Academic Writing

How to make technology a force for good

Author(s): 
Ben Scott
Publication Date: 
September 26, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Two steps forward. Two steps back. That seems to be the tale that history will tell about the role of the internet as a force for democracy in the early 21st century.

Government Hacking Makes Everyone Less Safe

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
September 13, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, the Justice Department filed criminal charges against a North Korean operative for a malware attack that endangered hospital systems and crippled the computers of businesses, governments, and individuals around the world. Americans might be surprised to learn that the software used for this 2017 attack — known as “WannaCry” — was based on a hacking tool created by the U.S. government itself.

Comments on the Australian Assistance and Access Bill 2018

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
September 9, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Comments submitted to the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs on its exposure draft of the Assistance and Access Bill 2018.

Don’t Force Google to Export Other Countries’ Laws

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
September 10, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On Tuesday, in a courtroom in Luxembourg, the Court of Justice of the European Union is to consider whether Google must enforce the “right to be forgotten” — which requires search engines to erase search results based on European law — everywhere in the world.

Platform Justice: Content Moderation at an Inflection Point

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
September 7, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On Thursday, Sept. 6, Twitter permanently banned the right-wing provocateur Alex Jones and his conspiracy theorist website Infowars from its platform. This was something of the final blow to Jones’s online presence: Facebook, Apple and Youtube, among others, blocked Jones from using their services in early August. Cut off from Twitter as well, he is now severely limited in his ability to spread his conspiracy theories to a mainstream audience.

There’s an old conservative playbook behind Donald Trump’s threat to regulate Google

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
September 4, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Nicole Hemmer is an assistant professor in presidential studies at the University of Virginia. Her book, Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics, examines the history of conservative anger at mainstream media. I asked her about the history of President Trump’s recent feud with Google.

Online labor markets may look competitive. They aren’t.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
August 2, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

People often think that online markets are far more efficient and competitive than traditional ones. This may not be so. In a new National Bureau of Economic Research paper, Arindrajit Dube, Jeff Jacobs, Suresh Naidu and Siddharth Suri find that a highly important online labor market is characterized by power relations so that workers lose out, and the people and organizations who hire them enjoy market power. I asked Suresh Naidu what this research means.

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