Publications

Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans

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

This is not the dystopia we were promised. We are not learning to love Big Brother, who lives, if he lives at all, on a cluster of server farms, cooled by environmentally friendly technologies. Nor have we been lulled by Soma and subliminal brain programming into a hazy acquiescence to pervasive social hierarchies.

Now we can cheaply sequence DNA, how do we store all that data?

Author(s): 
Neil Richards
Publication Date: 
January 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In 2003, the international consortium of scientists working on the Human Genome Project completed the final first draft for the human genome - a DNA blueprint for human life. This monumental achievement involved thousands of dedicated people, took more than a decade, and cost over $2.5 billion (£1.95bn). The public availability of a completed human DNA map ushered in the genomics era, giving rise to personalised, or precision, medicine.

EFF to Court: Don’t Let Trolls Get Away With Asserting Stupid Software Patents

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
January 9, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

If trolls don’t face consequences for asserting invalid software patents, then they will continue to shake down productive companies. That is why EFF has filed an amicus brief [PDF] urging the court to uphold fee awards against patent trolls (and their lawyers) when they assert software patents that are clearly invalid under the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v.

Here’s how Google is helping, not hurting, democracy

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 22, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Sean Richey and J. Benjamin Taylor have a new book on how Google searches affect democratic knowledge, “Google and Democracy: Politics and the Power of the Internet.” I asked them questions about what they found. Richey is an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University, while Taylor is assistant professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The benefits of police body cams are a myth

Author(s): 
Harlan Yu
Malkia A. Cyril
Publication Date: 
December 20, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the three years since Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, police body-worn cameras have been sold to the public as a tool that would primarily deter police misconduct.

How Facebook Stymies Social Science

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 19, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

What exactly was the extent of Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign? How widespread was its infiltration of social media? And how much influence did its propaganda have on public opinion and voter behavior?

Scholars are only now starting to tackle those questions. But to answer them, academics need data — and getting that data has been a problem.

Clerkships are invaluable for young lawyers. They can also be a setup for abuse.

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
December 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, The Washington Post reported that six women, all former law clerks and legal externs, have accused federal appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski of “inappropriate sexual conduct or comments,” with allegations that included showing them pornography and suggesting that they exercise naked.

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