Academic Writing

Reforming Surveillance In the Age of Donald Trump

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
March 25, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On Wednesday, the Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes (R-CA), gave a press conference in which he reported that Trump transition team members’ communications were intercepted by US intelligence agencies through “incidental collection.” This follows on Nunes’ concerns, after Michael Flynn stepped down following intelligence reports that he had talked to the Russian ambassador.

Supreme Court Says Patent Trolls Can Wait A While Before Suing

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
March 22, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In a ruling this week that will cheer up patent trolls, the Supreme Court said patent owners can lie in wait for years before suing. This will allow trolls to sit around while others independently develop and build technology. The troll can then jump out from under the bridge and demand payment for work it had nothing to do with.

Republicans claim Trump may have been surveilled through ‘incidental collection.’ What’s incidental collection?

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 22, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes has just said that Donald Trump’s communications were likely picked up by US intelligence agencies through “incidental collection.” Before Nunes’ statement, I interviewed Jennifer Stisa Granick, the director of civil liberties at Stanford University’s Center for the Internet and Society, about her new

Ukraine Update: the ICJ Proceedings & Options for Justice in the United States

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
March 21, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

With the Congressional hearings on Russia dominating the news, this post provides an update on proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the matter of Ukraine versus the Russian Federation. It also responds to a reader’s question about whether there are any options for prosecuting acts of terrorism in Ukraine, including the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, in U.S. courts.

Events at the ICJ

How companies can stay ahead of the cybersecurity curve

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
March 20, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

If you’re like me, on a given day you interact with a whole range of connected technologies for work and play. Just today, I used Box to share and download files for work, called up Tile to find my keys, relied on Google Maps to run an errand while streaming a podcast to my AirPods, and connected via Skype with a colleague overseas. And that was all before lunch. As we interact with technology of all sorts, what security safeguards should we expect from the companies building the Internet of Everything?

Sean Spicer just suggested that Obama used British intelligence to spy on Trump. Britain isn’t happy.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 16, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In his daily press briefing yesterday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeated a claim that President Barack Obama had used British spies to surveil President Trump. After laying out a number of different media sources which Spicer suggested supported Trump’s contention that he was wiretapped, he concluded:

The Resistance Must Be Digitized

Author(s): 
Malkia A. Cyril
Publication Date: 
March 16, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Over the past two months, millions of people have taken to the streets to challenge our nation’s authoritarian new president.

From the women’s marches that took place across the country and around the world to the mass protests against the Muslim ban and immigration raids, people are resisting the neo-fascist agenda President Trump is unleashing on our nation.

A primary reason why millions have been able to mobilize so quickly is because they have the ability to use the open internet to communicate to the masses and organize a resistance.

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