CLIP-ings: October 12, 2018

Internet Governance

Google Won’t Bid on Pentagon Contract: Google will not submit a proposal for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (“JEDI”), an estimated $10 billion contract designed to accelerate the Defense Department’s cloud computing capabilities, because JEDI does not align with the tech giant’s AI principles prohibiting the use of AI in weaponry; additionally, Google disagrees with the government’s decision to choose one vendor instead of adopting “a multi-cloud approach.”

Introducing the “Internet Bill of Rights”:  Democratic representative Ro Khanna of California has worked with think tanks, big tech companies, and government IT pros to devise ten consumer data privacy principles that he hopes will be passed into law; the list includes protecting net neutrality, ensuring consumer choice for ISPs, offering greater transparency on how data is collected, and notifying consumers in a timely manner when personal data has been hacked.

Privacy

UK Court Blocks Privacy Suit Against Google: The UK High Court dismissed an estimated £3 billion class action lawsuit against Google alleging that the tech giant harvested personal data from Safari users without their permission through tracking cookies; although the Court deemed Google’s behavior “wrongful, and a breach of duty,” it nevertheless found that the claimants “had not suffered damage” and did not share the “same interest,” as required by UK law.

Amazon Fires Employee for Selling Emails: Weeks after confirming that marketplace sellers bribed Amazon employees to delete negative reviews or share users’ proprietary information, the company fired an employee who sold customer email addresses to a third-party seller; with customer email addresses, marketplace sellers can gain a competitive edge by directly asking customers to change or remove negative reviews, which is a violation of Amazon’s policy.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

U.S. Telecom Discovers Manipulated Hardware: Following an earlier report that China infiltrated a Supermicro factory to install chips on motherboards used in Apple and Amazon servers, Bloomberg issued a second report claiming that an unnamed U.S. telecom discovered that hardware used in its datacenter had been “manipulated” by an implant designed to “conduct covert surveillance and exfiltrate corporate or government secrets.”

Google Plus Shuts Down After Breach: Google announced its plan to shut down Google Plus after discovering a bug that made available to third-party developers information from over 500,000 accounts, including users’ occupation, gender, and email address; Google defended its decision not to announce the discovery in March—the same month that the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light—on the basis that there was no evidence of data misuse. 

Intellectual Property

Microsoft Adds 60,000 Patents to OIN: After joining the anti-patent-trolling group LOT Network last week, Microsoft announced it is also joining the Open Invention Network (“OIN”), an open-source patent group designed to protect Linux and other open-source software from patent-related suits; while 60,000 of Microsoft’s patents will be open-source and available to OIN members, Windows desktop and desktop application code will not be available.

Free Expression and Censorship

Wikipedia Bans Breitbart: Wikipedia editors voted to ban use of the far-right media outlet as a source of fact in articles “due to its unreliability;” Wikipedia editors similarly decided that the “use of InfoWars as a reference should be generally prohibited.

Practice Note

European Union IP Customs Plan: Concerned by the influx of counterfeit and pirated goods into Europe, the Council of Ministers endorsed a proposed new European Union Customs Action Plan to combat intellectual property rights infringement; the plan outlines “an exchange of best practices on the customs follow-up of internet trade” between the European Commission and EU member states and claims that blockchain could be used to effectuate that purpose.

On The Lighter Side

Sue Anyone at the Touch of a Button: The AI-powered “robot lawyer” chatbot DoNotPay has a new iOS app that could help you “sue anyone” simply by pressing a button.


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

Tom Norton 
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Subrina Chowdhury
Tommine McCarthy
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

CLIP-ings: October 5, 2018

Internet Governance

California Sued Over Net Neutrality: Internet, cable, and wireless providers filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block California’s new statute mandating net neutrality rules, following a separate lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice; the lawsuit alleges California’s law is a “classic example of unconstitutional state regulation” and urges the court to block the legislation before it takes effect on January 1.

Amazon Raises Minimum Wage: Following months of public criticism about its labor practices, Amazon announced it will begin paying all U.S. employees, including part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers, at least $15 an hour and all U.K. employees at least £9.50; Amazon also revealed that it will begin lobbying Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been set at $7.25 for almost a decade.

