Huawei Hacking is a Security Scandal

Last week, the New York Times reported that the U.S. is spying on router company Huawei to get information about the Chinese government and to learn how to surveil our allies and other countries that might purchase Huawei routers.  On Just Security, I refute the argument of some that it is not “in the public interest to reveal how democracies spy on dictatorships”. Read more » about Huawei Hacking is a Security Scandal

Putting the Public’s Interest Back Into the “Public Interest”

What’s your definition of the “public interest” when it comes to law and lawmaking?  Is it a unitary concept, where we consider the good of society as a whole?  If so, you might think that the public’s interest is in a “public interest” which encompasses “cross-cutting issues” that transcend narrow considerations and allows debate about and among competing interests.  On the other hand, do you view the “public interest” more narrowly?  If so, you might view the public’s interest as served by placing “public interest” in a box separate from other interests, like environmental, labor or intel Read more » about Putting the Public’s Interest Back Into the “Public Interest”

What Do You Do When You Know They're Watching?

The ongoing metadata/content debate finally seems to be winding down. In a blog post last week, Stanford researchers Jonathan Mayer and Patrick Mutchler published the latest results of their ongoing MetaPhone research project. Their primary findings provide empirical support for what computer scientists have been saying all along: cell phone metadata can tell us quite a lot about an individual without need to hear a single word of the content of his or her calls. But Mayer’s and Mutchler’s work also raises a number of secondary considerations which show just how complex the interactions between cell phones and privacy can actually be. Read more » about What Do You Do When You Know They're Watching?

Robotics and the New Cyberlaw

Cyberlaw is the study of the intersection between law and the Internet.  It should come as no surprise, then, that the defining questions of cyberlaw grew out of the Internet's unique characteristics.  For instance: an insensitivity to distance led some courts to rethink the nature of jurisdiction.  A tendency, perhaps hardwired, among individuals and institutions to think of "cyberspace" as an actual place generated a box of puzzles around the nature of property, privacy, and speech. Read more » about Robotics and the New Cyberlaw

Third Annual Robotics and Law Conference “We Robot”

Michael Froomkin, Ian Kerr, and I, along with a wonderful program committee of law scholars and roboticists, have for three years now put on a conference around law, policy, and robotics.  “We Robot” returns to the University of Miami School of Law from Stanford Law School this year and boasts an extraordinary roster of authors, commentators, and participants.  Folks like Jack Balkin, Ann Bartow, Kenneth Anderson, Woodrow Hartzog, Mary Anne Franks, Margot Kaminski, Kate Darling, and David Post, among many others.  Not to mention a demo from a roboticist at the University of Washington whose lab built the surgical robot for the movie Ender’s Game. Read more » about Third Annual Robotics and Law Conference “We Robot”


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