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  • California's proposed DMV rules for driverless cars could change in the wake of federal guidelines

    Date published: 
    September 20, 2016

    "“California is an example of the difficulties of regulating and how an effort to encourage and facilitate automated driving has actually complicated and in some ways impeded it,” said Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina and an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

  • Feds preview rules of the road for self-driving cars

    Date published: 
    September 20, 2016

    "One self-driving technology expert said the overall tenor of the guidance signaled that the federal government truly has embraced autonomous driving. “In terms of just attitude, this is huge,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who closely tracks the technology. He also cautioned that many details remain unclear."

  • Is there such a thing as “rape culture” on campuses in Canada?

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "Who are the key players and actors on the issue of sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally?

    Shaheen Shariff, Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education, Director of Define the Line Projects at McGill University has been awarded a $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally.

  • Emergency mobile alert on New York explosion suspect sent after incident

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "Elizabeth Joh, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, said that while desperate times call for desperate measures, it’s important to weigh those measures carefully. “The gravity of the situation is obvious,” she told the Guardian. “But that everyone with a camera and immediate access to social media should be enlisted by means of the cellphone [WEA] is a different question. It’s a difficult balance to strike.”"

  • Will tracking digital harassment help defend against internet trolls?

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "The Justice Department prosecuted just 10 cyberstalking cases between 2009 and 2012, according to Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland who studies online harassment. In 2015 and 2016, Clark introduced language in reports attached to Department of Justice appropriations bills that urged it to prioritize these crimes. She hopes that having data on prosecutions will show whether Justice Department officials heeded those instructions.

  • Feds Preview Rules of the Road for Self-Driving Cars

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "One self-driving technology expert said the overall tenor of the guidance signaled that the federal government truly has embraced autonomous driving. "In terms of just attitude, this is huge," said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who closely tracks the technology. He also cautioned that many details remain unclear."

  • U.S. to release guidelines on driverless vehicles

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "Driverless-car advocates are lauding what they see as regulatory flexibility, noting that the guidelines seemed to be more of a loosely defined framework as opposed to a list of hard-and-fast rules.

    “These aren’t regulations in the formal sense,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a lawyer and assistant professor at the University of South Carolina. “They are not announcing this as a set policy.”"

  • Lyft sees robot taxis approaching fast

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "Transportation expert Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of North Carolina who’s associated with Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, said Zimmer’s timeline for autonomous vehicles aligns with his own and those of many others.

  • Federal officials plan aggressive approach to driverless cars

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "“Some companies will conclude that existing law is perfectly flexible and accommodating for whatever they want to do,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who heads the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board. “Some companies may be more conservative and want [legal] structures upfront.”

    But just when those companies will want regulations in place also is open to debate.

  • Self-Driving Cars Gain Powerful Ally: The Government

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "Over all, the government’s endorsement will speed up the rollout of autonomous cars, experts said, potentially within the next five years.

    “It helps companies by providing some cover. If a car crashes, courts may look to these guidelines to help us determine what was reasonable and not,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina."

  • The Feds Just Got Real About Self-Driving Cars (It’s About Time)

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "The key is that NHTSA doesn’t specify, or even care, how automakers check those boxes, as long as they do. “This marks an attitudinal change,” says Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law who studies self-driving vehicles. Rather than mandating an approach (like using sans serif font for the vehicle identification number and the exact kinematic viscosities of brake fluid), the agency will be openminded.

  • Yelp Warns California Lawsuit Could Scrub Critical Reviews

    Date published: 
    September 17, 2016

    "Daphne Keller, an Internet law expert at Stanford Law School and former attorney at Google, said prior court decisions favor Yelp and she would be surprised if the California Supreme Court didn't reverse the ruling.

    "It should be a no-brainer for Yelp to win," she said."

  • More than 90 million people from 196 countries have flagged videos for YouTube

    Date published: 
    September 16, 2016

    "Social media sites often walk a "delicate line" with moderation, said University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo. "The key thing to understand is that a platform like YouTube makes their decisions against the backdrop of our free speech principles and culture, but they are not bound by those principles," he said. A  site's own policies typically take precedence."

  • Pentagon says killer robots have no place in US military

    Date published: 
    September 15, 2016

    ""What you still want is humans to designate the target in advance and ensure they are legal and lawful targets before the system is deployed," said Peter Asaro, a philosopher who studies artificial intelligence and is co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control."

  • Law enforcement hacking declared search under Fourth Amendment

    Date published: 
    September 15, 2016

    "Riana Pfefferkorn, cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, said the issue could be resolved by Congress first with the decision on "a pending change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which governs the issuance of search and seizure warrants by federal judges."

  • Google seeks changes in Michigan self-driving car bill

    Date published: 
    September 14, 2016

    ""Who did Michigan want to include in this great project of automated driving? The careful language in that letter could give an advantage to traditional manufacturers," said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina professor who has studied the legal and regulatory issues surrounding self-driving cars."

  • Uber’s robot taxis hit the road in Pittsburgh

    Date published: 
    September 14, 2016

    "“The public will play an important role in shaping both social and legal expectations for these vehicles,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who is affiliated with Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. “That’s why companies like Uber should publicly share their safety philosophies — how they define, measure, document, and monitor the reasonable safety of their vehicles now and into the future.”"

  • Privacy, the forgotten issue: Apathy is making Americans vulnerable

    Date published: 
    September 14, 2016

    "“If people know things about you, they can take advantage of you,” Ryan Calo, an assistant professor of law and a technology expert at the University of Washington, told Salon. Corporations have “the capacity and incentive to manipulate consumers to their benefit based on what they know about them” and “the same is true of government.”

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