Publications

Deep Fakes: A Looming Crisis for National Security, Democracy and Privacy?

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
February 21, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

“We are truly fucked.” That was Motherboard’s spot-on reaction to deep fake sex videos (realistic-looking videos that swap a person’s face into sex scenes actually involving other people). And that sleazy application is just the tip of the iceberg.

Russia's Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101

Author(s): 
Ben Scott
Publication Date: 
February 19, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last Friday, the Justice Department charged 13 Russians with attempting to subvert the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The case presented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out an elaborate scheme of information operations, carried out primarily via the social media websites Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Through the Internet Research Agency, a so-called “troll factory” in St.

The surprise Mueller indictment tells us how we’ve been wrong about Russian trolls

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
February 16, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Mueller investigation has just indicted 13 Russian nationals, and three Russian organizations, including the notorious St. Petersburg troll factory, the Internet Research Agency, for their roles in the 2016 U.S. election. This indictment has come as a complete surprise. It provides a wealth of new information about how Russian trolling operations work and what they tried to accomplish. This information contradicts many popular beliefs about Russian social media operations.

Introducing Just Security’s Symposium on United States v. Microsoft

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
February 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Just Security is pleased to announce the launch of an online symposium on United States v. Microsoft, which will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on February 27. The question in the case is whether Section 2703 of the Stored Communications Act (SCA) allows a court to order a U.S. provider of email services to disclose electronic communications stored outside the United States.

The Risks of “Responsible Encryption”

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

Abstract. Federal law enforcement officials in the United States have recently renewed their periodic demands for legislation to regulate encryption. While they offer few technical specifics, their general proposal—that vendors must retain the ability to decrypt for law enforcement the devices they manufacture or communications their services transmit—presents intractable problems that would-be regulators must not ignore. 

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