Academic Writing

We Don’t Need a National Data Center of the Poor

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
May 8, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In data privacy, as in so many other matters, past is prologue. Fifty years ago, there were calls for a “National Data Center” amassing all personal data collected by federal agencies. Supporters claimed it would lead to more efficiency and better research.

Hard Questions: Why Does Facebook Enable End-to-End Encryption?

Author(s): 
Gail Kent
Publication Date: 
May 7, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

End-to-end encryption is a powerful tool for security and safety. It lets patients talk to their doctors in complete confidence. It helps journalists communicate with sources without governments listening in. It gives citizens in repressive regimes a lifeline to human rights advocates. And by end-to-end encrypting sensitive information, a cyber attack aimed at revealing private conversations would be far less likely to succeed.

Gina Haspel’s Nomination to Head the CIA: Why the Controversy & What is at Stake?

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
May 2, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Senate has recently confirmed Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State, after Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) dropped his objections and several Democrats indicated that they would support the nominee.  The confirmation process for Pompeo’s replacement as head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is not likely to go so smoothly.

Why the world needs to regulate autonomous weapons, and soon

Author(s): 
Peter Asaro
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) at the UN has just concluded a second round of meetings on lethal autonomous weapons systems in Geneva, under the auspices of what is known as a Group of Governmental Experts. Both the urgency and significance of the discussions in that forum have been heightened by the rising concerns over artificial intelligence (AI) arms races and the increasing use of digital technologies to subvert democratic processes.

New Hampshire Court: First Amendment Protects Criticism of “Patent Troll”

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
April 12, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

A New Hampshire state court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by a patent owner unhappy that it had been called a “patent troll.” The court ruled [PDF] that the phrase “patent troll” and other rhetorical characterizations are not the type of factual statements that can be the basis of a defamation claim.

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony is a start. But only bipartisan cooperation will fix this crisis.

Author(s): 
Ben Scott
Publication Date: 
April 10, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

As Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before the U.S. Congress this week, the whole world seems to be against Facebook. Is this a watershed moment for the future of the company and the broader consumer internet as we know it? Will the tremendous public outcry against Facebook and the rest of the industry result in truly meaningful change that actually advances consumer interests and protects the long-term integrity of American democracy?

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