reach to address rapidly evolving legal, policy, and social concerns related to Internet culture and the Academy, the program was renamed the Cornell University Institute for Internet Culture, Policy, and Law in 2012. The institute now addresses the confluence of these issues in higher education from an expanded perspective.
The 2013 ICPL focused on accessibility, privacy, and intellectual property as they affect scholarship and teaching in an increasingly digital culture.
The 2014 conference focused on legal reform, privacy, international Internet governance, distance education, and information literacy.