Academic Writing

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

The Christchurch shooting suspect comes from an extreme online culture

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

Details are still emerging about the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which at least 49 people were killed at two mosques. However, it appears that one person with advance knowledge of the planned attack is an active participant in a radicalized online right-wing media culture. Before the massacre, a man posted a long manifesto, police said, which was full of inside references to online memes and ideas that are commonly circulated among the radical right. Read more about The Christchurch shooting suspect comes from an extreme online culture

Zuckerberg’s announcement changes everything for Facebook

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 6, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In a post on Facebook’s website, Mark Zuckerberg has announced profound changes to Facebook’s approach to privacy and, by implication, its business model. Facebook is going to change so that it becomes much more like WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned entity that allows people to communicate privately with one another. Read more about Zuckerberg’s announcement changes everything for Facebook

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