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When a Robot Kills, Is It Murder or Product Liability?

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
April 26, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

I am a law professor who writes about robotics. I’m also a big Paolo Bacigalupi fan, particularly his breakout novel The Windup Girl involving an artificial girl. So for me, “Mika Model” was not entirely new territory. For all my familiarity with its themes, however, Bacigalupi’s story revealed an important connection in robotics law that had never before occurred to me.

The Burr-Feinstein Crypto Bill Would Gut Our Cybersecurity

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
April 26, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the name of saving cybersecurity, a new bill before Congress would kill cybersecurity. On April 13, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released an official draft of their long-awaited anti-encryption bill. The sponsors of the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” (CCOA) call it an innocuous law-and-order measure to ensure that American companies comply with court orders. In truth, it is a technologically tone-deaf and downright dangerous piece of legislation.

Europe’s Web Privacy Rules: Bad for Google, Bad for Everyone

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
April 25, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In a concession to regulators, Google is . . . using “geo-blocking” technology to control what European users can see. Under the new system, Google will not only remove links on, say, google.fr, but it will block users in France from seeing those links on any other Google country site, or google.com itself. Unless they use tools like virtual private networks to disguise their locations, users in those countries will see pruned search results.

The Panama Papers and Thomas Piketty

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 22, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Panama Papers—the massive collection of leaked documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm that helps set up offshore shell corporations—have already had political consequences. Iceland’s prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, resigned after the leak revealed that he had partly owned an offshore firm.

Dr. Peter Asaro on Drone Technology in Eye in the Sky

Author(s): 
Peter Asaro
Publication Date: 
April 19, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

I have been asked by Science & Film to review the realism of EYE IN THE in terms of the new technologies we see deployed in the film. Most of the technologies employed in the film narrative have some basis in reality, though many are still in very early stages, or proof-of-concept, and remain far from the reliable and useful technologies depicted in the film.

A Financial Times columnist says that taxes have nothing to do with fairness. Here’s why he’s wrong.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 12, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

One of the people to suffer fallout from the Panama Papers leak is David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister. After a few days of equivocation, he was forced to admit that he had personally benefited from offshore financial arrangements that had been put in place by his father.

The publicly available evidence does not suggest that he did anything illegal. Nonetheless, this has led to political debate in Britain about the fairness of a tax system in which the rich and privileged are able to take advantage of offshore tax shelters and the like to limit their tax liability.

How Governments Can Clear the Road for Self-Driving Cars

Author(s): 
Bryant Walker Smith
Publication Date: 
April 8, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

So you've decided that your state should have self-driving cars. How, then, do you catch the attention of the Googles, Volvos and Navyas of the world that are developing and even deploying these vehicles?

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