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  • Tesla Says All Vehicles in Production Capable of Self-Driving

    Date published: 
    October 19, 2016

    "“At some point they will flip a switch and the world will look different,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who’s written extensively on driverless car liability. “They haven’t flipped a switch yet, but they are building out the wiring.”"

  • Should a driverless car kill the kid or the retiree?

    Date published: 
    October 18, 2016

    "“We mean for that to happen. This premeditation is the difference between manslaughter and murder, a much more serious offense,” wrote Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University.

  • Racial Disparities in Police 'Stingray' Surveillance, Mapped

    Date published: 
    October 18, 2016

    "“We have to ask the question: ‘What are you doing with all that data?’,” says Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice. “We don’t know—that’s part of the problem … . But given the fact that we already have racial disparities and parallel construction in police Stingray cases, we have to assume this data could be mobilized to put people under suspicion and in real danger.”"

  • "Tool Without A Handle" - Mobile Tools

    This post continues my thoughts on qualities of digital tools that have helped make political and artistic expression more subjective, accessible and fluid. In the previous post, we looked at the searchability of text. In this post I examine the impact of mobility: the ability afforded by digital tools to access vast troves of information, to communicate, to record, and to create from virtually anywhere on the planet.

    There are at least three significant capabilities of digital technologies that have been shaped by portability: mobile commerce, access to news and information, and visual communications. Each of these capabilities accelerated significantly with the development of the “smartphone” – in particular the Apple iPhone in 2007 – but were inherent in mobile technologies from their initiation. Below, I discuss each quality in turn and identify some of its impacts.

  • Activists, the police may be watching your Facebook page

    Date published: 
    October 16, 2016

    "“At every protest, we assume we’re being spied on, because we know we are,” said Malkia Cyril, the executive director of the Center for Media Justice activist group in Oakland.

    “We assume whatever surveillance tools are at the disposal of our local police department, they’re being used,” she said. “If it’s possible, they’re going to do it.”"

  • Does privacy have a future?

    Jennifer Granick talks about how notions of privacy have changed over the years and where she thinks things are headed in the future. She is a professor at the Stanford School of Law and Director of Civil Liberties at the Center for Internet and Society, where she specializes in the intersection of engineering, privacy and the law.

  • Cybersecurity Expert Discusses Voting, Hackers

    "FBI Director James Comey has said that voter-registration sites in at least a dozen states — including Arizona — were targeted by hackers.

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has broached the idea of increasing the protection for the nation’s voting systems. They could potentially be put under the umbrella of critical infrastructure, which currently includes the electrical grid and the banking system, among other things.

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