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Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection

Author(s): 
Arvind Narayanan
Jonathan Mayer
Publication Date: 
August 23, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Blocking cookies is bad for privacy. That’s the new disingenuous argument from Google, trying to justify why Chrome is so far behind Safari and Firefox in offering privacy protections. As researchers who have spent over a decade studying web tracking and online advertising, we want to set the record straight.

Our high-level points are:

1) Cookie blocking does not undermine web privacy. Google’s claim to the contrary is privacy gaslighting. Read more about Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection

The FTC Can Rise to the Privacy Challenge, but Not Without Help From Congress

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
August 9, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Editor's note: This piece originally appeared on TechTank.

Facebook’s recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reignited debate over whether the agency is up to the task of protecting privacy. Many people, including some skeptics of the FTC’s ability to rein in Silicon Valley, lauded the settlement, or at least parts of it. Read more about The FTC Can Rise to the Privacy Challenge, but Not Without Help From Congress

Silicon Valley paints itself as a hotbed of free enterprise. Here’s how the government helped build it.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 17, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Margaret O’Mara is a professor of history at the University of Washington. Her new book, “The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America,” was just published by Penguin Press. I interviewed her about it. Read more about Silicon Valley paints itself as a hotbed of free enterprise. Here’s how the government helped build it.

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

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.

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

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