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  • How to Disappear? Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected?

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2017

    Even in the middle of major city, it’s possible to go off the grid. Last year, the Atlantic profiled a family in Washington, D.C., that harvests their entire household energy from a single, 1-kilowatt solar panel on a patch of cement in their backyard. Insulated, light-blocking blinds keep upstairs bedrooms cool at the peak of summer; in winter, the family gets by with low-tech solutions, like curling up with hot water bottles. “It’s a bit like camping,” one family member said.

  • Crime, live on video: The beast Facebook can’t control

    Date published: 
    April 19, 2017

    Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, told Quartz Facebook’s turnaround time was actually quite fast. Keller worked for years as an attorney at Google, and said that having been “on the other side,” she witnessed the massive volume of user reports these companies get, and how many of the flags they get are simply wrong or not actionable. “I don’t think it’s realistic to do anything better.”

  • A Murder Posted on Facebook Prompts Outrage and Questions Over Responsibility

    Date published: 
    April 17, 2017

    “Any of these platforms — especially live ones — encourages users to perform,” said Elizabeth Joh, a law professor at the University of California, Davis. “Should Facebook have a duty to rescue a crime victim? Should we, or is it O.K. for thousands or millions of people to watch a crime unfold without doing anything except sharing it?”

    Read the full story at The New York Times

  • Biased bots: Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems

    Date published: 
    April 13, 2017

    ""Questions about fairness and bias in machine learning are tremendously important for our society," said researcher Arvind Narayanan, an assistant professor of computer science and an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University, as well as an affiliate scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.

  • AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

    Date published: 
    April 13, 2017

    "“A major reason we chose to study word embeddings is that they have been spectacularly successful in the last few years in helping computers make sense of language,” said Arvind Narayanan, a computer scientist at Princeton University and the paper’s senior author."

  • Princeton-Fung Global Forum asks if liberty can survive the digital age

    Date published: 
    April 13, 2017

    "With new technology has come cheaper forms of surveillance, according to Harlan Yu, who received a Ph.D. in 2012. Yu is a principal at Upturn, an organization that provides internet expertise for policymakers on a range of social issues.

    "You don't need a great rationale to collect all of the data you can get your hands on," Yu said. "Not only is collection easy and cheap, but the tools that data collectors now have to use that data — the tools that are used to make predictions — have also gotten a lot more powerful.""

  • Uber’s self-driving plans hit bump in the road

    Date published: 
    April 13, 2017

    “We are at the point where companies are really understanding there is a lot of money at stake,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina. He expects these commercial opportunities to drive more and more IP cases in the sector. “There is greed and fear. There will be winners and losers and that could happen pretty soon.”"

  • Economists are arguing over how their profession messed up during the Great Recession. This is what happened.

    Date published: 
    April 12, 2017

    Over the past two weeks, academic economists (and a couple of bystanders) have been arguing about why economics wasn’t able to guide policy better during the Great Recession. Some blame nonacademic economists. Others blame prominent academics. Others still say that economic advice doesn’t really matter, because politicians will pay attention only to the advice that they wanted to hear anyway.

  • ‘Motley Crew’ Is The Unsettling Future Of Drone Warfare

    Date published: 
    April 12, 2017

    "Anti-autonomous weapons advocate groups are concerned about how these cooperative swarms will select targets, according to Peter Asaro, co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRC) and spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. He said it depends on whether these drones are more akin to sophisticated guided missiles controlled by humans, or autonomous killing machines.

  • Internet 'Satan' busted on Staten Island after decades of harassment, cyberstalking

    Date published: 
    April 10, 2017

    "Cyberstalkers often target women, and aim “to hijack the victim's sense of safety," said Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and a cyberstalking expert.

    Stalkers often use lies and impersonation to manipulate internet search engine results, in a bid to destroy their victim’s reputation.

    “It can be hard to get a job and keep a job,” Citron said."

  • Taser’s Latest Body Cams Push Is Unregulated, Unprecedented, and Disturbing

    Date published: 
    April 7, 2017

    "“Axon’s offer creates a perverse incentive for departments to rush into deploying body worn cameras without taking the necessary time to engage with the community and think through many of these hard policy trade-offs before making the snap judgment to go with this free offer,” Yu told Gizmodo. When constructing the necessary regulations, the police departments need to be aware that for every new policy, there is a benefit and a loss."

  • Facebook’s New Plan May Curb Revenge Porn, But Won’t Kill It

    Date published: 
    April 6, 2017

    "To avoid those fiascos, the path forward requires both cooperation and codification. “With mushy categories like ‘extremism,’ you run the risk of censoring political speech or dissent,” says Danielle Citron, who teaches law at the University of Maryland.

  • Government seeks to unmask Trump dissident on Twitter, lawsuit reveals

    Date published: 
    April 6, 2017

    "Jennifer Granick, the director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, called the government’s behavior “craven” and described the CBP summons as a “classic case of abuse”.

    “For the government, a federal law enforcement officer, to not understand the very basics of protecting free speech and following the rule of law is egregious,” she said.

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