Publications

The Antidote to Authoritarianism

Author(s): 
Malkia A. Cyril
Publication Date: 
May 8, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

My first known ancestor in the Americas was an Ashanti woman called “the African.” We don’t know her name, but through records kept by slaveholders, we know she existed.

We know she was transported to Jamaica, where my known lineage began. These records of property bought and sold were a form of surveillance at the time.  

Comments Pertaining to Internet Users' Expression and Information Rights

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
I write as the Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. My work there focuses closely on the “Right to Be Forgotten” or “Right to Be De-Listed” under EU data protection law, and under the GDPR in particular. I previously served as Associate General Counsel for Google. In that capacity I testified as a representative to the Leveson Inquiry and later traveled with company’s Advisory Council on the Right to Be Forgotten.
 

Today’s ODNI and Section 702 News

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
April 28, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced that it would stop some of the surveillance it conducts on the telecommunications backbone under authority granted by section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

The three ‘B's’ of cybersecurity for small businesses

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
April 17, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Large-scale cyberattacks with eye-watering statistics, like the breach of a billion Yahoo accounts in 2016, grab most of the headlines. But what often gets lost in the noise is how often small and medium-sized organizations find themselves under attack.

“Golden Shield” Oral Arguments Today: Doe v. Cisco

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
April 1, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

A panel of the Ninth Circuit of Appeals in San Francisco (composed of Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Wallace Tashima, and Marsha Berzon) will hear oral arguments today in the Alien Tort Statute/Torture Victim Protection Act case of Doe et al. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., John Chambers & Fredy Cheung.

Hackers have just dumped a treasure trove of NSA data. Here’s what it means.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

A group of hackers called the Shadow Brokers has just released a new dump of data from the National Security Agency. This is plausibly the most extensive and important release of NSA hacking tools to date. It’s likely to prove awkward for the U.S. government, not only revealing top-secret information but also damaging the government’s relationships with U.S. allies and with big information technology firms. That is probably the motivation behind the leak: The Shadow Brokers are widely assumed to be connected with the Russian government.

The future of ad blocking

Author(s): 
Arvind Narayanan
Publication Date: 
April 14, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

There’s an ongoing arms race between ad blockers and websites — more and more sites either try to sneak their ads through or force users to disable ad blockers. Most previous discussions have assumed that this is a cat-and-mouse game that will escalate indefinitely. But in a new paper, accompanied by proof-of-concept code, we challenge this claim.

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