Academic Writing

Build Your Own Intermediary Liability Law: A Kit for Policy Wonks of All Ages

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
June 11, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
In recent years, lawmakers around the world have proposed a lot of new intermediary liability (IL) laws. Many have been miscalibrated – risking serious collateral damage without necessarily using the best means to advance lawmakers’ goals. That shouldn’t be a surprise. IL isn’t like tax law or farm subsidies. Lawmakers, particularly in the United States, haven’t thought much about IL in decades.

Want to See My Genes? Get a Warrant

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
June 11, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Someone broke into a church in Centerville, Utah, last November and attacked the organist who was practicing there. In March, after a conventional investigation came up empty, a police detective turned to forensic consultants at Parabon NanoLabs. Using the publicly accessible website GEDmatch, the consultants found a likely distant genetic relative of the suspect, whose blood sample had been found near the church’s broken window. Read more about Want to See My Genes? Get a Warrant

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for the nation’s approach to trade

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

Elizabeth Warren announced an agenda Tuesday that she calls a plan for “economic patriotism.” Warren argues against claims that “globalization” or “automation” or a “skills gap” are causing job losses in the United States. She blames, instead, Washington policies. Read more about Elizabeth Warren has a plan for the nation’s approach to trade

About That Pelosi Video: What to Do About ‘Cheapfakes’ in 2020

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
May 29, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the summer of 2016, a meme began to circulate on the fringes of the right-wing internet: the notion that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was seriously ill. Clinton suffered from Parkinson’s disease, a brain tumor and seizures, among other things, argued Infowars contributor Paul Joseph Watson in a YouTube video. The meme (and allegations) were entirely unfounded. Read more about About That Pelosi Video: What to Do About ‘Cheapfakes’ in 2020

Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Author(s): 
Paddy Leerssen
Publication Date: 
May 29, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Tighter regulation of social media and other online services in now under discussion in several European countries, as well as in the UK where the government has released a white paper outlining its proposed approach to tackling online harm. Read more about Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Democracy's Dilemma

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
May 15, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The key term that recurs throughout Henry Farrell’s and Bruce Schneier’s essay is “trust.” That is no surprise, as the concept unites both authors’ bodies of work: Schneier, a security expert, and Farrell, a political scientist, have each written books about it. Security enables trust, and trust enables a functioning democracy. Read more about Democracy's Dilemma

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