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Robotics and Automation, Employment, and Aging Baby Boomers

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mobile, connected, supplied, and independent. Can robotics and automation supply these for aging Baby Boomers, and are they Google's self-driving cars, Apple's iPhones, Amazon's home delivery, and yet-to-emerge assistive elder-care robots? Maybe tech companies' business models are mostly about ... old people.

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The Briefing: Secrecy and Accountability in International Justice

by Ruth Wedgwoodvia The Briefing
Thursday, January 23, 2014
In recent years, consumed by the war against al Qaeda, we have addressed secrecy and accountability in a homegrown way — concerned with information the American executive branch has kept to itself, what was shared with the Congress (though a transcript is often not made at the instance of both parties), and who should take the blame for things that go wrong.
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The Briefing: Secrecy and Accountability in a Digital Age

by Peter Berkowitzvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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The Briefing: The Imperative to Protect Institutions: An Amended Front-Page Rule

by Jessica Sternvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Americans Oppose NSA Programs—And Want Snowden Prosecuted

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

That's the mixed message of this new poll from the Pew Center for the People and the Press, which also suggests---among other things---that President Obama's speech is not resonating all that much with the public. In an interesting twist, Republicans disap

Emerging Threats: Out of the Loop: The Human-free Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

by Shane Harrisvia Analysis
Sunday, January 19, 2014

As aircraft and weapons have become more precise, human beings have become less essential to the conduct of war. 

Emerging Threats: Invisible Threats

by Gabriella Blumvia Analysis
Sunday, January 19, 2014

Technology is progressing at record speed to produce insect-size robots (“spiders”) with lethal capabilities, potentially on a mass scale. 

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The Briefing: Publicly Defending Secret Intelligence Programs

by Matthew Waxmanvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, January 17, 2014
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The Briefing: A Partial Defense of the Front-Page Rule

by Jack Goldsmithvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, January 16, 2014
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The Briefing: Secrecy and Accountability in a Digital Age

by Peter Berkowitzvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, January 16, 2014

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The Briefing

The Briefing provides perspectives on national security under the auspices of the rule of law and US constitutional law.

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The National Security and Law Task Force examines the rule of law, the laws of war, and American constitutional law with a view to making proposals that strike an optimal balance between individual freedom and the vigorous defense of the nation against terrorists both abroad and at home.

The task force’s focus is the rule of law and its role in Western civilization, as well as the roles of international law and organizations, the laws of war, and U.S. criminal law. Those goals will be accomplished by systematically studying the constellation of issues—social, economic, and political—on which striking a balance depends.

Peter Berkowitz serves as chair of the National Security and Law Task Force.