Of Interest

  • Stanford Internet and Society Lab: Genetic Testing, Privacy, and Your DNA - Insights From a Study of 23andMe Users (Past Event)

    November 13, 2018
    Stanford Law School

    RSVP is required for this free event. 

    In this talk, Director of Consumer Privacy Jen King will review her findings from her interview study of 23andMe users, focusing on motivations for testing, benefits, and perceptions of risk. She will also talk about privacy issues with direct to consumer genetic testing more generally, the state of current legal protections, and concerns about future risks.

  • 2018 NACDL Conference: Combatting the Surveillance State (Past Event)

    November 29, 2018
    University of California - Berkeley

    Advanced technologies are revolutionizing how the government investigates, charges and prosecutes criminal cases—and defense attorneys must keep pace. Even small police departments can purchase powerful surveillance technologies, and internet companies collect vast troves of data on virtually everyone. This two-day CLE conference will discuss the government's use of technologically advanced investigative techniques in criminal cases, and the issues raised by those techniques under the Fourth Amendment and other federal law.

  • US midterms: Democrats look to big data to beat Trump

    Date published: 
    October 31, 2018

    "To Mr McLaughlin, targeting people by values such as “equality” or “tradition” is fine, but profiling their emotional state is not. As AI improves, he believes campaigns should steer clear of any technology that makes decisions that are unexplainable. “We do not want to unilaterally surrender capabilities to the right — nor do we want to behave as though the ends justify the means,” he says."

  • Reporters fell into the ‘both sides’ trap while covering birthright citizenship

    Date published: 
    October 31, 2018

    "According to Margaret Hu, a professor at Washington and Lee Law School and an expert on immigration law, “we created an entire regime of exclusion as a result of the Chinese Exclusion Act.” Indeed, the very concept of an “undocumented” immigrant “didn’t come about until we had a document-based immigration system,” which was itself created as part of this broad effort to exclude Chinese nationals."

  • The Tinder-Bumble Feud: Dating Apps Fight Over Who Owns The Swipe

    Date published: 
    October 30, 2018

    ""You don't get a patent for saying 'cure dementia with a drug.' You have to say what the drug is," explains Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    Nazer, with the EFF, says a few months ago he'd have bet on a win for Bumble — but because the legal standards in this area are constantly evolving, today, he's not so sure."
  • Does AI Ethics Need to be More Inclusive?

    Author(s): 
    Patrick Lin
    Publication Date: 
    October 29, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Last week, MIT Media Lab researchers published results from its global survey on autonomous driving ethics.

  • Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet

    Date published: 
    October 27, 2018

    ""This case adds to the disagreement over how to analyze compelled decryption orders in the context of passcodes," said Riana Pfefferkorn, associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, in an email to The Register."

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