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  • NSA’s Data Collection Pullback Isn’t as Big a Deal as You Think

    Date published: 
    May 3, 2017

    "“This is a more focused policy by the NSA. It aims to restrict upstream collection to only those communications that directly involve a foreign intelligence target,” said Margaret Hu, an associate professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, in an interview with MeriTalk. “Although it is an important first step, in order to make this type of restriction permanent, it can’t just be a Federal agency’s policy. The NSA could change its mind at any time in the future and go back to collecting Americans’ emails about foreign targets.”"

  • Self-driving companies to consumers: Hop in

    Date published: 
    May 1, 2017

    "However, in cases in which the autonomous vehicle is at fault, the manufacturer is likely to shoulder the responsibility, said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who specializes in self-driving vehicles. 

    Walker Smith said: "A person injured by a test vehicle associated with a major developer like Waymo is probably better off than a person injured by an ordinary vehicle, because these developers will have deeper pockets and broader reputational interests than an ordinary driver.""

  • Taser Will Use Police Body Camera Videos "To Anticipate Criminal Activity"

    Date published: 
    April 30, 2017

    "This raw data fed into video analytics systems is itself captured and created by the police, said Elizabeth Joh, a law professor and policing expert at the University of California, Davis. “If you think about it,” she said, “some of the factors that algorithms use are products of human discretion. Crime reporting, contact cards, and arrest rates are not neutral.

  • Facebook isn't doing enough to control violent posts, says expert

    Date published: 
    April 28, 2017

    "However, Daphne Keller, the director of intermediary liability at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, questions whether machine monitoring is something we should even want to do.

    "The idea that we can have an automated machine that can detect what's illegal from what's legal is pretty risky," Keller tells Lynch."

  • One year later: EU right to open internet still virtual

    Date published: 
    April 28, 2017

    "The European Union legislation on open internet access does not specify if zero-rating is allowed.

    Instead, the EU lawmakers decided to leave it to national authorities to determine it on a case-by-case basis.

    “They kicked the can down the road,” said Thomas Lohninger, long-time activist involved in getting net neutrality enshrined in EU law."

  • EU telecom watchdog plan dead on arrival

    Date published: 
    April 27, 2017

    "“A pan-European regulator would be the prime target of every telecom lobbyist on the continent,” said Thomas Lohninger, a digital rights activist.

    “Right now Berec is a room of discussion,” the net neutrality activist told EUobserver recently at a digital rights conference in Brussels.

    “Berec is the sphere where they agree on the common interpretation, and it's quite fact-based. If Berec's decisions had an immediate impact on the pockets of multi-billion companies, they would certainly pay more attention to it.”

  • Should officers be allowed to view body cam videos? Or does it give them unfair advantage?

    Date published: 
    April 26, 2017

    "Harlan Yu of Upturn Research has been studying body cameras and says they are not living up to the public’s expectations.

    “What Seattle and other police departments across the country are doing right now is creating an uneven playing field where officers get a structural advantage where they get to view footage and other eyewitnesses don’t,” Yu said."

  • How to Disappear? Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected?

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2017

    Even in the middle of major city, it’s possible to go off the grid. Last year, the Atlantic profiled a family in Washington, D.C., that harvests their entire household energy from a single, 1-kilowatt solar panel on a patch of cement in their backyard. Insulated, light-blocking blinds keep upstairs bedrooms cool at the peak of summer; in winter, the family gets by with low-tech solutions, like curling up with hot water bottles. “It’s a bit like camping,” one family member said.

  • Crime, live on video: The beast Facebook can’t control

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2017

    "Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, told Quartz Facebook’s turnaround time was actually quite fast. Keller worked for years as an attorney at Google, and said that having been “on the other side,” she witnessed the massive volume of user reports these companies get, and how many of the flags they get are simply wrong or not actionable. “I don’t think it’s realistic to do anything better.”

  • Uber’s ‘flying cars’ set to land in Dallas by 2020

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2017

    "When Uber angered the California Department of Motor Vehicles last year, it packed up and moved its self-driving cars to Arizona. This time, Uber should try to stay on the Federal Aviation Administration’s good side because it needs the FAA to approve its vehicles and pilots, said Bryant Walker Smith, a transportation tech scholar with Stanford Law School.

    “It’s FAA’s way, or no way,” he said.

  • Man takes drone out for a sunset flight, drone gets shot down

    Date published: 
    April 25, 2017

    "Ryan Calo, a law professor and drone expert at the University of Washington, told Ars that federal authorities could bring a case if they wanted to.

    “It would seem that, in theory, you could prosecute an individual for destroying a drone.” he said in a phone interview. “That seems a rather draconian approach, so I’m not surprised the FAA has not pursued it. This is a flexible enough statute that they could bring a case.”"

  • The main differences between internet privacy in the US and the EU

    Date published: 
    April 24, 2017

    ""[They have] this idea that privacy is something that's quite central, that it could be thought of in terms of if property rights," said Indiana University associate professor Scott Shackelford, who teaches cybersecurity law. "Having privacy be the starting point and carving out free speech."

    The U.S. does the reverse, Shackelford said. Free speech is paramount, and privacy protections are carved out as exceptions.

  • Cleaning Up The Dirty

    Date published: 
    April 19, 2017

    "“Richie is taking advantage of what I’d understand as something like a liminal state,” said law professor Danielle Citron, who wrote the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. She said that Section 230 needs to be altered to discourage site operators from primarily hosting defamatory material or content that invades privacy.

    “He’s in the gray zone. And so he worked it for years. It’s really just despicable. The whole business model is despicable.”"