Category Archives: Technology & Cyberlaw

Talk on My Book to Air on C-Span Book TV on Monday

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Should AI Bots Be Providing Call Center Service?

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Oh, So Everybody’s a Legal Expert Now: Minnesota v. Diamond, Microsoft Ireland, and User-Hostile Path Dependence in the Law

On January 17, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its opinion in State v. Diamond. It affirmed the appellate court’s holding that compelling a defendant to provide a fingerprint to unlock a seized cellphone (for which police had a warrant) did not violate the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. The court held that providing a fingerprint to police to unlock a phone is not a testimonial communication. It acknowledged that the act “does not fit neatly into either category” of a testimonial act of producing documents as evidence, or a nontestimonial act of producing the body as evidence, as it both exhibits the fingerprint and produces the contents of the phone. Slip op. at 9. However, the court concluded that “producing a fingerprint is more like exhibiting the body than producing documents.” Id. at 9. The act of supplying a fingerprint does not reveal the contents of a defendant’s mind, the court reasoned; rather, it provides….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Eigth in a Row! FHH Again Tops List of Transactions Ranking

CommLawBlog is happy to say that Fletcher Heald & Hildreth has, once again, served as lead legal advisor on more transactions than any other law firm, according to S&P Global’s Media and Entertainment and New Media category. This is the EIGHTH (yup! You read that right!) year in a row that we have received this ranking, yet this honor isn’t less sweet. In 2017, FHH was counsel to 106 transactions, nearly double the number of any other law firm. We’ve provided comprehensive legal services for media, technology, and telecommunications since our doors opened in 1936 and it’s because of our attorney’s skills and abilities that our clients continue to turn to us for their transactional needs. We thank our clients and our extensive CommLawBlog readership for their continued confidence in us as we keep this streak going because, despite what television may have taught you in the 1970s and early 80’s, Eight is not Enough….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Did you know that Artificial Intelligence (“AI” aka Machine Learning “ML”) is critical in Cybersecurity?

Darkreading’s recent article identified goals of using ML in Cybersecurity “To make a broad statement, we are trying to use ML to identify malicious behavior or malicious entities; call them hackers, attackers, malware, unwanted behavior, etc. In other words, it comes down to finding anomalies.”  The January 11, 2018 article entitled “AI in Cybersecurity: Where We Stand & Where We Need to Go” included these comments: With the omnipresence of the term artificial intelligence (AI) and the increased popularity of deep learning, a lot of security practitioners are being lured into believing that these approaches are the magic silver bullet we have been waiting for to solve all of our security challenges. But deep learning — or any other machine learning (ML) approach — is just a tool. And it’s not a tool we should use on its own. We need to incorporate expert knowledge for the algorithms to reveal actual security insights.….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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