Of Interest

  • Court upholds FCC net neutrality rules

    "In a 2-1 ruling, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules that regulators. In a statement, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the ruling “ensures the internet remains a platform for unparalled innovation, free expression and economic growth.” RT America correspondent Manila Chan reports that the DC Circuit Court upheld the ruling despite heavy resistance from the telecom industry.

  • T-Mobile adds PBS, other partners to Binge On

    Date published: 
    June 14, 2016

    ""Binge On allows some providers to join easily and creates lasting barriers for others, especially small players, non-commercial providers, and start-ups," Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick wrote earlier this year. "As such, the program harms competition, user choice, free expression, and innovation.""

  • Why India should keep an eye on Europe

    Date published: 
    June 13, 2016

    "“The law is neither with the telecom companies nor with the activists. It has been overcomplicated and could be interpreted either way,” says Thomas Lohninger, an activist who is a part of the savetheinternet.eu campaign which has nearly 22 digital rights organisations across Europe under its ambit.

  • Is it Hate or Terrorism?

    Date published: 
    June 13, 2016

    ""It's easy for people to be selective about the incidents and evidence they choose to fit the narrative they're putting forth," says University at Albany public administration professor Brian Nussbaum, a former intelligence analyst with the New York State office of Counterterrorism. Nussbaum sees the Orlando event as both a hate crime and a terror attack – but politicians with widely divergent bases of political support are parsing the issue."

  • Supreme Court okays troll toll increase

    Date published: 
    June 13, 2016

    "EFF Staff Attorney Daniel Nazer said that the ruling was unsurprising, but pointed out that the decision does not give free reign to judges to issue pumped-up awards.

    "EFF is glad to see that the Court emphasized that enhanced damages should still be reserved for the most egregious cases," Nazer told The Register.

    "We agree with the concurrence that district courts should be cautious not to impose enhanced damages too often, especially where non-practicing entities send threat letters out to numerous small businesses.""

  • Where Can You Even “Drive” a Driverless Car?

    Date published: 
    June 10, 2016

    "“Under existing law, the federal government regulates motor vehicle design, and the states regulate driving and noncommercial drivers,” says Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of at the University of South Carolina who studies driverless cars. “The challenge here is you have the vehicle becoming the driver in many ways. That muddies this division of roles between the federal government and the state government.”"

  • Self-Driving Cars Will Teach Themselves to Save Lives—But Also Take Them

    Date published: 
    June 9, 2016

    “With Go or chess or Space Invaders, the goal is to win, and we know what winning looks like,” says Lin. “But in ethical decision-making, there is no clear goal. That’s the whole trick. Is the goal to save as many lives as possible? Is the goal to not have the responsibility for killing? There is a conflict in the first principles.”

  • Why is Google's co-founder secretly investing in flying cars?

    Date published: 
    June 9, 2016

    ""Silicon Valley is full of secret projects: Flying cars are almost quaint by comparison (since people have been proposing them for decades)," Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law who studies the technology, tells the Monitor in an email. "They will raise pretty significant environmental and equity concerns.""

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