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  • Uber Refuses to Stop Self-Driving in SF, Setting Up a Legal Showdown

    Date published: 
    December 16, 2016

    "Uber has a strong legal argument, even if it doesn’t give a damn about the spirit of the law, says Bryant Walker Smith, an expert on autonomous vehicles at the University of South Carolina School of Law. And its standard approach of charging into new territory without concerning itself with local laws and counting on its popularity to carry it through, has worked out well so far, even if it draws fire from critics."

  • Uber to California regulators: We still won’t seek permit for self-driving cars

    Date published: 
    December 16, 2016

    "The next step for Uber and state regulators likely will be court, said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and scholar with Stanford Law School who specializes in autonomous driving.

    “If Uber’s not backing down at all, the most likely step that the DMV would take would be to go to court and ask the judge for an injunction ordering Uber to stop,” he said."

  • Who would want access to 1 billion Yahoo accounts?

    Date published: 
    December 15, 2016

    "If this most recent attack is also state-sponsored, says Albert Gidari, the director of Privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, "it's government espionage that's really at issue."

    Gidari says the size of the breach fits the profile of a government actor, which is typically motivated by an interest in collecting "large volumes of data that gets warehoused for future reference."

  • Uber's self-driving cars put tech's 'move fast, break things' credo to the test

    Date published: 
    December 15, 2016

    "Uber might have a plausible legal argument, based on the text of the legislation, said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and a specialist in autonomous vehicle law. But the intent of the law, he said, is “in large part about building trust, and Uber is not building any trust in its systems or practices by doing this.”

  • Uber's new driverless fleet in San Francisco swiftly declared 'illegal' by California DMV

    Date published: 
    December 15, 2016

    ""I wonder how this particular step fits into Uber's long game," said Bryant Walker Smith, associate professor at the University of South Carolina and an expert in the legal implications of autonomous driving.

    Smith raised concern with the definitions around driverless vehicles years ago, which, he said is "at odds with the goal of the regime—to build trust in the systems and developers.""

  • California DMV Calls Uber’s Autonomous Autos ‘Illegal’

    Date published: 
    December 15, 2016

    "Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina assistant professor of law and expert on autonomous car law, said Uber may have a plausible argument as the law allows some interpretation. Still, he said in an email, Uber’s actions are “in tension with the law if interpreted in context. This was a law intended to apply to aspirationally autonomous vehicles. It was in large part about building trust, and Uber is not building any trust in its systems or practices by doing this.”"

  • FCC Chair Tom Wheeler to Resign, Leaving 'Remarkable Legacy'

    Date published: 
    December 15, 2016

    ""During his tenure, despite industry roots, Wheeler proved to be a leader who heeded democracy's call," said Malkia Cyril, executive director at the Center for Media Justice. "Wheeler was a chairman willing to act in defense of the public interest, and in defiance of industry pressure and partisan politics."

  • Uber’s Robo-Car Test in SF Is a Middle Finger to Regulators

    Date published: 
    December 15, 2016

    "Uber’s got a good argument when it comes to the text of the law, if not the spirit. “Clearly California and Nevada [which has similar rules] wanted to build a regime of trust,” says Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law who studies self-driving vehicles. Those states wanted to encourage companies to test, keep the public in the know, and share information that helps everyone move forward."

  • FCC taking hard look at ‘free’ data for video services

    Date published: 
    December 14, 2016

    "Earlier this year, Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick wrote a report examining T-Mobile’s Binge On zero-rated program, which offers “unlimited” streaming of content from certain providers, like Netflix, Hulu and HBO.

    In the report, van Schewick concluded that despite T-Mobile’s assurances that Binge On is open to any legal streaming provider at no cost, significant technical barriers to entry still work to discriminate against smaller streaming services.

  • DMV to Uber: Yank your self-driving cars — or else

    Date published: 
    December 14, 2016

    "“Roll back a few years, and public service commissions, taxicab (regulators), police and airport authorities were saying to Uber: ‘Stop doing what you’re doing; it’s unlawful,’” said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and expert on self-driving cars. “Sometimes it complied but often it did not.” Ultimately many jurisdictions ended up legalizing ride-hailing services.

  • State regulators demand Uber halt self-driving car program, threaten legal action

    Date published: 
    December 14, 2016

    "Uber’s argument takes the DMV’s rules literally, but goes against the spirit of the regulations, said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and scholar with Stanford Law School who specializes in autonomous driving.

    “You can make this argument, but it’s not one that’s going to make you friends,” he said."

  • Self-driving Ubers arrive in San Francisco

    Date published: 
    December 14, 2016

    "The law can be read that way, but doing so might cause tension between Uber and state regulators, according to Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and scholar with Stanford Law School who specializes in autonomous driving. He acknowledged that risk is unlikely to deter the company that built its entire ride-hailing business model by operating in a similar legal gray area.

  • Uber self-driving cars hit the streets of San Francisco

    Date published: 
    December 14, 2016

    "Uber's stance seems likely to upset both state officials and competitors, said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who tracked California's law as it was drafted in 2012. While an attorney could argue that Uber is reading the letter of California law correctly, Smith said, testing permits were "envisioned as a gateway, as an interim step" to launching self-driving cars on public roads.

  • 1 in 25 Americans has faced or been threatened with ‘revenge porn’

    Date published: 
    December 13, 2016

    "There are some legal options available, University of Maryland law professor Danielle Citron said. For instance, if a victim took a photo themselves, they may be able to use a federal copyright law to get them taken down. And 34 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books aimed at punishing the perpetrators of revenge porn, she said.

  • System Bits: Dec. 13

    Date published: 
    December 13, 2016

    "Victoria Stodden, a University of Illinois professor of information science and the lead author of the report asserted, “We have a real issue in disclosure and reporting standards for research that involves computation – which is basically all research today. The standards for putting enough information out there with your findings so that other researchers in the area are able to understand and potentially replicate your work were developed before we used computers.”"

  • Google self-driving car project steps out on its own as ‘Waymo’

    Date published: 
    December 13, 2016

    "While the self-driving car project was in Alphabet’s “X” unit for “moonshots,” there was much speculation over what the business plan or “end game” was, said Bryant Walker Smith, a risk, technology and mobility expert at Stanford University.

    The birth of Waymo, Smith said, “starts to sound like something that’s more consumer oriented.”"

  • Google reveals 8 secret letters from FBI

    Date published: 
    December 13, 2016

    "“We minimized redactions to protect privacy interests, but the content of the NSLs remain as they were when served. We are also publishing the correspondence reflecting the lifting of the nondisclosure restrictions,” Richard Salgado, Google’s director for law enforcement and information security, wrote on the company’s blog."

  • Google just published eight National Security Letters

    Date published: 
    December 13, 2016

    "“In our continued effort to increase transparency around government demands for user data, today we begin to make available to the public the National Security Letters (NSLs) we have received where, either through litigation or legislation, we have been freed of nondisclosure obligations,” Richard Salgado, Google’s director of law enforcement and information security, wrote in a blog post."

  • Two books about government surveillance win 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

    Date published: 
    December 12, 2016

    The 2016 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize has been awarded to Laura K. Donohue for her book The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press 2016) and to Jennifer Stisa Granick for her book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017).

  • Top 10 developments of 2016 in autonomous vehicles

    Date published: 
    December 12, 2016

    ""Automated driving developments in 2016 became more concrete," said Bryant Walker Smith, an expert in legal aspects of autonomous driving, "and I expect developments in 2017 to be even more so. More and more people in the field are saying, 'just do it already'—not to full automation anytime anywhere, but rather to specific pilot projects that will start to showcase high automation under limited conditions.""

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