Blaming cryptography (and Snowden) again.

Less than 2 days after the Daesh attacks in Paris, technology was, predictably, named as an accomplice -- if not an enabler -- of terrorism, crime, and other nefarious outcomes.

To wit:

The New York Times led the 'reporting' with this ...

New UK law enforcement bill would prohibit effective encryption

Last week, the government of the United Kingdom proposed a bill that would codify and expand the surveillance powers afforded to UK intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill would consolidate current laws governing surveillance and police investigations, codify the UK government’s and courts’ interpretations of what those laws permit, and in some instances extend existing law to grant new powers to government.

Professors' Letter in Opposition to the "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act" (S. 754)

Today, 21 cyberlaw and/or cybersecurity professors and researchers joined a letter calling for the Senate to reject the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act ("CISA"). Endorsing the concerns raised in an April 2015 technologists' letter, the signatories identify the fundamental problem with CISA, namely, that it will achieve little to address the real cybersecurity challenges facing US industry.

Broad Coalition Urges European Parliament to Adopt Amendments to Save Net Neutrality

For Immediate Release

October 25, 2015

Leading Companies, Investors, Academics and NGOs Urge European Parliament

to Save Net Neutrality Proposal through Key Amendments

Ahead of European Parliamentary vote, a broad coalition of start-ups, businesses, non-profits and legal scholars urges Parliament to adopt critical amendments to proposed rules.


Reminder: We Robot Deadline is November 1

Hope to see you!


We invite submissions for We Robot 2016 to be held in Coral Gables, Florida on April 1-2, 2016 at the University of Miami School of Law. We Robot–the premier US conference on law and policy relating to Robotics that began at the University of Miami School of Law in 2012, and has since been held at Stanford and University of Washington–returns to Miami Law April 1st-2nd in 2016. Attendees include lawyers, engineers, philosophers, robot builders, ethicists, and regulators who are on the front lines of robot theory, design, or development. The main conference will be preceded by a day of special workshops (see below). The conference web site is


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