Academic Writing

Reversing Turing

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
April 29, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

There is ample evidence to suggest that digital technologies are being designed and deployed not only to surveil and nudge us toward certain consumer preferences, but to train us to act like predictable machines. In the absence of an established framework for assessing these effects, we need a new test of humanity lost.

Contact Tracing, Governments, and Data

Author(s): 
Marshall Erwin
Publication Date: 
April 29, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Digital contact tracing apps have emerged in recent weeks as one potential tool in a suite of solutions that would allow countries around the world to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and get people back to their daily lives. These apps raise a number of challenging privacy issues and have been subject to extensive technical analysis and argument. Read more about Contact Tracing, Governments, and Data

Contact-tracing apps are not a solution to the COVID-19 crisis

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The unprecedented threat from the novel coronavirus has confined many Americans to their homes, distancing them from one another at great cost to local economies and personal well-being. Meanwhile the pressure grows on American institutions to do something—anything—about the pandemic.

Vulnerability reporting is dysfunctional

Author(s): 
Arvind Narayanan
Jonathan Mayer
Publication Date: 
March 25, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In January, we released a study showing the ease of SIM swaps at five U.S. prepaid carriers.  These attacks—in which an adversary tricks telecoms into moving the victim’s phone number to a new SIM card under the attacker’s control—divert calls and SMS text messages away from the victim. This allows attackers to receive private information such as SMS-based authentication codes, which are often used in multi-factor login and password recovery procedures.  Read more about Vulnerability reporting is dysfunctional

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