Privacy

EU Enforcement Can Access Telecom Data: The European Court of Justice ruled that national law enforcement authorities may access individuals’ basic information, such as addresses and phone numbers, held by telecommunication companies when investigating minor criminal offenses so long as the data-gathering does not seriously infringe their privacy rights; the decision arises as the court is dealing with several privacy disputes, including efforts to extend the “Right to be Forgotten” worldwide and upcoming hearings related to the legality of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

Suspect Unlocks iPhone With Face: In what may be a world first, the FBI forced a suspect to unlock his iPhone X using Apple’s Face ID feature and searched photos and chats on the iPhone, allegedly finding material and conversations associated with child pornography; while courts ruled that there is a difference between a facial or fingerprint recognition system and a passcode typed into a phone, the case raises an interesting legal question of whether a person can be compelled to unlock his or her phone by looking at it.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

Sentenced for ATM “Jackpotting”: A federal judge sentenced a man from Springfield, Massachusetts to twelve months and one day of imprisonment for his role in an ATM “jackpotting” scheme, marking the first time someone in the U.S. is imprisoned for this form of ATM hacking; according to the Department of Justice, the hackers dressed as legitimate repair technicians to install malware on an ATM while others used the malware to extract the cash.

Irish Regulator Opens Facebook Investigation: The Irish Data Protection Commissioner commenced an investigation into a massive cyberattack that allowed hackers access to more than 50 million accounts, potentially costing Facebook more than $1.63 billion in fines; the investigation will examine “Facebook’s compliance with its obligation under the GDPR to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes.”

Intellectual Property

Vigilante Prevents Waymo Patent: Eric Swildens, an engineer with no connection to the self-driving industry, spent $6,000 of his own funds to successfully argue that the lidar circuit in Waymo’s patent already existed, causing the US Patent and Trademark Office to deny 53 of out Waymo’s 56 claims; the same patent was at issue in Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber in December 2016, which resulted in Uber agreeing to redesign its lidar instrument and give Waymo $254 million worth of equity, a resolution that now seems unnecessary.

Groupon Settles IBM Patent Infringement Claim:  Having previously argued in court that some of IBM’s patents involving pre-internet technology from the 1980s are outdated, Groupon agreed to pay $57 million to settle IBM’s infringement claims and entered into a long-term cross-licensing deal; IBM, which maintains over 45,000 technology patents, previously litigated patent infringement suits against titans such as Twitter, Amazon, and Expedia.

Free Expression and Censorship

Alphabet Takes on DNS Manipulation: Jigsaw, an Alphabet incubator tasked with addressing global security challenges, developed a tool called Intra that defends Android users against attacks on free speech by encrypting connection to the DNS server and pointing to Google’s own DNS servers, which prevents authoritarian governments from denying access to information deemed off-limits;  DNS manipulation is widespread with more than 60 countries, including Iran, China, and Turkey censoring parts of the Internet.

Infowars Publisher Sues PayPal: After PayPal banned his account for violating its policy against promoting hate and discriminatory intolerance in September, Alex Jones, publisher of Infowars, sued the digital payment platform, complaining of “viewpoint discrimination” against political conservatives that permeates technology companies; PayPal spokesperson, Kim Eichorn, responded, “PayPal believes the claims in the complaint are without merit.”

Practice Note

California Overhauls Ethics Rules: California’s ethics rules will be in-line with the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct starting November 1, which means all U.S. states will track the Model Rules; Dennis Rendleman, lead senior counsel for ethics for the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility, in reflecting on lawyers’ increasingly multi-jurisdictional practice, stated, “It’s better for the rules to be consistent from state to state … [s]o the development in California, which of course is one of the largest economies in the country, is a positive development.”

On The Lighter Side

9 Million Wikipedia Links Rescued: Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, reinstated 9 million previously broken Wikipedia links and intends on continuing its efforts with Wikipedia as well as other media such as e-books and academic papers; replacing broken links with their archived versions boosts the credibility of Wikipedia, preserves internet history, and expands access to original sources.


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

Subrina Chowdhury
Tommine McCarthy
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

CLIP-ings: September 28, 2018

Internet Governance

Major Companies Talk Privacy with Senate: Leading technology and communications companies, including AT&T, Apple, Charter and Google, provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee in support of a federal privacy law that would preempt state statutes, which demonstrates the industry’s acceptance of forthcoming legislation; while governing at the federal level would avoid a “patchwork of laws” that are difficult to navigate, the companies failed to provide a meaningful response when asked why Congress should not implement legislation similar to GDPR and California’s privacy law.

California Passes IoT Bill: The California bill that requires “reasonable security” for IoT devices, including a mandate that products must arrive with unique rather than default passwords that consumers can change after installation, is awaiting the governor’s signature; while some believe the legislation would be a step in the right direction, critics such as Ruth Artzi, Senior Product Marketing Manager at VDOO, argue, “the law should be defined in a more specific manner, as the requirement for an ‘appropriate’ security procedure, depending on the device nature and function, is too ambiguous with no real mechanism to verify that the vendor took the appropriate steps.”

