CIS in the news.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.