Of Interest

  • International Criminal Justice and Transitional Justice: Tensions and Synergies? (Past Event)

    October 27, 2016
    New York City Bar Association

    After 20 years of international criminal trials, it is time to reassess the relationship between such trials and transitional justice. Do such trials promote the aims of transitional justice or thwart them? Are there synergies between rule of law initiatives and accountability measures or are they operating at cross-purposes? Our speakers will address these fundamental questions in the context of the latest developments in the field, such as the trial of Hissene Habré.

  • How to Fix Silicon Valley’s Sexist Algorithms

    Date published: 
    November 23, 2016

    "But not everyone believes gender bias should be eliminated from the data sets. Arvind Narayanan, an assistant professor of computer science at Princeton, has also analyzed word embedding and found gender, racial, and other prejudices. But Narayanan cautions against removing bias automatically, arguing that it could skew a computer’s representation of the real world and make it less adept at making predictions or analyzing data.

  • How the Tech Industry Can Lead in the Trump Era

    Author(s): 
    Sonia Katyal
    Publication Date: 
    November 22, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    This presidential election has kicked off tempestuous debates and much soul searching about the role of technology, especially social media, in the democratic process. These questions are vital, but now it is time to look forward. The core issue is the question of how the tech community should respond thoughtfully and critically to what for many (including us) was a surprising victory.

  • Area colleges advance their cyber programs

    Date published: 
    November 22, 2016

    "“They are coming to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for promotion potential and they want to brush up on their knowledge, their professional skills and advance their career,” said UMBC director of cyber security graduate program, Dr. Richard Forno. “Not many of my students are looking to break into the field out of the blue. They are already in the field doing something with cyber but we are seeing more younger students, recent college graduates who want to continue in their education and move into cyber. That demographic is shifting a little bit.

  • Boston becomes latest city for driverless car tests, in partnership with nuTonomy

    Date published: 
    November 21, 2016

    "There are still no official plans for the public to test nuTonomy's vehicles in Boston. The cars will still be supervised by a "research driver," so they are far from "driverless," said Bryant Walker Smith, professor at the University of South Carolina, and an expert on the legal aspects of self-driving vehicles. And testing on public roads has been happening for years—Google has been doing it since 2009.

  • Who is Responsible for Autonomous Weapons?

    Date published: 
    November 21, 2016

    "Peter Asaro, a philosopher of science, technology, and media at The New School in New York City, has been working on addressing these fundamental questions of responsibility and liability with all autonomous systems, not just weapons. By exploring fundamental concepts of autonomy, agency, and liability, he intends to develop legal approaches for regulating the use of autonomous systems and the harm they cause.

  • Citizens need more say over police surveillance technology

    Author(s): 
    Catherine Crump
    Publication Date: 
    November 21, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Palo Alto lawmakers have proposed legislation granting the community greater control over police surveillance — including the Police Department’s purchase and use of equipment such as drones, license plate readers and social media monitoring software. Palo Alto and 10 other cities around the country that have proposed similar laws are part of a movement to bring the community and elected representatives into decisions by local police to acquire such powerful and invasive surveillance technologies. We all should urge our own elected representatives to take similar steps.

  • Fake News, Hate Speech and Social Media Abuse: What’s the Solution?

    Date published: 
    November 21, 2016

    "Underpinning the moves by the social media companies is a law (section 230 of the Communications Decency Act) that that gives them “a modicum of legal protection for the content that exists on their platforms, as long as they don’t veer off too much into editorial functions,” said Andrea Matwyshyn, law professor at Northeastern University and affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

  • Rise of the drones: from policing the streets to painting your house

    Date published: 
    November 19, 2016

    "Such is the hype. But for every tech company with its head in the clouds, there are problems to bring them back down to earth. “There are big technical challenges,” says Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington. “There’s a bunch of PhD theses that need to be completed before you can build a drone to autonomously police an area, find intruders, and use facial recognition to know who is meant to be there. Plus, having these things stay aloft beyond a few minutes is non-trivial.”"

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