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  • How Will Apple Fight US Over Access to Terrorist's iPhone?

    Date published: 
    February 18, 2016

    "Apple, which has been joined in its resistance by other tech companies, has a good chance of winning in the end, said Jeffrey Vagle, executive director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

    “What they’re asking for is for Apple to create an update” that would allow the government to disable a password limit, he said. While the law may allow a court to compel compliance with a search warrant, as the Supreme Court previously ruled, it cannot “compel a manufacturer to write new code,” he said."

  • “More Than a Domestic Mechanism”: Options for Hybrid Justice in Sri Lanka

    Author(s): 
    Beth Van Schaack
    Publication Date: 
    February 18, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    For nearly three decades, the government of Sri Lanka fought with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), but after years of resistance, the new government has committed to launching a genuine transitional justice program to address, and redress, the grave international crimes committed by all sides during the conflict.

  • Apple-FBI fight over iPhone encryption pits privacy against national security

    Date published: 
    February 18, 2016

    ""This is a new frontier," said Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. "I know of no other statutory provision that would arguably create an obligation for device manufacturers to help out the government."

    Apple may not have fought orders in the past because "it was easy for Apple to give the data," she said.

    "But the architecture of the phones changed," she said. "This is about Apple creating a new forensic version of its software to do the job the FBI wants it to do."

  • New Alliances in Cybersecurity, Human Rights and Internet Governance (Past Event)

    February 17, 2016
    Stanford University

    On Wednesday, February 17, The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford, The Center for International Governance Innovation, and the Research Advisory Network of the Global Commission on Internet Governance will present an all-day conference entitled "New Alliances in Cybersecurity, Human Rights and Internet Governance." The conference will discuss the challenges of creating a regime of internet governance that pays attention to security and human rights in the digital context.

  • In the battle of Internet mobs vs. the law, the Internet mobs have won

    Date published: 
    February 17, 2016

    "“What we’re seeing now is the law’s limits,” Citron said. “Mobs have little fear of the law, and unfortunately, Zoe is the victim of that.”

    “Do we expect Massachusetts police to go after all of them?” asked Citron, the law professor. “At some point, it becomes too much for the system to bear. You can’t nail down criminal liability in a case like Zoe’s, where there’s such a huge number of actors.”"
  • Cyberwarfare Ethics: What You Need to Know (Past Event)

    March 2, 2016
    Santa Clara University

    For more information and to register visit the event website

    Professor Patrick Lin discusses key ethical, legal, and policy challenges in cyberwarfare. This event is part of the “IT, Ethics, and Law” lecture series, co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute.

  • How Apple Will Fight U.S. Demand for Access to Attacker's iPhone

    Date published: 
    February 17, 2016

    "Apple, likely to be joined in its resistance by other tech companies, has a good chance of winning in the end, said Jeffrey Vagle, executive director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

    “What they’re asking for is for Apple to create an update” that would allow the government to disable a password limit, he said. While the law may allow a court to compel compliance with a search warrant, as the Supreme Court previously ruled, it cannot “compel a manufacturer to write new code,” he said."

  • Apple headed for showdown over San Bernardino shooter’s phone

    Date published: 
    February 17, 2016

    "The company has a good case, according to Jeffrey Vagle, executive director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

    “This would require a purposeful declawing of the security mechanism that Apple has put in there for a reason, to protect its customers,” he said. “That’s a strong technical argument.”""

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