Of Interest

  • California's plan to protect net neutrality will shield consumers from telecom bullies

    Date published: 
    April 20, 2018

    "At the hearing, Barbara van Schewick, director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, succinctly put the kibosh on this notion. She observed that from 2015 through 2017, Comcast repurchased $16 billion of its own stock. "If they took this money they could deploy a fiber network to 80 to 160 million people in the United States." She could have gone further: In 2017, Comcast, Verizon and AT&T earned a combined profit of $82.3 billion on revenues of more than $371 billion.

  • Understanding & Improving Privacy "Audits" under FTC Orders

    This new white paper, entitled “Understanding and Improving Privacy ‘Audits’ under FTC Orders,” carefully parses the third-party audits that Google and Facebook are required to conduct under their 2012 Federal Trade Commission consent orders.  Using only publicly available documents, the article contrasts the FTC’s high expectations for the audits with what the FTC actually received (as released to the public in redacted form). 

  • All-woman tech panel warns of inadequate online legal protections

    Date published: 
    April 18, 2018

    "Jennifer Granick, surveillance and cybersecurity counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), noted that “increasingly, modern surveillance is mass surveillance” which can be facilitated by new technologies and the internet.

    Secretive large scale surveillance differs from warrant-directed searches by the volume and depth of data and could be abetted by the ease of converting in-home appliances with microphones and cameras into “surveillance machines”, she said."

  • Tesla Keeps Using Disputed Crash Stat to Defend Autopilot

    Date published: 
    April 18, 2018

    "“If Tesla’s going to keep asserting that, and particularly if they’re going to keep crediting NHTSA for it, then I think they need to provide the necessary analysis, caveats and qualifications behind that number,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law, who studies driverless-car regulations.

  • Bad news for AT&T and Comcast: Calif. Senate panel OKs net neutrality bill

    Date published: 
    April 18, 2018

    "Wiener's legislation is "the only state-level bill that fully restores all of the 2015 net neutrality protections," Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick told the committee. "That's why it's widely viewed as a net neutrality model bill, and that's why [former] FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who literally wrote the 2015 order, supports this bill."

  • Techdirt Podcast Episode 163: Teaching The Law Via Podcasts

    Law isn't simple, and truly learning about it takes more than a few short primers or even an in-depth guide or two — which makes it the perfect topic to explore via the medium of podcasts. This week, we've got a pair of guests who are doing exactly that: Ken White of Popehat fame, who recently launched the Make No Law podcast about First Amendment issues, and Elizabeth Joh, co-host of the What Trump Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law podcast.

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