Of Interest

  • U.S. v. Auernheimer

    Arguing that a defendant’s conviction for website hacking should be overturned because legitimate, highly valuable security and privacy research commonly employs techniques that are essentially identical to what the defendant did and that such independent research is of great value to academics, government regulators and the public even when – often especially when — conducted without a website owner’s permission.

  • Wikimedia v. NSA

    Arguing that the information publicly available on the NSA's Upstream program, combined with an understanding of how the Internet works, means plaintiff Wikimedia has met its burden of proving standing to challenge Upstream.

  • Apple v. FBI

    Arguing that if the court should not compel Apple to create software to enable unlocking and search of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, it will jeopardize digital and personal security more generally.

  • The True Cost of Westworld's Robot Sex

    Date published: 
    October 3, 2016

    "Patrick Lin, Ph.D., the director of the Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic University, fears that sexbots might make us less human. “The fear is that people will become less in the habit of seeking consent and more into imposing their will and desires on others,” he told Inverse in an e-mail.

  • In the race for drone delivery, the U.K. is way ahead of the U.S.

    Date published: 
    October 3, 2016

    "“I think people forget how lucky the U.S. got with the internet,” said Ryan Calo, a technology law professor at the University of Washington.

    The reason why all the most popular internet companies are American, says Calo, has as much to do with these early rules of the road as it does with the fact that the internet was invented in the U.S."

  • How the Legacy of Slavery Is Very Much Still with U.S.

    Date published: 
    October 3, 2016

    "AMY GOODMAN: On Saturday, just before I sat down with Ava DuVernay, I sat down with two of the people featured in the film. Among those who are in the film, Michelle Alexander, Angela Davis—Common writes the music—but Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice and Kevin Gannon of Grand View University in Iowa. I started by asking Malkia what she wanted the film to convey.

  • Researchers ask federal court to unseal years of surveillance records

    Date published: 
    September 30, 2016

    "Two lawyers and legal researchers based at Stanford University have formally asked a federal court in San Francisco to unseal numerous records of surveillance-related cases, as a way to better understand how authorities seek such powers from judges. This courthouse is responsible for the entire Northern District of California, which includes the region where tech companies such as Twitter, Apple, and Google, are based.

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