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  • Should We Preemptively Ban Killer Robots Of The Future?

    Date published: 
    March 21, 2016

    "Paradoxically, the human factor is also cited by those in favor of the development of lethal autonomous weapons. "Robots aren't scared," Steve Groves, from the conservative U.S. think tank Heritage Foundation, told CBS last May. "They don't have fits of madness. They don't react to rage."

  • Upcoming International Criminal Law Trifecta

    Author(s): 
    Beth Van Schaack
    Publication Date: 
    March 21, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    This post is the latest installment of our “Monday Reflections” feature, in which a different Just Security editor examines the big stories from the previous week or looks ahead to key developments on the horizon.

  • Apple 'privacy czars' grapple with internal conflicts over user data

    Date published: 
    March 21, 2016

    "Key principles include keeping customer data on their devices - rather than in the cloud, on Apple servers - and isolating various types of data so they cannot be united to form profiles of customers.

    Such privacy guidelines can cut against engineers' instincts to "collect all the data, because sometime down the road it may be useful," said Albert Gidari, director of privacy at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society."

  • Apple showdown with FBI over terrorist’s iPhone reaches crucial stage

    Date published: 
    March 20, 2016

    “It is up to Congress to legislate this issue,” added Albert Gidari, privacy director at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. “I expect we will see proposals soon enough.”

    As with the New York case, Pym’s ruling is expected to be a prelude to further maneuvering by Apple and the Justice Department. In fact, Stanford’s Gidari, citing the public posturing between the two sides, expects the FBI to try to force Apple to unlock the iPhone even if appeals are underway.

  • If Apple cooperates with FBI, iPhone leaks grow far likelier

    Date published: 
    March 19, 2016

    "Cases in which prosecutors have signaled interest in the Apple tool, or one like it, continue to pile up. In Manhattan, for instance, the district attorney’s office says it holds 205 encrypted iPhones that neither it nor Apple can currently unlock, up from 111 in November. Such pent-up demand for the tool spells danger, said Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, since its widespread dissemination presents a clear threat to the security of innocent iPhone users.

  • Bringing Cyber Security into Emergency Management

    Author(s): 
    Brian Nussbaum
    Publication Date: 
    March 18, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    In August 2015, I had the good fortune to present at the New York State Emergency Management Certification and Training (EMC&T) Academy in Albany, NY.  The EMC&T is a unique program New York State runs to provide training, insights into state operations and professional development to state and local emergency management officials.  The areas covered ranged from continuity of operations and social media to emergency operations center procedures, terrorism and natural hazard threats.

  • Show Us the Videotape

    Author(s): 
    Catherine Crump
    Publication Date: 
    March 18, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing
  • ISIL = Genocide, Per Secretary Kerry

    Author(s): 
    Beth Van Schaack
    Publication Date: 
    March 18, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Secretary of State John Kerry announced on March 17 that, in his judgment, ISIL is committing genocide against a number of minority groups in Syria and Iraq, including Christians:

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