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Jamil Jaffer: Is Apple Doing The Right Thing In Closing A Security Loophole Used By Police?

interview with Jamil Jaffervia CNBC
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer discussess whether Apple is doing the right thing in closing a security loophole used by police to gain access to iPhone user data, especially in catching criminals.

Niall Ferguson On The Square And The Tower

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Eric Metaxas Show
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book, The Square and the Tower.


The Failure Of Internet Freedom

by Jack Goldsmithvia Knight First Amendment Institute
Thursday, June 14, 2018

From the second term of the Clinton administration to the end of the Obama administration, the U.S. government pursued an “internet freedom” agenda abroad. The phrase “internet freedom” signaled something grand and important, but its meaning has always been hard to pin down. For purposes of this paper, I will use the phrase to mean two related principles initially articulated by the Clinton administration during its stewardship of the global internet in the late 1990s.

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The De-Americanization Of Internet Freedom

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

“The Internet,” Ira Magaziner opined in a 1998 speech, is “a force for the promotion of democracy” as well as “individual freedom and individual empowerment.” At the time he gave this speech, Magaziner was the Clinton administration’s internet guru. 

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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.

Analysis and Commentary

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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Snopes Deceives Again With CA Water Rationing 'Fact-Check'

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"The laws do not render it illegal for Californians to do laundry and take showers on the same day."

Analysis and Commentary

The Flower Industry Gets The Genetic Engineering Blues

by Henry I. Miller, Brenda Silvavia GM Crops & Food
Friday, May 25, 2018

The genetic engineering of plants over the past two decades has led to significant scientific, commercial and humanitarian successes, with more than 2.1 billion hectares cultivated worldwide. The vast majority of cultivation has been huge-scale commodity crops – corn, cotton, canola, soybean, sugar beet and alfalfa - while specialty crops such as fruits, nuts, vegetables and ornamental plants have been underrepresented. The commercialization of genetically engineered (GE) flowers has been especially neglected. 

Analysis and Commentary

Moises Velasquez-Manoff On Cows, Carbon Farming, And Climate Change

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Journalist and author Moises Velasquez-Manoff talks about the role of dirt in fighting climate change with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Velasquez-Manoff explains how changes in farming can allow dirt and plants to absorb carbon and potentially reduce climate change. At the end of the conversation he discusses the state of the science on hygiene, parasites, and auto-immune disorders that he discussed in his previous appearance on EconTalk in 2014.

Analysis and Commentary

Opinion: California’s Java Joke Is A Wakeup Call On Cancer Warnings

by Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stiervia San Jose Mercury News
Friday, June 8, 2018

The International Agency for Research on Cancer is known to cherry-pick data to reach politically motivated findings.


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