Academic Writing

Would the United States Be Responsible for Private Hacking?

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
October 17, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (H.R. 4036) in the House of Representatives on Oct. 13. The bill would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—the main federal statute that governs computer hacking—effectively to allow victims of certain cyber intrusions to take defensive measures that would otherwise violate the CFAA’s prohibitions on unauthorized access to computers.

Body cameras are only as effective as the policies that govern them

Author(s): 
Harlan Yu
Publication Date: 
October 12, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last month, the city of St. Louis unanimously opted to accept a year of free body-worn cameras from Axon, formerly known as TASER and the nation’s largest camera vendor. While some members of the community, including the families of those who have been killed by the police, have pushed the city to adopt body-worn cameras, cameras alone can’t fix the accountability problems that have plagued police departments both locally and across the country.

Courtroom “Feud” Leaves Accurate Speech About Celebrities Unprotected

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
October 10, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The first season of FX’s drama Feud told the story of the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Set in Hollywood during the early sixties, the drama portrays numerous real-life figures from the era. Catherine Zeta-Jones appeared as Olivia de Havilland. Unfortunately, de Havilland did not enjoy the show.

We know that evidence-based medicine works. So why don’t politicians support it?

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 3, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Eric M. Patashnik, Alan S. Gerber and Conor M. Dowling’s new book, “Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine,” provides some very important insights into the role that evidence does (and doesn’t play) in U.S. policymaking. I asked Patashnik, a professor of public policy and political science at Brown University, about the book’s major findings.

Jesner: A Guide to the Blogosphere

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
September 30, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

As part of our symposium of Jesner v. Arab Bank case, we are offering this annotated guide to previous coverage of the case in the blogosphere, including another online symposium on the SCOTUS blog featuring a contribution on the relevance of the post-WWII prosecutions by yours truly.

SCOTUS BLOG Symposium

Diversity isn’t just about justice. It’s about helping us make better collective decisions.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
September 28, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Scott Page is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan, and the author of The Diversity Bonus, a new book based on his research on diversity and collective decision-making (some of which has been developed and presented at workshops organized by the MacArthur Network on Opening Governance). I asked him questions about the implications of his work.

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