Of Interest

  • 2016 Cato Surveillance Conference (Past Event)

    December 14, 2016
    Washington, DC

    Eight years ago, Barack Obama arrived in Washington pledging to reverse the dramatic expansion of state surveillance his predecessor had presided over in the name of fighting terrorism. Instead, the Obama administration saw the Bush era’s “collect it all” approach to surveillance become still more firmly entrenched. Meanwhile, the advanced spying technologies once limited to intelligence agencies have been gradually trickling down to local police departments.

  • Two books about government surveillance win 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

    Date published: 
    December 12, 2016

    The 2016 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize has been awarded to Laura K. Donohue for her book The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press 2016) and to Jennifer Stisa Granick for her book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017).

  • The political fight behind Facebook and Google’s new terrorist content database

    Date published: 
    December 8, 2016

    "“[The database] is definitely responsive to what’s going on in Europe,” says Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland, who specializes in cyber law and harassment. “What you’re finding is just a manifestation of this code of conduct from May, coupled with pressure from the United Kingdom and European Union.”"

  • CEIPI Opinion on a EU Proposal for a Neighboring Right for Press Publishers Online

    At CEIPI, I have co-authored with Christophe Geiger and Oleksandr Bulayenko a position paper discussing the proposed introduction in EU law of neighboring rights for press publishers for the digital uses of their publications. The proposal is included in the European Commission’s Draft Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market of September 14, 2016. Below you find the summary of the paper:

  • What Elaine Chao as Transportation secretary could mean for commercial drone use

    Date published: 
    December 6, 2016

    "Ryan Calo, an assistant professor of law at the University of Washington who specializes in robotics law and policy, said fewer regulations could benefit some specific drone industries, such as delivery. That potential enterprise has been hindered by regulations that prevent drones from carrying packages unless the total weight of the drone plus the load is less than 55 pounds, as well as limitations on flying beyond visual line of sight."

  • Instagram is the latest social media firm to tweak its app in an attempt to prevent harassment

    Date published: 
    December 6, 2016

    "Danielle Citron, professor of law at the University of Maryland, welcomes the changes because she said they give users more control over the content with which they interact. She noted that Instagram is merely catching up with policies already in place at Facebook. 

    “The most important thing is educating users about what is acceptable on the site,” Citron said. 

    She added that tech companies have come a long way in moderating user behavior, but that they can be more sophisticated and clear in their approach to what constitutes harassment."

  • Memo to President Obama: You Have Another Memo to Withdraw

    Beth Van Schaack
    Publication Date: 
    December 5, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    The election of Donald Trump has triggered an anxious conversation about how President Obama can entrench some of his accomplishments before January 21, 2017.  Importantly, given the Trump campaign’s embrace of waterboarding and “worse”, President Obama would do well to ensure that he has fully dismantled the Bush Administration’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation system.


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