Of Interest

  • Facebook isn't doing enough to control violent posts, says expert

    Date published: 
    April 28, 2017

    "However, Daphne Keller, the director of intermediary liability at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, questions whether machine monitoring is something we should even want to do.

    "The idea that we can have an automated machine that can detect what's illegal from what's legal is pretty risky," Keller tells Lynch."

  • The “Right to Be Forgotten” and National Laws Under the GDPR

    The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in the spring of 2018, bringing with it a newly codified version of the “Right to Be Forgotten” (RTBF).  Depending how the new law is interpreted, this right could prove broader than the “right to be de-listed” established in 2014’s Google Spain case.  It could put even more decisions about the balance between privacy and free expression in the hands of private Internet platforms like Google.

  • EU telecom watchdog plan dead on arrival

    Date published: 
    April 27, 2017

    "“A pan-European regulator would be the prime target of every telecom lobbyist on the continent,” said Thomas Lohninger, a digital rights activist.

    “Right now Berec is a room of discussion,” the net neutrality activist told EUobserver recently at a digital rights conference in Brussels.

    “Berec is the sphere where they agree on the common interpretation, and it's quite fact-based. If Berec's decisions had an immediate impact on the pockets of multi-billion companies, they would certainly pay more attention to it.”

  • Should officers be allowed to view body cam videos? Or does it give them unfair advantage?

    Date published: 
    April 26, 2017

    "Harlan Yu of Upturn Research has been studying body cameras and says they are not living up to the public’s expectations.

    “What Seattle and other police departments across the country are doing right now is creating an uneven playing field where officers get a structural advantage where they get to view footage and other eyewitnesses don’t,” Yu said."

  • How to Disappear? Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected?

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2017

    Even in the middle of major city, it’s possible to go off the grid. Last year, the Atlantic profiled a family in Washington, D.C., that harvests their entire household energy from a single, 1-kilowatt solar panel on a patch of cement in their backyard. Insulated, light-blocking blinds keep upstairs bedrooms cool at the peak of summer; in winter, the family gets by with low-tech solutions, like curling up with hot water bottles. “It’s a bit like camping,” one family member said.

  • Won’t Somebody Think of the Journalists?

    On April 25, 2017, CLTC was honored to host Tom Lowenthal, Staff Technologist for the Committee to Protect Journalists, for a lunch seminar entitled “Won’t Somebody Think of the Journalists?”. Formerly a paranoia advocate at Mozilla and the Tor Project’s coordinator, Lowenthal specializes in operational security and grassroots surveillance self-defense. In his presentation, he outlined the importance of broad security and privacy protections in today’s media landscape, in which anyone can be a journalist.

  • Man takes drone out for a sunset flight, drone gets shot down

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2017

    "Ryan Calo, a law professor and drone expert at the University of Washington, told Ars that federal authorities could bring a case if they wanted to.

    “It would seem that, in theory, you could prosecute an individual for destroying a drone.” he said in a phone interview. “That seems a rather draconian approach, so I’m not surprised the FAA has not pursued it. This is a flexible enough statute that they could bring a case.”"

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