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  • Academics protest Google’s role in drone murder

    Date published: 
    May 18, 2018

    "“It is clear that the Pentagon aims to build out Project Maven to armed drones, and its functionality does not need much adjustment to become a target recognition system, carried out by an armed drone, that could function without meaningful human control,” said Peter Asaro, an Associate Professor at the School of Media Studies at The New School and a co-author of the letter."

  • Unfiltered: ‘Time is running out’

    Date published: 
    May 17, 2018

    "In this week’s episode of Yahoo News’ Unfiltered, we talk to New School professor Peter Asaro about the dangers of artificial intelligence technology and autonomous weapons. In an age when AI plays a dominant role in pop culture, some may view Slaughterbots as science fiction, but for Asaro, it’s the not-so-distant future.

  • This Is Ajit Pai, Nemesis of Net Neutrality

    Date published: 
    May 16, 2018

    "“I’m not saying that Google doesn’t act out of self-interest,” says Andrew McLaughlin, who helped start Google’s public policy operation in Washington. “But that self-interest was the sense that the long-term future of the internet is better off if it’s free and open.”"

  • Americans Can't Have Audi's Super Capable Self-Driving System

    Date published: 
    May 15, 2018

    "“I think law gets blamed too often,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a legal scholar with the University of South Carolina School of Law who studies self-driving vehicles.

    “I don’t think the crashes have changed the approaches of the developers or the regulators,” Walker Smith says, but it’s easy to imagine that increased scrutiny encouraged Audi to keep its new system out of the US—at least for now."
  • The Cybersecurity 202: Security community has its own encryption debate after discovery of new flaw

    Date published: 
    May 15, 2018

    "Whether people decide to keep PGP or make the switch, the flaw shows how difficult it is to perfect the art of sending secure messages, said Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at Stanford University. 

    “Even after withstanding years' worth of widespread scrutiny by security experts, a flaw in an encryption standard may still turn up,” she told me. “Plus, even if the vulnerability is fixed by the maintainers, users' configuration of their email client may not be perfect, potentially leaving them unwittingly exposed.”"

  • Service Meant to Monitor Inmates’ Calls Could Track You, Too

    Date published: 
    May 10, 2018

    "As long as they are following their own privacy policies, carriers “are largely free to do what they want with the information they obtain, including location information, as long as it’s unrelated to a phone call,” said Albert Gidari, the consulting director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society and a former technology and telecommunications lawyer. Even when the phone is not making a call, the system receives location data, accurate within a few hundred feet, by communicating with the device and asking it which cellphone towers it is near."

  • Did YouTube Phenomenon Poppy Steal Her Style From Another Star?

    Date published: 
    May 9, 2018

    ""You'll notice the complaint is very vague when it comes to what works actually infringe—there's just a lot of hand-waving about global similarities between the two projects," says Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's intellectual property team. "But you'd need to show that a particular work (either a song or video) infringed another specific work. The complaint just doesn't do that.""

  • Uber sets safety review; media report says software cited in fatal crash

    Date published: 
    May 7, 2018

    "Bryant Walker Smith, a self-driving car expert and law professor at the University of South Carolina, said in an email that the report by The Information raised the question of whether Uber’s “software might have detected something but misclassified as something other than a human (which could include determining that the probability of that something being a human was low).”

  • Drowning in privacy-related email updates? Tips on what to look for

    Date published: 
    May 4, 2018

    "“If you walked up to the average person on the street in the U.S. and ask them about GDPR, they’d probably say, ‘Is that a hockey team?’ ” said Albert Gidari, director of privacy at the Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School, on Thursday. Gidari said many people don’t seem too concerned about privacy issues.

    “I think people believe the benefits (of technology) outweigh the risk to their privacy,” he said."

  • Facebook Dating Looks a Whole Lot Like Hinge

    Date published: 
    May 3, 2018

    "Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's intellectual property team, thinks Tinder's case faces many of the same pitfalls. "I think most utility patents in this space face the same problems," he says. (Utility patents protect new machines, processes, and other inventions).

  • Judge to Consider This Week Whether to Unseal Vast Surveillance Records

    Date published: 
    May 2, 2018

    "The Apple-FBI fight over encryption was a rare event. Most of the time, the public never has a clue when authorities come knocking and ask a company for “technical assistance” to help get access to digital communications. That makes the true scale of U.S. government surveillance hard to assess—even if we can glean that it’s pervasive nowadays. And probably equally as important, it doesn’t really allow the public to tell just how difficult it is for prosecutors to convince a judge that communications should be turned over.

  • Terrorists still have rail in their target sights

    Date published: 
    May 2, 2018

    "“While al Qaeda and ISIS and their compatriots have staged high profile attacks and plots targeting aviation in the U.S, their high profile  attacks targeting rail tended to be either a long time ago (like Madrid and London), in concert with other targets (like Brussels) or in places people in the US pay less attention to (like Mumbai). This is unfortunate, because plots targeting rail infrastructure in the U.S.

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