Academic Writing

By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 24, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo complained about Republicans in Congress who were grandstanding for harsher sanctions on Iran. Now, he has joined the grandstanders, announcing that the Trump administration is stepping up its maximum pressure campaign against Iran by ending waivers that had allowed some states to import Iranian crude oil. Read more about By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America

Why You Can No Longer Get Lost in the Crowd

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
April 17, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

We are constantly exposed in public. Yet most of our actions will fade into obscurity. Do you, for example, remember the faces of strangers who stood in line with you the last time you bought medicine at a drugstore? Probably not. Thanks to limited memory and norms against staring, they probably don’t remember yours either. Read more about Why You Can No Longer Get Lost in the Crowd

The attorney general’s FBI conspiracy theory is all conspiracy and no theory

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 16, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum’s new book, “A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy,” comes out today. I asked them how their theories applied to modern American politics, including Attorney General William P. Barr’s suggestion that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign. Read more about The attorney general’s FBI conspiracy theory is all conspiracy and no theory

AOC and Elizabeth Warren want higher taxes on the rich. Selling that is tricky.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 15, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Kenneth Scheve (@kfscheve) is professor of political science at Stanford University, and David Stasavage (@stasavage) is dean for the social sciences and the Julius Silver professor in the politics department at New York University. They are the authors of the recent book, “Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe.” I asked them what their findings meant for current proposals to tax rich people. Read more about AOC and Elizabeth Warren want higher taxes on the rich. Selling that is tricky.

H.R. 1096 vs. H.R. 1644

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
April 8, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This week, the House will vote on H.R. 1644, introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle, which would reinstate the net neutrality protections of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order as of January 19, 2017. H.R. 1096, a competing measure introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, purports to restore the Open Internet Order’s rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, as well as the transparency rule.

Both bills have been touted as means to restore comprehensive net neutrality protections for all Americans.

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BREAKING: Sri Lankan Presidential Hopeful Sued in Federal Court for Human Rights Violations

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
April 8, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Human rights lawyers have sued Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa in federal court in the Central District of California. Rajapaksa, who is a joint Sri Lankan-U.S. citizen, was served with process in the parking lot of a Trader Joe’s, of all places. Read more about BREAKING: Sri Lankan Presidential Hopeful Sued in Federal Court for Human Rights Violations

Facebook is finally learning to love privacy laws

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 4, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Nine years ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg claimed that people do not care about privacy. Things have changed. Last week, he called for the US and other countries to adopt comprehensive privacy protection in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, shortly after he had promised to rebuild Facebook around an encrypted privacy-focused platform. Read more about Facebook is finally learning to love privacy laws

President Trump and the Myth of American AI

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
March 22, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On February 11, 2019, the President of the United States signed an Executive Order (EO) directing the federal government to promote artificial intelligence (AI). President Trump’s EO aims to stimulate basic research in AI, reduce barriers to innovation, train AI technologists, and protect America’s advantage in AI such as it is. Read more about President Trump and the Myth of American AI

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