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(Un)Fairness of Risk Scores in Criminal Sentencing

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
July 13, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In a ruling today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sanctioned the use of COMPAS risk assessment scores about a defendant’s potential recidivism in sentencing, so long as judges receive written warnings about the value of such scores and don’t rely on them exclusively. In that case, Eric Loomis challenged the trial court’s use of COMPAS scores in sentencing on due process grounds.

Can’t register for Pokémon Go? Game theory helps explain why.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 12, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The new Niantic game Pokémon Go has perhaps been too successful for its own good. The Internet is filledwith articles, posts and comments from people complaining that they can’t register to play the new game, or log in even if they do succeed in registering.

https://www.justsecurity.org/31820/garland-international-law/

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
July 12, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

I recently had occasion to review the international law jurisprudence of Judge Merrick Garland as part of an evaluation prepared by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary of the professional qualifications of Judge Garland to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Should the Police Have Robot Suicide-Bombers?

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
July 11, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE.

Last week, the Dallas police killed a suspected gunman with a bomb-delivering robot. It was a desperate measure for desperate times: five law enforcement officers were killed and several more wounded before the shooter was finally cornered.

Biometrics in Banking Is Not Secure

Author(s): 
Yana Welinder
Publication Date: 
July 5, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Hacking of banks and identities is big business. An estimated 17.6 million Americans were subject to identity theft in 2014, mostly through breached bank accounts and credit cards. At this point, bank hackers are probably not looking for biometric data when attacking a bank. But even if it leaks as a by-product of a financial breach, criminals will find ways to abuse biometric data or resell it for further exploitation.

The Law of Cyber Peace

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
July 5, 2016
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

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Forget ‘House of Cards.’ Watch ‘The Thick of It’ if you want to understand Britain’s omnishambles

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 1, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

American commentators are comparing the recent extraordinary turn in the fight for leadership of Britain’s Conservative party to an episode of “House of Cards.” Michael Gove, the mild-mannered politician who has just stabbed Boris Johnson in the back, is depicted as a close analogue to Frank Underwood, the scheming president in “House of Cards,” while Gove’s wife, the columnist Sarah Vine, is said to resemble Underwood’s Machiavellian wife Claire.

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