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John Yoo: The iPhone, The Fourth Amendment And The Roberts Court (Part 02)

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses how the Fourth Amendment applies to our smart phones.
Analysis and Commentary

Henderson On Unintended Consequences Of Grounding The Boeing 737 Max

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The two recent crashes of Boeing 737 Max airplanes with the deaths of all aboard were tragic. It’s understandable that government agencies around the world, with the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency being the last, have grounded all 737 Max airplanes until they know more.

Analysis and Commentary

Technology And The Fourth Amendment

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia National Review
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

We close our series on the new Roberts Court and restoration of the Constitution’s original understanding with the issue most distant from the Framing: the rise of a new high-tech world. We now hold the equivalent of yesterday’s supercomputers in our pockets. Communications occur instantly, from encrypted messages to Twitter blasts that reach millions. Entrepreneurs make fortunes by analyzing and harvesting the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data produced each day.

Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on
Analysis and Commentary

Sovereign Difference And Sovereign Deference On The Internet

by Jack Goldsmithvia Yale Law Journal
Monday, March 18, 2019

A theory of global internet governance underlies Andrew Woods’s analysis of how judicial comity doctrines should apply to cross-border data disputes. First is the principle of sovereignty. Nations are sovereign in the sense that they wield legitimate and usually effective authority within a territory, including authority over data and data infrastructure in the territory, and over the people and firms in the territory that use the data and infrastructure. Second, national boundaries roughly reflect differences in the histories, commitments, cultures, norms, and individual and aggregate preferences that governments roughly want to preserve. 

In the News

SIEPR Summit Highlights Trade, Tech And THC

quoting Alex Stamosvia Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Cyber threats lurking in our cell phones. Tectonic shifts in trade. The powerful rise of tech giants. And the not-so-thrilling aspects of marijuana regulation. As ominous as some of the topics were at the 2019 SIEPR Economic Summit, they are among some of today’s most pressing policy questions, according to the conference speakers.

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The History Of Nuclear Warfare And The Future Of Nuclear Energy

via The Hoover Centennial
Friday, March 15, 2019

The first atomic strike in 1945 changed the world forever.

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Reasonable Disagreements: Warren And Holder Want To Break Tech And The Supreme Court

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Would breaking apart tech companies and packing the Supreme Court achieve anything positive?

Analysis and Commentary

Amy Webb On Artificial Intelligence, Humanity, And The Big Nine

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, March 11, 2019

Futurist and author Amy Webb talks about her book, The Big Nine, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. 

In the News

New Documentary Explores Impact of Robotics And Artificial Intelligence On Future Of Jobs

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia KCET
Thursday, March 7, 2019

PBS SoCal, a content channel of the newly formed Public Media Group of Southern California, announced today the premiere of its Co-Production, CYBERWORK AND THE AMERICAN DREAM. The one-hour documentary is designed to spark a conversation about the impending transformation of jobs by artificial intelligence (AI), with a balanced debate among experts on how both workers and employers can prepare for the impending disruption.

In the News

Uber’s Off The Hook For Its Self-Driving Car’s Fatal Accident — But What About Human Drivers?

quoting John Villasenorvia The Next Web
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Uber‘s been let off the hook by prosecutors in a case involving one of the company’s autonomous test cars that fatally struck a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona last year, reports Reuters


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