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  • Internal Metrics Show How Often Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Need Human Help

    Date published: 
    March 16, 2017

    "Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor and a member of the US Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation, said it’s difficult to draw conclusions about the progress of Uber’s self-driving car program based on just one week of disengagement metrics, adding that the figures suggest that safety drivers appear to intervene regularly out of caution — even in cases where an accident may not be imminent.

  • Blocked Immigration Ban Proves Trump’s Tweets Will Haunt His Presidency

    Date published: 
    March 15, 2017

    "“Words have power and words spoken by the president have power,” says Neil Richards, a constitutional law professor at Washington University. “The medium by which those words are expressed is irrelevant.”

    “One of the reasons that presidents in the past have been reluctant to make blunt controversial statements is they can then be used against them either as a matter of politics or, as in this case, in litigation,” Richards says. “I think it shows that perhaps Twitter is not the best medium for weighing in on complicated questions of policy.”"
  • Facebook data 'off-limits' for spy tools

    Date published: 
    March 14, 2017

    "Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice, said: "When technology companies allow their platforms and devices to be used to conduct mass surveillance of activists and other targeted communities, it chills democratic dissent and gives authoritarianism a licence to thrive.

    "It's clear there is more work to be done to protect communities of colour from social media spying, censorship and harassment.""

  • Facebook bars developers from using data for surveillance

    Date published: 
    March 13, 2017

    "It was also unclear how the companies would enforce their policies, said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice, a nonprofit that opposes government use of social media for surveillance. Inside corporations, "is the will there, without constant activist pressure, to enforce these rules?" Cyril said."

  • California’s Finally Ready for Truly Driverless Cars

    Date published: 
    March 11, 2017

    "One thing missing from the regs: any driving test to pass before letting the robot fly solo. Instead, companies will “self-certify” their vehicles. “That’s like me going to the DMV and saying, believe me, I’m an excellent driver,” says Ryan Calo, who studies robotics law at the University of Washington School of Law. “It makes me a little nervous, honestly.” He would rather see a common requirement, or at least have a third party check the cars out before they hit the public streets."

  • Assange: WikiLeaks will help tech firms defend against CIA hacking

    Date published: 
    March 10, 2017

    "Although it would be “unheard of” for the federal government to prosecute a company for using leaked classified information to improve its products, there “are some issues with the fact that the information is classified,” said Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at Stanford Law School’s Center for internet and Society.

    Given uncertainty about the views of the Justice Department, “I can see why legal counsel at big companies might hesitate to reach out to Julian Assange to negotiate access to classified information,” she said."

  • California Gives the Green Light to Self-Driving Cars

    Date published: 
    March 10, 2017

    "California is not the first jurisdiction to pass rules governing the deployment of fully automated vehicles. Michigan has a law contemplating driverless fleets, and Florida has a law that its drafter says covers this, too. “But this would make California the most consciously permissive jurisdiction in the world,” says Ryan Calo, a professor at the University of Washington who teaches a course on robot law. “I question the wisdom of self-certification, especially with players that are not as sophisticated. I think it would be wiser to have third parties audit the technology.”"

  • With the latest WikiLeaks revelations about the CIA – is privacy really dead?

    Date published: 
    March 9, 2017

    "“I don’t think there’s been absolute privacy in the history of mankind,” said Albert Gidari, director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. “You walk out in public and it’s no longer private. You shout from one window to another and someone will hear you in conversation.”

    “At the same time things are more intrusive, persistent, searchable, they never die. So our conception of what is or isn’t risk from a privacy perspective does change and evolve over time.”"

  • Nameless and shameless

    Date published: 
    March 9, 2017

    "As Shaheen Shariff, professor of integrated studies at McGill University explains, the protection of a pseudonym allows people to easily throw out insults and discriminatory comments without taking responsibility for their words."

  • The Latest Victim of Uber's Disruption May Be Itself

    Date published: 
    March 9, 2017

    "In Rosenblat and Calo’s view, government agencies like the Federal Trade Commission need to more actively step up and investigate possible abuses by peer-to-peer platform operators. Earlier this year, Uber agreed to pay $20 million to the agency, which charged that the company’s advertising had misled recruits about how much income they could expect to earn as drivers. Still, they would prefer to see the FTC dig deeper, prying into their digital back-ends rather than relying on publicly posted documentation.

  • Tech workers electing to use skills in politics

    Date published: 
    March 9, 2017

    "Around the country — and especially in the Bay Area, where 75 percent of voters backed Democrat Hillary Clinton — joining the political fray has become a way to try to reconcile the election’s result, said Sonia Katyal, a co-director of Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

    “There is a much greater number of individuals who probably would have just entered the tech sector, who are now thinking of themselves as political leaders — purely to stem the tide of what’s happening in Washington,” Katyal said."

  • WikiLeaks Will Help Tech Companies Fix Security Flaws, Assange Says

    Date published: 
    March 9, 2017

    "While WikiLeaks has often been criticized for releasing sensitive data without regard for the consequences, Mr. Assange is acting responsibly this time, said Jennifer Granick, the director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. WikiLeaks redacted the actual computer code for C.I.A. exploits from its initial release to avoid spreading such cyberweapons.

    “He is trying to do the right thing,” Ms. Granick said."

  • Gay Iranian refugee in U.S. worries about friends left behind

    Date published: 
    March 9, 2017

    "“The administration has the right to cap and put limits on the number of refugees it’s going to accept — there’s no legal obligation to take a particular number,” said Beth Van Schaack, a professor at Stanford Law School who once investigated war crimes in Syria for the State Department. “The issue is one of morality at some level.”"

  • Will Science Fiction Become the New Reality?

    Date published: 
    March 8, 2017

    "Indeed, panelist Peter Asaro—philosopher of science, technology, and media at The New School—said that machines aren't legal or moral agents. So if humans give robots responsibilities or rights they don't deserve, he said, it could cause problems for society.

    As humans and robots engage more frequently, it will become increasingly important for robots to develop empathy, Asaro said.

    “If they're going to interact with us socially, they're going to need to understand social structures,” he noted."

     

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