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  • In An Accident, Who Will A Driverless Car Be Programmed To Kill?

    Date published: 
    December 17, 2012

    "These ethical programming decisions will be made as a matter of company policy, and buyers may find themselves forced to buy into the brand whose ethics most closely align with their own. "If you had to choose between a car that would always save as many lives as possible in an accident, or one that would always save you at all costs, which would you buy?" asks Lin."

  • When is Social Media Use a Crime?

    Date published: 
    December 17, 2012

    Newtown school shooting raises the question of whether someone can be prosecuted for posting false information online.
    "What the prosecutors would have to show is that the post or the tweet or whatever it happens to be was done intentionally, was done on purpose, in order to interfere with the investigation, in order to create a public panic, and that's a relatively high bar to show," said CIS Affiliate Scholar Ryan Calo.

  • Instagram’s Absurd New Terms of Use Agreement Is Already Being Called Its ‘Suicide Note’

    Date published: 
    December 17, 2012

    "These kinds of terms are pretty common these days, which is unfortunate, because some of them border on the ridiculous," says Woodrow Hartzog, an assistant professor at Samford University law school who writes frequently about law and the internet. Hartzog says that Instagram needs some level of copyright control user images because "many copies of user content are created via ordinary operation of the website." But he adds, "I think it is fair to question the scope of many of these terms as potentially outside of the realm of what is required to operate.

  • Are Odd Electives a Waste?

    Date published: 
    December 16, 2012

    For instance: "Aspects of Autonomous Driving," the course offered at Stanford University Law School.
    "We can teach torts through 18th-century English cases, or we can teach torts through modern automotive class actions,'' said Bryant Walker-Smith, who teaches the class.

  • Self-driving cars can navigate the road, but can they navigate the law?

    Date published: 
    December 14, 2012

    "Florida, Nevada and California have all passed laws to make the cars street legal, thanks in large part to big lobbying efforts by Google, but according to Professor Smith, those bills only scratch the surface. "They don't really resolve the human driver's obligations behind the wheel," Smith told The Verge. "

  • Facebook changes privacy controls again and takes a key one away

    Date published: 
    December 12, 2012

    University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo said “preserving obscurity is the best way to protect privacy. This is an example of a company taking obscurity away.”

    “It feels almost as though Facebook is trying to acclimate users -- even recalcitrant ones -- to a world of personal transparency,” Calo said.
     
     
  • FTC: Apps For Children Raise Privacy Concerns

    Date published: 
    December 11, 2012

    The Federal Trade Commission has released a report taking to task the makers of mobile apps for children. It says apps are not transparent enough about the personal information they collect. It's the latest sign the Obama administration is concerned about children's privacy online.

    CIS Affiliate Scholar Ryan Calo interviewed. 

  • Woman Says Cops Looked up Her License 550 Times

    Date published: 
    December 7, 2012

    "It seems in some way the officers involved here were treating the DMV records like their own personal Facebook," says CIS Affiliate Scholar Ryan Calo in this MSNBC story.

  • Who Can Read Your Emails Now?

    Date published: 
    December 4, 2012

    "Law enforcement and civil parties could also get a public email provider to turn over messages with less than a warrant if the email isn't considered "in electronic storage." But what exactly that means has varied between courts, Granick said."

  • Aleecia McDonald Appointed Director of Privacy at the Center for Internet and Society

    Date published: 
    December 3, 2012

    Stanford Law School today announced the appointment of Aleecia M. McDonald as Director of Privacy at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS). McDonald will lead the Center’s work at the intersection of online technologies, privacy, and policy, with a particular focus on: user expression of Internet privacy preferences including Do Not Track, a technology and policy proposal that enables Internet users to opt out of tracking by websites; self-help measures and privacy enhancing technologies; mobile privacy challenges; and global frameworks for privacy rights.

  • Weev Speaks

    Date published: 
    November 28, 2012

    Notorious hacker "Weev" joins Hufftington Post after being found guilty on charges of breaching AT&T's security. Is his conviction a blow to free speech? Or simple justice?

  • Why Do Mannequins That Spy On Us Creep Us Out?

    Date published: 
    November 28, 2012

    Ryan Calo, an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law and my go-to source on all things robot: “The fact that the cameras resemble people has two effects, arguably at tension.  On the one hand, mannequins accentuate the perception of observation, and hence the subjective privacy harm to casual shoppers.  Some scholars explain the discomfort people feel with cameras by talking about the cameras as stand ins for people.   Here, the cameras are people—or at least feel like them to us.”

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