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This section contains research on the networks that make the Internet work, the evolution of different business models that operate on the Internet, and ways to store and access information on the Internet through Cloud Computing.

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F.E.C. Allows Security Company to Help 2020 Candidates Defend Campaigns

"The bad guys have had more time to spend on this, and more time to develop new tricks." — Ed Felten, Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University


Edward Felten
Source: The New York Times
July 11, 2019

Emojis Are Increasingly Coming Up in Court Cases. Judges Are Struggling with How to Interpret Them.

"With the proliferation of any new technology, there is an adjustment period for everyone, including judges. As judges become more familiar and comfortable with emojis, they will figure out the best ways to adapt existing legal principles to [them]." — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University


Eric Goldman
Source: CNN Business
July 8, 2019

The Real Reason for Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency

"Strong cryptography secures information about who is making those transactions at every step and offers powerful guarantees against tampering. If Facebook can establish Libra as a trusted way for users make their transactions, it will go a long way to rebuilding trust in Facebook itself." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Business and Ethics, University of Pennsylvania


Kevin Werbach
Source: The New York Times
June 20, 2019

An Economist Explains How to Value the Internet

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson discusses a new method for measuring the benefits of the digital economy during an interview at the World Economic Forum.


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: World Economic Forum
May 23, 2019

Facebook's Face Recognition Privacy Setting Missing for Some Users

"Since the company has one of the largest name-face databases in the world and the power to infer significant things about people whom it identifies, it’s especially important that it craft and execute appropriate policies for face recognition. All users should be able to access the same easy-to-use setting for preventing Facebook from recognizing them in photos and videos, and for deleting their templates." — Evan Selinger, Professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology


Evan Selinger
Source: Consumer Reports
May 22, 2019

You’re Not Alone When You’re on Google

For most people, that effort — to change how they search, how they buy stuff, how they connect with others and absorb news — is just too great. "There’s a sense that the fight to protect your data is unwinnable. You’d have to learn about other tools, it’s costly in time, and it might not even help, because your data is already out there."  — Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology, Carnegie Mellon University


Alessandro Acquisti
Source: The New York Times
May 17, 2019

New Laws of Robotics Needed to Tackle AI: Expert

Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland law professor and artificial intelligence (AI) expert, shares his thoughts on four new legally-inspired rules that should be applied to robots and AI in our daily lives.


Frank Pasquale
Source: AFP/ Yahoo News
May 16, 2019

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

"The hurdles are not just regulatory. This stuff is very hard to do. I think the Utah project is important because it's a step toward trying to validate that this stuff would work safely." — Ryan Calo, Cyberlaw and Robotics Professor, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: ABC News
April 25, 2019

A Record FTC Fine Won't Fix Facebook, Privacy Experts Say

"A billion isn't what it used to be. The problem with Facebook writing a check is that it’s the cost of doing business and not a deterrent." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: Consumer Reports
April 25, 2019

'Disastrous' Lack of Diversity in AI Industry Perpetuates Bias, Study Finds

"The industry has to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and admit that its existing methods have failed to address these problems. The use of AI systems for the classification, detection, and prediction of race and gender is in urgent need of re-evaluation." — Kate Crawford, Co-director and Co-founder, AI Now Institute


Kate Crawford
Source: The Guardian
April 16, 2019
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Scholars Chris Hoofnagle, Woodrow Hartzog, and Daniel Solove Say the FTC Can Rise to the Privacy Challenge

Chris Hoofnagle (University of California, Berkeley), Woodrow Hartzog (Northeastern University), and Daniel Solove (George Washington University) have joined forces to bring their expertise and insights to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) privacy regulatory efforts.

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Cloud Computing

“Cloud computing” describes how computer-related services and software increasingly have been provided over the Internet and other networks since the late 1990s.

Featured Article

The Challenge of Increasing Broadband Capacity

This paper looks at technology that increases the bandwidth of existing networks that carry broadband traffic.

By: Dale Hatfield