Publications

Sales Pitches From Your Refrigerator

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
September 8, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Part of the New York Times Room for Debate series.

Everyday devices are getting smarter, more connected. Soon your refrigerator will tell you when it’s time to buy milk. But as long as the fridge is making suggestions, why not suggest a particular brand? And did you know you can save 10 cents if you also buy the same brand’s new ice cream?

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Consumer Subject Review Boards

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
September 3, 2013
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Consumer Subject Review Boards by Ryan Calo

There are only a handful of reasons to study someone very closely. If you spot a tennis rival filming your practice, you can be reasonably sure that she is studying up on your style of play. Miss too many backhands and guess what you will encounter come match time. But not all careful scrutiny is about taking advantage. Doctors study patients to treat them. Good teachers follow students to see if they are learning. Social scientists study behavior in order to understand and improve the quality of human life. Read more » about Consumer Subject Review Boards

Big Data in Small Hands

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
September 3, 2013
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Big Data in Small Hands by Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger

“Big data” can be defined as a problem-solving philosophy that leverages massive datasets and algorithmic analysis to extract “hidden information and surprising correlations.” Not only does big data pose a threat to traditional notions of privacy, but it also compromises socially shared information. This point remains underappreciated because our so-called public disclosures are not nearly as public as courts and policymakers have argued—at least, not yet. That is subject to change once big data becomes user friendly. Read more » about Big Data in Small Hands

Tiny Salespeople: Mediated Transactions and the Internet of Things

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
September 1, 2013
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wanted to dramatize how hard GPS surveillance would be for our nation’s founders to envision. It would take a “very tiny constable,” he noted in concurrence with the majority in United States v. Jones, “with incredible fortitude and patience” to stow away on a stage coach and monitor its owner’s movements. Read more » about Tiny Salespeople: Mediated Transactions and the Internet of Things

'Revenge porn' should be a crime

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
August 29, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

"Jane" allowed her ex-boyfriend to take her naked photograph because, he assured her, it would be for his eyes only. After their breakup, the man betrayed her trust.

On the revenge porn site UGotPosted, he uploaded her naked photo and contact information. Jane received calls, e-mails, and Facebook friend requests from hundreds of strangers, many of whom wanted sex.

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