Academic Writing

Why You Can No Longer Get Lost in the Crowd

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
April 17, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

We are constantly exposed in public. Yet most of our actions will fade into obscurity. Do you, for example, remember the faces of strangers who stood in line with you the last time you bought medicine at a drugstore? Probably not. Thanks to limited memory and norms against staring, they probably don’t remember yours either.

AOC and Elizabeth Warren want higher taxes on the rich. Selling that is tricky.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 15, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Kenneth Scheve (@kfscheve) is professor of political science at Stanford University, and David Stasavage (@stasavage) is dean for the social sciences and the Julius Silver professor in the politics department at New York University. They are the authors of the recent book, “Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe.” I asked them what their findings meant for current proposals to tax rich people.

H.R. 1096 vs. H.R. 1644

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
April 8, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This week, the House will vote on H.R. 1644, introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle, which would reinstate the net neutrality protections of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order as of January 19, 2017. H.R. 1096, a competing measure introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, purports to restore the Open Internet Order’s rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, as well as the transparency rule.

Both bills have been touted as means to restore comprehensive net neutrality protections for all Americans.

 

Facebook is finally learning to love privacy laws

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 4, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Nine years ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg claimed that people do not care about privacy. Things have changed. Last week, he called for the US and other countries to adopt comprehensive privacy protection in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, shortly after he had promised to rebuild Facebook around an encrypted privacy-focused platform.

President Trump and the Myth of American AI

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
March 22, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On February 11, 2019, the President of the United States signed an Executive Order (EO) directing the federal government to promote artificial intelligence (AI). President Trump’s EO aims to stimulate basic research in AI, reduce barriers to innovation, train AI technologists, and protect America’s advantage in AI such as it is.

The Christchurch shooting suspect comes from an extreme online culture

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 15, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Details are still emerging about the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which at least 49 people were killed at two mosques. However, it appears that one person with advance knowledge of the planned attack is an active participant in a radicalized online right-wing media culture. Before the massacre, a man posted a long manifesto, police said, which was full of inside references to online memes and ideas that are commonly circulated among the radical right.

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