Of Interest

  • White House Retaliation for Russian Hacking

    Author(s): 
    Kristen E. Eichensehr
    Publication Date: 
    December 29, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    This afternoon the White House announced several actions against Russia in retaliation for Russian interference in the U.S. election. Key among them is the use of the cybersecurity sanctions regime created by Executive Order 13694 in April 2015. But the White House had to amend the Executive Order to use it against Russia.

  • Echoes of murder

    Date published: 
    December 28, 2016

    "Albert Gidari, director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, also thinks that criminal implications of a device like Echo, given the current technological constraints, are flimsy. But larger concerns come into play in a constantly mic’d up world.

  • Bloomberg Law Brief: License Plate Readers in Court

    Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western University School of Law, and Catherine Crump, Professor at Berkeley Law School, discuss whether or not police departments can collect and store vast amounts of data collected from license plate readers. They speak with Greg Stohr on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law." Bob Moon and Karen Moscow discuss the days top legal stories.

  • Five ways AI could change your life

    Date published: 
    December 24, 2016

    "“One is of course the legal status, one is regulating these technologies,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, asked about the questions hovering around the technology, “another is promoting, another is preparing for the broader changes.”"

    "“The main thing is people talk about maintaining meaningful human control over weapons,” said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington. “There’s a lot of questions that remain.”"

  • Record breach

    Date published: 
    December 23, 2016

    "As to how regulators might take on enforcement, Northeastern University professor Andrea Matwyshyn, who has advised the FTC on data security policy, said that a major question regulators going forward is the lack of precedent for something like the Yahoo hack. The SEC, for example, would handle an investigation pertaining to whether investors were properly advised of the risks of a major breach. But it’s not clear what the SEC might do.

  • Drones were the hot Christmas gift last year, but where are they now?

    Date published: 
    December 23, 2016

    "There are still considerable legal, technological and public perception problems to overcome, said Ryan Calo, a robotics law expert from the University of Washington School of Law.

    The drone industry is trying to fight heavy local restrictions, fearing state regulations that vary greatly.

    "It's amazing that people are being required to register a toy," Calo said. "All toys are potentially dangerous. You could hit someone in the head with a chessboard.""

  • Roadblock: Uber's driverless fleet stops San Francisco experiment

    Date published: 
    December 22, 2016

    "The move immediately elicited concerns from autonomous driving experts. Bryant Walker Smith, associate professor at the University of South Carolina and an expert in the legal implications of autonomous driving, wondered how the move fit into Uber's "long game."

    Particularly, he said, the move seemed to be at odds with the company's broader mission to build trust in the systems and developers of autonomous vehicles."

  • Internet Giants Face Lawsuits for Terrorism Liability

    Rebecca Tushnet, professor at Georgetown university law school, and Andrea Matwyshyn, Professor of Law at Northeastern University, discuss one lawsuit against Google, Facebook and Twitter, which was brought by the families of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Miami, and another suit against Google for unlawfully censoring its workers. They speak with June Grasso on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law."

  • DOJ Study: Police-Worn Body Cameras Increasingly Recognize Your Face

    Date published: 
    December 22, 2016

    "“A lot of civil rights groups and communities have warned that body worn cameras were going to be used as a tool for police surveillance, rather than as a tool for transparency and accountability,” Harlan Yu, a technologist and principal at Upturn, a think tank that focuses on the intersection of technology, policy, and social issues, told Vocativ."

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