Of Interest

  • Sending Lewd Nudes to Strangers Could Mean a Year in Jail

    Date published: 
    November 30, 2018

    "Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland and the author of a book on hate crimes in cyberspace, said that clarification could be helpful. New York may be the first municipality to consider a specific law targeting the practice, she said.

    “This is unwanted electronic harassment,” she said. “Just like we have telephone harassment laws that have been upheld by federal and state courts, it is absolutely possible to regulate this.”

  • Fixing Facebook? Zuckerberg falls short of his New Year's goal

    Date published: 
    November 30, 2018

    ""They created a platform where sharing was mindlessly easy and interacting with each other required almost no forethought at all," said Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University. "As a result, there was massive sharing, including gushing of personal information that put lots of people at risk.""

  • Privacy, Disclosure, and Social Exchange Theory (Past Event)

    December 12, 2018
    Berkeley School of Information

    Maintaining the privacy of one’s personal information — one’s choice of when to disclose it and to whom, how one maintains control over it, and the risks of disclosure — is one of the most important social issues of the internet era. For the past decade, privacy researchers have focused on several domains, including: documenting public opinion about privacy attitudes and expectations; understanding how user interfaces affect disclosure; and focusing on understanding interpersonal privacy dynamics within social media settings, to name a few.

  • The Promise and Peril of Personalization

    In this essay, we explore how personalization works for and against people. Personalization is just a tool. Society needs to pay attention to what is being personalized and to what and whose ends.

  • New Ways To Prevent Identity Theft During The Holiday Shopping Season

    Date published: 
    November 29, 2018

    "hat's what Scott Shackelford, an associate professor of business law and ethics in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, recommends. He recommends a program like Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) to find and encrypt sensitive information on your computer. "Also," he adds, "Don’t bank on your mobile phone, and consider using a separate secure wi-fi connection or other computer for personal computing at home.”"

  • The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make 'Unauthorized Streaming' a Felony

    Date published: 
    November 29, 2018

    "“DNS blocks are easy to circumvent, because site operators can just register a different domain name in the same top level domain or move to a different top level domain,” Annemarie Bridy, Professor of Law at the University of Idaho told Motherboard. “It will always be a game of cat-and-mouse, with no real permanent effects.” 

  • Motion to Unseal Court Records Concerning US DOJ Motion to Compel Facebook

    Encryption helps human rights workers, activists, journalists, financial institutions, innovative businesses, and governments protect the confidentiality, integrity, and economic value of their activities. However, strong encryption may mean that governments cannot make sense of data they would otherwise be able to lawfully access in a criminal or intelligence investigation.

  • Motion to Unseal Court Records Concerning US DOJ Motion to Compel Facebook

    Riana Pfefferkorn
    Publication Date: 
    November 28, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Litigation Brief

    Motion to unseal the docket and court's legal reasoning in a sealed case wherein the Department of Justice allegedly sought to compel Facebook to comply with a wiretap order for Facebook's end-to-end encrypted voice calling app, Messenger. 


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