Academic Writing

Hollywood's Copyright Lobbyists Are Like Exes Who Won't Give Up

Author(s): 
Marvin Ammori
Publication Date: 
March 10, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

You know when you break up with someone and they just don’t get the message? A few months later, they’re trying again, testing the waters with a few small things that just keep getting bigger. They friend you again on Facebook. They start liking your posts. They show up at a party they expect you to be at. They ask you for drinks, just to “catch up,” you know? And then they talk about the way things used to be, and if only you two could try again. And you’re like, “What part of ‘I never want you to be a part of my life’ did you not understand?”

The Net Neutrality Loss Is as Bad as the SOPA Bill

Author(s): 
Marvin Ammori
Publication Date: 
February 12, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Life before the Internet sucked. My life as a kid growing up in suburban Michigan consisted of urban sprawl, shopping malls, and bad television (except 30 minutes of Seinfeld every Thursday). Adults told you that educated people followed the news, but most small towns had one mediocre newspaper, and local TV news had cats stuck in trees and house fires.

Even (Some) Law Firms Think Robots Are The Next Big Thing

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
January 31, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

I am proud to say that I helped found the Robot Block Party in Silicon Valley. Now in its fifth year, the event brings together industry, academia, and the hobbyist community to demo robots in celebration of National Robotics Week. We held the first one in Paul Brest Hall at Stanford Law School. The second, third, and fourth Robot Block Parties took place nearby at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (where Stanford University develops driverless cars). Each event drew at least a thousand visitors.

Don’t Close Your Eyes to Surveillance Dangers: A Response to Richard Epstein

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
January 29, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Richard Epstein’s office at the Hoover Institution is less than a mile from mine at Stanford Law School, and I’ve had the pleasure to hear Richard speak to the faculty on a number of occasions. Yesterday’s Just Security post, in which Richard recommended unmodified continuation of the NSA’s bulk phone records collection is a surprising divergence from what I understand Richard’s values to be.

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