Of Interest

  • Texting A Person While They’re Driving Could Land You In Jail

    Date published: 
    May 3, 2016

    "But Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina, thinks the textalyzer bill, Gallatin v. Gargiulocase, and Snapchat suit might suggest an upcoming shift in how society takes on distracted driving. Smith was a transportation engineer before he studied law and he specializes in how emerging technology affects driving. “People often see distracted driving as a socially acceptable sin, a kind of inside joke writ large, an innocuous guilty pleasure in which everyone indulges,” Smith told Vocativ.

  • CPJ alarmed by WhatsApp block in Brazil

    Date published: 
    May 2, 2016

    ""Journalists in Brazil regularly rely on WhatsApp for their reporting," said CPJ Technology Program Coordinator Geoffrey King. "Blocking access to such a widely used platform is an overreach that violates the open nature of the Internet and disproportionally damages the free flow of information.""

  • Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

    Date published: 
    May 1, 2016

    "Features such as Pilot Assist exist in what tech policy expert and University of South Carolina assistant professor Bryant Walker Smith calls the “mushy middle of automation,” where carmakers still require human drivers to pay attention. “It's not always clear where the line between the human and the machine falls,” he says.

    In the long run, “from the manufacturer's perspective,” Smith says, “what they may be looking at is a bigger slice of what we all hope will be a much smaller [liability] pie.”"
  • New Rules Mean It's Payback Time in Patent Cases

    Date published: 
    April 30, 2016

    ""There's no doubt that Octane Fitness has made a difference. It's increased the risk of bringing really frivolous litigation," Nazer said. "We don't know the extent to which these judgments are being collected on. At the end, there's a lot TBD.""

  • The government wants your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Should that be allowed?

    Date published: 
    April 30, 2016

    "But Albert Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, said the action might not violate the 5th Amendment prohibition of self-incrimination.

    "Unlike disclosing passcodes, you are not compelled to speak or say what's 'in your mind' to law enforcement," Gidari said. "'Put your finger here' is not testimonial or self-incriminating.""

  • Why the names of six people who complained of sexual assault were published online by Dallas police

    Date published: 
    April 29, 2016

    "Balancing the desire for greater transparency and the need to protect the privacy of victims can be a difficult issue for the authorities. And some police departments may not have in-house expertise to know which data should be kept anonymous, said Arvind Narayanan, a computer science professor at Princeton who researches privacy issues.

    “Depending on what one is looking to release, it can be anywhere from easily doable to impossible,” said Narayanan."

  • Encryption vs. the FBI

    Encryption vs. the FBI

    What's the latest in the FBI's ongoing dispute with Apple over encrypted iPhones? What's at stake and what could happen next? Guest Speaker, Riana Pfefferkorn is the Cryptography Fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.


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