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A Stronger ‘Online Eraser' Law Would be a Mistake

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
November 7, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Excited teenagers – in other words normal teenagers – have never been famous for consistently wise decisions, nor should they be. Trial and error is a critical part of growing up.

But the emergence and widespread uptake of social media has further complicated the ability of teenagers to put past issues behind them. What used to remain only in fading memories increasingly lingers in code on computer servers in the cloud. Read more » about A Stronger ‘Online Eraser' Law Would be a Mistake

We’re About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It

Author(s): 
Marvin Ammori
Publication Date: 
November 4, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from Wired Opinion.

Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently — say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes — the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it. Read more » about We’re About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It

Why Is Facebook Putting Teens at Risk?

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
October 24, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

When Facebook Inc. recently lifted its restriction on public posts by teenagers, some privacy scholars applauded the move as a win for parents -- offering them a chance to teach their children about digital accountability. They may be overstating the case, however. If information and communication technologies aren’t designed to help users -- especially younger ones -- guard their information, appeals to good judgment and discipline won’t go very far. Read more » about Why Is Facebook Putting Teens at Risk?

We All Go Down Together: NSA Programs Overseas Violate Americans’ Privacy, Yet Escape FISC, Congressional Oversight

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
October 17, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from Just Security.

Ongoing revelations show that significant NSA surveillance activities take place outside of either Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) or congressional oversight, even though these policies directly impact Americans’ privacy. These activities should, at the very least, be subject to congressional review, since American interests are being adversely impacted by them. Read more » about We All Go Down Together: NSA Programs Overseas Violate Americans’ Privacy, Yet Escape FISC, Congressional Oversight

The Ethics of Autonomous Cars

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
October 8, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from The Atlantic.

If a small tree branch pokes out onto a highway and there’s no incoming traffic, we’d simply drift a little into the opposite lane and drive around it. But an automated car might come to a full stop, as it dutifully observes traffic laws that prohibit crossing a double-yellow line. This unexpected move would avoid bumping the object in front, but then cause a crash with the human drivers behind it. Read more » about The Ethics of Autonomous Cars

Looking at My Vehicle Automation Entries in the Rear-View Mirror

Author(s): 
Bryant Walker Smith
Publication Date: 
October 6, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Thank you for reading my posts this week. If you happen to be Eugene Volokh or Ken Anderson, thank you in particular for making them possible. And if you were one of my thoughtful commenters, thank you for questioning and challenging; I have read your remarks with great interest. Read more » about Looking at My Vehicle Automation Entries in the Rear-View Mirror

The Impact of Automation on Environmental Impact Statements

Author(s): 
Bryant Walker Smith
Publication Date: 
October 1, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from Volokh Conspiracy.

Since the 1950s, the Long Beach Freeway has linked the massive Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to, roughly, the rest of the continental United States. Because much has changed in trade and traffic since then, California’s relevant transportation authorities have decided that perhaps this freeway should change as well. Read more » about The Impact of Automation on Environmental Impact Statements

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