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  • Internet data pricing battle heats up in U.S. with AT&T and FCC following Canadian hearing

    Date published: 
    November 11, 2016

    "Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick told CRTC commissioners they could “absolutely” set a precedent in other jurisdictions.

    The CRTC must choose whether to deal with zero-rating complaints as it stands now on a case-by-case basis, ban it altogether or develop a set of guidelines on when it is acceptable.

    “I do believe there is precedential value,” said van Schewick, whose warmly received presentation argued against zero-rating especially when service providers own the content, stating it could harm innovation and competition.

  • Here’s How President Trump Could Destroy Net Neutrality

    Date published: 
    November 10, 2016

    "“Everything we’ve accomplished over the last ten years is now in jeopardy,” said Malkia Cyril, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice, a nonprofit group that advocates for digital freedom and inclusion. “From net neutrality to broadband privacy to prison phone reform and the Lifeline expansion, that’s all at risk now.”"

  • GDPR will require 75,000 DPOs worldwide, study shows

    Date published: 
    November 10, 2016

    "Appointing a data protection officer is just the beginning, said Omer Tene, vice-president of research and education at the IAPP. “Organisations will need to ensure DPOs are well qualified and trained in the growing body of knowledge of the privacy profession, including law, technology and data management best practices,” he said."

  • 75,000 Data Protection Officers Needed By 2018 To Handle EU Law

    Date published: 
    November 9, 2016

    ""Appointing a data protection officer is just the beginning," said IAPP VP of research and education Omer Tene, in a statement. "Organizations will need to ensure DPOs are well qualified and trained in the growing body of knowledge of the privacy profession, including law, technology and data management best practices.”"

  • Cybersecurity experts: Risk of electronic voter fraud slim but real

    Date published: 
    November 8, 2016

    "Similarly, Scott Shackelford, an associate professor of business law and ethics at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and senior fellow at the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, has spent his sabbatical from IU this semester working as a cybersecurity research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and researching voter fraud methods in the U.S. and around the world.

    Shackelford’s fellowship research has focused on five major ways to manipulate the outcome of an election electronically.

  • How Realistic Is Tesla’s Plan to Drive Across the U.S. Completely Autonomously?

    Date published: 
    November 8, 2016

    "Bryant Walker Smith, an automotive engineer and lawyer who specializes in autonomous driving, said he believes the trip is definitely possible, but that people need to understand the difference between fully autonomous driving and partial automation. In this case, partial automation means it’s not full-time self-driving, but rather a mode that can be switched on where the car can handle all the driving without the need for human input. This would classify as level 4 automation and anything under level 4 is basically advanced cruise control that can brake and steer.

  • Ex-Playboy Playmate's Charge in 'Body Shaming' Case Could Send Legal Shockwaves

    Date published: 
    November 4, 2016

    ""When you do hear about lawsuits with respect to photos on social media, it usually is in a civil action," Professor Jeffrey Vagle, executive director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, told NBC News. "This is a big deal because it is a criminal action.""

  • Encryption Policy in the Modern Age: A Not So Simple Debate

    Date published: 
    November 2, 2016

    "Jennifer Granick, director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, explained that separating the needs of law enforcement from the public’s rights under the Constitution is not as simple as it might seem. She calls this policy battle the third “crypto war.”

  • Will The FCC’s Privacy Regs Actually Change The Status Quo On Consent?

    Date published: 
    November 2, 2016

    "Requiring an opt-in might sound more onerous and more likely to protect privacy because the user has to actively provide affirmative consent, but “the fact of the matter is that contracts are usually boilerplate and are hardly ever read by consumers,” said Omer Tene, VP of research and education at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Hitting back at hackers: debate swirls on how far to go

    Date published: 
    November 1, 2016

    "Patrick Lin, who led a study this year for California Polytechnic State University on the ethics of hacking back, said there is "a moral case for hacking back, but an under-developed case for its legality and effectiveness."

    In the report, Lin wrote that while it is difficult to know whether hacking back has deterrent value, "doing nothing, as seems to be the case now, certainly offers no deterrence and likely encourages cyber-attackers to continue preying on others."

  • Here’s what to expect from this week’s CRTC hearings

    Date published: 
    November 1, 2016

    "Ultimately, in addition to soliciting comments from the public until June 17, the CRTC asked a wide range of experts to contribute to the hearing, including Danish Internet economics and policy expert Roslyn Layton, Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick, and even Reddit, with the CRTC soliciting the website’s Internet-savvy Canadian users for feedback and adding more than 1,200 of their comments to the public record."

  • It’s Finally Legal To Hack Your Own Devices (Even Your Car)

    Date published: 
    October 31, 2016

    "“This is a tremendously important improvement for consumer protection,” says Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University. “The Copyright Office has demonstrated that it understands our changed technological reality, that in every aspect of consumers’ lives, we rely on code,” says Matwyshyn, who argued for the exemptions last year.

  • Our autonomous future: How driverless cars will be the first robots we learn to trust

    Date published: 
    October 28, 2016

    "Bryant Walker Smith, professor at the University of South Carolina, also sees a major problem with Level 3. "If there's a hazard on the road and if the driver doesn't re-engage, the system doesn't have to do anything about it," he said "That's a very scary design prospect."

    Environmental factors are a concern as well. Navigating tricky situations at stop signs, figuring out what to do when unknown variables like animals run into the road or driving safely in bad weather can be problematic. Most systems, said Smith, have not yet been tested in snow."

  • Why Body Camera Programs Fail

    Date published: 
    October 27, 2016

    ""One of the main selling points for body-worn cameras is their promise to bring transparency and accountability to police community interactions," says Harlan Yu, a founder of Upturn, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that provides analysis to policymakers, and the author of a recent national "scorecard" on body-worn camera policies. But the cameras, he says, "don't automatically provide accountability."

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