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  • The FBI Created a Fake FedEx Website to Unmask a Cybercriminal

    Date published: 
    November 26, 2018

    "“What kinds of criminals mask their location, and for what kinds of crimes? Child pornography, yes; violent threats, yes; but also organized-crime rings engaged in cybercrime. A business email compromise scam, like those at issue in these warrants, falls squarely in that camp,” Riana Pfefferkorn, associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, told Motherboard in an online chat after reviewing the documents."

  • 1 big thing: All rise for AI

    Date published: 
    November 17, 2018

    ""An algorithm could've given us Dred Scott or Korematsu," said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, referring to a pair of Supreme Court decisions now considered morally wrong. But it would not know, decades later, that it had misjudged.

    In this way, a mechanical judge would be extremely conservative, Calo said, interpreting the law’s text without considering any outside factors at all."

  • Amazon's Accent Recognition Technology Could Tell the Government Where You're From

    Date published: 
    November 15, 2018

    "If voice-based accent detection can determine a person’s ethnic background, it opens up a new category of information that is incredibly interesting to the government, said Jennifer King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society.

    “If you’re a company and you’re creating new classifications of data, and the government is interested in them, you’d be naive to think that law enforcement isn’t going to come after it,” she said.

  • What is blockchain?

    Date published: 
    November 14, 2018

    "To help cut through the noise, we talked with Scott Shackelford, associate professor and Cybersecurity Program Chair at Indiana University to get to the bottom of this misunderstood technology.

    That said, many people still doubt blockchain’s future. As Shackelford explains, switching from the old way of doing things requires some cognitive reframing.

  • People are going to sell sex in driverless cars, researchers say

    Date published: 
    November 12, 2018

    "“There are dangers of collision, of getting thrown around,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who focuses on autonomous vehicles, “and if you’re doing particularly intense activities, you’re going to be at risk of unusual injuries.”

    This possibility doesn’t halt related brainstorming at AV conferences, he added.

    “Automated vehicles as a platform for the delivery of services is a common theme,” Smith said. “Sex work is just one set of possible services. ”"

  • Should the Government Require Companies to Meet Cybersecurity Standards for Critical Infrastructure?

    Date published: 
    November 12, 2018

    Richard Forno, director of the graduate cybersecurity program and assistant director of the Center for Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, makes the case for government standards and oversight. Anne Hobson, a program manager with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, argues that the development of targeted, sector-specific solutions is the better option.

    YES: The industry can’t do it on its own

    By Richard Forno

  • You thought fake news was bad? Deep fakes are where truth goes to die

    Date published: 
    November 12, 2018

    "When Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland, first became aware of the fake porn movies, she was initially struck by how viscerally they violated these women’s right to privacy. But once she started thinking about deep fakes, she realized that if they spread beyond the trolls on Reddit they could be even more dangerous. They could be weaponized in ways that weaken the fabric of democratic society itself.

  • Obscurity by Design

    Date published: 
    November 7, 2018

    To make sense of this world, and to try to sift through the new emerging definitions of privacy, I turned to Woodrow Hartzog. In recent years, Hartzog has emerged as an important thinker on matters of design, privacy, and power relationships between users and tech companies. A professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, Hartzog has written for the mainstream press about these issues, sometimes in collaboration with his colleague Daniel Solove.

  • Uber report looks to rebuild goodwill with regulators

    Date published: 
    November 4, 2018

    "“A person died because Uber was testing its vehicles under circumstances that appear to be irresponsible at best,” said Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina’s law school, who writes regularly about autonomous driving. “This [report] is a good start. But Uber in particular should go further.”"

  • Trump's Game of Thrones Tweet Is Odd—but Probably Not Trademark Infringement

    Date published: 
    November 2, 2018

    "A dilution claim also generally requires that the entity claiming infringement be able to prove the public was genuinely confused. Because Trump’s tweet wasn’t being used in commerce, and because it’s unlikely anyone thought he was legit affiliated with Game of Thrones, dilution would be a hard argument to make. "I think this would be a tough, a tough case," Nazer says. "No one is likely to be confused that HBO is endorsing this tweet or sponsoring sanctions against Iran. My view is that this shouldn’t be a viable suit.""

  • Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests on public roads

    Date published: 
    November 2, 2018

    "Although the report covered all the main bases, Uber should have gone even further given its self-driving car killed Herzberg, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina who has been studying the issues affecting autonomous vehicles. In its most glaring omission, Uber didn’t accept responsibility for Herzberg’s death — the first involving a fully autonomous vehicle, he said.