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We Must Secure America’s Cell Networks—From Criminals and Cops

Author(s): 
Stephanie Pell
Publication Date: 
August 27, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler revealed, in response to a letter from Congressman Alan Grayson, that his agency is assembling a task force “to combat the illicit and unauthorized use of IMSI catchers.” Often known as the brand-name “StingRay,” these are surveillance devices that impersonate Read more » about We Must Secure America’s Cell Networks—From Criminals and Cops

Access To User Data: If Microsoft Wins, Do Startups And Innovators Lose?

Author(s): 
Kate Westmoreland
Publication Date: 
August 22, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

With user trust at an all-time low, keeping the FBI’s hands off foreign users’ data seems like good business sense for U.S. companies. Microsoft says it’s fighting the feds over your email, but it also happens to be fighting to support the Microsoft business model. If your business isn’t like Microsoft (and if you’re a tech company that’s fewer than 10 years old that’s probably you), backing this case might not actually be in your best interest. Read more » about Access To User Data: If Microsoft Wins, Do Startups And Innovators Lose?

Trade Secrets and Climate Change: Uncovering Secret Solutions to the Problem of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Author(s): 
David Levine
Publication Date: 
August 18, 2014
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Climate change is a significant and complex problem facing the world today. To solve the problem will require the coordinated efforts of both the public and private sectors. As with earlier challenges of global significance (such as the polio epidemic), new and improved technologies promise solutions. Read more » about Trade Secrets and Climate Change: Uncovering Secret Solutions to the Problem of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Don’t fear the robot car bomb

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
August 17, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Within the next few years, autonomous vehicles—alias robot cars—could be weaponized, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fears. In a recently disclosed report, FBI experts wrote that they believe that robot cars would be “game changing” for law enforcement. The self-driving machines could be professional getaway drivers, to name one possibility. Given the pace of developments on autonomous cars, this doesn’t seem implausible. Read more » about Don’t fear the robot car bomb

Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
August 18, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Do you remember that day when you lost your mind? You aimed your car at five random people down the road. By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to brake.

Thankfully, your autonomous car saved their lives by grabbing the wheel from you and swerving to the right. Too bad for the one unlucky person standing on that path, struck and killed by your car.

Read the full piece at Wired.  Read more » about Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings

Network Neutrality and Quality of Service: What a Non-Discrimination Rule Should Look Like

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
June 26, 2014
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

In December 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the Open Internet Order, which enacted binding network neutrality rules for the first time. Network neutrality rules limit the ability of Internet service providers to interfere with the applications, content and services on their networks; they allow users to decide how they want to use the Internet without interference from Internet service providers. In January of this year, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down the core provisions of the Open Internet Order – the rules against blocking and discrimination. Read more » about Network Neutrality and Quality of Service: What a Non-Discrimination Rule Should Look Like

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