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  • Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet

    Date published: 
    October 27, 2018

    ""This case adds to the disagreement over how to analyze compelled decryption orders in the context of passcodes," said Riana Pfefferkorn, associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, in an email to The Register."

  • This Week’s Attempted Bombings Raise Alarms. But Experts Say It Doesn’t Mean the Country Is More Violent

    Date published: 
    October 26, 2018

    "Brian Nussbaum, a professor at the University of Albany who studies terrorism and cybersecurity, says waves of widespread violence come in “ideological bursts.”

    “It’s not like Weathermen Underground. They had an organized strategy,” he tells TIME. “Even the groups that are mobilizing more so than just being one or two people don’t really have the power to have effective campaigns.”"
  • California agrees to delay enforcing net-neutrality law

    Date published: 
    October 26, 2018

    "“This isn’t a setback,” said Ryan Singel, a fellow at Center of Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, who supports the law. It was expected that the law would be put on hold, he said, “and it’s ready to go into effect once the federal decision comes down.”"

  • Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed

    Date published: 
    October 24, 2018

    "“What happens with autonomous vehicles may set the tone for other AI and robotics, since they’re the first to be integrated into society at scale,” Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly University, told The Verge. “So it’s important that the conversation is as informed as possible, since lives are literally at stake.”"

  • Engineering Supersoldiers: Boost in Lethality May Come From Within

    Date published: 
    October 24, 2018

    "In the 2013 report, “Enhanced Warfighters: Risk, Ethics, and Policy,” Cal Poly San Luis Obispo professor Patrick Lin and others raised concerns about the operational, ethical and legal implications of enhancing warfighters. “Besides the obvious issue of free and informed consent of the test subject, there may be issues about the wider effects of an enhancement. … These are open-ended questions we don’t have a policy for yet. The technology is starting to outpace the policy and it becomes increasingly difficult to legislate these things,” Lin said in an interview."

  • Survey Polls the World: Should a Self-Driving Car Save Passengers, or Kids in the Road?

    Date published: 
    October 24, 2018

    "“The core problem, I think, is going to occur many times a day in the real world, just not in a crazy crash dilemma,” says Patrick Lin, a philosophy professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, who specializes in the ethics of emerging technologies and was not involved with the study.

    “The big value I see in the Moral Machine experiment is that it helps to sniff out key areas of disagreement that we need to address,” Lin says. Given time to reflect, most survey respondents might well agree with the experts."
  • Is technology re-engineering humanity?

    Date published: 
    October 24, 2018

    “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” This truism—by the media-scholar John Culkin about the work of Marshall McLuhan—is more potent than ever in the age of data and algorithms. The technology is having a profound effect on how people live and think. 

    Some of those changes are documented in “Re-Engineering Humanity” by two technology thinkers from different academic backgrounds: Brett Frischmann is a law professor at Villanova University in Pennsylvania and Evan Selinger teaches philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

  • We Need To Work Harder To Make Software Engineering More Ethical

    Date published: 
    October 17, 2018

    "My fellow Forbes contributor Patrick Lin has long been involved in these discussions. He's the Director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly and an affiliate scholar at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. When asked about the current code conundrum, he replied that in order to make progress, two critical things are necessary:

  • As some departments loosen grip on body camera footage, Memphis police holds firm

    Date published: 
    October 16, 2018

    "Harlan Yu, executive director of UpTurn based in Washington, D.C., a group that participated in a review of MPD's body camera policy, said the individual or the next of kin should "always have access" to body camera footage before filing a police complaint.

    Yu said a review of Memphis police policies shows the agency does not have "any provisions" like that in the department's policy.

  • #NetNeutrality: Turns Out 99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Wanted to Keep the Internet Open

    Date published: 
    October 15, 2018

    "“Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC about Net Neutrality Repeal” is a study completed by Ryan Singel—a Media and Strategy Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society—in which he took a “state-by-state, district-by-district look at linguistically unique comments fled to the FCC in the 2017 repeal proceedings.”

  • 'Do Not Track,' the Privacy Tool Used by Millions of People, Doesn't Do Anything

    Date published: 
    October 15, 2018

    "“Do Not Track could have succeeded only if there had been some incentive for the ad tech industry to reach a consensus with privacy advocates and other stakeholders—some reason why a failure to reach a negotiated agreement would be a worse outcome for the industry,” said Arvind Narayanan, a professor at Princeton University who was one of the technologists at the table. “Around 2011, the threat of federal legislation brought them to the negotiating table. But gradually, that threat disappeared.

  • Shitty Media Men list: lawyer wants to expose women who contributed

    Date published: 
    October 14, 2018

    "According to Daphne Keller, a director at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford’s school of law, outing those anonymous defendants might be the only way Miltenberg can get the case heard. It’s likely that Google – which was not named in the suit – and Donegan as the document’s creator will be immunized by federal statute and could get the case dismissed, Keller said.

  • The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans

    Date published: 
    October 11, 2018

    "It isn't just our interactions with other humans that could be affected. “I worry a lot about how we’re building this world that’s supposed to be for convenience, comfort, and speed, but in fact makes us feel like someone is always listening, whether they are or not,” says Ryan Calo, a professor of law at the University of Washington who has studied the impacts of anthropomorphic robots on society.

  • Body camera maker will let cops live-stream their encounters

    Date published: 
    October 8, 2018

    "Harlan Yu, the executive director of Upturn, a Washington nonprofit consultancy that has studied body cameras, says that live-streaming could erode community trust and help enable more controversial technologies down the road.

    “The capability to livestream all BWC footage back to a department- or precinct-wide command center… will further entrench body-worn cameras as tools for police surveillance of communities, rather than tools for transparency,” he wrote in an email."

     

  • Banks shooting pulls MPD into national fray over reliability, proper use of bodycams

    Date published: 
    October 8, 2018

    "Are officers deliberately neglecting their cameras – even shutting them off – to undermine the transparency promised by expensive investments in body cameras and in-car video systems?

    And are supervisors letting them get away with it?

    “We are seeing this happen over and over,’’ says Harlan Yu, executive director of Upturn, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that studies the role of police technology in protecting civil rights."

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