Of Interest

  • Self-driving companies to consumers: Hop in

    Date published: 
    May 1, 2017

    "However, in cases in which the autonomous vehicle is at fault, the manufacturer is likely to shoulder the responsibility, said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who specializes in self-driving vehicles. 

    Walker Smith said: "A person injured by a test vehicle associated with a major developer like Waymo is probably better off than a person injured by an ordinary vehicle, because these developers will have deeper pockets and broader reputational interests than an ordinary driver.""

  • Taser Will Use Police Body Camera Videos "To Anticipate Criminal Activity"

    Date published: 
    April 30, 2017

    "This raw data fed into video analytics systems is itself captured and created by the police, said Elizabeth Joh, a law professor and policing expert at the University of California, Davis. “If you think about it,” she said, “some of the factors that algorithms use are products of human discretion. Crime reporting, contact cards, and arrest rates are not neutral.

  • One year later: EU right to open internet still virtual

    Date published: 
    April 28, 2017

    "The European Union legislation on open internet access does not specify if zero-rating is allowed.

    Instead, the EU lawmakers decided to leave it to national authorities to determine it on a case-by-case basis.

    “They kicked the can down the road,” said Thomas Lohninger, long-time activist involved in getting net neutrality enshrined in EU law."

  • Today’s ODNI and Section 702 News

    Jennifer Granick
    Publication Date: 
    April 28, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced that it would stop some of the surveillance it conducts on the telecommunications backbone under authority granted by section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

  • Craig Aaron and Malkia Cyril on Net Neutrality, Kyle Wiens on Copyright Overreaching

    This week on CounterSpin: FCC chair Ajit Pai has announced his plans to gut net neutrality; the former Verizon lawyer and Jeff Sessions staffer declared his intentions at a private event in DC. So the victory activists fought for—having broadband recognized as a public utility like the telephone, and not some sort of corporate gift—is in jeopardy. What does this mean for all of us who rely on an open internet, and in particular for communities of color, for whom the web’s relatively even playing field is crucial for communication and organizing?

  • Facebook isn't doing enough to control violent posts, says expert

    Date published: 
    April 28, 2017

    "However, Daphne Keller, the director of intermediary liability at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, questions whether machine monitoring is something we should even want to do.

    "The idea that we can have an automated machine that can detect what's illegal from what's legal is pretty risky," Keller tells Lynch."

  • The “Right to Be Forgotten” and National Laws Under the GDPR

    The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in the spring of 2018, bringing with it a newly codified version of the “Right to Be Forgotten” (RTBF).  Depending how the new law is interpreted, this right could prove broader than the “right to be de-listed” established in 2014’s Google Spain case.  It could put even more decisions about the balance between privacy and free expression in the hands of private Internet platforms like Google.


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