Law, Tech and Policy

Cybersecurity: How Does the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 change the Internet Surveillance Laws? – Orin Kerr in the Washington Post


The Trouble with the TPP – Canadian law professor, Michael Geist, is blogging every weekday until February 4th on what he believes are the significant problems with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The link is to his first daily post in the series

Human Rights Watch’s TPP Q&A

Trans-Pacific Partnership is a Wonderful Idea . . . for China – Dan Breznitz (University of Toronto) in the Globe and Mail

See also: my earlier posts on the TPP – here and here

EU vs. US on Data + Privacy:

The Transatlantic Data War – Europe Fights Back Against the NSA – Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman in Foreign Affairs

Time to Get Serious About Europe’s Sabotage of US Terror Intelligence Programs – Stewart Baker at his “Skating on Stilts” book-related website; “Skating on Stilts” has been released as a free creative commons book available here

More on Privacy: Lawrence Lessig: Technology Will Create New Models for Privacy Regulation – Wall Street Journal, and A Few Keystrokes Could Solve the Crime. Would You Press Enter? – Jonathan Zittrain at JustSecurity

Internet Access: How Facebook Stumbled On Its Quest to Give Internet Away For Free – BuzzFeed; See Also: Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future – New York Times

Whistleblower Protections: Protect Intelligence Whistleblowers – Mieke Eoyang in Democracy Journal, and PEN America’s report Secret Sources: Whistleblowers, National Security and Free Expression (pdf; 40 pages)

Freedom of Information Act Reform: Here’s How the Senate Should Fix the FOIA Reform Bill – EFF

Cybercrime: Judges Struggle with Cyber Crime Punishment – The Hill


How Tor Works: Part One; Part Two – Jordan Wright

How Tor’s Privacy was (Momentarily) Broken, and the Questions it Raises – The Conversation

Shari Steele on Online Anonymity: Tor Staff are ‘Freedom Fighters’ – Guardian

IoT: DMCA and the Internet of Things and The Internet of Things that Talk About You Behind Your Back – Bruce Schneier at his Schneier on Security. See also: The problem with self-driving cars: who controls the code? – Cory Doctorow in The Guardian

Robots: Robots in War: the Next Weapons of Mass Destruction? – UCBerkeley professor, Stuart Russell; Related: What If: Robots Go to War? Davos World Economic Forum (video; substance begins at 3:40)

The Mobile Internet: 16 Mobile Theses – Benedict Evans

IP and Startups: Oculus Faces Messy Ownership Claims Over Its Head Mounted Display: Total Recall v. Luckey – Technology & Marketing Law Blog

Tech and Age Discrimination: Is Ageism in Tech an Under-the-Radar Diversity Issue? – FastCompany, and Here’s How to Start Closing Silicon Valley’s Age Gap – Steven Levy

General Interest

The Millions’ Great 2016 Book Preview and The Morning News 2016 Tournament of Books

What Sean Penn Teaches Us About How Not to Chat with a Fugitive – The Intercept; See also: How DEA Agents Took Down Mexico’s Most Vicious Drug Cartel – The Atlantic, and Censor or Die: The Death of Mexican News in the Age of Drug Cartels – Washington Post