Publications

Opening Brief to the Ninth Circuit re Motion to Unseal (Facebook Messenger)

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
June 12, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Opening brief of Movants-Appellants EFF, ACLU, and Riana Pfefferkorn to the Ninth Circuit in our appeal from the district court's denial of our motion to unseal filings in a sealed case wherein the Department of Justice allegedly sought to compel Facebook to comply with a wiretap order for Facebook's end-to-end encrypted voice calling app, Messenger. 

Want to See My Genes? Get a Warrant

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
June 11, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Someone broke into a church in Centerville, Utah, last November and attacked the organist who was practicing there. In March, after a conventional investigation came up empty, a police detective turned to forensic consultants at Parabon NanoLabs. Using the publicly accessible website GEDmatch, the consultants found a likely distant genetic relative of the suspect, whose blood sample had been found near the church’s broken window.

Amicus Brief in Mobley v. State

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
May 7, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Brief of amici curiae ACLU, ACLU of Georgia, and Riana Pfefferkorn in support of appellant Victor Mobley in Mobley v. State, a Georgia Supreme Court case presenting the question of whether the Fourth Amendment requires a warrant for the seizure of digital data stored by a vehicle -- specifically, a car's event data recorder (EDR).

Arctic 2.0: How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Develop a Frontier

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
June 7, 2019
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Technology has an outsized impact on the modern world; it is how we have tamed our frontiers. But that role is largely ignored when it comes to the Arctic frontier. Emerging technologies, especially AI, can enable desperately needed services and infrastructure—but they can also challenge ethics, law, and policy, as they usually do. For instance, autonomous icebreaker ships pose a dual-use dilemma since they can be used for both humanitarian and military purposes.

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for the nation’s approach to trade

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
June 4, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Elizabeth Warren announced an agenda Tuesday that she calls a plan for “economic patriotism.” Warren argues against claims that “globalization” or “automation” or a “skills gap” are causing job losses in the United States. She blames, instead, Washington policies.

About That Pelosi Video: What to Do About ‘Cheapfakes’ in 2020

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
May 29, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the summer of 2016, a meme began to circulate on the fringes of the right-wing internet: the notion that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was seriously ill. Clinton suffered from Parkinson’s disease, a brain tumor and seizures, among other things, argued Infowars contributor Paul Joseph Watson in a YouTube video. The meme (and allegations) were entirely unfounded.

Order Denying Petition to Unseal

Publication Date: 
May 20, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Opinion and order affirming magistrate judge's report and recommendation (R&R) to deny the Petition to Unseal filed by Riana Pfefferkorn and Jennifer Granick, and overruling our objections to the R&R.

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