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Police Robots Could Reduce the Use of Deadly Force

Author(s): 
Yana Welinder
Publication Date: 
July 14, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The use of robots inevitably changes the equation for how police apply "use of force," a term that is broadly defined by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the "amount of effort required by police to compel compliance by an unwilling subject."

Police Robots Need to Be Regulated to Avoid Potential Risks

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
July 14, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The robot used by the Dallas police department to kill Micah Johnson — the sniper who fired into a peaceful protest and killed five police officers, injuring others — was originally designed to defuse explosives. The police attached a pound of the explosive C4 to the robot, creating a makeshift weapon out of a design that was not intended to inflict harm on people. The robot was also remote-controlled, not autonomous.

Four Days to Save the Open Internet in Europe: An Open Letter

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
July 14, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from the World Wide Web Foundation.

The post below is an open letter to European citizens, lawmakers and regulators, from our founder and Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Barbara van Schewick, and Professor Larry Lessig. Join the conversation in the comments below or on Twitter using #savetheinternet or #netneutrality.

We have four days to save the open Internet in Europe

Judge Garland & The Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
July 13, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

As promised, this post surveys several Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA) opinions penned by Judge Garland while on the D.C. Circuit. Judge Garland has had occasion to consider several of the statutory exceptions to foreign sovereign immunity. This post concludes with some general observations of Judge Garland as a jurist gleaned from his FSIA cases.

(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.

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