CIS in the news.

  • Cute robots, smart underwear, and facial recognition in church: Have we gone too far?

    Date published: 
    March 28, 2019

    "In the near future, robots might be able to manipulate our emotions, everyone will be rated on everything, and we won’t be able to trust our own eyes, Woodrow Hartzog said.

    “I promise I will end on a positive note,” the Northeastern professor said Thursday, eliciting chuckles from a roomful of people gathered at the university’s Charlotte campus to hear him discuss online privacy.

  • Forget Photoshop. Adobe Is a Marketing Company Now

    Date published: 
    March 27, 2019

    "This can’t help but sound tone-deaf at a time when the technology industry generates privacy scandals on a near-daily basis. Adobe says it’s helping create better customer experiences, so customers see ads and receive offers that are more interesting to them. It also says customers have ways to opt out of its targeting programs. But that’s making quite a leap, says Jen King, the director of consumer privacy at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. “I would be shocked if the general public knew about this in any meaningful way,” King says.

  • Wilmington police chief concerned about cost of getting body cameras

    Date published: 
    March 25, 2019

    "But Harlan Yu, executive director of Upturn, a nonprofit that studies the intersection between civil rights and technology, isn’t bullish on the technology as a panacea for residents or better relations between police and the community.

    “Looking at the evolution nationally since Ferguson, I think there’s reasons to be skeptical of the efficacy of body-worn cameras, especially given their cost,” he said.

    Yu cited a 2017 Washington, D.C. study that found the cameras didn’t reduce the use of force and citizen complaints or change police behavior."

  • The strange story of Section 230, the obscure law that created our flawed, broken internet

    Date published: 
    March 24, 2019

    "“Its role in enabling a certain kind of technical innovation is unambiguous,” says Daphne Keller at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “It made it possible for investors to get behind companies who were in the business of transmitting so much speech and information that they couldn't possibly assess it all and figure what was legal or illegal.”

  • Nunes faces tough odds with Twitter lawsuit

    Date published: 
    March 23, 2019

    ""The bottom line of the case is that its legal merits barely matter, because the point is political theater," Daphne Keller, the director of intermediary liability at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, told The Hill.

    "As theater, I suspect it will be quite successful.""

  • Volvo says driver-facing cameras are key to cutting crashes

    Date published: 
    March 21, 2019

    "Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, says a car intervening and taking over control raises questions over ultimate legal authority. Maybe there’s a genuine reason for erratic driving.

    “If someone is racing to a hospital and driving in a less than optimal manner, maybe we still want them to get to the hospital,” he said."

  • Net Neutrality: Will Congress Save Internet Freedom?

    Date published: 
    March 21, 2019

    "Ryan Singel, a media and strategy fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society and founder at Contextly, told me in an email interview that, “AT&T continues its policy of zero-rating its own video services, while not zero-rating competing services. With its acquisition of Time-Warner, it has even more reason to continue this unfair practice.”"

  • Why the New Zealand Shooting Video Keeps Circulating

    Date published: 
    March 21, 2019

    "Ultimately, the use case for purely AI-driven content moderation is fairly narrow, says Daphne Keller, the director of intermediary liability at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, because nuanced decisions are too complex to outsource to machines.

    “If context does not matter at all, you can give it to a machine,” she told me. “But, if context does matter, which is the case for most things that are about newsworthy events, nobody has a piece of software that can replace humans.”"

  • ACLU Wants Amazon To Stop 'Powering' Government Surveillance That Can Be Used Against Black Activists And Undocumented Immigrants

    Date published: 
    March 20, 2019

    "“We already know facial recognition algorithms discriminate against black faces and are being used to violate the human rights of immigrants. We know putting this technology into the hands of already brutal and unaccountable law enforcement agencies places both democracy and dissidence at great risk,” said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice."

  • ‘Mockingbird’ Spat Shows Benefits of Light Touch on Copyrights

    Date published: 
    March 19, 2019

    "Some corporations still use a “scorched earth” approach when enforcing a copyright, especially in the entertainment industry, copyright attorney Andrew Bridges of Fenwick West LLP said. But that can be counterproductive both in court and in the public eye, he said.

    Copyright owners who use a light touch do so, in part, because they’re enforcing rights under a copyright law that provides for “outrageous statutory damages” and extensive copyright terms, Bridges said.

  • How the tragic death of Do Not Track ruined the web for everyone

    Date published: 
    March 17, 2019

    "Arvind Narayanan, now an associate professor at Princeton and part of that early DNT-formulating group, said via an email statement that the prospect of federal legislation brought ad players to the table. But when that legislation didn’t materialize, “the prolonged negotiations in fact proved useful to the industry to create the illusion of a voluntary self-regulatory process, seemingly preempting the need for regulation.”"

  • One year after Zuckerberg’s testimony about violent content on Facebook, has anything changed?

    Date published: 
    March 15, 2019

    "“I don’t think it’s an impossible task. It’s a hard task, and it depends on the defaults we want to live with,” said Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor specializing in online free speech and privacy issues.

    That could mean delays and filters to inspect content that was possibly violent or showing non-consensual sex, Citron said."

  • The troubling state of consumer privacy: We’ve entered a ‘trust apocalypse’ era — now what?

    Date published: 
    March 15, 2019

    "The troubling state of consumer privacy was the subject of a panel discussion hosted by KUOW and GeekWire in Seattle on Thursday with Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood. She caught up with Giri Sreenivas, CEO of Seattle private email server startup Helm, Ryan Calo, co-director of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, and me, GeekWire’s civic editor, to dig into the data economy.