Of Interest

  • Woman Awarded $6.5 Million in 'Groundbreaking' Revenge Porn Case Against Ex-Boyfriend

    Date published: 
    April 11, 2018

    "Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and outspoken advocate of victims of nonconsensual porn, calls the verdict “groundbreaking.” She says it’s rare for victims to have the funds to sue their harassers, and that this pro-bono case helps establish “that there can be serious financial consequences to perpetrators.” That, she says, could act as a deterrent to future would-be revenge pornographers."

  • Episode 14: Privacy in the Facebook Age

    Recently 50 million Facebook users had their personal information extracted and used for political and commercial purposes. In the wake of this scandal, we’ve all become much more aware of how our use of social media clashes with our desire for privacy. Are technical fixes and awareness enough, or is it time for Facebook and other online services to be regulated? Our guest Woodrow Hartzog is a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University and discusses the battle and future of our personal information.

  • Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony is a start. But only bipartisan cooperation will fix this crisis.

    Author(s): 
    Ben Scott
    Publication Date: 
    April 10, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    As Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before the U.S. Congress this week, the whole world seems to be against Facebook. Is this a watershed moment for the future of the company and the broader consumer internet as we know it? Will the tremendous public outcry against Facebook and the rest of the industry result in truly meaningful change that actually advances consumer interests and protects the long-term integrity of American democracy?

  • Here’s why tech companies abuse our data: because we let them

    Author(s): 
    Brett Frischmann
    Publication Date: 
    April 10, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    We live in an e-commerce utopia. I can call out orders and my demands are satisfied through an automated, seamless transaction. I just have to ask Alexa, or Siri, or one of the other digital assistants developed by Silicon Valley firms, who await the commands and manage the affairs of their human bosses.

  • What's at stake for Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as he testifies for Day 2

    Date published: 
    April 10, 2018

    "Traditionally, the FTC will settle these type of cases because proving consent decree violations is difficult, says Woodrow Hartzog, professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University. But this situation with Facebook could be different, he says. "We can learn a lot from watching what happens after FTC reaches the conclusion of its investigation." 

  • What will Microsoft and Ireland do with the new CLOUD Act warrant?

    So it seems that the Microsoft Ireland case at the Supreme Court will end with a whimper. Both the Department of Justice and Microsoft agree that the case is moot and should be dismissed due to the passage of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act or “CLOUD Act.” DoJ told the Court that it has procured a warrant under new section 2713 of the Stored Communications Act.

  • Experts: Education key to safe use of Autopilot

    Date published: 
    April 9, 2018

    "Although driver-assist features can increase vehicle safety, Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who specializes in self-driving vehicles, said automakers should make clear what their systems can and cannot do, and be transparent about how safety calculations are made.

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