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  • Tesla Driver Died Using Autopilot, With Hands Off Steering Wheel

    Date published: 
    March 30, 2018

    "“This is another potential illustration of the mushy middle of automation,” Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who studies self-driving cars, said in an email. Partial automation systems such as Tesla’s Autopilot “work unless and until they don’t,” and there will be speculation and research about their safety, he said."

  • Facebook to the carpet?

    Date published: 
    March 30, 2018

    "Although Zuckerberg has assured in recent days that in the company are examining all the contracts signed over the years with the apps on the social network to understand who and when he would give "user information" to third parties, the attention seems to be once again on the details: Facebook - maintains the privacy expert Woodrow Hartzog - «has built an incredibly profitable model, but at the same time incredibly fragile to exploit». 

  • Uber Isolated by Partners and Competitors in Aftermath of Crash

    Date published: 
    March 29, 2018

    "The self-driving vehicle community has long discussed the potential dangers of a "Hindenberg" for self-driving vehicles, Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who studies self-driving cars, wrote in an email, referring to the hydrogen-filled airship’s catastrophic explosion in 1937.

  • Uber settles self-driving car crash case with victim’s family

    Date published: 
    March 29, 2018

    "Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina school of law, who writes regularly on autonomous driving matters, said he was surprised by how quickly the case was settled.  “I respect the family's privacy, but I also wish that the terms here were public. I associate transparency with trustworthiness, and I would encourage Uber to be more public about its process in general,” he said."

  • Worried about what Facebook knows about you? Check out Google

    Date published: 
    March 28, 2018

    "What Curran found is the reality that Google's millions of users face every day, said Scott J. Shackelford, an associate business professor at Indiana University focusing on cybersecurity law and policy.

    "All Google users are being tracked by default in terms of physically where [they're] going and located," Shackelford said. "That is shocking to a lot of people.""

  • Appeals court revives Oracle's copyright claim against Google

    Date published: 
    March 27, 2018

    "Annemarie Bridy, a professor of intellectual property at the University of Idaho College of Law, said in an interview the ruling could stifle software innovation by opening up developers to potential liability for copyright infringement.

    “This is a ruling that could have a significant chilling effect on software developers,” she said, noting that they rely on computer code like Oracle’s to make apps communicate with each other."

  • Why Now? Facebook’s “Perfect Storm” Reinvigorates Old Privacy Fears

    Date published: 
    March 26, 2018

    "“There hasn’t been a real vivid example of how information is extracted on a massive scale and then weaponized against you,” said Woodrow Hartzog, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University. “To rob people of agency in a really important, core area of identity, which is political expression, ideology—the idea that we’ve lost control of so much, to lose this as well is just difficult to swallow.”"

  • Defending the Digital Frontier: Why We Need a Civil Rights Framework for the Internet

    Date published: 
    March 23, 2018

    "As Malkia Cyril, the executive director of the Oakland-based Center for Media Justice and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), told Truthout this week, "Data protection is not about protecting privacy; it never was. It's about protecting democracy. Now, more than ever, the US needs civil rights legislation that protects the data of vulnerable communities.""

  • What Heavier Regulation Could Wind Up Costing Facebook

    Date published: 
    March 23, 2018

    "Richard Forno, assistant director of University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Center for Cybersecurity, said that while he doesn't think Congress is best-suited to regulate tech companies, he doesn't expect that regulations would trigger a mass flight of users nor advertisers. "Advertisers will just find another way to adapt," Forno said.

  • Experts say self-driving Uber should've spotted pedestrian in deadly crash

    Date published: 
    March 22, 2018

    ""The victim did not come out of nowhere. She's moving on a dark road, but it's an open road, so Lidar and radar should have detected and classified her" as a human, Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who studies autonomous vehicles told the Associated Press.

    Smith said the video may not show the complete picture, but "this is strongly suggestive of multiple failures of Uber and its system, its automated system, and its safety driver.""

  • How to Regulate Facebook

    Date published: 
    March 22, 2018

    "“One place where we could start would be with a uniform and robust data breach notification standard that’s not watered down and has penalties,” said Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland who specializes in internet privacy and free speech online. Such a law would require that consumers and the government be swiftly alerted when their data has been stolen in a hack or landed somewhere without users’ consent.

  • Police release video of Uber fatal collision

    Date published: 
    March 22, 2018

    "But Ryan Calo, a professor at the University of Washington’s law school, who writes regularly on robotics and cyber law, said in a tweet: “I watched the video of the driverless car collide with Ms Herzberg and I simply disagree that it absolves Uber.” Both Prof Calo and Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina’s law school and an expert on autonomous vehicles, said that the Uber vehicle’s array of sensors and camera equipment, which include a Lidar system that sends out laser pulses to “see” its surroundings, should have detected Ms Herzberg, given h

  • 'Once it's out there, it's out there': Financial crimes unit sergeant speaks to dangers of sharing personal information online

    Date published: 
    March 22, 2018

    "Dr. Richard Forno is a senior lecturer, and the director of the Graduate Cybersecurity Program for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

    Forno explained that as a person navigates across the internet they leave a trail of data or ‘digital footprints’ behind that make it easier to be tracked, particularly by advertisers. 

    Speaking about a term called “culture jamming,” Forno said there are ways to make it harder to follow digital footprints. 

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