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  • Twitter bans ads from two Russian media outlets, cites election meddling

    Date published: 
    October 26, 2017

    ""Banning any particular person, group or country is just bad policy - in other parts of the world, platforms will come to be viewed as a tool of U.S. or other foreign policy and it will give authoritarian regimes more excuses to ban speech," Albert Gidari, who as a lawyer has represented tech companies, said in an email. Gidari is now privacy director at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society."

  • An Electric Semi Definitely Won’t Work—But Seven in a Row Might

    Date published: 
    October 26, 2017

    "On the other hand, stringing together seven trucks would represent “some advanced platooning,” said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina who focuses on autonomous driving, in an e-mail. That number is well beyond the two or three that most platoon developers are initially aiming for, and more than any single carrier usually has traveling together at the same time, he added."

  • To Filter or Not to Filter? That is the Question in EU Copyright Reform

    Author(s): 
    Giancarlo Frosio
    Publication Date: 
    October 25, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Academic Writing
    This article discusses the proposed introduction in EU law of an obligation for hosting providers to conclude licencing agreements with copyright holders and ensure their functioning by taking effective technological measures—such as content id technologies—to prevent copyright infringement on online platforms.
  • What Does the FBI's New 'Black Identity Extremist' Label Really Mean to Black Organizing?

    Date published: 
    October 25, 2017

    Malkia Cyril is the founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice, an organization best known for its leadership in the fight for net neutrality. But Cyril, who uses the pronouns “they” and ”them,” is now embroiled in a related but distinct fight—one they call “protecting Black dissidents from the FBI.” It’s a fight they’ve been preparing for since they were born to parents who were members of the Black Panther Party.

  • NAACP’s American Airlines warning is a wake-up call to corporate America

    Date published: 
    October 25, 2017

    "Malkia Cyril, a Black Lives Matter activist in Oakland, Calif., praised the new approach. “For the NAACP to more vocally expand its portfolio of issues to include corporate accountability is an amazing step for black communities in this country,” she said. “When we talk about racism in this country, we so often talk about government oppression and not about the role these corporations are playing in the lives of black people. I hope demanding accountability from American Airlines is only the tip of the iceberg.”"

  • Amazon’s Latest Way Into Your Life Is Through the Front Door

    Date published: 
    October 25, 2017

    "Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who specializes in legal issues related to technology, said Amazon’s new service relies on the same kind of trust homeowners commonly extend to services to which they hand over their keys. But he said those agreements often involve in-person interactions, which won’t happen when homeowners allow Amazon to unlock its doors.

    “It raises questions about how do you specify and police expectations when the relationship is one mediated almost entirely by technology?” Mr. Calo said."

  • Trusting Big Data Research

    Author(s): 
    Neil Richards
    Woodrow Hartzog
    Publication Date: 
    October 24, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Academic Writing

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