Of Interest

  • A Response to Paul Vixie’s "Notice, Takedown, Borders, and Scale”

    Late last month, I posted to SSRN a draft of my forthcoming article, “Notice and Takedown in the Domain Name System: ICANN’s Ambivalent Drift into Online Content Regulation.” The article takes a close look at ICANN’s role in facilitating a new program of extrajudicial notice and takedown in the DNS for domain names associated with accused “pirate sites.” The program is a cooperative, private venture between Donuts, the registry operator for hundreds of new gTLDs in the DNS, and the Motion Picture

  • IBM Gives Up Out-Of-Office Email Patent EFF Called 'Stupid'

    Date published: 
    March 2, 2017

    "Speaking by phone to Law360, Nazer said Thursday he believed the disclaimer was directly linked to his post given the timing, and the fact that IBM filed the disclaimer after it was contacted by other media outlets.

    “They file hundreds of other patents, so I guess they figured they could head off any criticism at the pass by dedicating it to the public," Nazer said."

  • Twitter to police abuse in major shift

    Date published: 
    March 1, 2017

    ""Twitter has been proceeding carefully and thoughtfully in thinking through and rolling out tools designed to help harassment victims," said University of Maryland law professor Danielle Citron, who advises Twitter on these issues. "Those tools aim to put victims in the driver's seat but also tackle how overwhelming it can be when attacked by a cyber mob.The newest tool helps ensure that a harasser's provocations of others don't fill up victims' notifications.""

  • Waymo's Uber Lawsuit May Be Start Of A Google Patent War

    Date published: 
    March 1, 2017

    "“I’ve been warning that we could eventually see automated driving patent wars that rival the smartphone patent wars from several years ago,” Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and research scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, told Forbes. “Everybody is going to be infringing everybody’s patents eventually.”"

  • ICANN Is Moving Toward Copyright Enforcement, Academic Says

    Date published: 
    February 28, 2017

    "The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is on an “ambivalent drift” into online content regulation through its contractual facilitation of a “trusted notifier” copyright enforcement program between the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the registry operators for two new generic top-level domains, University of Idaho College of Law Professor Annemarie Bridy says in a draft article for the Washington & Lee Law Review."

  • The Startup That’s in Charge of the Biggest Private Satellite Fleet

    Date published: 
    February 28, 2017

    "The higher resolution will likely raise privacy and security concerns, however, just as Google’s Street View did in its early days. Making public precise data on the locations of cell towers, nuclear power plants, or valuable antiquities, for instance, could pose obvious security risks. Albert Gidari, director of privacy at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, predicts that Planet Labs will eventually need clear mechanisms for handling complaints and requests to blur or delete images.

  • Is Posting on Facebook a Fundamental Right?

    Date published: 
    February 28, 2017

    "“That’s of importance to anyone who uses the internet and digital products and services,” says Neil Richards, a Washington University law professor who specializes in privacy and First Amendment theory.

    Richards, for one, anticipates the latter. “I don’t think it’ll do much more than correct an error,” he says. “The court doesn’t want to set precedent for other cases unexpectedly without having those facts in front of it.”"
  • Checks and balances: an uncertain future for the intelligence sector

    Date published: 
    February 28, 2017

    "According to Richard Forno, a professor at UMBC and the director of UMBC’s graduate cybersecurity program, “Politics should never interfere with intelligence operations or analysis. Ever. Intelligence needs to remain objective and provide useful, reality-based understanding of the world to our national leaders. Anything that abuses those treasured national assets, resources, or capabilities to serve domestic political agendas likely will adversely impact national security decision making and ultimately, national security.”"

  • Our Bots, Ourselves

    Date published: 
    February 28, 2017

    "According to university law professors Woodrow Hartzog and Danielle Citron, “It is the first such complaint by the FTC that involved bots designed to actively deceive consumers.” It’s one thing to create a Twitter chatbot that acquires hundreds of followers who might not know it isn’t a real person. It’s quite another to maliciously program a bot to commit a crime."

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