Publications

Managing Autonomous Transportation Demand

Author(s): 
Bryant Walker Smith
Publication Date: 
December 18, 2012
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

“Today we are well underway to a solution of the traffic problem.”1 This claim, made by Robert Moses in 1948, is as true today as it was then. Which is to say, not at all. In the middle of the last century, the preferred solution to “the traffic problem” was more cement: new highways, bridges, and lanes. Read more » about Managing Autonomous Transportation Demand

Brief Amici Curiae of the Center for Democracy & Technology and Legal Scholars in Support of Appellee

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Marvin Ammori
Publication Date: 
November 15, 2012
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Pursuant to D.C. Circuit Rule 29(d), amici curiae the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and Legal Scholars Marvin Ammori, Jack M. Balkin, Michael J. Burstein, Anjali S. Dalal, Rob Frieden, Ellen P. Goodman, David R. Johnson, Dawn C. Nunziato, David G. Post, Pamela Samuelson, Rebecca Tushnet, Barbara van Schewick, and Jonathan Weinberg certify that they are submitting a separate brief from other amici curiae in this case due to the specialized nature of each amici’s distinct interests and expertise. Read more » about Brief Amici Curiae of the Center for Democracy & Technology and Legal Scholars in Support of Appellee

Automated Vehicles are Probably Legal in the United States

Author(s): 
Bryant Walker Smith
Publication Date: 
November 1, 2012
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Now available in hardcopy and for Kindle (with hyperlinks).

This paper provides the most comprehensive discussion to date of whether so-called automated, autonomous, self-driving, or driverless vehicles can be lawfully sold and used on public roads in the United States. The short answer is that the computer direction of a motor vehicle’s steering, braking, and accelerating without real-time human input is probably legal. The long answer, contained in the paper, provides a foundation for tailoring regulations and understanding liability issues related to these vehicles. Read more » about Automated Vehicles are Probably Legal in the United States

The Next Big Battle in Internet Policy

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Marvin Ammori
Publication Date: 
October 2, 2012
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

For two years, network neutrality, the nation’s most high-profile and contentious Internet policy conflict has taken a backseat to other debates—privacy investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, cybersecurity orders from the White House, proposed copyright legislation like SOPA and PIPA, software patents in courts, and censorship abroad. After nearly a decade of (rarely productive) debate, net neutrality—restrictions on Internet service providers to ensure consumers experience freedom online—has rarely been in the news since early 2011. Read more » about The Next Big Battle in Internet Policy

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