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  • Sony brings hammer down on Wiener’s Katy Perry drag-queen video

    Date published: 
    October 5, 2016

    "Ben Depoorter, a professor at UC Hastings College of the Law who is an expert in copyright law, says this is typical of entertainment companies that worry about alienating potential buyers by having their performers associated with politics. Exhibit A is the country group the Dixie Chicks, who criticized then-President George W. Bush on stage in 2003 and faced a backlash that nearly ended their careers.

  • Ambiguity surrounds IC body camera policy as deadline nears

    Date published: 
    October 5, 2016

    "Harlan Yu, a principal at Upturn, a technology consulting firm, studies how new technologies affect civil rights. He said for a policy to be beneficial to the campus community, it needs to succeed in all criteria.

    “I would look closely at the scorecard, at each of our eight criteria, and see that the campus police eventually scores a green in each of their criteria,” Yu said.

  • Robots Are Developing Feelings. Will They Ever Become "People"?

    Date published: 
    October 4, 2016

    "Robots can show emotions without actually having emotions, though. "Robots are now designed to exhibit emotion," says Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University. "When we say robots have emotion, we don't mean they feel happy or sad or have mental states. This is shorthand for, they seem to exhibit behavior that we humans interpret as such and such.""

  • Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence

    Date published: 
    October 4, 2016

    ""I've never seen that, a wiretap in real time on a 'selector,"' said Albert Gidari, a lawyer who represented phone and Internet companies on surveillance issues for 20 years before moving to Stanford University this year. A selector refers to a type of search term used to zero in on specific information.

    "It would be really difficult for a provider to do that," he added."

  • How Scared Should I Be of the Singularity?

    Date published: 
    October 4, 2016

    "And while it is a scary thought that—singularity or not—autonomous robots might be on the battlefield soon, it's also worth noting that robot soldiers will most likely suck for a long time according to Peter Asaro, philosopher of science and technology at the New School, and a spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

  • The True Cost of Westworld's Robot Sex

    Date published: 
    October 3, 2016

    "Patrick Lin, Ph.D., the director of the Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic University, fears that sexbots might make us less human. “The fear is that people will become less in the habit of seeking consent and more into imposing their will and desires on others,” he told Inverse in an e-mail.

  • In the race for drone delivery, the U.K. is way ahead of the U.S.

    Date published: 
    October 3, 2016

    "“I think people forget how lucky the U.S. got with the internet,” said Ryan Calo, a technology law professor at the University of Washington.

    The reason why all the most popular internet companies are American, says Calo, has as much to do with these early rules of the road as it does with the fact that the internet was invented in the U.S."

  • How the Legacy of Slavery Is Very Much Still with U.S.

    Date published: 
    October 3, 2016

    "AMY GOODMAN: On Saturday, just before I sat down with Ava DuVernay, I sat down with two of the people featured in the film. Among those who are in the film, Michelle Alexander, Angela Davis—Common writes the music—but Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice and Kevin Gannon of Grand View University in Iowa. I started by asking Malkia what she wanted the film to convey.

  • Researchers ask federal court to unseal years of surveillance records

    Date published: 
    September 30, 2016

    "Two lawyers and legal researchers based at Stanford University have formally asked a federal court in San Francisco to unseal numerous records of surveillance-related cases, as a way to better understand how authorities seek such powers from judges. This courthouse is responsible for the entire Northern District of California, which includes the region where tech companies such as Twitter, Apple, and Google, are based.

  • Elon Musk, billionaire tech idealist and space entrepreneur

    Date published: 
    September 30, 2016

    "“Elon Musk is a great visionary and a great inventor, and you have to admire his ambition and his moxie,” says Patrick Lin, philosophy professor and head of the emerging sciences group at California Polytechnic. “But it does seem he has a blind spot for ethical issues and their impact.”

    Putting humans on Mars, he adds, could spread our shortcomings through the solar system: “It sounds like we’re going to be exporting our problems to another rock.”"

  • Researchers file for access to court orders that force companies to break their own encryption

    Date published: 
    September 30, 2016

    "The researchers are members of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and part of the organization’s Crypto Policy Project, a group established in 2015 to investigate the government policies “forcing decryption and/or influencing crypto-related design of online platforms and services, devices, and products, both via technical means and through the courts.”

  • Could a revenge porn case in Northern Ireland change Facebook across the planet?

    Date published: 
    September 28, 2016

    ""It is fairly easy for all these companies to figure out where all this data is coming from," Danielle Citron, who authored Hate Crimes in Cyberspace and has advised Facebook and Twitter on their harassment policies over the years, told Mashable. Figuring out where data comes from isn't an exact science, she said, but Facebook could develop different nude imagery policies for different regions, conceding to the Irish lawsuit while not stirring up a free speech controversy in the U.S."

     

  • The Gray Area of Driverless Car Regulation

    Date published: 
    September 28, 2016

    "The draft rules in California, where 15 companies are currently testing driverless vehicles, “will probably be either substantially reworked or superseded by new legislation,” predicted Bryant Walker Smith, a law and engineering professor from the University of South Carolina who writes about autonomous vehicle regulations at newlypossible.org. "

  • Federal judge in Pittsburgh cuts Kentucky computer hacker a break

    Date published: 
    September 27, 2016

    "Anecdotally, there are plenty of examples of people who commit cybercrimes in their youth who go on to become law-abiding citizens and even computer security experts, said Brian Nussbaum, a former security intelligence analyst who teaches computer security at State University of New York at Albany.

    “It has historically not been unusual for youthful indiscretions at the keyboard to lay the technical and intellectual foundations for careers in information technology and information security,” Nussbaum said.

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