Publications

Congress's sloppy new internet bill is a step in the wrong direction

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
September 18, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Most observers cheered when the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer was booted from YouTube, CloudFlare, and other platforms around the Internet. At the same time, the site’s disappearance stirred anxiety about Internet companies’ power over online speech. It starkly illustrated how online speech can live or die at the discretion of private companies. The modern public square is in private hands.

Communicating Cyber Intelligence to Non-Technical Customers

Author(s): 
Brian Nussbaum
Publication Date: 
September 7, 2017
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

This article examines the challenge facing cyber intelligence analysts who have to explain threat information and analysis to non-technical consumers, like executives or law enforcement.  It explains why these challenges are common, but are often more pronounced in state and local government contexts.  Finally, it proposes a conceptual framework to think about the tradeoffs such analysts face, examines similar challenges in other policy areas, and offers strategies for communicating threat information effectively under various constraints.

Privacy and the Dark Side of Control

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
September 4, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

To hear some in industry and government tell it, the answer to our modern privacy dilemma is simple: give users more control.  There is seemingly no privacy-relevant arena, from social media to big data to biometrics that cannot be remedied with a heaping dose of personal control. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “What people want isn’t complete privacy. It isn’t that they want secrecy.

Every Cop Involved in the Arrest of This Utah Nurse for Refusing to (Illegally) Draw a Patient’s Blood Needs to Be Fired

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
September 1, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Shall we ease into our Labor Day weekend with an absolutely repulsive video of a police detective abusing his authority against a completely innocent person for no real justifiable reason? Oh, why not?

Behold, Salt Lake City Police Det. Jeff Payne arresting Nurse Alex Wubbels in July for refusing to violate an unconscious—comatose, actually—man's rights by drawing his blood for the police without any sort of warrant whatsoever:

When Politics Drives Scholarship

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
August 30, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The publication of Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, a history of the “public choice” economist James Buchanan and his impact on American politics, has led to an enormous, highly charged debate. But as Marshall Steinbaum correctly noted in this journal, not many people have weighed in who aren't either Team Public Choice or Team Anti-Buchanan.

Key U.S. Foreign Policy Positions—including Ambassador for War Crimes—Saved from Getting Axed

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
August 29, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Just Security recently broke the story that the State Department was considering shuttering or downgrading certain functional offices and Senate-confirmed ambassadorships within the Department.  An outpouring of support for many these offices, and particularly the Office of Global Criminal Justice, ensued in the press and elsewhere.

An Update of the Israel-Palestine-International Criminal Court Timeline

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
August 28, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

A lot has happened before the International Criminal Court since we last reported on the Palestine and related situations. The timeline below picks up where my last timeline of relevant events left off. At that time, the Prosecutor had opened a preliminary examination into the Comoros referral based upon events on the Mavi Marmara, which was part of the Gaza freedom flotilla. The Prosecutor subsequently closed that examination on gravity grounds in November 2014.

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