Of Interest

  • Government Hacking Makes Everyone Less Safe

    Author(s): 
    Jennifer Granick
    Publication Date: 
    September 13, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Last week, the Justice Department filed criminal charges against a North Korean operative for a malware attack that endangered hospital systems and crippled the computers of businesses, governments, and individuals around the world. Americans might be surprised to learn that the software used for this 2017 attack — known as “WannaCry” — was based on a hacking tool created by the U.S. government itself.

  • Government Hacking Makes Everyone Less Safe

    Date published: 
    September 13, 2018

    "In a new paperRiana Pfefferkorn at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS) analyzes the cybersecurity risks of this practice for all internet users — not just law enforcement’s few targeted suspects. (The ACLU’s Jennifer Granick, formerly with CIS, contributed to the report.)

  • Farm victim of ‘patent troll’ lawsuit

    Date published: 
    September 12, 2018

    "Most such litigation settles fairly quickly due to cost pressures, rather than the merit of the allegations, said Daniel Nazer, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that defends “civil liberties in the digital world.”

    Even the simplest patent lawsuit is rarely litigated through trial for less than $1 million, while bigger cases commonly cost more than $10 million, Nazer said.

  • Don’t Force Google to Export Other Countries’ Laws

    Author(s): 
    Daphne Keller
    Publication Date: 
    September 10, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    On Tuesday, in a courtroom in Luxembourg, the Court of Justice of the European Union is to consider whether Google must enforce the “right to be forgotten” — which requires search engines to erase search results based on European law — everywhere in the world.

  • Comments on the Australian Assistance and Access Bill 2018

    Author(s): 
    Riana Pfefferkorn
    Publication Date: 
    September 9, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Comments submitted to the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs on its exposure draft of the Assistance and Access Bill 2018.

  • Google Case Asks: Can Europe Export Privacy Rules World-Wide?

    Date published: 
    September 9, 2018

    "It will set governments’ expectations about how they can use their leverage over internet platforms to effectively enforce their own laws globally,” said Daphne Keller, who studies platforms’ legal responsibilities at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society and previously was Google’s associate general counsel."

  • Platform Justice: Content Moderation at an Inflection Point

    Author(s): 
    Danielle Citron
    Publication Date: 
    September 7, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    On Thursday, Sept. 6, Twitter permanently banned the right-wing provocateur Alex Jones and his conspiracy theorist website Infowars from its platform. This was something of the final blow to Jones’s online presence: Facebook, Apple and Youtube, among others, blocked Jones from using their services in early August. Cut off from Twitter as well, he is now severely limited in his ability to spread his conspiracy theories to a mainstream audience.

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