CIS in the news.

  • Nevada Passes Law Authorizing Driverless Cars

    Date published: 
    June 22, 2011

    Ryan Calo, CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics, is quoted by Alex Knapp in this Forbes article on the passage of the Nevada autonomous driving bill and what is provided in the new law

    The State of Nevada just passed Assembly Bill No. 511 which, among other things, authorizes the Department of Transportation to develop rules and regulations governing the use of driverless cars, such as Google’s concept car, on its roads.

    As Stanford Professor Ryan Calo notes, this is a big step forward in ensuring that safe, driverless cars become a reality.

  • Is It Tracking Or Personalization? Ask The User

    Fellow Ryan Calo spoke with James Temple of The San Francisco Chronicle on how great transparency and control by companies can actually improve the accuracy of personal data as well as consumer trust.

    It's hard to get worked up about a word like "personalized."

    Who doesn't want a product that's tailored to their one-of-a-kind selves, like fitted suits or fluffy monogrammed towels?

  • Facebook To Assemble Global Team Of 'Diplomats'

    Date published: 
    May 23, 2011

    Fellow Andrew McLaughlin is quoted by Robert Iafolla of the San Jose Mercury News on the simliarities between Facebook's new global policy team, and the Google global policy team .

    With 70 percent of its more than 600 million members outside the United States, Facebook is creating its own foreign service, hiring a network of ambassadors from India to Ireland to represent the Palo Alto-based social network with foreign governments and cultures.

  • Argentine Court Blocks Google 'Suggested' Searches

    Date published: 
    May 19, 2011

    Fellow Ryan Calo is quoted in a story on about an injunction which blocks Google from "suggesting" searches in Argentina that lead to websites deemed as anti-Semitic, and the effect it will have on people in the country.

    An Argentine court this week granted an injunction that blocks internet giant Google from "suggesting" searches that lead to certain sites that have been deemed anti-Semitic, and removes the sites from the search engine's index.

  • Finding Middle Ground In The Do-Not-Track Debate

    Date published: 
    May 15, 2011

    Publication Date: May 15, 2011
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle
    Author: James Temple

    Fellow Ryan Calo spoke with James Temple of the San Francisco Chronicle on why a federal do-not-track law might be more preferable over a state version.

  • In This Sky, The Planes Fly Alone

    Date published: 
    May 15, 2011

    Fellow Ryan Calo is quoted by Malia Wollan in this New York Times article regarding current privacy concerns for drones and the limitations on both the constitutional and subconstitutional level to deal with them.

    A father of five and a professed geek, Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired magazine, is always looking for child-friendly activities that could, he hopes, inculcate his children with techie sensibilities.

  • Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Driverless Cars

    Date published: 
    May 10, 2011

    Fellow Ryan Calo spoke with John Markoff of the New York Times on why possible new legislation legalizing self-driving cars in Nevada would serve as a great template for the process of testing these vehicles.

    Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public roads.

    And yes, the proposed legislation would include an exemption from the ban on distracted driving to allow occupants to send text messages while sitting behind the wheel.

  • Fighting, Dribbling, Racing Robots Come To San Mateo

    Date published: 
    April 14, 2011

    Lecturer Ryan Calo is mentioned by Elizabeth Culley in this San Jose Mercury News article regarding his involvement in the RoboGames symposium series.

    Sumobots, soccerbots and speedbots, oh my! RoboGames returns this weekend to the San Mateo Fairgrounds.

    Known as the robot Olympics, RoboGames is an annual three-day celebration of automation that draws amateur and professional robot engineers from all over the world. It was founded by David Calkins, president of the nonprofit Robotics Society of America.

  • Danger! Danger!

    Date published: 
    April 1, 2011

    Lecturer Ryan Calo is quoted by Wired's Justin McLachlan on the purpose of product warning labels and why companies are so willing to attach them to their products.

  • New Tool Stops Tracking

    Date published: 
    March 15, 2011

    Lecturer Ryan Calo spoke with Politico Pro about the effect that a "Do-Not-Track" tool will have on consumer privacy. Michelle Quinn filed the following report:

    Microsoft's release Tuesday of a new Internet Explorer browser that includes a Do-Not-Track tool lets consumers signal advertisers and websites to stop tracking their movements on the Internet.

  • Facebook Develops New Privacy Policy

    Date published: 
    March 8, 2011

    Lecturer Ryan Calo spoke with Mike Swift of the San Jose Mercury News about Facebook's privacy policy and its proposed use of interactive tools to allow users to build their own ads on the site. The story can be found here:

    Facebook is rewriting its privacy policy in plain-spoken English, and preparing new tools to show users how their personal data is used.

  • 'Do Not Track' Internet Privacy Bill Introduced In House

    Date published: 
    February 11, 2011

    Lecturer Ryan Calo spoke with David Sarno of the Los Angeles Times about the recent bill sponsored by Rep Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) to force online marketers to comply with consumer requests to not be tracked. Here is the story:

    A privacy bill introduced in Congress on Friday raised the possibility that Internet users will be able to prevent advertisers from tracking what they do online.

  • 5Across: Online Privacy And The 'Do Not Track' Debate

    Date published: 
    February 10, 2011

    Lecturer Ryan Calo participated in a round table discussion featured by PBS's MediaShift .The show's host, Mark Glaser, filed the following story on the discussion, which primarily covered online privacy issues and the "Do Not Track" debate: