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The Discourse of Control and Consent over Data in EU Data Protection Law and Beyond

by Elettra Biettivia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Across the United States and Europe, the act of clicking “I have read and agree” to terms of service is the central legitimating device for global tech platforms’ data-driven activities. In the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation has recently come into force, introducing stringent new criteria for consent and stronger protections for individuals. Yet the entrenched long-term focus on users’ control and consent fails to protect consumers who face increasingly intrusive data collection practices.   

In the News

Facebook Bans Some Deepfakes, But Not Those Made For 'Satire'

quoting Amy Zegartvia SFist
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

In a seemingly cynical and tactical move ahead of another congressional hearing, Facebook announced today that it is officially banning intentionally manipulated video aimed at misinforming the public, a.k.a. deepfakes.

In the News

Iran’s Oil Muscle Weakened By US Energy Dominance

quoting James L. Sweeneyvia Yahoo Finance
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

America has emerged as a force in the world energy markets and that means geopolitical risks are not what they used to be for commodities despite tensions with Iran bubbling up again.

Analysis and Commentary

Melanie Mitchell On Artificial Intelligence

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, January 6, 2020

Computer Scientist and author Melanie Mitchell of Portland State University and the Santa Fe Institute talks about her book Artificial Intelligence with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Mitchell explains where we are today in the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and where we might be going. Despite the hype and excitement surrounding AI, Mitchell argues that much of what is called "learning" and "intelligence" when done by machines is not analogous to human capabilities. 

Analysis and Commentary

State Support For Nuclear Power

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Tyler Cowen responded with an interesting post to my query, "I don’t see just why nuclear power needs “state support,” rather than a clear workable set of safety regulations that are not excuses for anyone to stop any project."

In the News

Don’t Blame Mankind For The Bushfires – Blame Cruel Nature

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Conservative Woman
Saturday, January 4, 2020

The bushfires up and down the eastern coast of Australia are a national tragedy. They have claimed many lives, destroyed hundreds of houses and devastated thousands of hectares of bushland. Everyone agrees that we are overwhelmingly indebted to the fire-fighters who have been tirelessly waging war against nature: they have done a tremendous job in the face of a seemingly insurmountable task.


Herb Lin: Cyber Operations Vs Information Operations - CyCon 2019 Twilight Talk

interview with Herbert Linvia NATO CCDCOE
Monday, August 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Herb Lin discuses cyber operations vs. information operations.


Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, January 4, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Lara's Theme Harms California Insurers."


Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, January 4, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Lara's Theme Harms California Insurers."


Darrell Duffie On Our Big Stablecoin Future

interview with Darrell Duffievia CoinDesk
Friday, January 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Darrell Duffie discusses crypto currencies and their future.


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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.