Racism Online — Detecting Stealthy Bigotry with Rijul Magu (Ep. 95)

Racism Online — Detecting Stealthy Bigotry with Rijul Magu (Ep. 95)

America’s History of Recalcitrance De jure discrimination Racism online is evolving in a way that is consistent with the way racism has always evolved–from explicit to subtle. Plaintiff-side civil rights lawyers have found it easiest to win — if civil rights cases can ever said to be “easy”– in cases in which they can convincingly demonstrate defendants’ explicit discriminatory policies. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the United States Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board

SLAPP Suits and Freedom of Speech with Laurent Crenshaw (Ep. 94)

SLAPP Suits and Freedom of Speech with Laurent Crenshaw (Ep. 94)

What is a SLAPP Suit? Let’s say you own a small business called “Policy Town Fajitas”. You think your business is second-to-none. You’ve invested in it–time, sweat, money and otherwise … But then, all of a sudden, one of your customers doesn’t fancy your business as much as you do. So they post a negative review about your business on a site like Yelp. They say your “chicken fajitas taste like pigeon and that’s how I know it’s not authentic Mexican food.” If you’re like most

How Much Privacy Should You Expect in the Digital Age? with Bernard Chao (Ep. 93)

How Much Privacy Should You Expect in the Digital Age? with Bernard Chao (Ep. 93)

The digital age is challenging the way our judicial system balances privacy against the needs of law enforcement. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” Our devices, as well as cloud-based services like Dropbox, have revolutionized our concept of what information should be considered private. For example, in U.S. v. Graham, the

ISIS Online: Are they Winning? with Audrey Alexander (Ep. 92)

ISIS Online: Are they Winning? with Audrey Alexander (Ep. 92)

The London Bridge terror attacks that occurred this past weekend are causing policymakers to once again re-evaluate the efficacy of their counterterrorism efforts against ISIS. ISIS counterterrorism expert Audrey Alexander (@aud_alexander) is a Research Fellow at The George Washington University Program on Extremism. Before joining the Program on Extremism, she worked at King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR). At ICSR, Audrey used open source

Balancing Privacy Policy Against the Demands of Digital Marketing with Anindya Ghose (Ep. 91)

Balancing Privacy Policy Against the Demands of Digital Marketing with Anindya Ghose (Ep. 91)

How can policymakers balance consumers’ need for targeted, relevant content against such consumers’ desire for privacy? Anindya Ghose (@aghose) is a Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences and a Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is the Director of the Center for Business Analytics at NYU Stern, and the co-Chair of the NYU-AIG Partnership on Innovation for Global Resilience. He is the NEC Faculty Fellow and a Daniel P.

5G Internet is Coming Soon: What is it? How fast? Who will have access? with Yosef Getachew (Ep. 90)

5G Internet is Coming Soon: What is it? How fast? Who will have access? with Yosef Getachew (Ep. 90)

Yosef Getachew (@getachew2) is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge where he works on a variety of technology and communications issues. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Yosef worked as a law clerk for several technology and communications organizations including the Federal Communications Commission, Comcast, Facebook, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Yosef has also served as a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Joint Center for Political and

Ep 89: How the Police are Escalating their Use of Social Media for Surveillance with Matt Cagle

Ep 89: How the Police are Escalating their Use of Social Media for Surveillance with Matt Cagle

Matt Cagle (@Matt_Cagle) is a Policy Attorney for Technology and Civil Liberties at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Matt attended law school at Stanford and has a BA in Latin American Studies and Political Science from the University of Arizona. Before joining the ACLU as a Policy Attorney, Matt worked as an associate with BlurryEdge Strategies, a San Francisco-based law practice advising startups on privacy issues. In this episode, we discussed: how the police