Privacy

Facebook Collects Contacts’ Information: Researchers at Northeastern and Princeton University discovered that Facebook associates the information uploaded by other users’ contact lists when “finding friends” with their profiles and sells it to advertisers, and because the user did not provide the information, he or she is unable to see it or disassociate it with their account; although Facebook does not dispute the collection method, researchers believe that the social network should make its platform more transparent by telling users all the contact information it has gathered from various sources.

Delta’s Biometric Check-In: Delta announced plans to allow travelers to check-in, pass through security, and board with facial recognition in Atlanta’s international airport, which is the first service of its kind in the U.S.; Customs and Border Protection’s “biometric exit” program, which utilizes airlines’ data to verify travelers’ identities, continues to face backlash from critics who assert privacy concerns and the illegality of collection absent Congressional authority.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

Uber Settles 2016 Data Breach: Marking the largest multi-state penalty for a privacy violation, Uber paid $148 million for its failure to promptly notify users after its 2016 data breach which exposed data from 57 million accounts, including 600,000 driving records; the settlement also requires data security incident reports on a quarterly basis for two years and a comprehensive information security program overseen by an executive officer.

Absentee Voting through Blockchain: In an effort to promote enfranchisement among military deployed abroad, West Virginia is allowing overseas residents to vote in its midterm election using Voatz, a blockchain voting app; critics in an election climate fraught with security concerns argue that a virus could alter a person’s vote, but Voatz states that the app can detect malware and will only run on smartphones with the latest security updates.

Intellectual Property

Pay Up, Tech Firms: UK’s News Media Association proposed to the government that Google, Facebook, and other sites that host news content on their platforms should pay an annual tax to fund journalism, give “reasonable notice” when they make changes to their terms of business or algorithms that affect news publishers, and share its revenue with newspapers when their stories appear in users’ feeds; the organization’s proposal suggest support of the EU’s Article 11 copyright strategy (set to pass next year), which requires tech firms to pay a “link tax” to publishers to share their content.

Qualcomm v. Apple:  Qualcomm accused Apple of stealing confidential information and trade secrets related to its chip software and funneling it to Intel Corporation; according to an amended complaint Qualcomm filed in Superior Court in San Diego County, Apple gave Intel engineers confidential information for “at least several years,” including Qualcomm’s source code and log files, to develop modem chips for iPhones.

Free Expression and Censorship

No More ‘Dehumanizing’ Speech: Twitter changed its hateful conduct policies to prohibit “dehumanizing speech” and asked users to give feedback on whether the new rules are clear; Twitter’s scope of “dehumanizing speech” will “include content that dehumanizes others based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material does not include a direct target.”

Google’s Project Dragonfly: Former Google scientist Jack Poulson wrote a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation asking senators to press Google on “Project Dragonfly,” a controversial search engine plan that complies with China’s strict censorship apparatus; Poulson writes that the project contradicts Google’s principles for the use of AI, has a “prototype interface” that ties users to their phone numbers, and blacklists words like “human rights.”

Practice Note

Free TM Search Tool: TrademarkNow states it is the first major vendor to launch a free preliminary trademark searching tool which offers users an unlimited volume of screening searches of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the EU Intellectual Property Office; the search tool also allows users to filter their results by registry or Nice classification.

On The Lighter Side

Robotic Rubik’s Cube: Do you find yourself struggling to solve the rubik’s cube? While it may not set any world records, this robotic rubik’s cube can solve itself without any assistance.


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

Subrina Chowdhury
Tommine McCarthy
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

CLIP-ings: September 21, 2018

Internet Governance

Stopping Fintechs: The New York Department of Financial Services filed a suit against the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to repeal its decision permitting payment services like Venmo and online lenders to apply for national bank charters, stating the move violated the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment and put vulnerable consumers at risk of exploitation.

Hunting Pirates: The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously held media makers and other copyright holders must pay internet service providers “reasonable” compensation to link pirates’ IP addresses to customers’ personal data; the Supreme Court asked a lower court to determine the “reasonable” amount that internet service providers should be reimbursed for identifying subscribers accused of infringing on copyrights.

Privacy

Protecting Children’s Privacy: New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a federal lawsuit against Tiny Lab Productions and its contracted advertisers, including Google and Twitter, for allegedly sending children’s location, demographic, and other personal information to advertisers without parental consent; the Attorney General also claims Google gave its customers the false impression that the apps adhere to child privacy policies by marketing the apps in the family section of its online store.

