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  • Facing Fear: The One Key To Success

    Date published: 
    March 22, 2017

    "Nabiha Syed is 31 years old and is on the front lines protecting our free speech, religion and our right to protest. She’s the Assistant General Counsel at BuzzFeed, a free speech lawyer and a women’s rights advocate.

  • The world's leading privacy pros talk GDPR with El Reg

    Date published: 
    March 20, 2017

    "The dominating feature of coverage of GDPR has been its provisions for sanctions – allowing the data police to issue fines of up to 4 per cent of global turnover. Tene said: “Just having those sanctions and the toolbox is a game changer. Actually, they could just keep the data protection directive, add the sanctions, and it would have significant impact.”"

  • Update Three: Landmark EU-US data privacy court case commences in the High Court

    Date published: 
    March 20, 2017

    "Over the course of Monday 20 February 2017 and part of Wednesday 22 February 2017, the DPC’s first witness, Professor Neil Richards provided the Court with a summary of the conclusions of his report on US privacy law. Prof Richards, of Washington University, is an expert in US privacy law and First Amendment law (in this context the First Amendment relates to the right of free speech).

  • Seizure-inducing tweet leads to a new kind of prosecution

    Date published: 
    March 19, 2017

    "“What is new, because of the technology, is the ease with which certain individuals can be targeted across state lines by remotely distant perpetrators,” said Andrea Matwyshyn, a law professor at Northeastern University."

    "“This doesn’t even get in the door of the First Amendment,” said Danielle Citron, a legal scholar at the University of Maryland. “It doesn’t have expressive value. . . . It doesn’t express someone’s autonomy of views and opinions. It’s not contributing to the marketplace of ideas.”"
  • The $4 trillion question

    Date published: 
    March 17, 2017

    "“Privacy preferences vary among individuals, over time, and between stated belief and actual practice,” Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor of law at the University of South Carolina, said in an e-mail. “I would like a more candid conversation about data collection and especially use, particularly when that use may be adverse to the individual.”"

  • Irish leader's White House visit has serious undertones

    Date published: 
    March 16, 2017

    "Kenny has to "walk a tightrope," said Henry Farrell, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. Farrell said Kenny "does not want to be seen as too close to Trump or to be identified with Trump and the same time he wants to preserve a relationship with a guy who is going to be president of the United States" for the next four years."

  • Sean Spicer just suggested that Obama used British intelligence to spy on Trump. Britain isn’t happy.

    Date published: 
    March 16, 2017

    "Some people writing on intelligence and surveillance note that close working relations such as this can allow intelligence agencies to evade domestic controls. Jennifer Granick, in her new Cambridge University Press book, American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What To Do About It, notes that Five Eyes countries aren’t supposed to spy on one another’s citizens. However, she says that the NSA has prepared policies that would allow it to spy on Five Eyes citizens without permission. She furthermore suggests that:

  • Internal Metrics Show How Often Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Need Human Help

    Date published: 
    March 16, 2017

    "Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor and a member of the US Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation, said it’s difficult to draw conclusions about the progress of Uber’s self-driving car program based on just one week of disengagement metrics, adding that the figures suggest that safety drivers appear to intervene regularly out of caution — even in cases where an accident may not be imminent.

  • Blocked Immigration Ban Proves Trump’s Tweets Will Haunt His Presidency

    Date published: 
    March 15, 2017

    "“Words have power and words spoken by the president have power,” says Neil Richards, a constitutional law professor at Washington University. “The medium by which those words are expressed is irrelevant.”

    “One of the reasons that presidents in the past have been reluctant to make blunt controversial statements is they can then be used against them either as a matter of politics or, as in this case, in litigation,” Richards says. “I think it shows that perhaps Twitter is not the best medium for weighing in on complicated questions of policy.”"
  • Facebook data 'off-limits' for spy tools

    Date published: 
    March 14, 2017

    "Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice, said: "When technology companies allow their platforms and devices to be used to conduct mass surveillance of activists and other targeted communities, it chills democratic dissent and gives authoritarianism a licence to thrive.

    "It's clear there is more work to be done to protect communities of colour from social media spying, censorship and harassment.""

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