Of Interest

  • Would You Pull the Trolley Switch? Does it Matter?

    Date published: 
    October 9, 2015

    "Gerdes has been working with a philosophy professor, Patrick Lin, to make ethical thinking a key part of his team’s design process. Lin, who teaches at Cal Poly, spent a year working in Gerdes’s lab and has given talks to Google, Tesla, and others about the ethics of automating cars. The trolley problem is usually one of the first examples he uses to show that not all questions can be solved simply through developing more sophisticated engineering.

  • As Safe Harbour ruled invalid, lawmakers reconsider CISA

    Date published: 
    October 8, 2015

    "Omer Tene, vice president of research and education at the International Association of Privacy, told SCMagazine.com that the Safe Harbour decision would mainly affect CISA's Judicial redress Act, which would provide citizens of major U.S. allies a course of redress regarding information shared with U.S. law enforcement. "It is very unlikely that this would have passed," Tene said, "and I'm not sure if it would have satisfied the European authorities anyway.""

  • What Makes a War Crime?

    Date published: 
    October 8, 2015

    "“There’s no scenario where the United States would have wanted this outcome,” said Beth Van Schaack, visiting professor of human rights at Stanford. “The question is what were the circumstances on the ground.”"

  • Users' Patronage: The Return of the Gift in the "Crowd Society"

    Author(s): 
    Giancarlo Frosio
    Publication Date: 
    September 10, 2015
    Publication Type: 
    Academic Writing
    In this work, I discuss the tension between gift and market economy throughout the history of creativity. For millennia, the production of creative artifacts has lain at the intersection between gift and market economy. From the time of Pindar and Simonides – and until the Romanticism will commence a process leading to the complete commodification of creative artifacts – market exchange models run parallel to gift exchange. From Roman amicitia to the medieval and Renaissance belief that “scientia donum dei est, unde vendi non potest,” creativity has been repeatedly construed as a gift.
  • Intermediary Liability and User Content under Europe’s New Data Protection Law

    A big new law is coming, and a lot of companies doing business online aren’t going to like it. Neither will many advocates of civil liberties for Internet users. Europe’s pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) updates and overhauls EU data protection law – the law that produced this week’s Schrems case and last year’s “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling in the EU.

  • Local Solutions Key for Companies in U.S-EU Privacy Dispute

    Date published: 
    October 8, 2015

    "But Aleecia McDonald, a privacy expert at Stanford Law School, said the nature of the dispute indicates an overarching political solution might not be as forthcoming as businesses hope because of the dramatically different way the U.S. and EU view the problem.

    The U.S. bases its data-collection programs on national security, an issue that can be difficult to compromise around. The European court made its decision using a strict human rights framework, Ms. McDonald pointed out.

  • DDoS Attacks Create Smokescreens for Larceny

    Date published: 
    October 7, 2015

    ""Government is always fighting resource and budget issues," observed IAPP Vice President of Research and Education Omer Tene.

    How government and regulated industries view privacy may be a key to the discrepancies in spending.

    "In regulated industries, privacy is still treated as a legal compliance issue, while the less regulated industries treat it as a strategic issue," Tene told TechNewsWorld. "As the recognition that it is a strategic issue becomes broader, we will see it rise in importance despite cost cutting measures.""

  • Expert: Texas, self-driving cars may mesh well

    Date published: 
    October 7, 2015

    "Bryant Walker Smith, an associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law who has studied self-driving vehicle implications, said Texas not adopting any self-driving regulations may give operators like Google freedom to test.

    Austin itself can provide a good space for testing as a mixture of urban and suburban environments, he said.

    In some cases, Smith said, there might be laws only against reckless driving, so companies such as Google could test self-driving cars without having anyone in the driver's seat."

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