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  • Will artificial intelligence revolutionize cybersecurity?

    Date published: 
    May 4, 2016

    ""Just imagine a world in which bots are out there looking for vulnerabilities and other bots or artificial intelligence is simultaneously poking holes, plugging holes, poking back," said Ryan Calo, a law professor and director of the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington, a think tank that examines cybersecurity and AI policy."

  • Woman forced to unlock her iPhone using her fingerprint in unprecedented move that has divided legal experts

    Date published: 
    May 4, 2016

    "However, Albert Gidari, director of privacy at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, said the order does not appear to violate the Fifth Amendment as courts traditionally interpret it.

    He said: 'Unlike disclosing passcodes, you are not compelled to speak or say what's "in your mind" to law enforcement. "Put your finger here" is not testimonial or self-incriminating.'"

     

  • Texting A Person While They’re Driving Could Land You In Jail

    Date published: 
    May 3, 2016

    "But Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina, thinks the textalyzer bill, Gallatin v. Gargiulocase, and Snapchat suit might suggest an upcoming shift in how society takes on distracted driving. Smith was a transportation engineer before he studied law and he specializes in how emerging technology affects driving. “People often see distracted driving as a socially acceptable sin, a kind of inside joke writ large, an innocuous guilty pleasure in which everyone indulges,” Smith told Vocativ.

  • After Two Abandoned iPhone Cases, FBI’s Next Encryption Battle Unclear

    Date published: 
    May 2, 2016

    "Riana Pfefferkorn, the cryptography fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, believes the Justice Department will continue to pursue a multi-pronged strategy, pressing the encryption issue on lawmakers, in meetings with tech companies, and in the courts. But following San Bernardino and New York, it will mount litigation below the public’s radar.

  • CPJ alarmed by WhatsApp block in Brazil

    Date published: 
    May 2, 2016

    ""Journalists in Brazil regularly rely on WhatsApp for their reporting," said CPJ Technology Program Coordinator Geoffrey King. "Blocking access to such a widely used platform is an overreach that violates the open nature of the Internet and disproportionally damages the free flow of information.""

  • Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

    Date published: 
    May 1, 2016

    "Features such as Pilot Assist exist in what tech policy expert and University of South Carolina assistant professor Bryant Walker Smith calls the “mushy middle of automation,” where carmakers still require human drivers to pay attention. “It's not always clear where the line between the human and the machine falls,” he says.

    In the long run, “from the manufacturer's perspective,” Smith says, “what they may be looking at is a bigger slice of what we all hope will be a much smaller [liability] pie.”"
  • The government wants your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Should that be allowed?

    Date published: 
    April 30, 2016

    "But Albert Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, said the action might not violate the 5th Amendment prohibition of self-incrimination.

    "Unlike disclosing passcodes, you are not compelled to speak or say what's 'in your mind' to law enforcement," Gidari said. "'Put your finger here' is not testimonial or self-incriminating.""

  • 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.

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