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  • Worried about what Facebook knows about you? Check out Google

    Date published: 
    March 28, 2018

    "What Curran found is the reality that Google's millions of users face every day, said Scott J. Shackelford, an associate business professor at Indiana University focusing on cybersecurity law and policy.

    "All Google users are being tracked by default in terms of physically where [they're] going and located," Shackelford said. "That is shocking to a lot of people.""

  • Appeals court revives Oracle's copyright claim against Google

    Date published: 
    March 27, 2018

    "Annemarie Bridy, a professor of intellectual property at the University of Idaho College of Law, said in an interview the ruling could stifle software innovation by opening up developers to potential liability for copyright infringement.

    “This is a ruling that could have a significant chilling effect on software developers,” she said, noting that they rely on computer code like Oracle’s to make apps communicate with each other."

  • Why Now? Facebook’s “Perfect Storm” Reinvigorates Old Privacy Fears

    Date published: 
    March 26, 2018

    "“There hasn’t been a real vivid example of how information is extracted on a massive scale and then weaponized against you,” said Woodrow Hartzog, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University. “To rob people of agency in a really important, core area of identity, which is political expression, ideology—the idea that we’ve lost control of so much, to lose this as well is just difficult to swallow.”"

  • Defending the Digital Frontier: Why We Need a Civil Rights Framework for the Internet

    Date published: 
    March 23, 2018

    "As Malkia Cyril, the executive director of the Oakland-based Center for Media Justice and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), told Truthout this week, "Data protection is not about protecting privacy; it never was. It's about protecting democracy. Now, more than ever, the US needs civil rights legislation that protects the data of vulnerable communities.""

  • What Heavier Regulation Could Wind Up Costing Facebook

    Date published: 
    March 23, 2018

    "Richard Forno, assistant director of University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Center for Cybersecurity, said that while he doesn't think Congress is best-suited to regulate tech companies, he doesn't expect that regulations would trigger a mass flight of users nor advertisers. "Advertisers will just find another way to adapt," Forno said.

  • Experts say self-driving Uber should've spotted pedestrian in deadly crash

    Date published: 
    March 22, 2018

    ""The victim did not come out of nowhere. She's moving on a dark road, but it's an open road, so Lidar and radar should have detected and classified her" as a human, Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who studies autonomous vehicles told the Associated Press.

    Smith said the video may not show the complete picture, but "this is strongly suggestive of multiple failures of Uber and its system, its automated system, and its safety driver.""

  • How to Regulate Facebook

    Date published: 
    March 22, 2018

    "“One place where we could start would be with a uniform and robust data breach notification standard that’s not watered down and has penalties,” said Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland who specializes in internet privacy and free speech online. Such a law would require that consumers and the government be swiftly alerted when their data has been stolen in a hack or landed somewhere without users’ consent.

  • Police release video of Uber fatal collision

    Date published: 
    March 22, 2018

    "But Ryan Calo, a professor at the University of Washington’s law school, who writes regularly on robotics and cyber law, said in a tweet: “I watched the video of the driverless car collide with Ms Herzberg and I simply disagree that it absolves Uber.” Both Prof Calo and Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina’s law school and an expert on autonomous vehicles, said that the Uber vehicle’s array of sensors and camera equipment, which include a Lidar system that sends out laser pulses to “see” its surroundings, should have detected Ms Herzberg, given h

  • 'Once it's out there, it's out there': Financial crimes unit sergeant speaks to dangers of sharing personal information online

    Date published: 
    March 22, 2018

    "Dr. Richard Forno is a senior lecturer, and the director of the Graduate Cybersecurity Program for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

    Forno explained that as a person navigates across the internet they leave a trail of data or ‘digital footprints’ behind that make it easier to be tracked, particularly by advertisers. 

    Speaking about a term called “culture jamming,” Forno said there are ways to make it harder to follow digital footprints. 

  • This Is Exactly How Much Your Personal Information Is Worth to Facebook

    Date published: 
    March 21, 2018

    "Scott Shackelford, the director of the Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance at Indiana University, tells MONEY that certain users are worth more than others to Facebook — people with lots of friends, for example, have a bigger network and therefore provide more opportunities — but if the #DeleteFacebook movement gains enough steam, it could potentially hurt the company’s bottom line.

  • Arizona police release video of fatal collision with Uber self-driving SUV

    Date published: 
    March 21, 2018

    "One self-driving car expert, Bryant Walker Smith, said his first impression was of “outrage” viewing the video.

    “Although this video isn’t the full picture, it strongly suggests a failure by Uber’s automated driving system and a lack of due care by Uber’s driver (and by the victim),” said Smith, a professor of law at the University of South Carolina."

  • Section 230: A Key Legal Shield For Facebook, Google Is About To Change

    Date published: 
    March 21, 2018

    "But Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor who authored the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, argues that responsibility is exactly what is missing from the law.

    "Yes, let's think about the consequences for speech," she says, pointing to the flip side of the freewheeling Internet. "There are countless individuals who are chased offline as a result of cyber mobs and harassment.""

  • Hecla takes aim at critical film with copyright claim

    Date published: 
    March 21, 2018

    "“This was a classic case of a documentary commenting on a mine and using some of a promotional video as part of that documentary,” said Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group based in San Francisco."

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