Academic Writing

Thanks to Trump, Germany says it can’t rely on the United States. What does that mean?

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 28, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd Sunday in southern Germany that Europe can no longer rely on foreign partners.

Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”

Supreme Court Ends Texas’ Grip On Patent Cases

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
May 22, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Today the Supreme Court issued a decision that will have a massive impact on patent troll litigation. In TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, the court ruled that patent owners can sue corporate defendants only in districts where the defendant is incorporated or has committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business.

Trump’s values are abhorrent to the Federalist Society of conservative lawyers. That doesn’t stop them from helping him.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 17, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin describes the Federalist Society as an enormously influential network of conservative lawyers. Its executive vice president, Leonard Leo, played a key role in the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and has quietly advised the Trump administration on other judicial nominations. Yet few people outside the legal profession know what the Federalist Society is.

The U.S. census is in trouble. This is why it’s crucial to what the nation knows about itself.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The U.S. census has recently been the subject of political argument. After contentious discussions before a congressional panel, John Thompson, the director of the Census Bureau, stepped down last week. To provide background information on the census and what it does, I interviewed Kenneth Prewitt, the Carnegie professor of public affairs and the vice president for global centers at Columbia University, and a former director of the Census Bureau, about how the census works, why it has become political and why it remains important.

Cybercriminals have just mounted a massive worldwide attack. Here’s how NSA secrets helped them.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 12, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Computers around the world are suffering an attack from malicious software. The compromised computers have been hit by “ransomware” — software that encrypts the computer’s hard drive so that all the information on it is unavailable, and refuses to release it until a ransom is paid in Bitcoin, an online currency that is difficult to trace.

The Antidote to Authoritarianism

Author(s): 
Malkia A. Cyril
Publication Date: 
May 8, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

My first known ancestor in the Americas was an Ashanti woman called “the African.” We don’t know her name, but through records kept by slaveholders, we know she existed.

We know she was transported to Jamaica, where my known lineage began. These records of property bought and sold were a form of surveillance at the time.  

Today’s ODNI and Section 702 News

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
April 28, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced that it would stop some of the surveillance it conducts on the telecommunications backbone under authority granted by section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

Comments Pertaining to Internet Users' Expression and Information Rights

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
I write as the Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. My work there focuses closely on the “Right to Be Forgotten” or “Right to Be De-Listed” under EU data protection law, and under the GDPR in particular. I previously served as Associate General Counsel for Google. In that capacity I testified as a representative to the Leveson Inquiry and later traveled with company’s Advisory Council on the Right to Be Forgotten.
 

The three ‘B's’ of cybersecurity for small businesses

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
April 17, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Large-scale cyberattacks with eye-watering statistics, like the breach of a billion Yahoo accounts in 2016, grab most of the headlines. But what often gets lost in the noise is how often small and medium-sized organizations find themselves under attack.

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