Academic Writing

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.

How the Tech Industry Can Lead in the Trump Era

Author(s): 
Sonia Katyal
Publication Date: 
November 22, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This presidential election has kicked off tempestuous debates and much soul searching about the role of technology, especially social media, in the democratic process. These questions are vital, but now it is time to look forward. The core issue is the question of how the tech community should respond thoughtfully and critically to what for many (including us) was a surprising victory.

Citizens need more say over police surveillance technology

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
November 21, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Palo Alto lawmakers have proposed legislation granting the community greater control over police surveillance — including the Police Department’s purchase and use of equipment such as drones, license plate readers and social media monitoring software. Palo Alto and 10 other cities around the country that have proposed similar laws are part of a movement to bring the community and elected representatives into decisions by local police to acquire such powerful and invasive surveillance technologies. We all should urge our own elected representatives to take similar steps.

Atrocities Prevention Experts Report Released with Concrete Recommendations for the Next Administration

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
November 7, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

I have been honored to serve on a bipartisan Experts Committee on Preventing Mass Violence—convened by a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, and peace organizations—for the purpose of generating a set of concrete recommendations around the atrocities prevention imperative for the next administration.

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