Amazon Under Preliminary Antitrust Probe: The European Commission launched a preliminary antitrust investigation into Amazon’s use of data on third-party merchants to determine whether retailers are being placed at a disadvantage; Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated her office received complaints and sent questionnaires to retailers who do business with Amazon to gather more information.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

Newegg Data Breach: Hardware retailer Newegg suffered a data breach that exposed customers’ credit card information for a month to Magecart, the same group behind the British Airways and Ticketmaster UK breaches earlier this year; the hackers injected a 15-line credit card-skimming code into Newegg’s payments webpage and sent the data to a server with a similar domain name and an HTTPS certificate controlled by the hackers.

UK Fines Equifax: The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) fined Equifax’s UK arm for 500,000 pounds for failing to protect up to 15 million citizens’ personal data; ICO found significant problems with Equifax’s data retention, IT system patching, and audit procedures and discovered the company failed take appropriate steps to fix a critical vulnerability identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Intellectual Property

Modernizing Music: The Senate unanimously passed a bill that revamps Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act by making music licensing easier and more rewarding for rights holders, compensating songwriters and artists for pre-1972 creations, and improving payouts for producers and engineers when their recordings are used on satellite and online radio; reflecting on the bill’s likelihood of becoming law, Mitch Glazier, the president of the Recording Industry Association of America, said that the Music Modernization Act, “moves us toward a modern music licensing landscape better founded on fair market rates and fair pay for all.”

USPTO Seeks Artificial Intelligence: In hopes of moving quicker without compromising integrity, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USTPO”)  issued a request for information about an artificial intelligence solution that would aid the agency’s internal search function as it reviews patent applications; one challenge the USTPO hopes to address is the ever-changing nature of language as applicants and innovation cultivate new terms, which makes keyword searches difficult.

Free Expression and Censorship

China Collaborates on Artificial Intelligence: Facing rigid content restrictions, U.S. tech giants, such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, are finding an opportunity to make headway into the Chinese economy and data through artificial intelligence; for example, Google has introduced a new line of AI-backed products, which marks its first new consumer product in China since its search engine was largely blocked in 2010.

Registering Domains with “Seven Dirty Words”: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration rescinded its rule prohibiting the “seven dirty words” in domain names; after back-and-forth views between a registrant, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Harvard Law School,  the government found that Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation only restricts the language on over-the-air broadcasts and thus the First Amendment protects the “seven dirty words” in domain name registrations.

Practice Note

Free Access to Public Judiciary Records? Republican Congressman Doug Collins introduced legislation that gives free access to documents on the federal judiciary’s website PACER, instead of charging 10 cents per page; in addition to cutting costs for the legal community, the legislation would allow readers to readily access external site links to the electronic records and enable the use of modern software to analyze legal files and evaluate biases and other trends in the judicial system.

On The Lighter Side

New Robo-Dog Litter: For those interested in experiencing evolving AI at home, Sony’s latest Aibo robot puppy is now on sale in the U.S.; the adorable mechanical pet recognizes up to 100 faces, develops a personality that changes (and becomes more obedient with training) over time, and even plugs itself in by walking to its charging station.


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

Subrina Chowdhury
Tommine McCarthy
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

CLIP-ings: September 14, 2018

Internet Governance

China Opens Up Second “Internet Court”: China selected Beijing to establish its second dedicated internet court which resolves issues involving online shopping, service contracts, lending, copyrights and domains, and a third court is set to open within the month in Guangzhou; compared to the first eight months of 2017, online-related disputes were 24.4% higher during the same period this year in Beijing courts.

FTC Shuts Down Fake Military Recruitment Sites: The FTC shut down fake military recruitment websites that sold users’ information to post-secondary schools without their consent since 2010; finding the companies in breach of the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule, the FTC settlement requires that the Alabama-based companies, Sunkey Publishing Inc. and Fanmail.com LLC, relinquish their domains and pay at least $1,000,000 each in fines.

Privacy

Apps Quietly Selling Location Information:  Security researchers at the GuardianApp project found that millions of iPhone users have had their location data covertly sold by at least 24 popular iPhone apps to data monetization firms that use the information to deliver targeted ads; Will Strafach, founder of GuardianApp, argues that the firms should disclose the data collection through notifications sent directly to the user instead of burying it in a hidden privacy policy.

Tech Trade Groups Introduce Federal Privacy Legislation The Internet Association and BSA|The Software Alliance, two technology trade groups, introduced federal privacy legislation proposals that recommend enabling consumers to correct or delete information under certain circumstances, take personal information to another company that provides similar services, and learn what data companies collect and use; while the groups also support preemption of state laws, some critics argue, “states are much better prepared to be nimble in the face of future threats to American consumers.”

