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There has been a surge in phishing attacks and online scams taking advantage of COVID-19-related uncertainties and vulnerabilities. Carnegie Mellon University Professor Lorrie Cranor shares insights from her anti-phishing research.
In an op-ed article for the Los Angeles Times, Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science at Northeastern University, shares his insights into Google and Apple’s contact tracing project, and he discusses the “three concerns to keep in mind about relying on technology to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis.”
Privacy expert Paul Schwartz, UC Berkeley, examines two proposed federal bills developed for the regulation of a COVID-19-tracking app in order to protect the privacy of health information.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow presents his findings that deactivating Facebook leaves people less informed but happier.
UC Berkeley Professor Paul Schwartz examines the debates around the globe about the use and development of COVID-19 tracking apps. Given the great concern about the impact of these apps on privacy and civil liberties, he provides a compilation of best practices from European and U.S. data privacy protection organizations.
Political scientist Elizabeth Dekeyser, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST), uses a machine-learning tool to analyze Twitter responses to the 2015 Paris killings, showing that state policies can sway sympathy for terror attacks.
University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo and his colleagues Ashkan Soltani (independent privacy researcher and technologist), and Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington biology professor) delved into the feasibility of whether contact-tracing apps can be effective and safeguard individuals’ privacy.
Jonathan Levin, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, talks about his work on a life-saving economic mechanism to promote vaccines, and the challenges of preparing leaders for the fast-changing future.
Professor Mary Gray, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, expresses reservations about the effectiveness and equity of a cell phone app aimed to put COVID-19 contact tracing in individuals’ hands.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow reviews two compelling studies that examine what happens when digital media users are pushed outside their news feed ‘comfort zone’.
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Net Neutrality

Given the significance of the Internet, preserving its “openness” – an idea often referred to as “network neutrality” or “net neutrality” – has been a long-standing issue.

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Democrats Want To Hold Social Media Companies Responsible For Health Misinformation

If health misinformation is constitutionally protected, then there's really not a lot Congress can do about that. Removing Section 230, which is a liability shield, doesn't expose a [social media] service to any new liability, because the Constitution will fill in the protection. — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
National Public Radio
July 22, 2021

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Transfer of EU Personal Data to U.S. Law Enforcement Authorities After the CLOUD Act: Is There a Conflict with the GDPR?

United States’ law requires firms to turn electronic evidence over to law enforcement even when the data is stored in another country. The law may conflict with European privacy law, which limits data transfers to foreign governments.

By: Théodore Christakis