Of Interest

  • Digital Switzerlands

    November 15, 2018
    Berkeley School of Information

    U.S. technology companies are increasingly standing as competing power centers, challenging the primacy of governments. This power brings with it the capacity to bolster or undermine governmental authority, and also increasing public demands for the companies to protect users from governments. The companies’ power raises serious questions about how to understand their role, including suggestions that they are public utilities, information fiduciaries, surveillance intermediaries, or speech governors.

  • You thought fake news was bad? Deep fakes are where truth goes to die

    Date published: 
    November 12, 2018

    "When Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland, first became aware of the fake porn movies, she was initially struck by how viscerally they violated these women’s right to privacy. But once she started thinking about deep fakes, she realized that if they spread beyond the trolls on Reddit they could be even more dangerous. They could be weaponized in ways that weaken the fabric of democratic society itself.

  • Should the Government Require Companies to Meet Cybersecurity Standards for Critical Infrastructure?

    Date published: 
    November 12, 2018

    Richard Forno, director of the graduate cybersecurity program and assistant director of the Center for Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, makes the case for government standards and oversight. Anne Hobson, a program manager with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, argues that the development of targeted, sector-specific solutions is the better option.

    YES: The industry can’t do it on its own

    By Richard Forno

  • People are going to sell sex in driverless cars, researchers say

    Date published: 
    November 12, 2018

    "“There are dangers of collision, of getting thrown around,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who focuses on autonomous vehicles, “and if you’re doing particularly intense activities, you’re going to be at risk of unusual injuries.”

    This possibility doesn’t halt related brainstorming at AV conferences, he added.

    “Automated vehicles as a platform for the delivery of services is a common theme,” Smith said. “Sex work is just one set of possible services. ”"

  • Obscurity by Design

    Date published: 
    November 7, 2018

    To make sense of this world, and to try to sift through the new emerging definitions of privacy, I turned to Woodrow Hartzog. In recent years, Hartzog has emerged as an important thinker on matters of design, privacy, and power relationships between users and tech companies. A professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, Hartzog has written for the mainstream press about these issues, sometimes in collaboration with his colleague Daniel Solove.

  • Threats remain to US voting system – and voters’ perceptions of reality

    Richard Forno
    Publication Date: 
    November 6, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    As the 2018 midterms proceed, there are still significant risks to the integrity of the voting system – and information warfare continues to try to influence the American public’s choices when they cast their ballots.


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