Publications

How to make technology a force for good

Author(s): 
Ben Scott
Publication Date: 
September 26, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Two steps forward. Two steps back. That seems to be the tale that history will tell about the role of the internet as a force for democracy in the early 21st century.

Reconciling Copyright with Cumulative Creativity: The Third Paradigm

Author(s): 
Giancarlo Frosio
Publication Date: 
June 1, 2018
Publication Type: 
Book
Reconciling Copyright with Cumulative Creativity: The Third Paradigm examines the long history of creativity, from cave art to digital remix, in order to demonstrate a consistent disparity between the traditional cumulative mechanics of creativity and modern copyright policies. 
 

Government Hacking Makes Everyone Less Safe

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
September 13, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, the Justice Department filed criminal charges against a North Korean operative for a malware attack that endangered hospital systems and crippled the computers of businesses, governments, and individuals around the world. Americans might be surprised to learn that the software used for this 2017 attack — known as “WannaCry” — was based on a hacking tool created by the U.S. government itself.

Comments on the Australian Assistance and Access Bill 2018

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
September 9, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Comments submitted to the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs on its exposure draft of the Assistance and Access Bill 2018.

Don’t Force Google to Export Other Countries’ Laws

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
September 10, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On Tuesday, in a courtroom in Luxembourg, the Court of Justice of the European Union is to consider whether Google must enforce the “right to be forgotten” — which requires search engines to erase search results based on European law — everywhere in the world.

Platform Justice: Content Moderation at an Inflection Point

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
September 7, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On Thursday, Sept. 6, Twitter permanently banned the right-wing provocateur Alex Jones and his conspiracy theorist website Infowars from its platform. This was something of the final blow to Jones’s online presence: Facebook, Apple and Youtube, among others, blocked Jones from using their services in early August. Cut off from Twitter as well, he is now severely limited in his ability to spread his conspiracy theories to a mainstream audience.

Security Risks of Government Hacking

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
September 5, 2018
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Abstract: As the use of encryption and other privacy-enhancing technologies has increased, government officials in the United States have sought ways to ensure law enforcement’s capability to access communications and other data in plaintext. One of those methods is government hacking, also called “equipment interference.” Government hacking allows investigators to exploit hardware and software vulnerabilities to gain remote access to target computers.

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