Of Interest

  • A brief history of crypto (Past Event)

    November 15, 2017
    Oakland, CA

    Registration is required for this free event. 

    With the DOJ recently bringing back the "Going Dark" debate, and now calling for "responsible encryption," what does the Trump administration have to say about strong crypto? Do we know yet? Do they? 

    If there's anyone who might be able to figure that out, it's Riana Pfefferkorn. 

  • Texas killings may aid Rosenstein’s crusade on encryption

    Date published: 
    November 11, 2017

    "“It’s basically the gloves coming off,” said Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society.

    Indeed, Pfefferkorn said she was “somewhat worried about the [government’s] ability to capitalize on that public sentiment.”"
  • Congress’s end run around a pillar of online free speech

    Date published: 
    November 10, 2017

    "Daphne Keller of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society says that the new law could push some platforms and publishers to crack down on a wide variety of speech, to avoid the threat of lawsuits. It would give them “a reason to err on the side of removing internet users’ speech in response to any controversy,” she says, “and in response to false or mistaken allegations, which are often levied against online speech.”"

  • As mass data collection becomes the norm, concerns about surveillance are growing

    Date published: 
    November 10, 2017

    "This is why conversations regarding smart city data collection sometimes miss the point. Albert Gidari, Director of Privacy at the Stanford Centre for Internet and Society, believes focusing on personally identifiable information (PII) is myopic – particularly when there is so much valuable data that can be mined from citizens before you’ve asked for their identity directly.

  • Another mass shooting, another locked phone

    Date published: 
    November 9, 2017

    "Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, said the phone could contain information not available elsewhere, like data stored and deleted locally, but in this case she doesn’t see the point.

    “I don’t think this is a case where that would be forensically significant,” Pfefferkorn said of accessing the phone."

  • How to Make Cars Cooperate

    Date published: 
    November 9, 2017

    "Without federal help, however, the upfront cost of connected infrastructure can be prohibitive for small towns and cities. Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and an affiliate scholar at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, recently challenged a group of students to come up with ways to secure public funding for vehicle-to-infrastructure technology that would enable more governments to afford it.

  • With Amazon Key’s launch, customers and lawyers have lots of questions

    Date published: 
    November 8, 2017

    ""Would it be possible for a person unknowingly to authorize a law enforcement agency or a criminal to access Amazon Key?" Elizabeth Joh, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, e-mailed Ars. "If a criminal gains access and some harm occurs, who is responsible? And what criminal law would apply? Also, does Amazon have in its disclaimers that law enforcement might ask for access through Amazon Key? Does Amazon plan on being transparent about this?""

  • It’s Getting Harder for Tech Companies To Deny Responsibility for Content

    Date published: 
    November 7, 2017

    "The opposing view, held by advocates for victims of crime or harassment online, is that giving tech companies immunity removes any incentive they have to conduct due diligence. Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law who also serves on Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council, co-authored a paper this summer entitled “The Internet Will Not Break," which called for making the law’s immunity less sweeping.

  • Congress Can Crack Down On Tech Companies, But It Can’t Do Much To Their Algorithms

    Date published: 
    November 6, 2017

    "“When platforms don’t know what to do, the legally over-cautious response is to go way overboard on taking things down just in case they’re illegal,” Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society, told BuzzFeed News. “My worst case scenario legislation would be some vague obligation for platforms to make sure that users don’t do bad things.”"


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