Academic Writing

Does AI Ethics Need to be More Inclusive?

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
October 29, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, MIT Media Lab researchers published results from its global survey on autonomous driving ethics.

The Privacy Professional: A Modern Day Renaissance Man

Author(s): 
Omer Tene
Publication Date: 
October 25, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Hollywood writers could not have scripted it better. Merely a month before the implementation date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May this year, a data protection scandal roils the world. A whistleblower reveals the leakage of personal data from Facebook through Cambridge Analytica to malevolent actors aiming to influence the U.S. presidential elections. What could possibly better illustrate the crucial role of GDPR in an age where data drives not only marketing and online commerce but also fateful issues for democracy and world peace?

Academic ideas are supposed to thrive on their merits. If only.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 24, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Allison C. Morgan, Dimitrios J. Economou, Samuel F. Way and Aaron Clauset are all scholars in the department of computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They have just published an important new article about how ideas spread within the academy. I asked them a series of questions about their work.

Disinformation on Steroids

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
October 16, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

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Family Separations: Evolved Not Resolved

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
October 16, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

With all that is going on, the issue of family separations at the border has slipped from view.

Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC about Net Neutrality Repeal

Author(s): 
Ryan Singel
Publication Date: 
October 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the leadup to the FCC's historic vote in December 2017 to repeal all net neutrality protections, 22 million comments were filed to the agency.

But unfortunately, millions of those comments were fake. Some of the fake comment were part of sophisticated campaigns that filed fake comments using the names of real people - including journalists, Senators and dead people.

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Would 'Deviant' Sex Robots Violate Asimov's Law of Robotics?

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
October 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Like it or not, sex robots are already here, and someday they might hurt you, if you ask nicely.  As they cater to an ever-increasing range of tastes, some folks predict BDSM types (bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism) in the future bedroom.

Comments for Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) review of the Telecommunication & Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance & Access) Bill 2018

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
October 11, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Comments submitted to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) of the Australian Parliament on the revised draft (20 September 2018 version) of the Telecommunication & Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance & Access) Bill 2018.

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