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EXCLUSIVE: FBI’s War Crimes Unit on the Chopping Block

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
February 10, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

[UPDATED] A special unit within the Federal Bureau of Investigation that handles war crimes may be shut down imminently, according to officials familiar with the administration’s decision-making process. The FBI’s International Human Rights Unit takes the lead on investigating individuals within the United States who have been accused of committing international crimes, including war crimes, torture, genocide, female genital mutilation, and the recruitment of child soldiers. Read more about EXCLUSIVE: FBI’s War Crimes Unit on the Chopping Block

People used to joke about ‘Democrats in disarray.’ They’re not joking now.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
January 30, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The comedian Will Rogers famously joked: “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” Until relatively recently, neither Republicans nor Democrats were particularly organized. Instead, they were loose coalitions of politicians with very different ideologies. Sam Rosenfeld is an assistant professor at Colgate University. Read more about People used to joke about ‘Democrats in disarray.’ They’re not joking now.

Who Do You Sue? State and Platform Hybrid Power Over Online Speech

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
January 29, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This essay closely examines the effect on free-expression rights when platforms such as Facebook or YouTube silence their users’ speech. The first part describes the often messy blend of government and private power behind many content removals, and discusses how the combination undermines users’ rights to challenge state action. The second part explores the legal minefield for users—or potentially, legislators—claiming a right to speak on major platforms. Read more about Who Do You Sue? State and Platform Hybrid Power Over Online Speech

The problem with Brexit is that there’s no obvious next step

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
January 16, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

No one was surprised that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal was rejected Tuesday by the House of Commons. What was surprising was that the vote was 432 to 202. Normally, such a humiliating defeat would lead to the resignation of the prime minister. That is highly unlikely to happen: May will continue as prime minister, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s motion of no confidence is unlikely to succeed. However, it’s hard to see an alternative deal that would pass muster with both the House of Commons and the European Union. Read more about The problem with Brexit is that there’s no obvious next step

Renewed space rivalry between nations ignores a tradition of cooperatio

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
January 10, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The annals of science fiction are full of visions of the future. Some are techno-utopian like “Star Trek” in which humanity has joined together in peace to explore the cosmos. Others are dystopian, like the World State in “Brave New World.” But many of these stories share one thing in common – they envision a time in which humanity has moved past narrow ideas of tribe and nationalism. That assumption might be wrong. Read more about Renewed space rivalry between nations ignores a tradition of cooperatio

It’s time to try something different on Internet privacy

Author(s): 
Neil Richards
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
December 20, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Since the dawn of the Internet, American regulators and companies have pursued two goals to protect our privacy: that people should be in control of their data and that companies should be transparent about what they do with our data. We can see these goals detailed in the privacy policies and terms of service that we “agree” to as well as companies’ increasingly complicated systems of privacy dashboards, permissions and sharing controls. Read more about It’s time to try something different on Internet privacy

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