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Here's How Tesla Solves A Self-Driving Crash Dilemma

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
April 5, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

With very rare exceptions, automakers are famously coy about crash dilemmas.  They don’t want to answer questions about how their self-driving cars would respond to weird, no-win emergencies.  This is understandable, since any answer can be criticized—there’s no obvious solution to a true dilemma, so why play that losing game?

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.

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

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.

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?

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