Academic Writing

Comments to Article 29 Working Party on Transparency Under the GDPR

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
January 23, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

These comments address the issue of transparency under the GDPR, as that topic arises in the context of Internet intermediaries and the “Right to Be Forgotten.” CIS Intermediary Liability Director Daphne Keller filed them in response to a public call for comments from the Article 29 Working Party – the EU-wide umbrella group of data protection regulators established under the 1995 Directive, soon to be succeeded by the European Data Protection Board established under the GDPR.

Copyright, The First Wave of Internet Censorship

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
January 18, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

When someone wants to remove speech from the Internet, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) notice and takedown process can provide the quickest path. This has made copyright law a tempting tool for unscrupulous censors. As content companies push for even more control over what gets posted online, it’s important to remember that any tool used to police copyright will quickly be abused, then adapted, to censor speech more widely.

American Democracy Is an Easy Target

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
January 17, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The American foreign-policy community has spent the past year arguing about how to counter Russian influence operations.

Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
January 16, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This is not the dystopia we were promised. We are not learning to love Big Brother, who lives, if he lives at all, on a cluster of server farms, cooled by environmentally friendly technologies. Nor have we been lulled by Soma and subliminal brain programming into a hazy acquiescence to pervasive social hierarchies.

Now we can cheaply sequence DNA, how do we store all that data?

Author(s): 
Neil Richards
Publication Date: 
January 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In 2003, the international consortium of scientists working on the Human Genome Project completed the final first draft for the human genome - a DNA blueprint for human life. This monumental achievement involved thousands of dedicated people, took more than a decade, and cost over $2.5 billion (£1.95bn). The public availability of a completed human DNA map ushered in the genomics era, giving rise to personalised, or precision, medicine.

EFF to Court: Don’t Let Trolls Get Away With Asserting Stupid Software Patents

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
January 9, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

If trolls don’t face consequences for asserting invalid software patents, then they will continue to shake down productive companies. That is why EFF has filed an amicus brief [PDF] urging the court to uphold fee awards against patent trolls (and their lawyers) when they assert software patents that are clearly invalid under the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v.

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