Publications

Government Hacking Makes Everyone Less Safe

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
September 13, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, the Justice Department filed criminal charges against a North Korean operative for a malware attack that endangered hospital systems and crippled the computers of businesses, governments, and individuals around the world. Americans might be surprised to learn that the software used for this 2017 attack — known as “WannaCry” — was based on a hacking tool created by the U.S. government itself.

Comments on the Australian Assistance and Access Bill 2018

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
September 9, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Comments submitted to the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs on its exposure draft of the Assistance and Access Bill 2018.

Online labor markets may look competitive. They aren’t.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
August 2, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

People often think that online markets are far more efficient and competitive than traditional ones. This may not be so. In a new National Bureau of Economic Research paper, Arindrajit Dube, Jeff Jacobs, Suresh Naidu and Siddharth Suri find that a highly important online labor market is characterized by power relations so that workers lose out, and the people and organizations who hire them enjoy market power. I asked Suresh Naidu what this research means.

Europe has just hit Google with a record $5 billion fine. Expect fireworks.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 18, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The European Commission, which administers antitrust policy in the European Union, has just hit Google with a record fine of 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion U.S.). This fine is intended to punish Google for the way in which it has structured the market for its operating system. Here’s what you need to know.

The massive fine is for “tying” the operating system to specific applications.

Exigent Circumstances: iOS 12’s USB Restricted Mode and Warrantless iPhone Access

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
June 22, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Apple recently confirmed the introduction of a new feature called “USB Restricted Mode” in the latest version of the iPhone’s mobile operating system, iOS 12. If enabled in the user’s settings, USB Restricted Mode will disable data transfer from the iPhone over the Lightning cable once the phone has been locked for an hour unless the phone’s password is entered.

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