Publications

The EARN IT Act is a disaster amid the COVID-19 crisis

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
May 4, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Before the novel coronavirus arrived on its shores, the United States had spent decades becoming a heavily digitized society. Now, the pandemic is deepening that dependence on digital technology, converting millions of in-person interactions into online communications. That dependence means good cybersecurity, including strong encryption, has become more crucial than ever.

Contact Tracing, Governments, and Data

Author(s): 
Marshall Erwin
Publication Date: 
April 29, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Digital contact tracing apps have emerged in recent weeks as one potential tool in a suite of solutions that would allow countries around the world to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and get people back to their daily lives. These apps raise a number of challenging privacy issues and have been subject to extensive technical analysis and argument. Read more about Contact Tracing, Governments, and Data

Reversing Turing

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
April 29, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

There is ample evidence to suggest that digital technologies are being designed and deployed not only to surveil and nudge us toward certain consumer preferences, but to train us to act like predictable machines. In the absence of an established framework for assessing these effects, we need a new test of humanity lost.

Contact-tracing apps are not a solution to the COVID-19 crisis

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The unprecedented threat from the novel coronavirus has confined many Americans to their homes, distancing them from one another at great cost to local economies and personal well-being. Meanwhile the pressure grows on American institutions to do something—anything—about the pandemic.

The Ethical Use of Personal Data to Build Artificial Intelligence Technologies: A Case Study on Remote Biometric Identity Verification

Author(s): 
Neal Cohen
Publication Date: 
April 26, 2020
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

ABSTRACT: Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have the capacity to do a great deal of good in the world, but whether they do so is not only dependent upon how we use those AI technologies but also how we build those AI technologies in the first place. The unfortunate truth is that personal data has become the bricks and mortar used to build many AI technologies and more must be done to protect and safeguard the humans whose personal data is being used. Read more about The Ethical Use of Personal Data to Build Artificial Intelligence Technologies: A Case Study on Remote Biometric Identity Verification

Apple and Google Announced a Coronavirus Tracking System. How Worried Should We Be?

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
April 16, 2020
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Apple and Google last week announced a joint contact tracing effort that would use Bluetooth technology to help alert people who have been in close proximity to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Similar proposals have been put forward by an MIT-associated effort called PACT as well as by multiple European groups.
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