Of Interest

  • Editorial: Hacking into elections

    Date published: 
    August 7, 2016

    ""Interfering with the electoral and political process of countries is a classic tool of intelligence and foreign policy,” noted Richard Forno of the University of Maryland’s Center for Cybersecurity."

  • Ferguson Improves Police Body Camera Policy, But Gaps Remain, Critics Say

    Date published: 
    August 5, 2016

    "Harlan Yu, a principal at Upturn, said Ferguson’s updated policy is an improvement over the one it assessed for its study, which came from a 2014 document obtained by theSt. Louis Post Dispatch.

    Yu still had several concerns about the new policy, including the city’s decision to allow officers to review footage before filing reports about contentious encounters and the lack of an explicit plan to delete footage after a certain period of time. 

     “It’s much more substantive than the initial version, but there are still significant gaps,” said Yu."

  • Who gets the blame when driverless cars crash? Everybody.

    Date published: 
    August 5, 2016

    "Law professor Bryant Walker Smith of the University of South Carolina discussed some of the legal aspects of getting driverless cars on the road. There are no major legal barriers to the use of the cars, he said, but there are minor issues in state law—for example, he said, the state of New York requires that drivers keep one hand on the wheel at all times. What happens when manufacturers introduce autonomous vehicles that don’t even have steering wheels?

  • Stanford-Professorin Van Schewick: ‘Netzbetreiber gegen den Rest der Welt’

    Date published: 
    August 5, 2016

    "Sind wir im Internet alle gleich oder gibt es Privilegierte? Regiert auch hier das Geld die Welt? Die gebürtige Bonnerin und Stanford-Professorin Barbara van Schewick ist Expertin für Netzneutralität. Die amerikanischen Regulierungsbehörden haben ihre Vorschläge im vergangenen Jahr in Form von Netzneutralitätsregeln umgesetzt. Für van Schewick hat das Internet großes demokratisierendes Potenzial. In Europa sieht sie dies jetzt bedroht, wenn das Bewusstsein für das Thema nicht bei allen ankommt. Mit ihr sprach GA-Mitarbeiterin Anita Borhau-Karsten.

  • Government data requests have little legal backing say experts

    Date published: 
    August 5, 2016

    "The Stanford Center for Internet and Society's Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties, and Riana Pfefferkorn, cryptography fellow, said at Black Hat 2016 that companies are often under no legal obligation to comply with law enforcement data requests, because data requests are not orders and even court orders are not the law.

  • Unlock the Box Meets Lochner

    I’m told that August is a slow month in D.C., but there is nevertheless policy drama in the air for the telecommunications and copyright nerds among us. I blogged last week about the battle currently being waged over the FCC’s effort to introduce competition into the market for cable set-top boxes—a market currently controlled by cable companies to the tune of about $20B a year.

  • Sites Spying on You in Weird New Ways, Princeton Study Exposes

    Date published: 
    August 4, 2016

    ""Several features of the web...are being used or abused, depending on how one looks at it, by these tracking companies and various entities in the ad tech ecosystem," said study co-author Arvind Narayanan, an associate professor of computer science at Princeton. "They're being used in sneaky ways to track where users are going across the web.""

  • The rise of police body cameras: Who's doing it right?

    Date published: 
    August 4, 2016

    "“There’s a real fear among many civil rights advocates and communities that body-worn cameras will become just another tool for surveillance,” Mr. Yu tells the Monitor by phone.

    A number of police departments have pushed back against the criteria for body camera policies outlined in the study, says Dr. Yu, including Fresno, Calif., a city which failed every one of the eight categories outlined in the report."

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