Of Interest

  • Trump's New App Wants You — and Your Data

    Date published: 
    August 31, 2016

    "To be sure, this doesn't mean the Trump campaign is doing anything with users' data — it just means it can. And some users may not know it: David Levine, an Elon University professor and affiliate scholar with Stanford's Center for Internet and Society, said consumers don't always read privacy policies. What's more: Less than half of all Americans knew what a privacy policy was in a late 2014 Pew survey.

  • Why U.S. taxpayers may pay most of the bill for Apple’s $14.5 billion tax judgment

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    August 30, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    The European Commission — the European Union’s main regulatory body — has hit Apple with a whopping estimated $14.5 billion bill for unpaid taxes. While the commission had been expected to rule against Apple, both Apple and the U.S. government had hoped for a much smaller amount. Here is how it happened — and why U.S. taxpayers may end up having to pay most of the bill.

  • Hate Pokémon Go? You Can Still Love Augmented Reality

    Date published: 
    August 30, 2016

    "With the Be My Eyes app, a blind person can send an image to a person with sight, who has volunteered to help answer their question. One day, machines will do the volunteer’s job, says Calo, and the same principle could be used in giving the hearing-impaired subtitles for their life."

  • Europe's net neutrality guidelines seen as a victory for the open web

    Date published: 
    August 30, 2016

    "Net neutrality advocates welcomed BEREC's guidelines as a milestone for the open internet in Europe. "Europe is now a global standard-setter in the defense of the open, competitive and neutral internet," Joe McNamee, executive director of the Brussels-based organization European Digital Rights (EDRi), said in a statement. Net neutrality activist Thomas Lohninger, of SaveTheInternet.eu, described the tougher guidelines as "a triumph for the European digital rights movement."

  • Evaluating Proportionality and Long-Term Civilian Harm under the Laws of War

    Author(s): 
    Beth Van Schaack
    Publication Date: 
    August 29, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    As noted by Alex Whiting in his piece last week, the law of armed conflict, or international humanitarian law (IHL), contains broad principles and prohibitions that are applied to a set of concrete facts in the context of any armed conflict. This analysis happens both ex ante—as a target set is being identified and an attack is launched—and ex post—when a completed operation is being evaluated for its compliance with IHL, including the war crimes prohibitions.

  • Clinton backs net neutrality; Trump’s stand is unclear

    Date published: 
    August 27, 2016

    "“The tech community is full of immigrants who started their companies here, so many of them were founded by immigrants,” said Marvin Ammori, a First Amendment lawyer well-known for his work on net neutrality issues who’s general counsel for Hyperloop One, a tech company backed by Elon Musk that’s working on an ultra-fast transit system. “So if you’re anti-immigrant you’re not going to be popular in (Silicon) Valley. If you’re anti-gay you’re not going to be popular in the Valley. ... So it does put Republicans at a disadvantage even if they’re progressive on some tech issues.”

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