Of Interest

  • Inefficiently Automated Law Enforcement

    Woodrow Hartzog
    Publication Date: 
    May 4, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Academic Writing

    For some crimes the entire law enforcement process can now be automated. No humans are needed to detect the crime, identify the perpetrator, or impose punishment. While automated systems are cheap and efficient, governments and citizens must look beyond these obvious savings as manual labor is replaced by robots and computers.

  • Will artificial intelligence revolutionize cybersecurity?

    Date published: 
    May 4, 2016

    ""Just imagine a world in which bots are out there looking for vulnerabilities and other bots or artificial intelligence is simultaneously poking holes, plugging holes, poking back," said Ryan Calo, a law professor and director of the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington, a think tank that examines cybersecurity and AI policy."

  • Woman forced to unlock her iPhone using her fingerprint in unprecedented move that has divided legal experts

    Date published: 
    May 4, 2016

    "However, Albert Gidari, director of privacy at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, said the order does not appear to violate the Fifth Amendment as courts traditionally interpret it.

    He said: 'Unlike disclosing passcodes, you are not compelled to speak or say what's "in your mind" to law enforcement. "Put your finger here" is not testimonial or self-incriminating.'"


  • Argentinian Telecoms (and Credit Cards) Ordered to Block UBER App

    Argentina is in the midst of an inflamed debate on the lawfulness of UBER services. The last stage of the UBER affair—previously visiting cities like Milan or Paris—occurred in Buenos Aires. Finally, a number of orders from different authorities led to the blockade of the UBER app. In addition, credit card services were enjoined from processing payments connected to the App. Multiple arguments served as a legal basis to the different orders, including the endangerment of passengers´ health and safety and tax collection.
  • Texting A Person While They’re Driving Could Land You In Jail

    Date published: 
    May 3, 2016

    "But Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina, thinks the textalyzer bill, Gallatin v. Gargiulocase, and Snapchat suit might suggest an upcoming shift in how society takes on distracted driving. Smith was a transportation engineer before he studied law and he specializes in how emerging technology affects driving. “People often see distracted driving as a socially acceptable sin, a kind of inside joke writ large, an innocuous guilty pleasure in which everyone indulges,” Smith told Vocativ.

  • CPJ alarmed by WhatsApp block in Brazil

    Date published: 
    May 2, 2016

    ""Journalists in Brazil regularly rely on WhatsApp for their reporting," said CPJ Technology Program Coordinator Geoffrey King. "Blocking access to such a widely used platform is an overreach that violates the open nature of the Internet and disproportionally damages the free flow of information.""

  • After Two Abandoned iPhone Cases, FBI’s Next Encryption Battle Unclear

    Date published: 
    May 2, 2016

    "Riana Pfefferkorn, the cryptography fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, believes the Justice Department will continue to pursue a multi-pronged strategy, pressing the encryption issue on lawmakers, in meetings with tech companies, and in the courts. But following San Bernardino and New York, it will mount litigation below the public’s radar.

  • Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

    Date published: 
    May 1, 2016

    "Features such as Pilot Assist exist in what tech policy expert and University of South Carolina assistant professor Bryant Walker Smith calls the “mushy middle of automation,” where carmakers still require human drivers to pay attention. “It's not always clear where the line between the human and the machine falls,” he says.

    In the long run, “from the manufacturer's perspective,” Smith says, “what they may be looking at is a bigger slice of what we all hope will be a much smaller [liability] pie.”"


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