Academic Writing

Google's march to the business of war must be stopped

Author(s): 
Peter Asaro
Publication Date: 
May 16, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Should Google, a global company with intimate access to the lives of billions, use its technology to bolster one country’s military dominance? Should it use its state of the art artificial intelligence technologies, its best engineers, its cloud computing services, and the vast personal data that it collects to contribute to programs that advance the development of autonomous weapons?

Trump’s U-turn on Chinese mega-firm ZTE damages U.S. power and credibility

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 14, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Trump administration made two very different policy statements on sanctions Sunday. President Trump said in a tweet that an earlier decision to impose massive U.S. sanctions on the Chinese telecommunications behemoth ZTE, for selling equipment to Iran, might be open to renegotiation.

Only giant internet firms may be able to comply with one-size-fits-all rules

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

If you paid attention to Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress last month, you might have gotten the impression that the internet consists entirely of titanic, California-based companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google. Congress is right to call these companies to account for outsize harms like disclosing personal data about many millions of users. But it is very wrong to act as though these companies are representative of the whole internet.

The “Intellectual Dark Web,” explained: what Jordan Peterson has in common with the alt-right

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 10, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Bari Weiss, an opinion writer and editor at the New York Times, created a stir this week with a long article on a group that calls itself the “Intellectual Dark Web.” The coinage referred to a loose collective of intellectuals and media personalities who believe they are “locked out” of mainstream media, in Weiss’s words, and who are building their own ways to communicate with readers.

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.

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