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  • The Cybersecurity 202: This new FBI cyber official could be a moderating voice in encryption debate

    Date published: 
    August 15, 2018

    "She wouldn't outright say, ‘Yes, I want a backdoor,’ yet she voiced support for the idea of providers keeping the keys to decrypt data,” Riana Pfefferkorn, cryptography fellow at Stanford Center for Internet and Society, told me. “None of that really suggests to me that she's going to be better on ‘going dark’ or on surveillance and government access more generally.”"

  • Can We Count on Facebook and Google to Police the ‘Modern-Day Town Square’?

    Date published: 
    August 14, 2018

    "These companies “fulfill a roll that approximates a public square,” Geoffrey King, professor of media studies at UC Berkeley, told TheWrap. “It’s a really big deal to censor content or kick someone off your platform. It’s a decision they have the power to make, but it’s not one they should be undertaking lightly, to say the least.”"

  • Google tracks your movements, like it or not

    Date published: 
    August 13, 2018

    "Storing location data in violation of a user's preferences is wrong, said Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement bureau. A researcher from Mayer's lab confirmed the AP's findings on multiple Android devices; the AP conducted its own tests on several iPhones that found the same behavior.

  • This Company Keeps Lies About Sandy Hook on the Web

    Date published: 
    August 13, 2018

    "For years, Automattic’s strident response to copyright abuse earned praise from digital rights advocates. Now, this approach has effectively lumped in Mr. Pozner with the abusers. “Strictly from a copyright perspective, WordPress.com’s response is outside the norm,” said Tom Rubin, a lecturer at Stanford Law School who oversaw Microsoft’s copyright group and takedown process for 15 years.

  • The Man Who Sued His Trolls

    Date published: 
    August 9, 2018

    "Part of the problem is the way the laws are written. The federal government and most states have enacted anti-cyberstalking statutes that bar repeated use of electronic communications to frighten others. But during an online hate storm, individual members of the mob might send only one or two threatening messages each—not enough to constitute a pattern, as the laws require, says Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor and the author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.

  • Is Apple Really Your Privacy Hero?

    Date published: 
    August 9, 2018

    "If Apple wants to truly be an advocate for consumer privacy, it could take the lead in building a better system—one that lets its customers more directly control who has their data. Companies don’t go out of their way to give users deeper control over their contact lists because it’s not beneficial to the bottom line, says Jennifer King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. “Nobody has really reimagined the address book since we made them electronic in the ’90s,” she says.

  • Stanford Law Scholar Wins 2018 Stonecipher Award for Distinguished Research in Media Law and Policy

    Date published: 
    August 9, 2018

    "Stanford Law School’s (SLS) Center for Internet and Society Junior Affiliate Scholar and outgoing Lecturer in Law Morgan Weiland has been awarded the 2018 Harry W. Stonecipher Award for Distinguished Research in Media Law and Policy for her 2017 article, “Expanding the Periphery and Threatening the Core: The Ascendant Libertarian Speech Tradition.” The article, published in the Stanford Law Review in May 2017, uncovers a new theory undergirding the First Amendment’s expansion to include commercial and corporate speech.  

  • Federal Circuit Eases Access to Case Filings

    Date published: 
    August 8, 2018

    "A nonprofit advocacy organization, EFF often files amicus briefs in cases involving tech companies. The Federal Circuit discourages amicus briefs that duplicate arguments made by the main parties, but the court’s policy of withholding access to briefs made it hard to read other case filings before the deadline to submit amicus briefs, said Daniel Nazer, the EFF attorney who asked the court to amend its policy.

  • How billion-dollar start-up Darktrace is fighting cybercrime with A.I.

    Date published: 
    August 7, 2018

    ""We're seeing growing interest in applying computing things like machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence, etc. (think of IBM Watson stuff) to cybersecurity issues both in 'real time' and on a more strategic basis to try and identify trends and vulnerabilities before they become actual incidents," Richard Forno, assistant director of the Center for Cybersecurity and the director of the Cybersecurity Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, tells CNBC Make It."

  • Twitter Target of Accused Capital Gazette Gunman Says Gaps in Maryland Law Allowed Threats to Persist

    Date published: 
    August 6, 2018

    "Giving police more flexibility to respond to allegations of threats will likely raise concerns over First Amendment rights, said Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland who specializes in cyberstalking.

    Citron notes Maryland already has laws prohibiting the cyberbullying of minors and said those laws sparked a debate over First Amendment rights. Attempts to expand that law failed earlier this year over concerns the changes were overly broad.

  • Win or Lose, the Alex Jones Lawsuit Will Help Redefine Free Speech

    Date published: 
    August 6, 2018

    "This is where the context of the internet starts to matter. The law assumes a narrow notion of fame—not a world where a YouTube channel’s following can rival a media company’s and the parents of a slain child can instantly become household names. “The First Amendment is a legal tool … crafted in a particular time to deal with particular media environments,” says Neil Richards, a First Amendment expert at the University of Washington Law School. “Our libel model is one that envisions establishment media and a bunch of people gossiping. It doesn’t envision social media.”"

  • California’s New Data Privacy Law Came To Be In About A Week. Here’s What You Need To Know.

    Date published: 
    August 2, 2018

    "Privacy advocates are excited about the bill’s expansiveness. Aleecia McDonald, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Networking Institute based in Silicon Valley, says consumers are beginning to understand “there’s a whole lot of data that is being collected about them that they have no idea about.” But critics contend that it’s the scope of the law that makes it problematic."

  • No, tech giants are not censoring Alex Jones

    Date published: 
    July 31, 2018

    "Annemarie Bridy, an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University echoed that, telling the Daily Dot that “the First Amendment limits only the government’s ability to restrict freedom of speech. It doesn’t limit what corporations that own social media platforms can do.”

    Bridy also brings up a second important point: that social media users agree to abide by the terms of service of the site they’re posting on.

  • Cop cameras can track you in real-time and there’s no stopping them

    Date published: 
    July 31, 2018

    "Axon’s widespread reach in police tech means that if the company decides to implement face recognition, it could have sweeping, rapid effects. “If and when they want to do it, that could happen quite fast,” cautions Harlan Yu, executive director of Upturn. “It would really be a software update away to add that capability.”"

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