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  • Revenge porn: the industry profiting from online abuse

    Date published: 
    April 27, 2016

    "For the vast majority of online harassers, however, the benefit is not monetary but psychological, says Danielle Citron, professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.

    “You think of a site like 4chan, where people actually proclaim themselves trolls,” she says. “They derive pleasure from other people’s pain. They’re doing it for the lulz.”"

  • Driverless cars could save lives, kill businesses

    Date published: 
    April 26, 2016

    ""A greater share of crashes could be attributed to a product defect," Bryant Walker Smith, assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina, said at the Michigan conference. In other words, when cars drive themselves, manufacturers - as opposed to human drivers - would be liable."

  • Watch live: Encryption vs. the FBI

    Date published: 
    April 26, 2016

    Please join us this Wednesday, Apr. 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. PDT for a discussion on encryption.

    What's the latest on encryption? Stanford University's Riana Pfefferkorn will share what's at stake, what could happen next, and what you should know about the FBI's ongoing dispute with Apple over encrypted iPhones. 

  • Can't find Prince on Spotify? Here's how to listen

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2016

    ""And there's no way this would be some kind of market substitute for the original Prince song", Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Daniel Nazer said. The channel did something similar after Michael Jackson died in 2009 and after Whitney Houston died in 2012."

  • Second Bid by Feds to Make Apple Unlock iPhone Ends in a Whimper

    Date published: 
    April 24, 2016

    "Like the California case, the New York fight is ending "not with a bang, but with a whimper," said Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

    "The government has repeatedly insisted that Apple's help is utterly necessary in multiple matters involving access to locked iPhones," Pfefferkorn said. "Going forward, courts should refuse to keep rubber-stamping government efforts to dragoon third parties into doing law enforcement's job for it.""

  • Maryland National Guard steps up role in cyberspace

    Date published: 
    April 17, 2016

    ""These are the people who are probably working in the security space already by day," said Richard Forno, the director of the graduate cybersecurity program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "When the balloon goes up, they can lend assistance, they're trained, they're competent.""

  • Edward Snowden on police pursuing journalist data: the scandal is what the law allows

    Date published: 
    April 16, 2016

    "Geoffrey King, director of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Technology Program, said the AFP’s actions were “obviously outrageous”.

    “This should not be happening. But it is the inevitable result of mandatory data retention and mass surveillance, which is neither necessary nor proportional to any threat,” King said. “It doesn’t line up with the values that we all adhere to, to good counter-terrorism strategy, and it certainly doesn’t line up with a free and open society where journalists can do their jobs.”"

  • Microsoft sues federal government over data access policy

    Date published: 
    April 14, 2016

    "“This is a significant development, and part and parcel of the continued push-back by the American tech sector over surveillance (since) the Snowden disclosures,” said Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley."

  • Microsoft sues government, expanding privacy debate to cloud

    Date published: 
    April 14, 2016

    "“The lawsuit is asking for two things,” said Jennifer Granick, the director of civil liberties at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society.

    “That people be notified eventually, if they are spied on, and, two, it’s asking for a much more scrupulous and discriminating use of gag orders, which are now seemingly routine when they are supposed to be extraordinary.”"

  • EU rulings on whistleblowers and right-to-be-forgotten laws puts press freedom at risk

    Date published: 
    April 14, 2016

    "The regulation continues to put a heavy onus on Internet companies, which are threatened with fines if they do not comply immediately with takedown requests. "The law still sets out a notice and takedown process that strongly encourages Internet intermediaries to delete challenged content, even if the challenge is legally groundless," Daphne Keller, director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford Law School's Center for Law and Society, warned last December.

  • Bots Need to Learn Some Manners, and It’s on Us to Teach Them

    Date published: 
    April 13, 2016

    "When you have a conversation with a chatbot, it’s clear that you’re talking to software, not a human. The conversation feels stiff. But some bots are adept at shooting the breeze, a skill that can make it hard to know you’re conversing with code. “Disclosure is going to be really important here,” says Woodrow Hartzog, a law professor at Samford University. “Problems can come up when people think they’re dealing with humans, but really they’re dealing with bots.”

  • Can Silly Patents Help Fight Frivolous Lawsuits?

    Date published: 
    April 12, 2016

    "Daniel Nazer, the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a high-tech civil liberties group, is amused by Reben's project — but he's not so sure it's going to help.

    "The patent office looks for prior art when they review patents," he says, "but they tend to look in pretty narrow domains like published technical journals. ... Part of our work is to try and get the patent office to look more broadly.""

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