Of Interest

  • Tesla has a huge incentive to deploy self-driving tech. But is the world ready?

    Date published: 
    August 13, 2019

    "Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who specialises in autonomous driving, agrees.

    "The technical definition of 'full' means I can get into this car, fall asleep, and (the car) can take me from downtown Manhattan to the mountains of Maine in the wintertime," he said. "The concern with language like 'full self-driving' is that people will be too confident in the technology" and the industry "will lose credibility and trust.""

  • The FTC Can Rise to the Privacy Challenge, but Not Without Help From Congress

    Woodrow Hartzog
    Publication Date: 
    August 9, 2019
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Editor's note: This piece originally appeared on TechTank.

    Facebook’s recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reignited debate over whether the agency is up to the task of protecting privacy. Many people, including some skeptics of the FTC’s ability to rein in Silicon Valley, lauded the settlement, or at least parts of it.

  • Businesses race to keep data flowing under a no-deal Brexit

    Date published: 
    August 8, 2019

    "Instead, companies might continue to wait and see what happens with Brexit and hope that European regulators do not pursue the issue before they spend what could amount to "hundreds of thousands of dollars on very expensive legal solutions," said Omer Tene, Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

    "Companies entering into agreements relating to data with vendors in the UK, or vice versa, are already weighing the additional friction and cost of getting data in and out post Brexit," he said.

  • Will Brooklyn's New Autonomous Cars 'Turn Us Back To The 1950s'?

    Date published: 
    August 7, 2019

    "According to Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina whose research focuses on autonomous vehicles, a wide gulf between self-driving service promised and service offered is commonplace in the autonomous vehicle industry.

    "So often the headline is 'Driverless Cars Now in X,' but the reality tends to much more limited," he said. "If someone is in the vehicle supervising, it's not a driverless vehicle—it's an expensive bus, or a really expensive golf cart.""

  • Austin Airport Test Drives Autonomous Shuttle

    Date published: 
    August 5, 2019

    "Bryant Walker Smith, an associate professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina who specializes in researching policy regarding the use of automated vehicles, said having a single vehicle like the EZ 10 might not translate into a big mobility increase in the airport, but that the idea for projects like this is much larger.

    "The vision isn't to have one bus that comes every 10 minutes, but 10 buses that come every minute," Smith said.

  • Privacy missteps cast cloud over digital assistants

    Date published: 
    August 5, 2019

    "Ryan Calo, faculty co-director of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, said that while the devices are not listening, there remain concerns over access to conversations.

    "If employees are hearing things they shouldn't have access to, that is really a red flag, it's a bad practice," Calo said.

    Calo said the privacy concerns around digital assistants are likely to grow as the devices expand their capabilities.

  • Giving Cops the Finger: Compelled Device Decryption and the Fifth Amendment (Past Event)

    August 9, 2019

    You can unlock your smartphone with a passcode, your finger, even your face. When the cops demand you decrypt your phone or other device for them, can you successfully invoke your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination? Well, it depends. This talk quickly walks through the when, where, why, and how of compelled decryption and the Fifth Amendment under current case law. It ends with some practical takeaways, including "don't talk to the cops" and "stay out of Florida."


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