Of Interest

  • Thai Website Shutdowns Soar After King's Death

    Date published: 
    November 17, 2016

    "Daphne Keller at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society said internet companies doing business in countries with laws restricting speech know they will be expected to comply with the rules. One common means of doing so without deleting lawful speech elsewhere is to offer country-specific versions of services, like YouTube Thailand, said Keller.

    "The company can then honor national law on the version of the service that is targeted to, and primarily used in, that country," she said."

  • Can You Crash An Autonomous Car Ethically?

    Date published: 
    November 16, 2016

    "“These are decisions that need to be thought about or programmed in advance,” said Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University. “Either way leads to problems.” In either case, you’re targeting a vehicle class through no fault of its own."

  • Exploring Augmented Reality (Past Event)

    November 16, 2016
    Washington, D.C.

    U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. entitled “Exploring Augmented Reality.” The hearing will examine the emergence, benefits, and implications of augmented reality technologies. Unlike virtual reality that creates a wholly simulated reality, augmented reality attempts to superimpose images and visual data on the physical world in an intuitive way.  

    Witnesses:

    •    Mr. Brian Blau, Research Vice President, Gartner

  • Google patent shows vision of self-driving cars flocking to pick up customers

    Date published: 
    November 15, 2016

    "“You could see Google as an operator of these networks, either directly owning and operating the vehicles, or closely partnered with another entity or entities that does,” said Stanford School of Law professor and autonomous-vehicle expert Bryant Walker Smith. For production of self-driving cars, Google would probably work with a carmaker, Smith said.

  • Donald Trump is about to control the most powerful surveillance machine in history

    Date published: 
    November 14, 2016

    "Secrecy is crucial because it enables more invasive and disruptive forms of surveillance, according to University of Washington Professor Ryan Calo, who has written extensively on the topic. As long as surveillance programs are secret, it’s nearly impossible to hold them in check — and without a steady stream of whistleblowers, any new programs are likely to stay secret. As Calo told The Verge, “It’s very difficult for the public to resist surveillance that they don’t know about.”"

  • Long-Distance Search Warrant Power Coming Dec. 1

    Date published: 
    November 14, 2016

    "Google Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado said the Department of Justice has made assurances about what it would do concerning the amended Rule 41 “and those are taken as sincere representations.”

  • Internet data pricing battle heats up in U.S. with AT&T and FCC following Canadian hearing

    Date published: 
    November 11, 2016

    "Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick told CRTC commissioners they could “absolutely” set a precedent in other jurisdictions.

    The CRTC must choose whether to deal with zero-rating complaints as it stands now on a case-by-case basis, ban it altogether or develop a set of guidelines on when it is acceptable.

    “I do believe there is precedential value,” said van Schewick, whose warmly received presentation argued against zero-rating especially when service providers own the content, stating it could harm innovation and competition.

  • GDPR will require 75,000 DPOs worldwide, study shows

    Date published: 
    November 10, 2016

    "Appointing a data protection officer is just the beginning, said Omer Tene, vice-president of research and education at the IAPP. “Organisations will need to ensure DPOs are well qualified and trained in the growing body of knowledge of the privacy profession, including law, technology and data management best practices,” he said."

  • Here’s How President Trump Could Destroy Net Neutrality

    Date published: 
    November 10, 2016

    "“Everything we’ve accomplished over the last ten years is now in jeopardy,” said Malkia Cyril, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice, a nonprofit group that advocates for digital freedom and inclusion. “From net neutrality to broadband privacy to prison phone reform and the Lifeline expansion, that’s all at risk now.”"

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