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  • Apple Letter on iPhone Security Draws Muted Tech Industry Response

    Date published: 
    February 18, 2016

    "“The issue is of monumental importance, not only to the government and Apple but to the other technology giants as well,” said Tom Rubin, a former attorney for Microsoft and the United States Department of Justice, who is now a law lecturer at Harvard University. “Those companies are undoubtedly following the case intently, praying that it creates a good precedent and breathing a sigh of relief that it’s not them in the spotlight.”"

  • Apple vs. the FBI: Fight for access to terrorist’s smartphone pits privacy against public safety

    Date published: 
    February 18, 2016

    "The Apple case is the latest in a string of confrontations between government and private industry over access to personal digital devices such as smartphones, said Omer Tene, vice president of research and education at the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based International Association of Privacy Professionals.

    “This kind of crystallizes a huge conflict that’s been brewing between law enforcement and government for decades,” he said.

  • How Will Apple Fight US Over Access to Terrorist's iPhone?

    Date published: 
    February 18, 2016

    "Apple, which has been joined in its resistance by other tech companies, has a good chance of winning in the end, said Jeffrey Vagle, executive director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

    “What they’re asking for is for Apple to create an update” that would allow the government to disable a password limit, he said. While the law may allow a court to compel compliance with a search warrant, as the Supreme Court previously ruled, it cannot “compel a manufacturer to write new code,” he said."

  • Apple-FBI fight over iPhone encryption pits privacy against national security

    Date published: 
    February 18, 2016

    ""This is a new frontier," said Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. "I know of no other statutory provision that would arguably create an obligation for device manufacturers to help out the government."

    Apple may not have fought orders in the past because "it was easy for Apple to give the data," she said.

    "But the architecture of the phones changed," she said. "This is about Apple creating a new forensic version of its software to do the job the FBI wants it to do."

  • “More Than a Domestic Mechanism”: Options for Hybrid Justice in Sri Lanka

    Beth Van Schaack
    Publication Date: 
    February 18, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    For nearly three decades, the government of Sri Lanka fought with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), but after years of resistance, the new government has committed to launching a genuine transitional justice program to address, and redress, the grave international crimes committed by all sides during the conflict.

  • SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING: Apple opposes order to unlock shooter's iPhone

    Date published: 
    February 18, 2016

    "If Apple is forced to comply with the order, it could have unintended consequences for users of its devices, and could change international regard for cyber-security issues involving the American company, said Riana Pfefferkorn, a fellow at The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

    "If Apple agrees to write a special code for the U.S. government, what about China and Russia and other countries? That could deal a policy blow to America's stance that we are distinct in this area," she said in a telephone interview.

  • New Alliances in Cybersecurity, Human Rights and Internet Governance (Past Event)

    February 17, 2016
    Stanford University

    On Wednesday, February 17, The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford, The Center for International Governance Innovation, and the Research Advisory Network of the Global Commission on Internet Governance will present an all-day conference entitled "New Alliances in Cybersecurity, Human Rights and Internet Governance." The conference will discuss the challenges of creating a regime of internet governance that pays attention to security and human rights in the digital context.

  • In the battle of Internet mobs vs. the law, the Internet mobs have won

    Date published: 
    February 17, 2016

    "“What we’re seeing now is the law’s limits,” Citron said. “Mobs have little fear of the law, and unfortunately, Zoe is the victim of that.”

    “Do we expect Massachusetts police to go after all of them?” asked Citron, the law professor. “At some point, it becomes too much for the system to bear. You can’t nail down criminal liability in a case like Zoe’s, where there’s such a huge number of actors.”"
  • Cyberwarfare Ethics: What You Need to Know (Past Event)

    March 2, 2016
    Santa Clara University

    For more information and to register visit the event website

    Professor Patrick Lin discusses key ethical, legal, and policy challenges in cyberwarfare. This event is part of the “IT, Ethics, and Law” lecture series, co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute.


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