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  • New Rules Mean It's Payback Time in Patent Cases

    Date published: 
    April 30, 2016

    ""There's no doubt that Octane Fitness has made a difference. It's increased the risk of bringing really frivolous litigation," Nazer said. "We don't know the extent to which these judgments are being collected on. At the end, there's a lot TBD.""

  • Why the names of six people who complained of sexual assault were published online by Dallas police

    Date published: 
    April 29, 2016

    "Balancing the desire for greater transparency and the need to protect the privacy of victims can be a difficult issue for the authorities. And some police departments may not have in-house expertise to know which data should be kept anonymous, said Arvind Narayanan, a computer science professor at Princeton who researches privacy issues.

    “Depending on what one is looking to release, it can be anywhere from easily doable to impossible,” said Narayanan."

  • Apple eyes voice-unlock for iPhones

    Date published: 
    April 28, 2016

    ""There are few security measures I can think of that aren't an additional step," said Bryant Walker Smith, an affiliate scholar at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society. "Conceivably, you might unlock simply by saying, 'Apple, give me directions to Redmond, Washington,' and there would be no additional steps. Cutting away that one step makes it that much easier to interact with your device as a conversational partner or assistant, where you just ask a question rather than unlock and ask it a question."

  • Revenge porn: the industry profiting from online abuse

    Date published: 
    April 27, 2016

    "For the vast majority of online harassers, however, the benefit is not monetary but psychological, says Danielle Citron, professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.

    “You think of a site like 4chan, where people actually proclaim themselves trolls,” she says. “They derive pleasure from other people’s pain. They’re doing it for the lulz.”"

  • Driverless cars could save lives, kill businesses

    Date published: 
    April 26, 2016

    ""A greater share of crashes could be attributed to a product defect," Bryant Walker Smith, assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina, said at the Michigan conference. In other words, when cars drive themselves, manufacturers - as opposed to human drivers - would be liable."

  • Watch live: Encryption vs. the FBI

    Date published: 
    April 26, 2016

    Please join us this Wednesday, Apr. 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. PDT for a discussion on encryption.

    What's the latest on encryption? Stanford University's Riana Pfefferkorn will share what's at stake, what could happen next, and what you should know about the FBI's ongoing dispute with Apple over encrypted iPhones. 

  • Can't find Prince on Spotify? Here's how to listen

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2016

    ""And there's no way this would be some kind of market substitute for the original Prince song", Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Daniel Nazer said. The channel did something similar after Michael Jackson died in 2009 and after Whitney Houston died in 2012."

  • Second Bid by Feds to Make Apple Unlock iPhone Ends in a Whimper

    Date published: 
    April 24, 2016

    "Like the California case, the New York fight is ending "not with a bang, but with a whimper," said Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

    "The government has repeatedly insisted that Apple's help is utterly necessary in multiple matters involving access to locked iPhones," Pfefferkorn said. "Going forward, courts should refuse to keep rubber-stamping government efforts to dragoon third parties into doing law enforcement's job for it.""

  • When Rape Is Broadcast Live On The Internet

    Date published: 
    April 20, 2016

    "Daphne Keller, the director of intermediary liability at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, recognises that the current systems in place for flagged content are slow, and says it would be “sensible” for companies to prioritise live video over older content to some degree.

  • Europe Tried to Rein In Google. It Backfired.

    Date published: 
    April 18, 2016

    "“If governments were handling ‘right to be forgotten,’ they would have to publish data,” said Martin Husovec, a professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society in the Netherlands, and a signatory of the open letter to Google. “But with Google, we can’t see what’s happening behind the company’s closed doors.”"

  • Why haven’t hackers taken down the power grid?

    Date published: 
    April 18, 2016

    "“Taking down major infrastructure on a national or regional level harms the bad guys as much as the good guys,” says Richard Forno, director of the Graduate Cybersecurity Program at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. “The Russians [could] shut down the power grid. But if they shut it down, they won’t be able to track us.”

    “If you don’t want to be eaten by lions,” Forno says, “don’t walk into the lion’s den with steaks taped over your body.”"
  • Maryland National Guard steps up role in cyberspace

    Date published: 
    April 17, 2016

    ""These are the people who are probably working in the security space already by day," said Richard Forno, the director of the graduate cybersecurity program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "When the balloon goes up, they can lend assistance, they're trained, they're competent.""

  • Edward Snowden on police pursuing journalist data: the scandal is what the law allows

    Date published: 
    April 16, 2016

    "Geoffrey King, director of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Technology Program, said the AFP’s actions were “obviously outrageous”.

    “This should not be happening. But it is the inevitable result of mandatory data retention and mass surveillance, which is neither necessary nor proportional to any threat,” King said. “It doesn’t line up with the values that we all adhere to, to good counter-terrorism strategy, and it certainly doesn’t line up with a free and open society where journalists can do their jobs.”"