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In this newsletter, TAP highlights scholar work in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and security, intellectual property, and innovation.

Within AI, the increasing sophistication and autonomous decision-making capabilities of robots requires rethinking policy issues. Stanford economist Susan Athey explains that if machine-learning techniques are going to help address public-policy problems, new ways of marrying them with causal-inference methods need to be developed (Fixing Big Data’s Blind Spot). Additionally, MIT economics professor Erik Brynjolfsson believes that the “most important invention is machine learning.” Professor Brynjolfsson shares that he is optimistic about the future because he sees how machines can serve as powerful tools and partners (Erik Brynjolfsson: Racing with the Machine Beats Racing Against the Machine).

Exploring policy issues in the privacy and security realms, TAP scholars are reporting on government surveillance, encryption policies in the White House, Internet-connected toys that listen, and the outcome of Congress’ attempts to repeal the FCC Internet Privacy Rules. Within intellectual property, TAP scholars are discussing the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and whether patents impede or encourage innovation. 

Congratulations to Santa Clara University law professor Colleen Chien for being awarded the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Young Scholars Medal. ALI recognized Professor Chien for her “work in intellectual property law [that] has already helped shape governmental policy around innovation.” Professor Chien coined the term “patent assertion entity” to describe those who use patents primarily to demand payments from potential infringers rather than to advance or commercialize novel technology.

Read the latest TAP blogs…

Neil Richards Tackles Secret Government Searches
TAP, May 10, 2017

The Art of Management
Nicholas Bloom, TAP, May 3, 2017

Congress’s Attempt to Repeal the FCC Internet Privacy Rules: The Void Will Be Filled
Daniel Solove, TAP, May 1, 2017

Toys That Listen: A Study of Parents, Children, and Internet-Connected Toys
TAP Guest Blogger, TAP, April 19, 2017

Which Discoveries Should We Patent?
Heidi Williams, TAP, April 12, 2017

Information Society Project at Yale Law School Hosts We Robot 2017
TAP, April 5, 2017

The Defend Trade Secrets Act Isn’t an ‘Intellectual Property’ Law
Eric Goldman, TAP, March 29, 2017

On Encryption Apps in the White House
Ed Felten, TAP, March 22, 2017

Daron Acemoglu
How to Close the Tech-Job Gap for Minorities and Low-Income Earners
NPR’s Marketplace

“We have definitely been asleep at the wheel when it comes to our education system.”

danah boyd
Will There Be Any Jobs Left for Humans?
The Seattle Times

“I have complete faith in the ability to identify job gaps and develop educational tools to address those gaps. I have zero confidence in us having the political will to address the socioeconomic factors that are underpinning skill training.”

More TAP Scholars 

Lior Strahilevitz
Nexar CityStream Uses Smartphones to Crowd-Sourced Mapping Data for Cities and Self-Driving Cars

Joshua Gans
A Trump Dividend for Canada? Maybe in Its A.I. Industry
The New York Times

Danielle Citron
What You’re Really Agreeing to When You Accept Your Smart TV’s Privacy Policy
The Washington Post  

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