Of Interest

  • Reporter’s Detention Fuels Debate Over Cellphone Searches

    Date published: 
    July 22, 2016

    "Geoffrey King, technology program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, said such policies could jeopardize the safety and careers of reporters and their sources, and set a bad example for more repressive states to use the policy as a cover to crack down on press freedoms.

    “The practice of suspicionless searches of electronics is something that has serious implications for press freedom not only in the U.S. but around the world,” said Mr. King."

  • Defusing police use of 'bomb robots'

    Date published: 
    July 22, 2016

    "But Ryan Calo, law professor and expert in legal issues and robotics saw little difference between the bomb robot and having a sniper shoot from a distance.

    "No court would find a legal problem here. When someone is an ongoing lethal danger, there isn’t an obligation by officers to put themselves in harm’s way," he said"

  • ESPECIAL: o que dizem especialistas em criptografia sobre o bloqueio do WhatsApp

    Date published: 
    July 21, 2016

    3 perguntas para Riana Pfefferkorn, pesquisadora na área de criptografia no Center for Internet and Society da Stanford Law School (EUA).

    “O debate sobre a criptografia versus aplicação da lei é um debate ‘segurança versus segurança’, não um debate ‘privacidade versus segurança’”

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  • Network Neutrality in Brazil: the recently enacted Presidential Decree consolidates meaningful rules

    Amidst an economic and political turmoil, Brazil gave a significant step towards protection of network neutrality – the principle that keeps the Internet an open space, free from undue control by Internet service providers (ISPs). A Presidential Decree issued right before Dilma Rousseff was temporarily removed from power on May 10 consolidates the regime established by the Marco Civil – a Federal Statute known as the “Internet Bill of Rights” in Brazil - and brings clarity to the application of meaningful rules that may effectively preserve network neutrality.

  • International Justice Day Round-Up III: Salvadoran Amnesty Law, Germany Apologizes to Namibia over Genocide, Corporate Criminality, and Colombia Ceasefire

    Beth Van Schaack
    Publication Date: 
    July 20, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    This is Part III of an international criminal justice round-up covering ten of the top developments in the field this spring and summer. Part I is here and covers the Habrécase, the travel of President Al-Bashir of Sudan, and the Open Society Justice Initiative’s report on crimes against humanity in Mexico.  Part II—which covered sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Bemba case, the ICC Statute aggression amendments’ 30thratification by Palestine, and more justice for Chile—is 

  • Google recieved record number of data requests: 4,677 in latest transparency report

    Date published: 
    July 20, 2016

    "Omer Tene, vice president of research and education at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) noted that European countries such as Germany and France submit significantly more government requests than U.S., relative to the population. “This puts in perspective the concerns of European privacy regulators over data transfers to the U.S.,” he wrote in an email to SCMagazine.com.

  • Twitter stirs debate as 'troll' banned over racist abuse

    Date published: 
    July 20, 2016

    "Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor and author of a book "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace," called the incident "a learning moment."

    "I applaud Twitter for its approach in this area," Citron said. "If you chase people offline with racist and intimidating speech, that's too much. Twitter and other platforms are contributing to social norms on free expression.""

  • Tesla's data collection may help it deflect Autopilot liability

    Date published: 
    July 20, 2016

    "The courtroom, however, is different from the court of public opinion, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina, who studies self-driving vehicles.

    "Summaries and spin will be much less credible than analysis supported by raw data that others can evaluate," he said."


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