Of Interest

  • Gray Hat

    Date published: 
    March 6, 2018

    "Even Hutchins’s defenders say if he’s guilty some punishment is in order, but his prosecution also sends a mixed message. Hutchins had been a model of public-private cooperation at a time when the government was having difficulty recruiting cybersecurity talent. (James Comey irritated the community in 2014 when he said the FBI struggled to hire people because “some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview.”) Some security researchers said they would stop sharing information with the government in protest.

  • Twitter's tribute to women rings hollow for some targets of abuse

    Date published: 
    March 5, 2018

    "University of Maryland law professor Danielle Citron, who studies online harassment, said there's a disconnect between the outside perception of Twitter and harassment and what's happening internally. Citron has been working closely with Twitter's trust and safety team on issues of online harassment for more than two years.

    "I'm not a cynic about [the ad]," she told CNN. "It's reflective of who the safety team is and I'm encouraged by it."

  • Uber 'Surprised' by Totally Unsurprising Pennsylvania Data Breach Lawsuit

    Date published: 
    March 5, 2018

    ""Given the alleged facts in this case, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see more lawsuits," says Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University who studies privacy and data protection issues. "Oftentimes you will have state attorneys general who might even work together if that appears to be the best course of action. They'll probably be using the facts in this case as an example of how not to respond to a data breach.""

  • Donald Trump says trade wars are ‘good, and easy to win.’ He’s flat-out wrong

    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    March 2, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    In a tweet Friday, President Trump said that trade wars were “good, and easy to win.”

    Trump’s argument is causing turmoil on stock markets. It is also based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how trade works. Here’s what you need to know.

    Trade has benefits — even when you are running a trade deficit

  • How to Turn Off Facebook's Face Recognition Features

    Date published: 
    February 28, 2018

    ""Using facial recognition to help the visually impaired or as a tool to identify and combat cyber harassment is notable, because the positive uses of facial recognition technology are pretty limited to fun and maybe authentication," says Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University who studies privacy and data protection. "It's interesting now to see different uses. We collectively need to watch that to see how it plays out.""

  • Repealing Net Neutrality Could Kill Indie Porn

    Date published: 
    February 28, 2018

    "Ryan Singel, Media and Strategy Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, explained that on a neutral net, service providers function as common carriers, meaning they can’t refuse or prioritize access to certain sites (so long as what’s on them is legal). ISPs have long sought to extract more money from highly trafficked sites.


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