Category Archives: Technology & Cyberlaw

* Dear Daughter – As You Start Your Senior Year Of College

A letter from your father. 2005-03-22 Father and daughter swimming. My Dear Daughter: Long before you were born, I dreamed about you. Then, after having two boys, we found out that we were pregnant with our third, and I was certain that it was you! You arrived just as Seinfeld was departing, and I can’t help but wonder if that somehow had something to do with what is now your wonderful sense of humor. When you were an infant, bedtime was a challenge. It was your “loud hour,” and only time would help. Later, you would quietly be loud – let’s call it “assertive” – with your brothers and with me, to advocate for your way. To paraphrase: “Come on, Dad, pool time is not today,” you said, and then we went home. In elementary school, there was softball, dancing, swimming, and the perfect treehouse. I’m sorry that this chapter ended with your having to cope with divorce, and I’m glad that everyone is happy….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any cost“ is the new ”unsafe at any speed“

(video link) If there's one person outside of government who has stood against Facebook's crashing wave, it's Ashkan Soltani. Late last year, the independent privacy researcher was suddenly called to speak before the UK Parliament about Facebook's privacy practices, simply because he happened to be in London and, in his own words, "was just a dick on Twitter." Read 19 remaining paragraphs | Comments.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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What’s in a Name? A Chatbot Given a Human Name is Still Just an Algorithm

Due in part to the learned nature of artificial intelligence technologies, the spectrum of things that exhibit “intelligence” has, in debates over such things, expanded to include certain advanced AI systems.  If a computer vision system can “learn” to recognize real objects and make decisions, the argument goes, its ability to do so can be compared to that of humans and thus should not be excluded from the intelligence debate.  By extension, AI systems that can exhibit intelligence traits should not be treated like mere goods and services, and thus laws applicable to such good and services ought not to apply to them. In some ways, the marketing of AI products and services using names commonly associated with humans, such as “Alexa,” “Sophia,” and “Siri,” buttresses the argument that laws applicable to non-human things should not strictly apply to AI.  For now, however, lawmakers and the courts….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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You May Not Believe In The Theory Of Everything; But, It Believes In You.

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Brexit – A Data Protection Action Plan

“There is a cliff, whose high and bending head looks fearfully in the confined deep. Bring me but to the very brim of it” says the blinded Earl of Gloucester in Shakespeare’s King Lear, thinking that he is at the edge of the famous white cliffs of Dover. Right now, the whole of the U.K. appears to be on the same spot looking over a precipice. However, this is not the moment to be blind. As politicians struggle to find a magic formula for a prosperous Brexit, businesses are stepping up their efforts to mitigate the damage of a possible “no-deal Brexit.” The data protection community is no different. The proposed withdrawal agreement would have preserved the status quo in data protection terms, at least until the end of the transition period in December 2020. However, if the U.K. leaves the EU without a deal, the implications for international data flows and privacy compliance generally will be severe. Therefore, British pragmatism demands an….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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