Academic Writing

A cop may be following you everywhere

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
October 6, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from CNN. 

The crackdown on protesters after the police shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, highlighted that more and more, police departments possess sophisticated weapons and equipment originally designed for the battlefield. Federal anti-terrorism funding is a major driver of this trend, but once police departments have this equipment they use it -- even if it's not against terrorists. Read more » about A cop may be following you everywhere

Facebook calls in the philosophers

Author(s): 
Omer Tene
Publication Date: 
October 2, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Facebook's announcement — establishing guidelines, review processes, training and enhanced transparency for research projects — marks another milestone in the emergence of data ethics as a crucial component of corporate governance programs.

With the proliferation of personal data generated from smartphones, apps, social networks and ubiquitous sensors, companies have come under increasing pressure to put in place internal institutional review processes more befitting of academic philosophy departments than corporate boardrooms. Read more » about Facebook calls in the philosophers

Only Title II will ensure fairness among ISPs

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
September 16, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last Wednesday, more than 300,000 people contacted the White House and their representatives in Congress on a day of action calling for a free and open Internet. More than 1.4 million people have submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the need for strong network neutrality rules. Read more » about Only Title II will ensure fairness among ISPs

More Than 3 Million Told the FCC What They Think About Net Neutrality. Why Hasn't Obama?

Author(s): 
Marvin Ammori
Publication Date: 
September 16, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The FCC has received more than 3 million comments on Commissioner Tom Wheeler’s controversial plan to rethink net neutrality. If the last couple of million comments are anything like the first 1.1 million, 99 percent of commenters were strongly in favor of protecting net neutrality. Read more » about More Than 3 Million Told the FCC What They Think About Net Neutrality. Why Hasn't Obama?

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.
 

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