Of Interest

  • Big Brother on wheels: Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse.

    Date published: 
    January 15, 2018

    "The law has been unable to keep up with rapid advancements in auto technology, according to Ryan Calo, an associate professor of law at the University of Washington who teaches courses on robotics law and policy.

    “Ultimately, there’s no car privacy statute that car companies have to abide by,” he said. “Not only are automakers collecting a lot of data, they don’t have a particular regime that is regulating how they do it.”"

  • Now we can cheaply sequence DNA, how do we store all that data?

    Author(s): 
    Neil Richards
    Publication Date: 
    January 15, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    In 2003, the international consortium of scientists working on the Human Genome Project completed the final first draft for the human genome - a DNA blueprint for human life. This monumental achievement involved thousands of dedicated people, took more than a decade, and cost over $2.5 billion (£1.95bn). The public availability of a completed human DNA map ushered in the genomics era, giving rise to personalised, or precision, medicine.

  • People calling Trump a racist, but will it affect him at the ballot box?

    Date published: 
    January 12, 2018

    "“The unabashed white nationalism of the president isn’t new, nor is his policy of collective punishment of entire nations of people. What’s new is the growing awareness of a larger and larger group of people that presidential bias has become national policy,” said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice in Oakland."

  • Chuck Johnson's Twitter Free Speech Suit Is Probably DOA

    Date published: 
    January 11, 2018

    ""The lawsuit is unlikely to be successful," says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University Law School, who specializes in First Amendment theory. "But that doesn't mean there aren't really important questions about the level of power that these platforms have and the effect their policies have upon the state of free expression in our society, and by extension, how our democracy works.""

  • How to wipe personal data from work laptops and phones

    Date published: 
    January 10, 2018

    "Not so fast, says Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Many employees regularly co-mingle their personal life with their professional devices—using their work-issued laptop or mobile phone to log in to social-media accounts, correspond with family and friends, and shop online for the holidays, for example. Corporate-owned devices, she says, are often chock-full of personal data—and removing it isn’t as straightforward as it seems.

  • EFF to Court: Don’t Let Trolls Get Away With Asserting Stupid Software Patents

    Author(s): 
    Daniel Nazer
    Publication Date: 
    January 9, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    If trolls don’t face consequences for asserting invalid software patents, then they will continue to shake down productive companies. That is why EFF has filed an amicus brief [PDF] urging the court to uphold fee awards against patent trolls (and their lawyers) when they assert software patents that are clearly invalid under the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v.

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