Of Interest

  • California Lawmakers Pass Sweeping Online Privacy Legislation

    Date published: 
    June 29, 2018

    "“Something of this magnitude getting passed through unanimously in both chambers is really astounding,” said Omer Tene, chief knowledge officer of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, in an interview with Adweek.

  • The Cybersecurity 202: Cellphone spying has lawmakers worried. But they don't know how to stop it.

    Date published: 
    June 28, 2018

    "“I’m not aware of any instance where a law enforcement agency has successfully tracked down one of these devices,” Jonathan Mayer, a chief technologist at the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, told the subcommittee. Nor has the Justice Department prosecuted anyone for operating a cell site simulator, he added. 

    The challenge, Mayer said, was that there was no “telltale sign of cell site simulation . . . there are only indicia that give rise to suspicion.”"

  • Protecting the Freedom to Encrypt

    Widespread availability of advanced encryption technology has improved security for consumers and businesses, though some in law enforcement have voiced concerns that it limits their ability to prevent terrorism and prosecute crimes.
  • How NXIVM Used the Strange Power of Patents to Build Its “Sex Cult”

    Date published: 
    June 27, 2018

    "But even when the U.S.P.T.O. granted patents to Raniere for his inventions (which they did for over 20), it shouldn’t necessarily be considered proof of brilliance, according to Daniel Nazer, attorney and Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Nazer said, “If your whole shtick is going around and convincing people that you’re this genius, then the patent system is a way to buttress that.

  • YouTube keeps deleting evidence of Syrian chemical weapon attacks

    Date published: 
    June 26, 2018

    "However, a video for example showing Isis recruitment can violate the law in one context, but also be legal and important for purposes such as documenting crimes for future prosecution, says Daphne Keller, intermediary liability director at Stanford's Centre for Internet and Society.

    “The more we push companies to carry out fast, sloppy content removals, the more mistakes we will see,” Keller says. She thinks lawmakers should “slow down, talk to experts including both security researchers and members of the affected communities, and build on that foundation”."

  • Deep Dive: Cybersecurity and the Broad Geopolitical Risk of Digital Life

    Cybersecurity is increasingly a major concern of modern life, coloring everything from the way we vote to the way we drive to the way our health care records are stored. Yet online security is beset by threats from nation-states and terrorists and organized crime, and our favorite social media sites are drowning in conspiracy theories and disinformation. How do we reset the internet and reestablish control over our own information and digital society?

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