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  • Facebook is hiring 'news credibility specialists' — after saying it didn't want to be in the business of judging news trustworthiness

    Date published: 
    June 8, 2018

    "Facebook has a responsibility to be transparent about how it plans to evaluate news organizations, said Morgan Weiland, an attorney and PhD candidate at Stanford whose research focuses on how the big tech platform companies are handling their role in distributing news.

    "If they're going to build out a team like this, they need to be more explicit about how they understand their role or what kind of company they see themselves as," Weiland said.

    She continued: "They're giving us a lot of mixed signals.""

  • Google Renounces AI Weapons; Will Still Work With Military

    Date published: 
    June 7, 2018

    "The principles about surveillance were not specific enough, according to Peter Asaro, an associate professor at The New School who organized a letter from academics against Project Maven.

    "The international norms surrounding espionage, cyberoperations, mass information surveillance, and even drone surveillance are all contested and debated in the international sphere," he said. "Ultimately, how the company enacts these principles is what will matter more than statements such as this.""

  • Google just released a set of ethical principles about how it will use AI technology

    Date published: 
    June 7, 2018

    "Pichai's pledge regarding weapons was "really strong," Peter Asaro, associate professor of media studies at the New School in New York, told Business Insider. Asaro coauthor a letter to Google's managementlast month, signed by hundreds of academics and researchers, demanding that Google cease developing military technologies as well as calling for a ban on authonomous weapons.

  • The Next Frontier of Police Surveillance Is Drones

    Date published: 
    June 7, 2018

    "“Axon also makes tasers, so you could imagine drones being equipped with tasers or with tear gas, rubber bullets, and other weaponry,” said Harlan Yu, the executive director of Upturn, a policy nonprofit that works on social justice and technology issues."

  • Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash driver had hands off wheel: U.S. agency

    Date published: 
    June 7, 2018

    "The report raised an issue for Tesla vehicles with Autopilot, as well as other vehicles with adaptive cruise control, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. “Stationary objects are also a challenge for many adaptive cruise control systems and automated emergency braking systems,” he said."

  • Tesla fatal crash: 'autopilot' mode sped up car before driver killed, report finds

    Date published: 
    June 7, 2018

    "The problems with the damaged highway divider do not “absolve Tesla of responsibility”, said Ryan Calo, a University of Washington law professor and expert in autonomous cars. “That doesn’t mean they are off the hook.”

    Tesla’s designers may not have anticipated this specific kind of crash, he added: “The technology is being deployed before there is a clear sense of … what is adequately safe.”"

  • Making Smart Machines Fair

    Date published: 
    June 6, 2018

    "A first step for the professors is to measure the cultural bias in the standard data sets that many researchers rely on to train their systems. From there, they will move to the question of how to build data sets and algorithms without that bias. “We can ask how to mitigate bias; we can ask how to have human oversight over these systems,” says Narayanan. “Does a visual corpus even represent the world? Can you create a more representative corpus?”"

  • What's Next: The Future Is Open Source

    Date published: 
    June 6, 2018

    "“Even if you think Spotify should be making content moderation decisions based on artists’ off-platform conduct, it’s pretty clear that they lack in-house competence and capacity to make fair judgments about that conduct,” said Annemarie Bridy, professor of law and affiliate scholar at the Stanford University Center for Internet and Society."

  • Artificial intelligence debate flares at Google

    Date published: 
    June 5, 2018

    "“We are calling on Google not to make weapons because Google has a special relationship with the public in virtue of the kind of personal data they are collecting — through our email, through Google Maps, through Android systems, through internet searches and all sorts of things,” said Peter Asaro, an associate professor at Stanford who co-chairs the International Committee for Robot Arms Control."

  • How Facebook Groups Became a Bizarre Bazaar for Elephant Tusks

    Date published: 
    June 5, 2018

    "Technically, it’s true that the immunities contained in Section 230 don’t exempt tech companies from criminal liability or from their duties to shareholders, says Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and author of the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. “It’s only supposed to immunize platforms from liability that treats them as a speaker or publisher,” Citron says."

  • Business startups are on the rise, helped by Internet tools

    Date published: 
    June 4, 2018

    "But lately, startups have learned to use the internet to their advantage whenever possible. “The climate for startups has improved since 2010,” Elizabeth Townsend Gard. social entrepreneurship professor at Tulane University, said last week. “With today’s Internet tools, you can start a business much more quickly and less expensively, and can often do it without a lawyer, an accountant or a web designer.” She unveiled a podcast with students early this year in far less time than it took to launch a bigger business in 2015."

  • Send us your naked photos to help block revenge porn, Facebook invites users

    Date published: 
    June 3, 2018

    ""The project responds to a real need," says Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland, and one of the leading figures in the crusade to battle revenge porn. "Victims' groups were telling Facebook that there were individuals who received threats that images they shared in confidence would be posted online."

    Citron, who has worked closely with Facebook's global safety team, says, "The company is working hard to mitigate real harms in the most secure way it can.""
  • At Albany Law, intersection of immigration, human and civil rights discussed

    Date published: 
    June 1, 2018

    "Which somewhat answers an umbrella question Margaret Hu of Washington and Lee University School of Law posed to the panel: Who deserves to be an American?

    "There are immigrants who are trying to naturalize or have the dream of becoming Americans," she said. "What do we allow as a country? When can you claim the mantel of being able to carry forward the American dream when those who control the rhetoric deny access to being able to claim that part of the dream?"

  • T-shirt maker sinks rival with dubious trademark of 150-year-old nautical icon

    Date published: 
    May 31, 2018

    "Another law professor, Annemarie Bridy of the University of Idaho, lamented gCaptain's situation.

    "It's a shame, really, to see people with meritorious defenses give up solely because they can't afford their day in court," she emailed Ars. "But that's how trademark bullying and IP trolling work. Right holders know that it's much cheaper and less stressful for an accused infringer to capitulate or settle than it is to try to win a case in federal court."

  • Autonomous Vehicles: Safety, Risk, and the Law

    Date published: 
    May 31, 2018

    "The observations from Smith, who holds dual degrees in law and engineering, were particularly insightful. He started by challenging widely held perceptions about the law. Many media articles mention states or cities that have passed a law authorizing autonomous vehicles, or something of the like, as if permission is needed. “We shouldn’t assume that we need a law to do something.” Smith pointed out that many of the early tests in California were before the state passed an explicit law.

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