Information Security and Cyberthreats

British Airways Hackers Behind Wave of Data Breaches: After credit card skimming malware compromised nearly 380,000 British Airways customers’ information over a three-week period, security firm RiskIQ revealed that the responsible criminal group, Magecart, was behind a bigger wave of attacks; the collective has aggregated a larger reach “than any other credit card breach to date, and isn’t stopping any day soon,” according to Yonathan Klijnsma, a threat researcher at RiskIQ

Deep Fakes Become More Advanced: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have enhanced deep fakes by developing technology that transfers the mannerisms of one person to another, such as “John Oliver’s dimple while smiling, the shape of mouth characteristic of Donald Trump, and the facial mouth lines and smile of Stephen Colbert;” the advancement increases the potential for bad actors to leverage deep fake technology as a tool to circulate nefarious political propaganda

Intellectual Property

EU’s Copyright Reform:  The European Parliament voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, which reforms online copyright with controversial initiatives, including requiring online platforms to pay media companies to link to their content (Article 11) and making the platforms verify content uploaded on their sites and remove copyrighted material (Article 13); while critics believe the law could lead to censorship and limit what people can post and share online, supporters say the provisions will give creators the opportunity to reclaim the value of their work.

TickBox Settles: Streaming TV device manufacturer TickBox agreed to pay $25 million to settle a California federal court suit brought by Universal Studios, Netflix, and other content-creating companies who claim TickBox is assisting customers in infringing their copyrighted material; TickBox also consented to a permanent injunction under which TickBox may continue as a business, but can no longer provide software that allows users to stream unlicensed movies or TV shows.

Free Expression and Censorship

Political Censorship by YouTube?  Google removed a YouTube advertisement by Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny ahead of Sunday elections for regional governors after the Central Election Commission sent a letter of complaint that the videos violate a law prohibiting political campaigning within 24 hours of an election; a Navalny aide condemned Google’s act as a “case of political censorship,” claiming the advertisements were unrelated to the elections as they encouraged citizens to protest President Vladimir Putin’s plans to raise the retirement age for state pensions.

Crackdown on Extremist Content:  The EU proposed new laws ordering social media companies to remove content promoting extremist groups or instructions on how to commit extremist offenses within one hour to avoid fines as high as 4 percent of annual turnover; the President explained the one hour deadline was proposed because “terrorist content is most harmful in the first hours after it appears online because of the speed at which it spreads.”

On The Lighter Side

Sarcastic AI:  Frustrated that your Alexa misunderstands your sarcasm? Fortunately, researchers at Oregon State University are working on developing an AI system capable of interpreting our sense of humor.


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

Subrina Chowdhury
Tommine McCarthy
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

CLIP-ings: September 7, 2018

Internet Governance

Tech Meeting on Capitol Hill: While Google declined to make a C-suite executive available for the hearing, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee about their efforts to curb foreign interference in U.S. elections and whether Twitter is biased in how it monitors online accounts; directly after the hearing ended, the Department of Justice stated that Attorney General Jeff Sessions “has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms.”

‘Stop BEZOS Act’: Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill entitled “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act” that would require companies with at least 500 employees to pay a one-hundred percent tax on government benefits received by workers, following similar legislation introduced in Congress last summer by Representative Ro Khanna; while Sanders claimed Amazon’s employees are paid inadequate wages and rely on federal benefits to cover their families’ basic needs, Amazon argued Sanders’ figures are “inaccurate and misleading” because they include temporary and part time workers.

Privacy

‘Five Eyes’ on Encrypted Data:  Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her counterparts from Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the so-called Five Eyes nations, issued a joint memo calling on technology firms to create workarounds to their encrypted products and services so the governments may lawfully access encrypted e-mails, text messages and voice communications; while technology firms have not yet commented on the memo, Facebook’s global public policy lead on security Gail Kent wrote in May that “cybersecurity experts have repeatedly proven that it’s impossible to create any back door that couldn’t be discovered — and exploited — by bad actors. It’s why weakening any part of encryption weakens the whole security ecosystem.”

LinkedIn Recruits Spies? U.S. counter-intelligence chief William Evanina claims that Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to recruit spies in America with access to government and commercial secrets and asked Microsoft, the owner of LinkedIn, to shut down the alleged fake accounts; while German and British authorities previously cautioned their citizens that China is using LinkedIn to recruit spies, this is the first time a U.S official publicly discussed the issue.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

Spy Gets Spied Upon: mSpy, an app that allows people to track their children, loved ones, or anyone else, leaked more than two million sensitive records, including personal passwords, text messages, contacts, notes, and even location data for mSpy users; the leak emerged when security researcher Nitish Shah found mSpy’s online database did not require authentication and allowed anyone to find up-to-the-minute records for customer transactions and mobile phone data.

Intellectual Property

Facebook v. Blackberry: Facebook filed a complaint against Blackberry in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California claiming six patent infringements, including “Voice Instant Messaging”; the allegation comes only months after Blackberry filed a lawsuit against Facebook and its subsidiaries, WhatsApp and Instagram, in March which also involved messaging patents.

