Publications

Facebook and Falsehood

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
January 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

After the election, many people blamed Facebook for spreading partisan — and largely pro-Trump — "fake news," like Pope Francis’s endorsement of Trump, or Hillary Clinton’s secret life-threatening illness. The company was assailed for prioritizing user "engagement," meaning that its algorithms probably favored juicy fake news over other kinds of stories.

Trump’s Dangerous Attribution Message on Russian Hacking—and How to Counter It

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
January 10, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

President-elect Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the Intelligence Community and denials of Russian involvement in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) risk emboldening U.S. adversaries. Attribution of cyber intrusions to particular perpetrators is a necessary precondition to every possible response, from criminal indictments to economic sanctions to countermeasures.

Looking back at 2016, A Status Check on Government Hacking

Author(s): 
Marshall Erwin
Publication Date: 
January 10, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last year, the ongoing encryption debate took a backseat to a steady drip of stories and developments related to government hackings. This set the stage for a set of policy and legal innovations that are critical but that now seem unlikely to occur. As a result, we may look back on 2016 as the year we legitimized government hacking without establishing safeguards to prevent its abuse.

Before talking about the implications of that fact, it is worth walking through some of the events of the last year and take stock of what we learned:

Follow Buddies and Block Buddies: A Simple Proposal to Improve Civility, Control, and Privacy on Twitter

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
January 4, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The 2016 election has put squarely on the public agenda a series of questions related to the norms of social media, everything from the proliferation of fake news on Facebook to the trolling culture of Twitter. These questions are not new. The culture of abuse online towards women, for example, is a matter about which one of us wrote a book.

Op-ed: Five unexpected lessons from the Ashley Madison breach

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
December 29, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On December 14, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission settled a complaint with the company running the adult finder site Ashley Madison over the 2015 data breach that exposed the personal data of more than 36 million users and highlighted the site’s unfair and deceptive practices.

White House Retaliation for Russian Hacking

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
December 29, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This afternoon the White House announced several actions against Russia in retaliation for Russian interference in the U.S. election. Key among them is the use of the cybersecurity sanctions regime created by Executive Order 13694 in April 2015. But the White House had to amend the Executive Order to use it against Russia.

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