Of Interest

  • Your corner store could be Congress' next privacy challenge

    Date published: 
    December 21, 2018

    "Harlan Yu, the Executive Director of Upturn who has studied the use of body-worn cameras, said that it is safe to assume that data collection in the brick-and-mortar world "is just going to grow larger over the coming years.""

  • Nine months after deadly crash, Uber is testing self-driving cars again in Pittsburgh

    Date published: 
    December 20, 2018

    "Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina, said, “Uber’s stock response to serious allegations of past issues includes the statement that ‘We have every confidence in the work that the team is doing to get us’ to safe deployment.”

    In December, the technology site The Information published an internal Uber email, sent days before the Tempe fatality, that warned of too-frequent crashes and serious systems and personnel problems, and that was the company’s response.

  • It’s time to try something different on Internet privacy

    Neil Richards
    Woodrow Hartzog
    Publication Date: 
    December 20, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Since the dawn of the Internet, American regulators and companies have pursued two goals to protect our privacy: that people should be in control of their data and that companies should be transparent about what they do with our data. We can see these goals detailed in the privacy policies and terms of service that we “agree” to as well as companies’ increasingly complicated systems of privacy dashboards, permissions and sharing controls.

  • Grocery delivery, with no human drivers, is underway

    Date published: 
    December 18, 2018

    ""This is not yet at the point where in any way it's economically better than just sending someone out in a car to deliver your groceries," said Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina, who teaches about emerging technologies. "It will probably cost much more, and the range is minimal, and there are lots of ways it would not be a true, commercial-scale, viable deployment, but it's an important step on that path.""

  • For Residents Without Credit Cards, Miami Parking Is About To Get More Expensive

    Date published: 
    December 17, 2018

    "“This sounds ridiculously unfair,” Jen King, the Director of Consumer Privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, wrote to WLRN in an email. “On one hand, we have policymakers insisting that the Internet and mobile phones are optional, and then you have cities building these programs into their infrastructure.”"

  • Pushback Derails Company That Thrived on Patent Lawsuits

    Date published: 
    December 16, 2018

    "Despite the many lawsuits filed by Shipping & Transit, a court has never ruled on the validity of the company’s patent claims, said Daniel Nazer, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that works on intellectual property issues. But Shipping & Transit’s business model took a hit after multiple courts ordered it to pay attorneys fees and questioned the company’s motives in bringing the patent lawsuits."

  • 37% of Tech Experts Worry Artificial Intelligence Will Make Humanity Worse by 2030

    Date published: 
    December 14, 2018

    "“2030 is not far in the future. My sense is that innovations like the internet and networked AI have massive short-term benefits, along with long-term negatives that can take decades to be recognizable,” Andrew McLaughlin, executive director of the Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, said in response to Pew’s question."


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