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Yes, States and Local Governments Can Close Private Businesses and Restrict Your Movement

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
March 18, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Can the state tell your favorite local restaurant to close, or tell you that you must stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to leave, because of an emergency? The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have closed down bars, movie theaters and dine-in restaurants. Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area have imposed a shelter-in-place order that allows people to leave their homes only for essential activities. Read more about Yes, States and Local Governments Can Close Private Businesses and Restrict Your Movement

Will the Coronavirus End Globalization as We Know It?

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 16, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The new coronavirus is shaping up to be an enormous stress test for globalization. As critical supply chains break down, and nations hoard medical supplies and rush to limit travel, the crisis is forcing a major reevaluation of the interconnected global economy. Not only has globalization allowed for the rapid spread of contagious disease but it has fostered deep interdependence between firms and nations that makes them more vulnerable to unexpected shocks. Now, firms and nations alike are discovering just how vulnerable they are. Read more about Will the Coronavirus End Globalization as We Know It?

Hearing on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act at 22: How Other Countries Are Handling Online Piracy - Statement of Daphne Keller

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
March 10, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Professor Daphne Keller discussed intermediary liability laws, i.e. “the laws that define platforms responsibility for content posted by their users including the DMCA” and noted that international approaches to intermediary liability fall along a broad spectrum, with the DMCA falling somewhere in the middle. Read more about Hearing on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act at 22: How Other Countries Are Handling Online Piracy - Statement of Daphne Keller

Why Europe's GDPR magic will never work in the US

Author(s): 
Neil Richards
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
February 20, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The internet has been with us for a quarter of a century, but the US has still not passed a law requiring its companies to abide by meaningful data-privacy protections. This matters because most of the western world’s big technology companies are American. In 2020, America’s privacy bill will finally be settled. Read more about Why Europe's GDPR magic will never work in the US

Filtering out free speech

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
January 17, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In a landmark ruling earlier this month, India’s Supreme Court held that citizens’ right to freedom of speech and rights to carry out business using the internet are constitutionally protected. The new decision builds in part on an equally important 2015 case, Shreya Singhal v. Union of India, in which the Court defined key rules for the relationship between democratic governments and commercial internet platforms. Read more about Filtering out free speech

Hackers are now targeting councils and governments, threatening to leak citizen data

Author(s): 
Brian Nussbaum
Publication Date: 
November 10, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In recent weeks, Johannesburg’s computer network was held for ransom by a hacker group called Shadow Kill Hackers. This was the second time in three months a ransomware attack has hit South Africa’s largest city. This time, however, hackers didn’t pose the usual threat. Read more about Hackers are now targeting councils and governments, threatening to leak citizen data

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