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  • Most Experts Think AI Will Make the World a Better Place

    Date published: 
    December 10, 2018

    "“In 2030, the greatest set of questions will involve how perceptions of AI and their application will influence the trajectory of civil rights,” said Sonia Katyal, co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. “Questions about privacy, speech, the right of assembly and technological construction of personhood will all reemerge in this new AI context, throwing into question our deepest-held beliefs about equality and opportunity for all.”"

  • Snap! The local HOA just captured your license plate number

    Date published: 
    December 9, 2018

    "Or neighbors could band together and sell the data, said Albert Gidari, consulting director of privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Minute information on comings and goings would allow businesses “to look at a whole community through the lens of these devices,” he said."

  • Australia passes new law to thwart strong encryption

    Date published: 
    December 6, 2018

    "Even Riana Pfefferkorn—a cryptography expert and attorney at Stanford Law School who submitted formal October 2018 testimony to the Australian parliament arguing against the law—doesn't know what is meant exactly by "systemic weakness."

    "Nobody knows!" she said, while laughing for a brief moment. "Whenever you open up a vulnerability in a piece of software or a piece of hardware, it's going to have consequences that are unforeseeable.""

  • Facebook emails show us again that profits come before privacy

    Date published: 
    December 5, 2018

    "Facebook is just a very high-profile example of that problem. Its claim that it doesn't sell user is based on a narrow interpretation of the word sell," said Arvind Narayanan, a professor of computer science at Princeton University who specializes in privacy. But that leaves users confused and unsettled about what happens to data that feels very personal.

    "This business model constantly pushes the company towards hypersurveillance," Narayanan said."

  • Fixing Facebook? Zuckerberg falls short of his New Year's goal

    Date published: 
    November 30, 2018

    ""They created a platform where sharing was mindlessly easy and interacting with each other required almost no forethought at all," said Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University. "As a result, there was massive sharing, including gushing of personal information that put lots of people at risk.""

  • Sending Lewd Nudes to Strangers Could Mean a Year in Jail

    Date published: 
    November 30, 2018

    "Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland and the author of a book on hate crimes in cyberspace, said that clarification could be helpful. New York may be the first municipality to consider a specific law targeting the practice, she said.

    “This is unwanted electronic harassment,” she said. “Just like we have telephone harassment laws that have been upheld by federal and state courts, it is absolutely possible to regulate this.”

  • The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make 'Unauthorized Streaming' a Felony

    Date published: 
    November 29, 2018

    "“DNS blocks are easy to circumvent, because site operators can just register a different domain name in the same top level domain or move to a different top level domain,” Annemarie Bridy, Professor of Law at the University of Idaho told Motherboard. “It will always be a game of cat-and-mouse, with no real permanent effects.” 

  • New Ways To Prevent Identity Theft During The Holiday Shopping Season

    Date published: 
    November 29, 2018

    "hat's what Scott Shackelford, an associate professor of business law and ethics in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, recommends. He recommends a program like Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) to find and encrypt sensitive information on your computer. "Also," he adds, "Don’t bank on your mobile phone, and consider using a separate secure wi-fi connection or other computer for personal computing at home.”"

  • When the Internet Archive Forgets

    Date published: 
    November 28, 2018

    "“The fair use defense in this context has never been litigated,” noted Annemarie Bridy, a law professor at the University of Idaho and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. “Internet Archive is a non-profit, so the exposure to statutory damages that they face is huge, and the risk that they run is pretty great ... given the scope of what they do; that they’re basically archiving everything that is on the public web, their exposure is phenomenal.

  • The FBI Created a Fake FedEx Website to Unmask a Cybercriminal

    Date published: 
    November 26, 2018

    "“What kinds of criminals mask their location, and for what kinds of crimes? Child pornography, yes; violent threats, yes; but also organized-crime rings engaged in cybercrime. A business email compromise scam, like those at issue in these warrants, falls squarely in that camp,” Riana Pfefferkorn, associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, told Motherboard in an online chat after reviewing the documents."

  • 1 big thing: All rise for AI

    Date published: 
    November 17, 2018

    ""An algorithm could've given us Dred Scott or Korematsu," said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, referring to a pair of Supreme Court decisions now considered morally wrong. But it would not know, decades later, that it had misjudged.

    In this way, a mechanical judge would be extremely conservative, Calo said, interpreting the law’s text without considering any outside factors at all."

  • Amazon's Accent Recognition Technology Could Tell the Government Where You're From

    Date published: 
    November 15, 2018

    "If voice-based accent detection can determine a person’s ethnic background, it opens up a new category of information that is incredibly interesting to the government, said Jennifer King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society.

    “If you’re a company and you’re creating new classifications of data, and the government is interested in them, you’d be naive to think that law enforcement isn’t going to come after it,” she said.

  • What is blockchain?

    Date published: 
    November 14, 2018

    "To help cut through the noise, we talked with Scott Shackelford, associate professor and Cybersecurity Program Chair at Indiana University to get to the bottom of this misunderstood technology.

    That said, many people still doubt blockchain’s future. As Shackelford explains, switching from the old way of doing things requires some cognitive reframing.