Of Interest

  • California's Heavy-Handed Plan to Regulate the Self-Driving Car Biz

    Date published: 
    May 24, 2018

    "“The transportation network company experience has shaped everyone’s view of how to approach these things,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a lawyer who studies driverless vehicle regulations at the University of South Carolina School of Law. That was the classic horse-is-gone, close-the-barn-door maneuver, and this is an opportunity to start afresh. “If you’re going to open the barn door, make sure the horse is still in there and then open it a bit at a time.”"

  • Will the EU’s GDPR Rules Launch a New Era of Data Protection?

    Date published: 
    May 24, 2018

    "“[GDPR] hinges on a robust notion of explaining what exactly goes on with [people’s] information,” said Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, as well as an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. The GDPR replaces the EU’s Data Protection Directive that was implemented in 1998, and it “will nudge companies” to reconsider the way they have been presenting their processing of data to consumers in the last 20 years, she added."

  • G.D.P.R., a New Privacy Law, Makes Europe World’s Leading Tech Watchdog

    Date published: 
    May 24, 2018

    "Even if Europe persuades other countries to adopt its policies, it will be hard to ensure the laws work, said Omer Tene, a vice president at the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a trade group that tracks global privacy regulation.

    “It’s one thing to have rules on the books,” said Mr. Tene. “It’s quite another thing to implement these rules on the ground.”"

  • What Is GDPR and Why Should You Care?

    Date published: 
    May 24, 2018

    ""Some companies may realize it’s better to just extend GDPR protections to all their customers, period, rather than one one policy for European citizens and one policy for the rest of the world," says Richard Forno, a cyber security researcher and the Assistant Director of UMBC's Center for Cybersecurity. "

  • Trump Can't Block Critics on Twitter. What This Means For You

    Date published: 
    May 23, 2018

    "Neil Richards, a law professor at Washington University School of law, says the case is particularly important because it seeks to assess how the internet actually works in the real world. "When we’re thinking about the First Amendment, it’s important that we recognize the internet that we have in practice, rather than an idealized version of the internet that we might want to have or that Silicon Valley might sell us," he says."

  • The Constitution requires a census and State of the Union. Steve Ballmer wants to bring them up to date.

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    May 23, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Steve Ballmer is the former CEO of Microsoft and the creator of USAFacts, an organization dedicated to making government data sources more publicly accessible and easier to use. In an interview (which has been edited for length and style), I asked him about what USAFacts is doing and how it is trying to help people understand how the government spends its money.

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