EU Copyright Reform Warning: The Wikimedia Foundation issued a blog post that warns against the EU copyright reform that will be voted on next week, which proposes a copyright for snippets of journalistic content online and shifting liability for platform users’ copyright infringements onto the platforms themselves; supporters argue the legislation will help fairly recompense European creatives for their work.

Free Expression and Censorship

Saudi Arabia Punishes Satire: Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution tweeted on Monday that posting satire online that “mocks, provokes, or disrupts public order, religious values and public morals” could result in an $800,000 fine and up to 5 years in jail; the restriction was announced amidst the apparent crackdown over the past year on critics of the government.

Apple Pride Watch Face Removed in Russia: iOS developer Guilherme Rambo discovered that the pride Apple watch face is “hardcoded to not show up if the paired iPhone is using the Russian locale”; Apple’s removal is an apparent attempt to abide by a Russian “gay propaganda” law passed in 2013 which makes actions such as supporting LGBTQ rights punishable by jail time.

Practice Note

Development of Domain Name Jurisprudence: Panels appointed to adjudicate nearly 50,000 domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy have developed a complex jurisprudence of domain names, including certain evidentiary hurdles for complainants and respondents; as a result, there has been an emergence of counsel who have expertise in domain names.

On The Lighter Side

AP Computer Science Female, Minority Students on the Rise: Thanks to an introductory course in tech skills, a record number of female, black, and Latino students took the Advanced Placement computer science course this year according to the College Board; the program is designed to expose high school students, especially those belonging to groups currently underrepresented in the tech industry, to computer science training and hopefully provide access to high-paying tech jobs in the future.


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

N. Cameron Russell
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Subrina Chowdhury
Tommine McCarthy
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

CLIP-ings: August 31, 2018

Internet Governance

Defining Competitive Markets: The Eighth Circuit upheld the ruling of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) that a business broadband market with one provider can be “competitive” if another provider is within a half-mile radius of the service area, which enables the FCC to remove price caps in monopolized regions; the court was deferential to the FCC in reasoning that the agency has the authority to “rationally choose which evidence to believe among conflicting evidence.”

FTC Asked to Investigate Verizon: Following Verizon’s recent data throttling of first responders who were battling wildfires in California, a group of senators have called on the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to investigate the controversy; the letter stated that the FCC has “abdicated its jurisdiction over broadband communications.”

Privacy

Data Protection Complaints on the Rise: Since the GDPR went into effect three months ago, the number of data protection complaints has more than doubled; the Information Commissioner’s Office in the U.K. attributes the spike to greater privacy awareness and recent high-profile data scandals and expects the figures will continue to climb.

Inbox Scanning: Oath confirmed that humans and algorithms scan over 200 million Yahoo! users’ promotional emails to create data segments to sell to advertisers; the practice takes place as Yahoo! continues to compete with Gmail and face unfavorable public perception after a series of data breaches in recent years.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

PIN Vulnerability: Following the recent T-Mobile database breach, two security researchers uncovered flaws in third-party websites that allowed an interested party unlimited attempts at guessing T-Mobile and AT&T customers’ PIN numbers; Apple and Asurion have confirmed that all vulnerabilities have been addressed.

The Key to Two-Factor Authentication: Google’s internal security kit, which serves as a physical tool for two-factor authentication, was made available to the public yesterday and consists of one USB key and another that supports Bluetooth and NFC for mobile devices; Google reports there have been “no reported or confirmed account takeovers since implementing security keys at Google.”

Intellectual Property

IP Address Not Enough to Catch Pirate: The Ninth Circuit held that an internet protocol address used to illegally download copyrighted films, standing alone, is insufficient to state a direct copyright infringement claim against the registered subscriber of the IP address, affirming the dismissal of a copyright infringement lawsuit against an owner of an adult foster home where someone downloaded pirated copies of the movie “The Cobbler”; the contributory infringement claim similarly failed because the complaint contained no allegations that the registered subscriber encouraged or assisted the copyright infringement.

NAFTA Creates Copyright Confusion: After the Trump Administration reached a preliminary agreement with Mexico to revise NAFTA, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) created confusion by posting a fact sheet that indicates the copyright term would “extend” to 75 years; it remains unclear whether this means there will be an extension of the copyright term, which is currently the life of an author plus 70 years for most works owned by individuals – one official at the USTR told the Hollywood Reporter that the fact sheet did not extend the copyright term because it referred to “publication based” works with a 95 year term, while other officials told reporters that they mean to extend the copyright term to life plus 75 years.

