CIS in the news.

  • Mexico's Twitter 'terrorism' case sparks controversy

    Date published: 
    September 8, 2011

    Ryan Calo, CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics, spoke with CNN's Catherine E. Shoichet about Mexico's Twitter Terrorism case and what type of punishment should be created for these type of incidents.

    One Mexican state's tough stance on Twitter posts could have a chilling effect on social media throughout the country, analysts say.

  • Increased use of 'personal drones' needs urgent regulation

    Date published: 
    September 5, 2011

    An excerpt from a blog written by Ryan Calo, CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics, is referenced by Sara Mansoori of The Guardian in regards to how the greatest use of drones can be for surveillance.

    The military use of "spy drones" is very well established. United States Air Force drones have now done more than a million "combat hours". Drones have been used by the police in Britain for some time. It is now reported that they are being used for news gathering purposes by News Corporation in the United States.

  • Email Disclaimers Mostly Along For The Ride

    Date published: 
    August 26, 2011

    Ryan Calo, CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics, is quoted by Ameet Sachdev in the Chicago Tribune on the surprising type of protection e-mail disclaimers actually offer the sender.

    The other day I received an email from a lawyer in Chicago who I don't talk to very often. So I was a little surprised to hear from him.

    There was nothing in the body of the email, but there was an attachment that I proceeded to open.

  • Battle Looms Over Website Background Checks

    Date published: 
    August 24, 2011

    Lecturer Jennifer Granick spoke with Erica E. Phillips of the Daily Journal to discuss website background checks and why the biggest argument for the screening is market-driven.

    Sellers and buyers connected for commerce through Craigslist, globetrotters finding a pad on, and perfect strangers meeting for a romantic dinner with the help of all have one thing in common - they turn Internet connections into face-to-face meetings with unknown consequences.

  • Our rising robot overlords: What is driving the coming upheaval

    Date published: 
    August 24, 2011

    CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics Ryan Calo is quoted in this Smart Planet post about the robot revolution and the hope that robots will make Americans more productive.

    We may be poised for the rise of robots after all. Popular sci-fi culture in the 1970s loved tales of robot overlords promising to overtake humans. And we waited for them to come true. Nothing happened. But now, we might just be on the edge of robot revolution.

  • Prediction: There Will Soon Be One Worker Robot For Every 5,000 Humans

    Ryan Calo, CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics, is quoted in The Atlantic Wire on how the growth of robots doesn't mean the "Great American Worker "is at risk of being replaced.

    Don't say we didn't warn you, carbon-based worker. According to a relatively recent report highlighted today by Christie Nicholson at SmartPlanet, in two years companies are projected to employ ("employ") 1.2 million robotic workers globally. That's one industrial robot for every 5,000 people. There are already at least 34 per 1,000 people in robo-happy Japan.


  • Robots On The Rise

    Date published: 
    August 14, 2011

    Ryan Calo, CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics, spoke with James Temple of the San Francisco Chronicle about the evolution of robots and how he expects them to soon "transform our everyday lives as much as the PC and Internet."

    Technical manuals and popular fiction helped thrust robots into the popular imagination in the late 1970s, cast in the twin archetypes of mechanical monsters or tin sidekicks.

  • Verizon Draws Fire For Limiting Subscribers’ Cheap Data Relays

    Date published: 
    August 10, 2011

    Professor Barbara van Schewick spoke with Todd Shields of Bloomberg Government on a complaint Verizon is facing which accuses the company of violating U.S. rules on open airwaves and how its outcome will be "far-reaching" on numerous businesses, innovators, and Internet users.

    Verizon Wireless is drawing fire from consumer groups for limiting its subscribers’ ability to relay Web content cheaply from smartphones to laptop computers.

  • Netflix, Facebook And The Law

    Date published: 
    July 27, 2011

    Ryan Calo, CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics, is quoted in this Marketplace article on the Video Privacy Protection Act and its impact on the Facebook/Netflix deal.

    Netflix says it will soon start letting users share what movies they watch with all their Facebook friends. For now at least, that service will only be available in Canada and Latin America -- not in the U.S. The reason: a 23-year-old law called the Video Privacy Protection Act.

  • Robotics As Social And Legal Policy

    Date published: 
    July 12, 2011

    Ryan Calo, CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics, is mentioned in the following article by Kenneth Anderson, writing for the legal blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, on the recent achievements of robot technology and the differences between "open" and "closed" robots:

  • Nevada state law paves the way for driverless cars

    Date published: 
    June 24, 2011

    Ryan Calo, CIS Director of Privacy and Robotics, blog on the passage of the Nevada autonomous driving bill is mentioned in this Financial Post article by Christine Dobby.

    Nevada appears ready to gamble on driverless cars, with the state’s recent passage of a law permitting the use of “autonomous vehicles.”

    The law, Assembly Bill 511 [PDF], which the Governor approved on June 16, defines these as motor vehicles that use artificial intelligence, sensors and GPS co-ordinates to drive themselves with no human intervention.

  • 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.