Publications

The U.S. census is in trouble. This is why it’s crucial to what the nation knows about itself.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The U.S. census has recently been the subject of political argument. After contentious discussions before a congressional panel, John Thompson, the director of the Census Bureau, stepped down last week. To provide background information on the census and what it does, I interviewed Kenneth Prewitt, the Carnegie professor of public affairs and the vice president for global centers at Columbia University, and a former director of the Census Bureau, about how the census works, why it has become political and why it remains important.

Cybercriminals have just mounted a massive worldwide attack. Here’s how NSA secrets helped them.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 12, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Computers around the world are suffering an attack from malicious software. The compromised computers have been hit by “ransomware” — software that encrypts the computer’s hard drive so that all the information on it is unavailable, and refuses to release it until a ransom is paid in Bitcoin, an online currency that is difficult to trace.

The Antidote to Authoritarianism

Author(s): 
Malkia A. Cyril
Publication Date: 
May 8, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

My first known ancestor in the Americas was an Ashanti woman called “the African.” We don’t know her name, but through records kept by slaveholders, we know she existed.

We know she was transported to Jamaica, where my known lineage began. These records of property bought and sold were a form of surveillance at the time.  

Today’s ODNI and Section 702 News

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
April 28, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced that it would stop some of the surveillance it conducts on the telecommunications backbone under authority granted by section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

Comments Pertaining to Internet Users' Expression and Information Rights

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
I write as the Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. My work there focuses closely on the “Right to Be Forgotten” or “Right to Be De-Listed” under EU data protection law, and under the GDPR in particular. I previously served as Associate General Counsel for Google. In that capacity I testified as a representative to the Leveson Inquiry and later traveled with company’s Advisory Council on the Right to Be Forgotten.
 

The three ‘B's’ of cybersecurity for small businesses

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
April 17, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Large-scale cyberattacks with eye-watering statistics, like the breach of a billion Yahoo accounts in 2016, grab most of the headlines. But what often gets lost in the noise is how often small and medium-sized organizations find themselves under attack.

“Golden Shield” Oral Arguments Today: Doe v. Cisco

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
April 1, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

A panel of the Ninth Circuit of Appeals in San Francisco (composed of Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Wallace Tashima, and Marsha Berzon) will hear oral arguments today in the Alien Tort Statute/Torture Victim Protection Act case of Doe et al. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., John Chambers & Fredy Cheung.

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