Of Interest

  • Opinion: The tech behind Bitcoin could reinvent cybersecurity

    Author(s): 
    Scott Shackelford
    Publication Date: 
    February 27, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Given the recent cyberattacks on critical infrastructure around the world such as the Christmas 2016 power outage in Ukraine, which left more than 200,000 people in the dark, the task of protecting vital systems and networks has become an issue of pressing global importance.

  • How Long Can Border Agents Keep Your Email Password?

    Date published: 
    February 27, 2017

    "“Based on the policy and reported incidents, my best guess is that CBP agents have broad discretion to keep login credentials if they think they will have a reason to use them in the future,” said Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley who has brought multiple cases against the government’s digital border search policy. “Bottom line: Change your passwords, people!”"

  • If You're Not Driving, Then You Shouldn't be Liable for Accidents in Self-Driving Cars

    Date published: 
    February 27, 2017

    "In his new law review article, "Automated Driving and Product Liability," University of South Carolina law professor Bryant Walker Smith foresees a "shift from a compensation regime for conventional driving that is largely premised on vehicular negligence to a compensation regime for automated driving that increasingly implicates product liability." Since the "driver" of the vehicle will be the software and hardware installed by the manufacturer, Smith argues that automakers will be held liable in the case of acc

  • Henry Farrell: Far-right parties hate EU but need it

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    February 25, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    The chief political aide of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party and candidate for the French presidential election, has just been put under investigation by French magistrates. If the charges are correct, the National Front leader has been cheating on European Parliament expenses to pay her bodyguard and her chief political aide for jobs that they didn't do.

  • Automated Driving and Product Liability

    Author(s): 
    Bryant Walker Smith
    Publication Date: 
    February 25, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Academic Writing

    Abstract

    This Article focuses on one cyberphysical domain — automated driving — to methodically analyze the so-called liability problem. It considers how automated driving could affect product liability, how product liability could affect automated driving, and how each could advance or impede the prevention of injury and the compensation of victims.

    Download the paper from SSRN

  • Waymo's Fight With Uber Might Be the First Shot in a Self-Driving Car IP War

    Date published: 
    February 24, 2017

    "“For years I’ve warned about a potential automated driving patent war that could rival the notorious smartphone patent war,” says Bryant Walker-Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and an expert in self-driving regulations. As autonomous vehicles transition from amusing gimmicks to money-making products, who controls the key intellectual property could determine which companies thrive and which fall by the wayside."

  • U.S. Copyright Office Section 512 Study: Comments in Response to Second Notice of Inquiry

    Author(s): 
    Annemarie Bridy
    Daphne Keller
    Publication Date: 
    February 23, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Regulatory Filing

    These comments were prepared and submitted in response to the U.S. Copyright Office's November 8, 2016 Notice of Inquiry requesting additional public comment on the impact and effectiveness of the DMCA safe harbor provisions in Section 512 of Title 17

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