Publications

The benefits of police body cams are a myth

Author(s): 
Harlan Yu
Malkia A. Cyril
Publication Date: 
December 20, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the three years since Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, police body-worn cameras have been sold to the public as a tool that would primarily deter police misconduct.

How Facebook Stymies Social Science

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 19, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

What exactly was the extent of Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign? How widespread was its infiltration of social media? And how much influence did its propaganda have on public opinion and voter behavior?

Scholars are only now starting to tackle those questions. But to answer them, academics need data — and getting that data has been a problem.

Clerkships are invaluable for young lawyers. They can also be a setup for abuse.

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
December 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, The Washington Post reported that six women, all former law clerks and legal externs, have accused federal appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski of “inappropriate sexual conduct or comments,” with allegations that included showing them pornography and suggesting that they exercise naked.

Slowing Down the Presses: The Relationship Between Net Neutrality and Local News

Author(s): 
Adam Hersh
Publication Date: 
December 11, 2017
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

The FCC is poised to rescind the Open Internet Order—the set of strong, enforceable net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from interfering with web traffic that travels across their networks. One unintentional victim of that action is likely to be small television stations, newspaper publishers, and websites devoted to local news. Local news outlets play a vital civic role, but they face a crisis of declining revenue and audience, largely driven by internet competition.

These are the conservative legal groups behind the Masterpiece Cakeshop case

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 5, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which baker Jack Phillips is arguing that his deeply held evangelical Christian beliefs should exempt him from having to bake a cake for the wedding of two men — even though his refusal to serve them violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law.

The Irish border has crashed Brexit negotiations. Here’s what you need to know.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 4, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

A couple of hours ago, the Financial Times top headline announced that “Britain and Ireland agree Brexit to border deal.” Now there’s a rather different headline: “Brexit deal falls through over Irish border dispute.” The British pound, which had jumped earlier, has now fallen from its earlier highs. Here’s what has just happened to Britain’s Brexit negotiations — and what is likely to happen next.

The FCC is about to repeal net neutrality. Here’s why Congress should stop them.

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
November 26, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On Wednesday November 22, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai published his draft order outlining his plan to undo the net neutrality protections that have been in place in the U.S. since the beginning of the Internet. His proposal would leave both the FCC and the states powerless to protect consumers and businesses against net neutrality violations by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon that connect us to the Internet.

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