Academic Writing

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.

Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC about Net Neutrality Repeal

Author(s): 
Ryan Singel
Publication Date: 
October 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the leadup to the FCC's historic vote in December 2017 to repeal all net neutrality protections, 22 million comments were filed to the agency.

But unfortunately, millions of those comments were fake. Some of the fake comment were part of sophisticated campaigns that filed fake comments using the names of real people - including journalists, Senators and dead people.

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