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Wrongful Arrest by Software

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
December 13, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Managing information is central to the criminal justice system, and so it’s inevitable that mistakes happen. Names get confused, files lost. When these errors occur, the police can mistakenly arrest or detain people with no legal cause. But what happens when software is responsible for a wrongful arrest or detention?

Thomas Schelling has died. His ideas shaped the Cold War and the world.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 13, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The University of Maryland has confirmed the death of Thomas Schelling, perhaps the most important economist and social scientist of his generation. Most social scientists hope that their ideas will be read, and perhaps, if they are lucky, change people’s minds a little. Schelling’s ideas made the Cold War what it was and changed the world.

Why it's dangerous to outsource our critical thinking to computers

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
December 10, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The lack of transparency around the processes of Google’s search engine has been a preoccupation among scholars since the company began. Long before Google expanded into self-driving cars, smartphones and ubiquitous email, the company was being asked to explain the principles and ideologies that determine how it presents information to us.

Memo to President Obama: You Have Another Memo to Withdraw

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
December 5, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The election of Donald Trump has triggered an anxious conversation about how President Obama can entrench some of his accomplishments before January 21, 2017.  Importantly, given the Trump campaign’s embrace of waterboarding and “worse”, President Obama would do well to ensure that he has fully dismantled the Bush Administration’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation system.

Law school administrators would like al-Qaeda to go after U.S. News & World Report. This is why.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
November 28, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder’s new book, “Engines of Anxiety,” explains how law schools try to game the U.S. News & World Report’s academic rankings to attract students. I interviewed them by email to understand why these rankings are so important, and what law schools do to try to improve their rating.

Facebook Must Stay Out of China

Author(s): 
Andrew McLaughlin
Publication Date: 
November 28, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Andrew McLaughlin, technology executive:

Though it has been evident for years that Mark Zuckerberg really, really wants Facebook to operate in China, I’m genuinely surprised that the company appears, finally, to have made the decision to do it.

I’m surprised for two big reasons:

Five Lessons From the Rise of Bodycams

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
November 28, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

More than two years after Ferguson became a hashtag, spawned a movement, and drew national attention to problems about police accountability, the most tangible reform has been the spread of police body cameras. Their use seemed like a clear solution to problems of trust and oversight, but the reality hasn’t been that simple. Body cameras have introduced new problems of their own. How can we do better when the next new police technology arrives? Here are five things to keep in mind.

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