Publications

Not ‘digital exhaust;’ rather ‘digital fossils’

Author(s): 
Brian Nussbaum
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Recently a member of Congress got into some pretty serious hot water over allegations he accepted numerous unethical, and perhaps illegal, favors including flights on airplanes.  The Associated Press, which broke the story, documented these flights in several different ways, but perhaps the most interesting was by examining the location data embedded in pictures that the lawmaker posted on his Instagram account.  This “metadata” (data about data) exposed the locations of the politician, who was an inveterate social media documenter of his travels, when the pictures were taken.  The story is Read more » about Not ‘digital exhaust;’ rather ‘digital fossils’

What’s new in the U.S. cyber strategy

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 24, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Department of Defense has just issued a new cyber strategy, which perhaps provides the best public presentation of how the United States thinks about cybersecurity. As always with these documents, what is left out is as important as what is put in. So how has U.S. strategic thinking about cybersecurity changed in the post-Snowden era?

The United States isn’t worried about a ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’ any more Read more » about What’s new in the U.S. cyber strategy

The right to life and the Martens Clause

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
April 24, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Patrick Lin made interesting observations on the ethical notion of human dignity in the context of LAWS. Even if LAWS could act in accordance with IHL, taking of human life by machines violates a right to dignity that may even be more fundamental to the right to life.

Download the attached PDF to read Patrick Lin's full testimony.  Read more » about The right to life and the Martens Clause

What’s behind the Gazprom crisis?

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 23, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The European Union has opened an initial antitrust case against Gazprom, the Russian government-owned gas and energy giant. It is accusing Gazprom of abusing its market power to jack up prices and punish E.U. member states for noncompliance with its demands. As always with such cases, there is plenty of politics. The E.U. Read more » about What’s behind the Gazprom crisis?

China's Great Cannon: New weapon to suppress free speech online

Author(s): 
Tom Lowenthal
Publication Date: 
April 21, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

China, rated as the eighth most censored country in the world, in a report released by CPJ today, has long had a strong line of defense against free speech online. ItsGolden Shield Project, launched by the Ministry of Public Security in 1998, relies on a combination of technology and personnel to control what can be expressed and accessed behind the Great Firewall of China.

Why you have the right to obscurity

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
April 15, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Co-authored with Evan Selinger.

Some people argue that the Digital Age has eviscerated obscurity. They say shifts in the technological and economic landscapes have forever changed society.

Their argument is that a tipping point has occurred; it’s now too late to stop others from collecting, aggregating, and analyzing nearly every aspect of our data trail, and profiting from a steady stream of intrusive privacy invasions.   Read more » about Why you have the right to obscurity

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