Publications

Supplemental Comments to Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) on the Assistance & Access Bill 2018

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
November 13, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Supplemental comments submitted to Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) on the revised draft (20 September 2018 version) of the Telecommunication & Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance & Access) Bill 2018, in advance of testimony during the PJCIS's 16 November 2018 hearing on the Bill.

The Carpenter Chronicle: A Near-Perfect Surveillance

Author(s): 
Stephen Wm. Smith
Publication Date: 
November 9, 2018
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

On May 24, 1844, a crowd gathered inside the United States Supreme Court chambers in the basement of the Capitol, eagerly awaiting a demonstration of an amazing new communication technology. They watched as inventor Samuel F.B. Morse successfully sent the first long-distance telegraph message — “What hath God wrought?” — to a railroad station near Baltimore. While earlier demonstrations of the device had successfully sent messages between the House and Senate chambers, long-distance transmission was still an open question.

Threats remain to US voting system – and voters’ perceptions of reality

Author(s): 
Richard Forno
Publication Date: 
November 6, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

As the 2018 midterms proceed, there are still significant risks to the integrity of the voting system – and information warfare continues to try to influence the American public’s choices when they cast their ballots.

Hypocrisy is a useful tool in foreign affairs. Trump is too crude to play the game.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
November 5, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Trump administration’s response to it expose — among other things — the decay of one of America’s most crucial foreign policy assets: its ability to act hypocritically and get away with it.

Does AI Ethics Need to be More Inclusive?

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
October 29, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, MIT Media Lab researchers published results from its global survey on autonomous driving ethics.

The Privacy Professional: A Modern Day Renaissance Man

Author(s): 
Omer Tene
Publication Date: 
October 25, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Hollywood writers could not have scripted it better. Merely a month before the implementation date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May this year, a data protection scandal roils the world. A whistleblower reveals the leakage of personal data from Facebook through Cambridge Analytica to malevolent actors aiming to influence the U.S. presidential elections. What could possibly better illustrate the crucial role of GDPR in an age where data drives not only marketing and online commerce but also fateful issues for democracy and world peace?

Academic ideas are supposed to thrive on their merits. If only.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 24, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Allison C. Morgan, Dimitrios J. Economou, Samuel F. Way and Aaron Clauset are all scholars in the department of computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They have just published an important new article about how ideas spread within the academy. I asked them a series of questions about their work.

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