Of Interest

  • Whose Copyright Office?

                In 2013, in a lecture at Columbia University, Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante announced an ambitious vision for the “Next Great Copyright Act.” That vision appropriately included a prominent role for the Copyright Office in helping policy makers work through some difficult issues relating to copyright and evolving technologies.

  • ESPECIAL: o que dizem especialistas em criptografia sobre o bloqueio do WhatsApp

    Date published: 
    July 21, 2016

    3 perguntas para Riana Pfefferkorn, pesquisadora na área de criptografia no Center for Internet and Society da Stanford Law School (EUA).

    “O debate sobre a criptografia versus aplicação da lei é um debate ‘segurança versus segurança’, não um debate ‘privacidade versus segurança’”

    Sobre fontes alternativas de investigação

  • Network Neutrality in Brazil: the recently enacted Presidential Decree consolidates meaningful rules

    Amidst an economic and political turmoil, Brazil gave a significant step towards protection of network neutrality – the principle that keeps the Internet an open space, free from undue control by Internet service providers (ISPs). A Presidential Decree issued right before Dilma Rousseff was temporarily removed from power on May 10 consolidates the regime established by the Marco Civil – a Federal Statute known as the “Internet Bill of Rights” in Brazil - and brings clarity to the application of meaningful rules that may effectively preserve network neutrality.

  • Google recieved record number of data requests: 4,677 in latest transparency report

    Date published: 
    July 20, 2016

    "Omer Tene, vice president of research and education at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) noted that European countries such as Germany and France submit significantly more government requests than U.S., relative to the population. “This puts in perspective the concerns of European privacy regulators over data transfers to the U.S.,” he wrote in an email to SCMagazine.com.

  • Twitter stirs debate as 'troll' banned over racist abuse

    Date published: 
    July 20, 2016

    "Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor and author of a book "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace," called the incident "a learning moment."

    "I applaud Twitter for its approach in this area," Citron said. "If you chase people offline with racist and intimidating speech, that's too much. Twitter and other platforms are contributing to social norms on free expression.""

  • Tesla's data collection may help it deflect Autopilot liability

    Date published: 
    July 20, 2016

    "The courtroom, however, is different from the court of public opinion, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina, who studies self-driving vehicles.

    "Summaries and spin will be much less credible than analysis supported by raw data that others can evaluate," he said."

  • International Justice Day Round-Up III: Salvadoran Amnesty Law, Germany Apologizes to Namibia over Genocide, Corporate Criminality, and Colombia Ceasefire

    Beth Van Schaack
    Publication Date: 
    July 20, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    This is Part III of an international criminal justice round-up covering ten of the top developments in the field this spring and summer. Part I is here and covers the Habrécase, the travel of President Al-Bashir of Sudan, and the Open Society Justice Initiative’s report on crimes against humanity in Mexico.  Part II—which covered sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Bemba case, the ICC Statute aggression amendments’ 30thratification by Palestine, and more justice for Chile—is 

  • Technological Redlining

    As the phenomenon known as Pokémon Go has rapidly established itself as the latest distraction (or obsession) for the growing numbers of people with GPS-enabled smart phones, we have begun to see some of the surprises and challenges that often accompany new technologies (or new uses of existing technologies). And while some of these issues are interesting only in their triviality, others have raised more serious questions about our norms, our values, and the structures (visible and invisible) that we have erected (explicitly or tacitly) as our society has progressed.


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