Of Interest

  • Australian Government Wants to Give Satire The Boot

    Author(s): 
    Daniel Nazer
    Publication Date: 
    October 20, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    The National Symbols Officer of Australia recently wrote to Juice Media, producers of Rap News and Honest Government Adverts, suggesting that its “use” of Australia’s coat of arms violated various Australian laws. This threat came despite the fact that Juice Media’s videos are clearly satire and no reasonable viewer could mistake them for official publications.

  • This is how social media data can help NGOs

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    October 20, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Stefaan Verhulst is the chief research and development officer, and Andrew Young is the knowledge director at the Governance Laboratory at New York University. Together, they have written a recent report on the role that social media data can play in the nonprofit sector. I asked them a series of questions about it.

  • A Big Test of Police Body Cameras Defies Expectations

    Date published: 
    October 20, 2017

    "“This is the most important empirical study on the impact of police body-worn cameras to date,” said Harlan Yu from Upturn, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit consulting company that studies how technology affects social issues. It was not directly involved in the research. “The results call into question whether police departments should be adopting body-worn cameras, given their high cost.”"

  • Congress doesn’t know enough to stop people enriching themselves at the public expense. Here’s how to fix this.

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    October 20, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Brink Lindsey and Steve Teles’s new book, The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth and Increase Inequality, looks to build a new account of how rent-seeking shapes the U.S. political economy, and what we can do about it. I asked Lindsey (who is vice-president at the Niskanen Center) and Teles, an associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, about the book.

  • The Rhetoric of “Responsible Encryption”

    Author(s): 
    Riana Pfefferkorn
    Publication Date: 
    October 19, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Last week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a speech about encryption that prompted a considerable amount of well-deserved blowback. His speech rehashed a number of long-discredited technical proposals for “solving” the “going dark” problem, and it also misstated the law.

  • Academics Recommend to Drop Filtering Obligations from the EU Copyright Reform

    As you might have noticed, there is a lot of activism on the copyright/intermediary liability side in Europe at the moment. Hence, I'm here announcing another opinion that I have co-drafted with an amazing team of scholars, including Martin Senftleben (lead author), Christina Angelopoulos, Valentina Moscon, Miquel Peguera and Ole Rognstad, and has been endorsed by more than sixty other acadamics so far:

  • What happens to your email after you die?

    Date published: 
    October 18, 2017

    "Albert Gidari, director of privacy for Stanford University Law School’s Center for Internet and Society in California, thoroughly disagrees with his colleagues on the east coast. He told Quartz (in an email, of course) that the Massachusetts decision was “nonsense” and that this question didn’t even really need resolving.

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