Free Expression and Censorship

Gun Blueprints In The Mail: Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson began selling blueprints of 3-D printed firearms at a price determined by the customer, despite a federal judge’s court order requiring the State Department to continue blocking him from publishing his blueprints; Wilson believes his strategy to sell the blueprints by emailing them or mailing them on USB drives is permitted because the judge ruled that the blueprints “cannot be uploaded to the internet, but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States.”

Facebook Finally Bans Myanmar Leaders: After criticism for failing to remove the Myanmar army’s anti-Rohingya posts, Facebook acknowledged that it was slow to respond to the problem, pledged to hire more Burmese-speaking monitors, and banned Myanmar military officials and army chief from the platform for using Facebook to spread false information about the Rohingya and promote “hate and misinformation,” making it the first time Facebook banned a country’s military and political leaders.

Practice Note

Better Get It In Writing: A California judge granted Johnny Depp’s bid to dismiss a claim by his former attorneys and found that an oral agreement entitling Depp’s former attorneys to a percentage of Depp’s earnings was invalid, citing a statute that requires contingency fee agreements to be in writing; the ruling will likely change how attorneys and actors execute their agreements and may motivate other actors displeased with their counsel to seek similar legal claims.  

On The Lighter Side

A Look Into Unseen Amazon Tribe: Ever wonder what life is like for Amazon Tribes? Now you can find out. Using a drone, a Brazilian government agency filmed the first footage of an extremely isolated tribe in the Amazon. Still photos are available on the agency’s website and drone footage can be viewed on YouTube


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

N. Cameron Russell
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Subrina Chowdhury
Tommine McCarthy
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

CLIP-ings: August 24, 2018

Internet Governance

Fight Over Net Neutrality Continues: This week saw 23 State Attorneys General file a brief for Government Petitioners in Mozilla Corp., et al., v. FCC, Docket No. 18-1051 (D.C. Cir. 2018) seeking to vacate the FCC’s roll back of net neutrality; the brief labels the FCC order as “arbitrary and capricious,” allowing “internet service providers to put their profits before consumers while controlling what we see, do, and say online.”

End Secret Profiling: Responding to the FTC’s request for public comments on “implications associated with the use of algorithmic decision tools, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics,” the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) advises the FTC to “increase accountability for the automated processing of personal data through algorithmic transparency.”

Alternatively – Self-Regulate: In its continued efforts to weed out fake news, electoral interference, and ideological actors (Alex Jones), Facebook has created a new, undisclosed, algorithm to predict user “trustworthiness;” the reputation score supposedly avoids the bias inherent in a user-dependent reporting scheme but prompts questions about composition and score sharing.

Privacy

The Constitution as a Privacy Shield: In the wake of a Reuters’ overview of the current state of China’s growing tech-based surveillance state, TechDirt highlights that the United States, an otherwise similarly security-inclined country, can still count on the Constitution to protect individual rights; is it enough? As put by one of its drafters, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,” Benjamin Franklin.

Letting The Cameras Do The Work: Washington Dulles International Airport, one of the first 14 airports to implement a facial recognition technology, has caught its first imposter–a Brazilian man using a fraudulent French passport–merely three days after the launch of its facial comparison program; The US Customs and Border Protection is hoping to replace boarding passes and IDs with facial recognition in the future.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

  • Microsoft v. Russian Hackers: Microsoft raised the alarm on Monday when it spotted and neutralized 6 websites attempting to impersonate conservative think tanks; the event marks the twelfth time Microsoft has used a U.S. court order to take down Russian group APT28-backed domains (84 fake websites removed thus far) attempting to hack politicians and spark discord online.

Australia bans Huawei: Following the advice of its security agencies, Australia has banned Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network; Australia cited risks of foreign interference and hacking in Australian politics as the reason for the decision.

Free Expression and Censorship

  • Apple Removes 25,000 apps from App Store: Following increasing negative state media coverage in China, Apple has reportedly removed thousands of apps running counter to Chinese regulations which label activities like gambling as illegal.  

Taylor v. Twitter: The California Court of Appeal for the First District ruled in favor of Twitter last week stating that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects service provider’s decision to restrict third party content on its platform; Goldman discusses the implications of the decision in this blog post.

On The Lighter Side

  • There May Be Hope For This Generation: A report released by the Pew Research Center found that 54 percent of teens are concerned that they spend too much time on their smartphones; 52 percent of teens have also undertaken measures to cut down on their cell phone use, to the relief of the majority of parents that worry about their teens’ phone usage.  

Announcements

Job and Fellowship Opportunities

From time-to-time, CLIP-ings will highlight career opportunities in the information law field. Please note the following:

Bureau of Internet & Technology at the NYS Attorney General’s Office seeks tech-savvy Attorney and Engineer.

