Publications

How the Tech Industry Can Lead in the Trump Era

Author(s): 
Sonia Katyal
Publication Date: 
November 22, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This presidential election has kicked off tempestuous debates and much soul searching about the role of technology, especially social media, in the democratic process. These questions are vital, but now it is time to look forward. The core issue is the question of how the tech community should respond thoughtfully and critically to what for many (including us) was a surprising victory.

Citizens need more say over police surveillance technology

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
November 21, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Palo Alto lawmakers have proposed legislation granting the community greater control over police surveillance — including the Police Department’s purchase and use of equipment such as drones, license plate readers and social media monitoring software. Palo Alto and 10 other cities around the country that have proposed similar laws are part of a movement to bring the community and elected representatives into decisions by local police to acquire such powerful and invasive surveillance technologies. We all should urge our own elected representatives to take similar steps.

Atrocities Prevention Experts Report Released with Concrete Recommendations for the Next Administration

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
November 7, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

I have been honored to serve on a bipartisan Experts Committee on Preventing Mass Violence—convened by a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, and peace organizations—for the purpose of generating a set of concrete recommendations around the atrocities prevention imperative for the next administration.

AT&T’s Plan to Control Media Won’t Let Freedom Ring

Author(s): 
Malkia A. Cyril
Publication Date: 
October 26, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

During an address to AT&T employees last month in Dallas, CEO Randall Stephenson called on those struggling with the words “Black Lives Matter” to not rebut with “all lives matter” and ignore the real need for change. They were powerful words from one of the nation’s biggest telecommunications providers. But, in the end, they were just words. Words that didn’t answer the critical, lingering question: Why now?

Opinion: How to fix an internet of broken things

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
October 26, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The massive distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack that paralyzed much of the web last week focused a bright spotlight on insecurities in the so-called Internet of Things.

Government Assessment of Innovation Shouldn’t Differ for Tech Companies

Author(s): 
Bryant Walker Smith
Publication Date: 
October 24, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

At the outset, it's not clear to me what Silicon Valley is and isn't — or why that matters. Companies like Google are often contrasted with companies like General Motors, and yet, according to an automotive industry group, automakers spend over $100 billion every year on research and development worldwide. R&D is a form of tech innovation. Energy companies, pharmaceutical firms and financial institutions are also technological powerhouses. Innovation is central to telecommunications, defense and health care.

It probably wasn’t Russia who attacked the Internet today. That’s what’s scary.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 21, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

As users of Twitter and many other services probably know, large parts of the Internet weren’t working Friday, thanks to a hacking attack on the Internet’s infrastructure. NBC reported that a senior intelligence official told the network that the hack “does not appear at this point to be any kind of state-sponsored or directed attack.” It may be that new evidence emerges that leads the U.S.

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