Academic Writing

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?

Here’s why tech companies abuse our data: because we let them

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
April 10, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

We live in an e-commerce utopia. I can call out orders and my demands are satisfied through an automated, seamless transaction. I just have to ask Alexa, or Siri, or one of the other digital assistants developed by Silicon Valley firms, who await the commands and manage the affairs of their human bosses.

Startups: Supporting Net Neutrality isn’t “Political”; It’s Pragmatic

Author(s): 
Ryan Singel
Publication Date: 
April 10, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
I’m passionate about how net neutrality enables startups to thrive without getting permission or paying taxes to the ISPs that people pay to get online.
 
Net neutrality is the simple principle that the marketplace, not ISPs, gets to decide what apps, websites, and services win and lose, and it’s enabled tens of thousand of entrepreneurs to build new things.
 

Pages