Publications

Is the Internet about to get sloooooow?

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
September 10, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
On Wednesday, millions of Americans visiting their favorite websites will encounter the same dreaded image: the spinning wheel of death. This is the symbol of the great "Internet Slowdown" -- a coordinated day of action among hundreds of organizers and some of the world's largest tech firms, including Netflix, Twitter, Etsy, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Foursquare, Reddit, and WordPress. Together they are showing the American public what most of the Internet would look like in a world without "net neutrality." In a word: slow.
 

Keep Nude Photos offline? Here's a Better Idea

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
September 4, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
"If you want to keep something private, keep it offline."
 
This has been a popular reaction to stories about the targeted attack on celebrities' cloud storage accounts that resulted in the publication of intimate photos. There's something intuitive in this way of thinking. After all, folks can't wrongfully access data that doesn't exist. But it's simplistic logic, and misguided when viewed as the ethic that should guide digital age conduct.
 

Two Reasons Why Extreme Social Surveillance Doesn't Replace Privacy

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
September 1, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

More than a few people maintain that if we all knew everything about each other, the world would be a better place. The total transparency argument takes many forms, and shades of it can be seen in the surveillance policy and discourse that holds that “more information is always better than less information,” and information asymmetries should always be remedied by more disclosure and surveillance, not less.

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Trade Secrets and Climate Change: Uncovering Secret Solutions to the Problem of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Author(s): 
David Levine
Publication Date: 
August 18, 2014
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Climate change is a significant and complex problem facing the world today. To solve the problem will require the coordinated efforts of both the public and private sectors. As with earlier challenges of global significance (such as the polio epidemic), new and improved technologies promise solutions. Read more » about Trade Secrets and Climate Change: Uncovering Secret Solutions to the Problem of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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