Facebook’s Moment for Thought Leadership on Internet Regulation Has Passed

It’s no surprise that Mark Zuckerberg has called for “updating the rules for the Internet” – he signaled as much last April in his testimony before the U.S. Senate, inclining his head towards the yoke of regulation.  But things have changed significantly since then and Zuckerberg has missed his moment to lead on the design […]

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Sizing Up Facebook’s New Disclosures About the Christchurch Shooting

This post is published in collaboration with Just Security. On Wednesday, Facebook released new information about how the video of the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, circulated online. A Facebook blog post says: “The video was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast. No users reported the video during the live broadcast. Including the views […]

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It’s Time to Hack Cybersecurity Law

Inadequate security of computers, networks, systems, and data can devastate the economy, upend the lives of individuals, weaken national security, and even undercut the foundations of our democratic system.  The United States continues to face persistent threats to public and private infrastructure from increasingly sophisticated and determined adversaries, making it more urgent than ever to […]

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Is It Time To Update Section 230 Of The Communications Decency Act?

This piece was originally published on Slate Future Tense. “No other sentence in the U.S. Code,” technology scholar David Post has written, “has been responsible for the creation of more value than” a little-known provision of the Communications Decency Act called Section 230. But in January, President Donald Trump’s technology adviser Abigail Slater suggested that Congress should […]

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What to Expect From GAO’s New Science and Technology Office?

Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the formation of a new office to aid Congress in understanding science and technology matters. This office will be organized as a 15th mission team under GAO’s organization chart called “Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics” (STAA). Its work will focus on four key areas: Conducting technology assessments and providing technical services […]

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Stay Speculative: Designing Our Future

The future feels uncertain, now more than ever. As a species we face looming and unprecedented challenges and a growing awareness of — and fascination with — our shrinking proximity to existential risk. At the individual level, we are living through an  ‘accelerando’ of technological innovation, a ‘cambrian explosion’ of new tools, ideas, capabilities and […]

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Weapons of Mass Consumerism: Why China Wants Your Personal Information

by Joshua Geltzer and Bryan Jones On November 30, 2018, Marriott International acknowledged that “an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information” belonging to hundreds of millions of unique guests.  What looked like a now all-too-typical hacking incident took an even more disturbing turn when, just two weeks later, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed […]

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The Policymaker’s Guide To Emerging Technologies

Twenty years ago this month, Virginia Postrel released her seminal techno-optimist classic, The Future and Its Enemies, in which she articulated two competing visions of the future: dynamism and stasism. The dynamist perspective, she argued, is characterized by a willingness to embrace the reality of an ever-changing world, welcoming the infinite possibilities offered by an ever-unfolding […]

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