Publications

Memo to President Obama: You Have Another Memo to Withdraw

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
December 5, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The election of Donald Trump has triggered an anxious conversation about how President Obama can entrench some of his accomplishments before January 21, 2017.  Importantly, given the Trump campaign’s embrace of waterboarding and “worse”, President Obama would do well to ensure that he has fully dismantled the Bush Administration’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation system.

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.

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