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  • The Promise And Challenge Of Driverless Cars

    The ABA Annual Conference may not have been a lot of fun for, say, an institution on the cusp of a DOE smackdown, but as a member of the press — marked with a bright yellow badge in case (and the “yellow journalism” epithet did not go unnoticed) — it’s a pretty good time. With my friends from the LegalTalk Network, producers of Thinking Like A Lawyer, I had the opportunity to chat with experts as they finished their panel discussions.

  • Tech Tuesday: Hacking During the Election, Portrayal of Women in Video Games and Virtual Reality

    With recent hacking issues, some wonder how vulnerable computer systems will be during the U.S. election and what security measures are in place to deal with any potential threats. Also, a new study finds that sexualization of women in video games is decreasing. And, virtual reality is being taken more seriously by the U.S. government, as a panel met on Capitol Hill last week to discuss the potential uses of the technology. 


  • Video: Protecting journalism (not just journalists) takes tech that's safe for everyone

    On July 23rd, CPJ Staff Technologist Tom Lowenthal gave a presentation as part of the HOPE XI hacker conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Tom's talk, entitled “Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Journalists‽” described the challenges of protecting journalists in a world where journalism is no longer conducted only by professionals. Tom exhorted the technologists and developers in attendance to build tools which account for the distinctive needs of journalism and which protect their users when they are engaged in acts of journalism.

  • #Hacking & #Cybersecurity dominate at #BHUSA

    Many of America’s top cybersecurity executives are gathering in Las Vegas this week for an annual conference known as Black Hat 2016. Organizers say hacking remains a major concern and that many of the country’s digital infrastructure is vulnerable, as demonstrated by a series of recent high-profile attacks on consumer companies and political organizations. So what can be done to keep information safe? On this week’s HashtagVOA, we ask a few experts for answers.

  • Police use of lethal robots sparks crime-fighting debate

    Hours after gunman Micah Johnson ambushed police officers in downtown Dallas, he was killed by a bomb strapped on a police robot. Robots in the past have stopped a lot of dangerous situations, but using a robot to kill - that was a first for a domestic police force. Kris Van Cleave reports on the ethical questions about the use of robots to kill suspects.

    Affiliate Scholar Peter Asaro is interviewed. 

  • Bloomberg West

    Full episode of "Bloomberg West." Guests include Daphne Keller, director of intermediary liability at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy's chief executive officer, Radu Rusu, chief executive officer and co-founder of Fyusion, Crawford Del Prete, IDC's chief research officer, and Daniel Apai, assistant professor at The University of Arizona. 

  • Risky Business #417 -- PlayPen ruling to let FBI off leash?

    In this week's feature interview we're chatting with Stanford's very own Jennifer Granick about a recent ruling in a Virginia court that appears to give the FBI permission to hack into any computer it wants, sans warrant. Well that's what the headlines are screaming, anyway. But as you'll hear, it's not quite that black and white.

  • Bloomberg Law: Password Sharing Conviction Upheld

    Andrea Matwyshyn, a law professor at Northeastern University Law School, and David Levine, a professor at the Elon University School of Law, discuss a federal appeals court ruling that could make it easier for the government to bring criminal charges against people who share passwords for online accounts. In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. upheld the conviction of a man who was convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of accessing his former employer’s computer system by convincing a then-employee to share her password.

  • Apple wants to know users better without knowing them

    "While Google has used differential privacy to analyze user data from its Chrome browser, Apple is the first major tech company to adopt it more widely and publicly, said Arvind Narayanan, a computer scientist at Princeton University.  

    “That’s what makes this so exciting – both for the technology and for the future of privacy protection,” he explained.

    In terms of challenges, Narayanan said the technology could come with extra costs.

  • DNC Breach and the Threat of Cyber Espionage

    With the news that Russian hackers stole Democratic National Committee campaign data, the threats of cyber espionage and cyber attacks from foreign entities are all the more real.