Academic Writing

Any new gun control would need to address norms, as well as laws

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
February 23, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the national argument about gun control seems to have taken a new turn. The National Rifle Association and its political allies seem to be on the defensive. Pro-gun politicians such as Florida Gov.

This simple technological fix helped veterans get health benefits

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
February 22, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The U.S. Digital Service has taken on the task of helping the federal government adapt to new technologies. I interviewed Matt Cutts, the head of the service, about what the organization does.

HF: So where did the U.S. Digital Service come from?

Deep Fakes: A Looming Crisis for National Security, Democracy and Privacy?

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
February 21, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

“We are truly fucked.” That was Motherboard’s spot-on reaction to deep fake sex videos (realistic-looking videos that swap a person’s face into sex scenes actually involving other people). And that sleazy application is just the tip of the iceberg.

Russia's Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101

Author(s): 
Ben Scott
Publication Date: 
February 19, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last Friday, the Justice Department charged 13 Russians with attempting to subvert the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The case presented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out an elaborate scheme of information operations, carried out primarily via the social media websites Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Through the Internet Research Agency, a so-called “troll factory” in St.

The surprise Mueller indictment tells us how we’ve been wrong about Russian trolls

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
February 16, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Mueller investigation has just indicted 13 Russian nationals, and three Russian organizations, including the notorious St. Petersburg troll factory, the Internet Research Agency, for their roles in the 2016 U.S. election. This indictment has come as a complete surprise. It provides a wealth of new information about how Russian trolling operations work and what they tried to accomplish. This information contradicts many popular beliefs about Russian social media operations.

Introducing Just Security’s Symposium on United States v. Microsoft

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
February 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Just Security is pleased to announce the launch of an online symposium on United States v. Microsoft, which will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on February 27. The question in the case is whether Section 2703 of the Stored Communications Act (SCA) allows a court to order a U.S. provider of email services to disclose electronic communications stored outside the United States.

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