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Internet Platforms: Observations on Speech, Danger, and Money

by Daphne Kellervia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Policymakers increasingly ask Internet platforms like Facebook to “take responsibility” for material posted by their users. Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders seem willing to do so. That is in part a good development. Platforms are uniquely positioned to reduce harmful content online. But deputizing them to police users’ speech in the modern public square can also have serious unintended consequences. This piece reviews existing laws and current pressures to expand intermediaries’ liability for user-generated content. It discusses three ways that poorly designed laws can do damage—to First Amendment-protected online speech, national security, and the economy.

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Modern Privacy Advocacy: An Approach At War With Privacy Itself?

by Jamil Jaffer, Justin Hurwitzvia Regulatory Transparency Project
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Privacy is one of the defining policy issues of our time. In the digital era, privacy concerns are omnipresent.  From advertisers and online platforms seemingly tracking our every move online, to ongoing discussions about law enforcement’s need for access to encrypted communications to protect us against terrorists and other violent criminals, to the geopolitics of countries spying on one another’s citizens, concerns about individual privacy arise constantly in the public and private spheres, both domestically and abroad.

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New Hoover Press book examines technology and a ‘disrupted’ society

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Beyond Disruption: Technology’s Challenge to Governance, George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, and James Timbie present views from some of the country's top experts in the sciences, humanities, and military that scrutinize the rise of post-millennium technologies in today’s global society.

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Strengths Become Vulnerabilities: How A Digital World Disadvantages The United States In Its International Relations

by Jack Goldsmith, Stuart Russellvia Lawfare Blog
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

We have a new essay in the Hoover Aegis series called “Strengths Become Vulnerabilities: How a Digital World Disadvantages the United States in its International Relations.”  It seeks to explain why the United States is struggling to deal with the “soft” cyber operations that have been so prevalent in recent years: cyberespionage and cybertheft, often followed by strategic publication; information operations and propaganda; and relatively low-level cyber disruptions such as denial-of-service and ransomware attacks. 

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Area 45: The US Navy - Ready For Anything

interview with CDR Michael Nordeenvia Area 45
Monday, June 4, 2018

CDR Michael Nordeen discusses training warriors for combat and the automation and human skills needed to pilot an F-18 jet.

Analysis and Commentary

Perspective: FDA Overreach On Genetically Engineered Animals

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Issues in Science and Technology
Friday, June 1, 2018
The oft-quoted quip "To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail" anticipated the practice of federal agencies expanding their mandate by shoehorning policy initiatives into regulatory regimes for which they were never intended.
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Summer Reading List 2018

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Crosswalk
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Every year, shortly after Memorial Day, I offer 10 titles as a suggested summer reading list. These are books that I have either read over the past year or plan to read myself over the summer.

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What Georgia's Failed 'Hack Back' Bill Says About The Future Of Cybersecurity Laws

quoting Herbert Linvia CIO Dive
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

In an age of maturing cyberattacks, risking a hack back may not be worth the emotional gratification.

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Media Favor California Solar Mandate That Will Cost $10K Per Home

quoting Lee Ohanianvia News Busters, Media Research Center
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

California is king when it comes to environmental regulations, but the latest decision to mandate solar panels comes at a high price. For homeowners.

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Alexander Hamilton's Solar Panels

by John H. Cochrane via The Grumpy Economist
Friday, May 18, 2018

I think I finally have figured out why California is mandating solar panels on top of houses.

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