Publications

This is how social media data can help NGOs

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 20, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Stefaan Verhulst is the chief research and development officer, and Andrew Young is the knowledge director at the Governance Laboratory at New York University. Together, they have written a recent report on the role that social media data can play in the nonprofit sector. I asked them a series of questions about it.

Australian Government Wants to Give Satire The Boot

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
October 20, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The National Symbols Officer of Australia recently wrote to Juice Media, producers of Rap News and Honest Government Adverts, suggesting that its “use” of Australia’s coat of arms violated various Australian laws. This threat came despite the fact that Juice Media’s videos are clearly satire and no reasonable viewer could mistake them for official publications.

The Rhetoric of “Responsible Encryption”

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
October 19, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a speech about encryption that prompted a considerable amount of well-deserved blowback. His speech rehashed a number of long-discredited technical proposals for “solving” the “going dark” problem, and it also misstated the law.

Data Extraterritoriality

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
July 27, 2017
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Data’s intangibility poses significant difficulties for determining where data is located. The problem is not that data is located nowhere, but that it may be located anywhere, and at least parts of it may be located nearly everywhere. And access to data does not depend on physical proximity.

Would the United States Be Responsible for Private Hacking?

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
October 17, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (H.R. 4036) in the House of Representatives on Oct. 13. The bill would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—the main federal statute that governs computer hacking—effectively to allow victims of certain cyber intrusions to take defensive measures that would otherwise violate the CFAA’s prohibitions on unauthorized access to computers.

Body cameras are only as effective as the policies that govern them

Author(s): 
Harlan Yu
Publication Date: 
October 12, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last month, the city of St. Louis unanimously opted to accept a year of free body-worn cameras from Axon, formerly known as TASER and the nation’s largest camera vendor. While some members of the community, including the families of those who have been killed by the police, have pushed the city to adopt body-worn cameras, cameras alone can’t fix the accountability problems that have plagued police departments both locally and across the country.

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