Of Interest

  • Report: SAPD’s body cam policy needs to be tweaked

    Date published: 
    December 25, 2017

    "“Departments often justify unrestricted footage review policies by arguing that it allows officers to write more accurate reports, but in our view, these policies just create an illusion of accuracy,” Harlan Yu, executive director of Upturn, said in a conference call after the report was released."

  • Here’s how Google is helping, not hurting, democracy

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    December 22, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Sean Richey and J. Benjamin Taylor have a new book on how Google searches affect democratic knowledge, “Google and Democracy: Politics and the Power of the Internet.” I asked them questions about what they found. Richey is an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University, while Taylor is assistant professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

  • In 2017, society started taking AI bias seriously

    Date published: 
    December 21, 2017

    ""2017, perhaps, was a watershed year, and I predict that in the next year or two the issue is only going to continue to increase in importance," said Arvind Narayanan, an assistant professor of computer science at Princeton and data privacy expert. "What has changed is the realization that these aren't specific exceptions of racial and gender bias. It's almost definitional that machine learning is going to pick up and perhaps amplify existing human biases. The issues are inescapable.""

  • What will happen now that net neutrality is gone? We asked the experts

    Date published: 
    December 21, 2017

    "With the Dec. 14 repeal, Comcast and others will be able to charge content companies exorbitant fees without, technically, blocking. This fundamentally changes how the internet works, argues Ryan Singel, a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Any website or service may now have to pay ISPs to load, reducing the number and variety of free services. Expect telecoms to exploit this power extracting maximum fees and deterring new entrants."

  • State Hacking An Option To Overcome Encryption, IGF Hears

    Date published: 
    December 21, 2017

    "The days of unfettered access to internet content are over, Riana Pfefferkorn of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society told government representatives during a panel dedicated to state interference in encryption, organised by Brazil’s registry Nic.br and CGI.br at the 12th Internet Governance Forum this week in Geneva. “Governments have to adapt,” the cryptography researcher said."

  • The Citizen’s Dilemma

    Date published: 
    December 20, 2017

    " I pose the question to Stanford’s Gidari: Would you use this app in a crisis? He doesn’t take long to answer in the negative.

    “This is a poor substitute for street smarts,” he says. “When the police car is running in one direction, you should run in the other. Do you need to hear more than one gunshot to know you should get the hell out?”"

  • The benefits of police body cams are a myth

    Author(s): 
    Harlan Yu
    Malkia A. Cyril
    Publication Date: 
    December 20, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    In the three years since Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, police body-worn cameras have been sold to the public as a tool that would primarily deter police misconduct.

  • Where Were Netflix and Google in the Net-Neutrality Fight?

    Date published: 
    December 20, 2017

    "Ryan Singel, a fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society and a former reporter at Wired, agrees that it’s hard to imagine the Googles and Facebooks of the world doing things differently after net neutrality’s repeal. “These guys can afford to pay for fast lanes”—the priority treatment that ISPs will soon be permitted to charge for—“they can afford to pay access fees, they have the clout to make sure that when they do pay for those, that they get a better rate than someone else,” Singel says."

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