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Banning Trump from Twitter and Facebook isn’t nearly enough

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
January 15, 2021
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Social media finally pulled the plug on Donald Trump. Days after Trump incited a riot at the U.S. Capitol, Twitter permanently banned the president from its platform, and many other social media companies like Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat suspended Trump’s accounts as well.

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The FTC Zoom Case: Does the FTC Need a New Approach?

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
November 10, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

It was inevitable. On Monday, Zoom joined an exclusive club of tech companies – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Microsoft, Google, Uber, Snap, and more. This club involves companies that have been under a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent decree. In a weird sense, for tech companies, being enforced against by the FTC for a privacy or security violation has become an initiation ritual to being recognized in the pantheon of the tech company big leagues. Read more about The FTC Zoom Case: Does the FTC Need a New Approach?

Are We Already Living in a Tech Dystopia?

Author(s): 
Albert Gidari
Publication Date: 
August 26, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

People should no more believe in dystopia than utopia. The fact is that technology has changed the world for so many for so long for the better—from reduction of disease to extending life to increased food and health—that to dismiss those gains is just know-nothingism. As with all technological advances, not everyone shares equally in the gains or benefits in the same way, and some may even experience disproportionately negative impacts, but that does not diminish the overall societal value of the advancements. Read more about Are We Already Living in a Tech Dystopia?

Schrems II Offers an Opportunity—If the U.S. Wants to Take It

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 28, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Schrems II judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will reshape the relationship between national security and global data flows. By invalidating the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, the decision ends a two-decade transatlantic compromise on data exchange. The court found that U.S. surveillance practices were disproportionate and violated the fundamental rights of European Union citizens, who had no effective legal recourse to challenge potential U.S. abuses. Read more about Schrems II Offers an Opportunity—If the U.S. Wants to Take It

Cyberattack Attribution and International Law

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
July 24, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment accusing two men linked to China’s Ministry of State Security of a decade-long campaign of hacking dissidents, human rights activists, and a variety of private sector targets, including most recently entities working on COVID-19 treatments, tests, and vaccines. Read more about Cyberattack Attribution and International Law

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