Of Interest

  • Hyperloop Law: Autonomy, Infrastructure, and Transportation Startups

    March 8, 2017
    Stanford Law School

    In 2013, Elon Musk proposed an "open source transportation concept" of levitating vehicles zooming passengers through vacuum tubes at 760 miles an hour. It would be weatherproof, energy-efficient, relatively inexpensive, have autonomous controls. Its impact on urban and inter-city transport could reshape economies and families.

  • Regulate That Hairbrush? Cyberlaw Experts Say Maybe

    Date published: 
    February 16, 2017

    "“Seriously, a hairbrush? Do we really need that to be connected to the internet?” LeBlanc asked. Danielle Citron, a nationally known online safety and privacy expert and professor at the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law, agreed with him.

    “The problem is that we have everyone rushing to market to network,” Citron said after hearing LeBlanc. “Do we really need to network our underwear” and in the process create so much risk for others, she asked."

  • Eavesdropping on Flynn was the legal, obvious intelligence move

    Jennifer Granick
    Publication Date: 
    February 16, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Does the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence understand intelligence gathering?

    After all, that committee is charged with oversight over the United States’ vast surveillance bureaucracy. And yet, comments from the chair of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), suggest that he is unclear on the concept.

  • ‘Alexa, Call My Mom!’ — Will The Echo Become A Phone?

    Date published: 
    February 16, 2017

    "We’re headed to a world of embedded sensors in everything, that measure everything, that see everything, that hear everything,” said Albert Gidari, director for privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “The reality is that technology … kind of blurs law for privacy.”"

  • What could happen if you refuse to unlock your phone at the US border?

    Date published: 
    February 15, 2017

    "One of House’s lawyers, Catherine Crump, who was then an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union and now teaches law at the University of California, Berkeley, told Ars that the government claimed House had committed a misdemeanor in violation of 19 US Code Section 507. "They claimed he violated a statute requiring people to provide aid to border officials upon request," she e-mailed. "I am not sure how much of this was government posturing.

  • Congress Could Make Self-Driving Cars Happen—or Ruin Everything

    Date published: 
    February 15, 2017

    "“I’d be wary of dramatic proposals that could create more problems than they solve,” says Bryant Walker Smith, an expert on autonomous vehicles at the University of South Carolina School of Law. After all, this evolving technology permeates so many parts of society: public safety, privacy, the environment, liability and insurance law, employment, urban planning, and more. A law aimed at cutting congestion could tangle with tort law; a clause ensuring passenger privacy could wipe out economic benefits for automakers."


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