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May 18, 2023

What AI Regulations Should Go on the Napkin?

MSCRS Professor Ed Amoroso outlines a simple framework (suitable for we-humans to sketch on a napkin) that is based on an acronym called PILOT. The framework suggests how the US should begin to regulate artificial intelligence using an oversight board within NIST.

March 2, 2023

Attorney General Merrick Garland Testifies on the Reauthorization of Section 702 of FISA

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testified on March 1 for the first time before the new Congress at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, “Oversight of the Department of Justice.” Buried in wide-ranging testimony was an exchange about the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Just Security recently ran a series featuring pieces by Elizabeth […]

February 13, 2023

The Year of Section 702 Reform, Part I: Backdoor Searches

This year’s reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) — a law that authorizes broad surveillance of foreigners outside the United States to acquire foreign intelligence information— will be unlike any previous one. In the past, reauthorization was a foregone conclusion, and civil liberties advocates struggled to secure even minor procedural […]

January 11, 2023

Regulating Artificial Intelligence Requires Balancing Rights, Innovation

Across the technology industry, artificial intelligence (AI) has boomed over the last year. Lensa went viral creating artistic avatar artwork generated from real-life photos. The OpenAI chatbot ChatGPT garnered praise as a revolutionary leap in generative AI with the ability to provide answers to complex questions in natural language text. Such innovations have ignited an outpouring of investments even as the […]

November 23, 2022

UN Counterterrorism and Technology: What Role for Human Rights in Security?

The first meeting of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) held outside of U.N. headquarters in New York since 2015 marked important advances in engaging with civil society and experts who have questioned the embrace of counterterrorism approaches that too often backfire or result in human rights violations[…]

November 17, 2022

Encryption Helps Ukrainians Resist Russia’s Invasion, but a European Plan Threatens the Underlying Trust Any Tech User Needs

Western military assistance to Ukraine has clearly been an essential part of its ability to defend itself against Russian attacks. Another critical factor, highlighted during a series of recent transatlantic dialogues organized by the Munich Security Conference, has been the capability of widely available technology that has empowered everyday Ukrainians to participate in a truly […]

October 21, 2022

Summary of findings: TikTok and Facebook fail to detect election disinformation in the U.S., while Youtube succeeds

An investigation by Global Witness and the Cybersecurity for Democracy (C4D) team at NYU Tandon looked at Facebook, TikTok, and Youtube’s ability to detect and remove election disinformation in the run up to the US midterm elections.

October 20, 2022

Dawning Digital Data Access via New EU Law

Desperately needed research is finally becoming possible. The European Parliament has adopted the new Digital Services Act (DSA) and the final text has now been approved by the Council of the European Union (EU) on Oct. 4. This act overhauls EU law regarding digital service providers’ legal responsibility for the content their users post and obligations for content moderation.

October 17, 2022

The UN Cybercrime Treaty Has a Cybersecurity Problem In It

The United Nations is engaged in a landmark effort to establish a new global cybercrime treaty.

September 27, 2022

What You Need to Know: U.S. Intervention in Ukraine v. Russia at the ICJ

Chimène Keitner is a professor of law at UC Hastings and former Counselor on International Law at the State Department. In this Q&A on U.S. Intervention in Ukraine v. Russia at the ICJ, she describes how the ICJ case has “served as a focal point” for nations seeking to offer legal support to Ukraine. She examines jurisdictional and merits questions, […]

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