Of Interest

  • Blockchain -- panacea or bubble?

    Block chain technology is taking the world by storm. From banking to health care, many tout block chain and the bit coin it enables as a cure-all. Others think bit coin is heading towards the edge. In between are those who see practical applications of block chain but caution on addiction to bit coin. On February 26th at the University of Copenhagen, I made a presentation entitled "Block chain technology -- good, bad, or somewhere in between?" This entry gives you a sneak preview of that talk.

  • In Conversation with Vint Cerf, a founding father of the internet (Past Event)

    February 26, 2018

    Vinton G. Cerf is one of the founding fathers of the internet, and on Wednesday, February 28th, he will be on Canada 2020’s stage for an exclusive event.

    Tickets are free and open to the public, but available in limited quantities. Click below to secure yours.

    Known most for being the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the modern Internet, Vint will join us in Ottawa to talk about online citizenship, the right to be forgotten, and state of the modern internet.

  • Is it time to crack down on facial recognition?

    Date published: 
    February 20, 2018

    "Peter Asaro, a philosopher of technology at the New School in New York, said it may be best to see how authorities use the tools before getting too specific with regulations.

    “I think we need transparency and improved privacy regulations now, and will likely need more as new applications emerge,” Asaro said."

  • IU Study Recommends Creating National Cybersecurity Safety Board

    Date published: 
    February 19, 2018

    "Business law professor and author of the study Scott Shackelford says it would be similar to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation model. He says that model is applicable to cybersecurity.

    “It’s not only formal investigators that dig into the details of why an airplane happened to crash, but they look into bigger issues like culture at manufacturers, at airlines,” says Shackelford. “We thought a similar approach would be really helpful for cybersecurity because typically, it’s not just one thing that’s at fault in big data breaches.”"

  • “Just an Ass-Backward Tech Company”: How Twitter Lost the Internet War

    Date published: 
    February 19, 2018

    "Danielle Citron, a Twitter trust and safety partner and a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, emphasized that if Harvey’s team is sometimes slow to address abuse, it’s only because they care so much about getting each case right. “They mean it when they say they care about speech that terrorizes and silences,” Citron said. “They really do have their users’ speech issues in mind in a way that’s very holistic.”"

  • Open records are in the public’s best interest

    Date published: 
    February 19, 2018

    "“It’s certainly the case that birthday and name alone are unlikely by themselves to lead to identity theft, or they shouldn’t,” said Ryan Calo, a University of Washington law professor specializing in digital issues.

    Calo said government has legitimate concerns about releasing records that could cause problems, such as information about children. Privacy is important and deserves protection, he said."

  • Connected Cars Will Run on Your Personal Data

    Date published: 
    February 19, 2018

    "“This is the kind of technological advancement that’s intended to bring public safety and individual safety to the forefront,” Albert Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford University’s Center For Internet and Society, told me over the phone."

  • From Disruption to Dystopia: Silicon Valley Envisions the City of the Future

    Date published: 
    February 18, 2018

    "“The whole point of a smart city is that everything that can be collected will be collected,” Al Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society in California, told the CBC. If smart cities really wanted to give people more control over their privacy, they wouldn’t collect any of it unless people opted in."


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