Of Interest

  • Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests on public roads

    Date published: 
    November 2, 2018

    "Although the report covered all the main bases, Uber should have gone even further given its self-driving car killed Herzberg, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina who has been studying the issues affecting autonomous vehicles. In its most glaring omission, Uber didn’t accept responsibility for Herzberg’s death — the first involving a fully autonomous vehicle, he said.

  • Trump's Game of Thrones Tweet Is Odd—but Probably Not Trademark Infringement

    Date published: 
    November 2, 2018

    "A dilution claim also generally requires that the entity claiming infringement be able to prove the public was genuinely confused. Because Trump’s tweet wasn’t being used in commerce, and because it’s unlikely anyone thought he was legit affiliated with Game of Thrones, dilution would be a hard argument to make. "I think this would be a tough, a tough case," Nazer says. "No one is likely to be confused that HBO is endorsing this tweet or sponsoring sanctions against Iran. My view is that this shouldn’t be a viable suit.""

  • Online hate is spreading, and Internet platforms can’t stop it

    Date published: 
    November 1, 2018

    "“The problem with broad and vague definitions is that it’s subject to including things like political speech and dissent, because one person’s view of what’s demeaning to a group could be another person’s view of political speech,” said Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and author of the book “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.”"

  • Stanford Internet and Society Lab: Genetic Testing, Privacy, and Your DNA - Insights From a Study of 23andMe Users (Past Event)

    November 13, 2018
    Stanford Law School

    RSVP is required for this free event. 

    In this talk, Director of Consumer Privacy Jen King will review her findings from her interview study of 23andMe users, focusing on motivations for testing, benefits, and perceptions of risk. She will also talk about privacy issues with direct to consumer genetic testing more generally, the state of current legal protections, and concerns about future risks.

  • 2018 NACDL Conference: Combatting the Surveillance State (Past Event)

    November 29, 2018
    University of California - Berkeley

    Advanced technologies are revolutionizing how the government investigates, charges and prosecutes criminal cases—and defense attorneys must keep pace. Even small police departments can purchase powerful surveillance technologies, and internet companies collect vast troves of data on virtually everyone. This two-day CLE conference will discuss the government's use of technologically advanced investigative techniques in criminal cases, and the issues raised by those techniques under the Fourth Amendment and other federal law.

  • US midterms: Democrats look to big data to beat Trump

    Date published: 
    October 31, 2018

    "To Mr McLaughlin, targeting people by values such as “equality” or “tradition” is fine, but profiling their emotional state is not. As AI improves, he believes campaigns should steer clear of any technology that makes decisions that are unexplainable. “We do not want to unilaterally surrender capabilities to the right — nor do we want to behave as though the ends justify the means,” he says."

  • Reporters fell into the ‘both sides’ trap while covering birthright citizenship

    Date published: 
    October 31, 2018

    "According to Margaret Hu, a professor at Washington and Lee Law School and an expert on immigration law, “we created an entire regime of exclusion as a result of the Chinese Exclusion Act.” Indeed, the very concept of an “undocumented” immigrant “didn’t come about until we had a document-based immigration system,” which was itself created as part of this broad effort to exclude Chinese nationals."

  • The Tinder-Bumble Feud: Dating Apps Fight Over Who Owns The Swipe

    Date published: 
    October 30, 2018

    ""You don't get a patent for saying 'cure dementia with a drug.' You have to say what the drug is," explains Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    Nazer, with the EFF, says a few months ago he'd have bet on a win for Bumble — but because the legal standards in this area are constantly evolving, today, he's not so sure."

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