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  • The Comment Period Is Over, But the Battle for Net Neutrality Ain't Done Yet

    Date published: 
    August 31, 2017

    "Open internet advocates argue that net neutrality is especially important for marginalized populations that feel threatened by the Trump administration. "Communities of color across the United States depend on an open internet to thrive," Malkia Cyril, executive director at the Center for Media Justice, said in an email to Motherboard. "From resisting police violence to demanding fair wages—the political voice and economic opportunity that the internet enables must remain protected by Title II net neutrality."

  • Do We Need a Speedometer for Artificial Intelligence?

    Date published: 
    August 30, 2017

    "It’s less clear how such measures might help government officials and regulators grappling with the effects of smarter software in areas like privacy. “I’m not sure how useful it’ll be,” says Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who recently proposed a detailed roadmap of AI policy issues. He argues that decisionmakers need a high-level grasp of the underlying technology, and a strong sense of values, more than granular measures of progress."

  • Court: Locating suspect via stingray definitely requires a warrant

    Date published: 
    August 26, 2017

    "Riana Pfefferkorn, a lawyer affiliated with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, said that the judge’s ruling was "careful," but she noted that it may not specifically matter, given that both state and federal policy has changed since Ellis and his co-defendants were arrested in 2013.

    "This is resolving something that happened over four years ago where on a going forward basis it may be a moot point," she told Ars."

  • This Big Beef Exposes The Ugly Underbelly of Vegan Vlogging

    Date published: 
    August 23, 2017

    "“Many people suing for harassment have tried to find exemptions under the CDA,” said Daphne Keller, director of intermediary liability at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society, making the point that the platforms usually win."

  • Can we have a hack-proof democracy?

    Date published: 
    August 23, 2017

    In January 2017 the US finally designated voting machines as a critical infrastructure. Why do you think it’s appropriate? What’s got you worried?

    It's appropriate because picking the next leader of the free world unfettered from foreign interference should be at least as important to us as turning the lights on or using our smartphones.

    Looking ahead to the 2018 and 2020 US elections, I’m worried about the ability of technology to now produce very accurate fake audio and video files.

  • Sensor tracks who is driving in your neighbourhood

    Date published: 
    August 22, 2017

    "“One of the great weaknesses in US privacy law is that we only protect against intrusions into private areas, not public spaces,” said Albert Gidari, director of privacy at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.

    "Public roads through neighbourhoods, licence plates, pedestrians on public sidewalks etc all are fair game," he said."

  • Why the alt-right can’t build an alt-internet

    Date published: 
    August 21, 2017

    "Registrars need to be established companies that can demonstrate technical capability and financial stability. If they want to offer recognized domains extensions, they have to work with companies like Verisign, which controls the coveted .com TLD. Establishing a registry for a new TLD, meanwhile, is pretty much a non-starter right now: the last application period was in 2012, when applicants paid $185,000 just to be evaluated. The next application period is tentatively slated for 2020.

  • It’s Official: President Elevates U.S. Cyber Command

    Date published: 
    August 18, 2017

    "The move really doesn’t come as a surprise, says Richard Forno, director of the Graduate Cybersecurity Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and assistant director of its Center for Cybersecurity. Former President Barack Obama approved the move before leaving office, but it took a while for President Trump to make it official, Forno points out.

  • Hate on the Web: Does banning neo-Nazi websites raise free-speech issues for the rest of us?

    Date published: 
    August 18, 2017

    "“This part of the Charlottesville story makes people think about who controls speech on the Internet,” says Daphne Keller of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “We don’t have 1st Amendment rights to stop private companies from shutting down our speech, and most of the Internet is run by private companies. Most of us want some intermediaries to play that role — when we go on Twitter, we don’t want to be barraged with obscenities and on Facebook we don’t want to see racism.

  • Discord, Gab, Hatreon: how the US extreme right is organized. on the Internet to distribute neo-Nazi materials and circumvent the Silicon Valley blockade

    Date published: 
    August 18, 2017

    "For Morgan Weiland, PhD candidate and junior associate researcher at the Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School, the discussion is very complicated and she does not see a solution in the short or medium term.

    "The risk of closing pages or removing content from white supremacists is what happens tomorrow, someone can do the same with a page from the Black Lives Matter movement ," Weiland says in an interview with BBC World.

    "Where you put the limit, how you avoid falling into censorship ... are very delicate issues,""

  • Facebook, Airbnb Go on Offense Against Nazis After Violence

    Date published: 
    August 17, 2017

    "That doesn’t mean these companies aren’t feeling the pressure from advertisers and users who fear that pages belonging to alt-right publications like the Daily Stormer could incite violence, said Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society.

  • When Government Rules by Software, Citizens Are Left in the Dark

    Date published: 
    August 17, 2017

    "Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland, says that pressure from state attorneys general, court cases, and even legislation will be necessary to change how local governments think about, and use, such algorithms. “Part of it has to come from law,” she says. “Ethics and best practices never gets us over the line because the incentives just aren’t there.”"

  • Tech Firms Break From Hands-Off Approach With Bans on White Supremacists

    Date published: 
    August 16, 2017

    ""The number of net intermediaries acting as gatekeepers has increased," since GoDaddy booted Daily Stormer, said Daphne Keller, who studies platforms' legal responsibilities at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. "Suddenly the domain registrars are sitting in judgment on content and speech," joining the usual players around free speech such as Google, Facebook and Twitter."

  • Canada approves first cryptocurrency sale in property rights shake-up

    Date published: 
    August 16, 2017

    "Following the growth of bitcoin, the most well known cryptocurrency, there are now more than 1,000 similar digital currencies being traded over the internet, said Arvind Narayanan, a computer science professor at Princeton University in the United States.

    Most of these new digital offerings, however, are used for speculation - investors hoping the currency will gain popularity and then rise in value - rather than buying and selling tangible goods and services, Narayanan said.

  • If an AI creates a work of art, who owns the rights to it?

    Date published: 
    August 15, 2017

    "As it stands, AIs in the US cannot be awarded copyright for something they have created. The current policy of the US Copyright Office is to reject claims made for works not authored by humans, but the policy is poorly codified. According to Annemarie Bridy, a professor of law at the University of Idaho and an affiliate scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society, there’s no actual requirement for human authorship in the US Copyright Act. Nevertheless, the “courts have always assumed that authorship is a human phenomenon,” she says."

  • Did the Department of Justice Request Detailed Information About All Visitors to an Anti-Trump Website?

    Date published: 
    August 15, 2017

    "Albert Gidari, Director of Privacy for the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, told us he agrees with the EFF’s argument:

    Asking for metadata on everyone that visits a particular website implicates more than just the particularity required by the 4th Amendment. It implicates the 1st Amendment rights of anyone that visited the site.

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