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  • No GPS tracking without warrant, ACLU demands

    Date published: 
    March 19, 2013

    "A warrant "is particularly important when it comes to GPS tracking because the technology is cheap, convenient, difficult to detect, and highly intrusive," writes Catherine Crump, the ACLU attorney expected to speak before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday, on the ACLU blog."

  • Google to Congress: Time to change email laws

    Date published: 
    March 19, 2013

    "In testimony before a House judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday, Richard Salgado, a Google director for law enforcement and information security, said the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act “though ahead of its time in many ways, needs to be brought in line with how people use the Internet today.”"

  • Don't call 'em drones: The wide world of unmanned flying machines

    Date published: 
    March 15, 2013

    "Ryan Calo, a professor of law at the University of Washington, also calls them drones. To him, a drone needs to have three qualities: First, it needs to be able to fly. Then, it needs to have some sensing capacity: a camera or an infrared sensor, or similar. And finally, Calo's drones are capable of some level of autonomy, perhaps following GPS coordinates or a moving guide."

  • Regulate the Robots

    Date published: 
    March 14, 2013

    But not every kind of robotmaker should be responsible for its creations. Ryan Calo of University of Washington Law School argues that to foster start-up-style innovation in home and service robots, the platforms have to be open, meaning that any app developer can write a program that teaches your floor-mopping robot to clean windows too — much as smartphones have been taught to do more than make calls. The fault for any hiccups would be with the app developer or the user.

  • From 'WarGames' to Aaron Swartz: How U.S. anti-hacking law went astray

    Date published: 
    March 13, 2013

    ""The extraordinary potential sentences are a result of political pressure by the Department of Justice, characteristic of their pressing for higher penalties in all sorts of areas of criminal regulation," says Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, who has represented hackers facing criminal charges."

  • Will Congress Unfriend Mark Zuckerberg?

    Date published: 
    March 13, 2013

    "Aleecia McDonald, director of privacy for the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, agrees that "Coming to a common understanding of ways to put users in control of their online experience through Do Not Track would be better for all stakeholders.""

  • Google Hastens to Show Its Concern for Privacy

    Date published: 
    March 13, 2013

    "“Google is just as concerned, if not more concerned, about public perception than it is about paying a few fines,” said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who studies privacy issues. “Lay people will take a settlement as being evidence of a mea culpa.”"

  • Rand Paul filibusters the domestic drone

    Date published: 
    March 12, 2013

    "According to University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo, drones may yield commercial and societal benefits and by targeting drone use rather than inadequate laws, we would be "missing out on the transformative potential of drones"."

  • New robots in the workplace: Job creators or job terminators?

    Date published: 
    March 6, 2013

    "“There will certainly be winners and losers,” said Ryan Calo, a professor of law at the University of Washington who focuses on robotics and public policy. “We’re talking about robots now because they are so versatile and affordable, and that will have profound affects on manufacturing, the entire supply chain and jobs.”"

  • Bad laws would hurt good drones

    Date published: 
    March 5, 2013

    "What are drones but flying smartphones, one app away from indispensable? We could see drones accompanying early morning joggers, taking sport, wildlife, and other photography to a new level, or mapping out hard-to-reach geographic terrain."

  • Drones Come Home, Privacy Concerns Fly High

    Date published: 
    March 5, 2013

    Across the country, law enforcement and first responders are flying unmanned aircrafts to take aerial photographs of traffic accidents and crime scenes. As the technology improves and more police departments acquire permits to fly them, concerns about privacy and regulation increase.

  • Should we put robots on trial?

    Date published: 
    March 1, 2013

    "The question is, said Ryan Calo, assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law and an organizer of an upcoming conference on robot law at Stanford Law School, “Now that this technology exists, what limits should we placing on it, but also, what limits should we be placing on tort laws in order to encourage it?”"

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