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In their new article, “You Might Be a Robot,” Stanford law professors Mark Lemley and Bryan Casey offer a solution to the challenges of defining and legislating artificial intelligence: “laws should regulate behavior, not things”.
Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein outlines the internet infrastructure trends from the recent past, and shows how they’ve evolved to support the modern digital economy.
Though 2019 is well underway, Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman’s recap of 2018’s Internet law issues provides a valuable perspective on the ongoing internet challenges for regulators, policymakers, and technology businesses.
Artificial intelligence scholars Erik Brynjolfsson (MIT) and Kate Crawford (AI Now Institute) react to last week’s Executive Order outlining President Trump’s plan to support the development of artificial intelligence technology.
Matthew Gentzkow and his colleagues at Stanford and New York University report from their study on the way Facebook affects a range of individual and social welfare measures.
In honor of Data Privacy Day, TAP highlights some of the recent work from scholars who are thought-leaders with privacy technology-policy issues.
In “Regulating Bot Speech,” University of Washington robotics expert Ryan Calo and Madeline Lamo examine how mandatory disclosure laws that disallow bots to operate unless they identify themselves as non-human might fare under principles of free expression.
George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove provides his list of notable books on privacy and security from 2018.
Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein provides a tongue-in-cheek look at notable information technology events and people from 2018.
A report from Cornell Tech’s Speed Conference shares research in areas of autonomous vehicles, warfare, information security, labor and manufacturing, content moderation, and finance.
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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
The New York Times
July 11, 2019

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