The Bureau of Internet & Technology at the NYS Attorney General’s Office investigates and litigates cutting-edge law & tech issues, e.g., bots, data security/breach, privacy, online safety, consumer protection, and more.  This past year alone, our investigations and lawsuits have included:

–   submission of fake comments on net neutrality to the FCC;

–   data breaches at Equifax and Uber;

–   bot-related fraud on social media and in the resale of concert tickets;

–   online tracking of children;

–   suing Charter/Time Warner for false claims about internet speeds;

–   and more:  http://on.ny.gov/2fuC1ei

Summary of position (engineer):  Our office highly values engineers who make it possible for us to tackle complex, data-intensive problems that others are not capable of addressing.  A substantial portion of the work will be on projects with the Bureau of Internet & Technology, one of the only government agencies focused exclusively on investigating and holding accountable people and entities that use technology for illegal ends; while the remainder of the work will be on tech-heavy matters for other bureaus within the office (for example, using Bayesian modeling to determine racial bias in online offerings to consumers; using machine learning to identify key communications and images relevant to cases).  Ideal candidates are experienced with, and expert in, programming and web development tools (JAVA, Python, PHP, SQL, Ruby) and Linux command line tools and container tech (Docker, etc.).

To apply:  https://goo.gl/dTTXTn

Summary of position (attorney):  We seek an experienced, tech-savvy litigator to join our team. The ideal candidate has a technical education or background, or experience working in tech or with technology.

To apply:  https://goo.gl/7ZJv2S

We intend to fill the positions quickly, so we hope to hear from interested candidates soon.

Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is seeking a Project Lead to join their Data Policy Project Team in San Francisco.

The Forum’s Data Policy project aims to define, through a process of international multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation baseline norms, principles and protocols for the collection, appropriate use, and protection of data. The Project Lead will be an integral part of the Data Policy project team and contribute to the successful delivery of the data policy project and workstreams.

For more information and the online application, click here.

http://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=WEFORUM&cws=41&rid=337

The Second Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop is calling for submissions.

Jointly organized by the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School and the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham University School of Law, and generously sponsored by Microsoft, the Workshop offers privacy scholars from diverse fields the opportunity to receive extensive, constructive commentary on their works in progress.

For more information, see here. Online submissions are due September 7th, 2018 by 5pm Eastern.

The Ringer Copyright Honors Program with the U.S. Copyright Office is accepting applications.

The Ringer Honors Program is a distinguished public service opportunity for attorneys in the early stages of their career who have strong interest and a demonstrated record of academic or practical success in copyright law.

For more information, see here. Applications are open through September 15th, 2018.


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

N. Cameron Russell
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Mindy Nam
William Ioas
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

CLIP-ings: August 17, 2018

Internet Governance

Cap on Cabs: Major De Blasio signed a bill on Tuesday that will cap the total number of drivers working for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services in NYC; the cap will last for a year while the city studies the effects of the ride-hailing industry on the city.

The Turkish Boycott: Turkish President Recep Erdogan has declared that sanctions will be placed on U.S. electronic goods, including iPhones, in an effort to promote production and exportation of the country’s own goods; Erdogan has also been calling on the Turks to exchange U.S. dollars into lira in order to “maintain the dignity” of the currency.  

Privacy

Tracking Down Welfare Fraud: Sacramento welfare investigators with the Department of Human Assistance have been tracking license plates to identify fraud, reported the Sacramento Bee on Friday; Electronic Frontier Foundation noted that DHA had not implemented the mandated privacy and use policies for its use of the license plate data.

Behavioral Biometrics: A growing number of banks and online retailers are secretly tracking user’s behavior biometrics—which includes scrolling and typing behavior— in attempts to identify fraudulent users; while companies designing the underlying software laud the solution as an accurate and nonintrusive security measure, privacy experts are concerned about the lack of consumer protections.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

Uber Seeks Help: After encountering a series of security-related scandals in the past year, Uber has hired Matt Olsen, the former general counsel of the NSA and director of the National Counterterrorism Center; Olsen’s priority is to increase transparency and unify the security team within the company.

“Dereliction of Duty”: Following last week’s report which found the alleged DDOS attack on the agency’s comment system to be made up, several lawmakers sent a letter to Chairman Ajit Pai stating that his ignorance of the falsehood signified a “dereliction of [his] duty”; the FCC has until August 28th to respond to several questions in the letter which includes the exact date when his office first became aware that the events were possibly not an attack.

Intellectual Property

When You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Steal Their Identity? Carol Becker, an elected official on the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxations raised controversy by registering a business and a trademark for “Wedge LIVE,” the name of a blog that frequently criticized her; according to the records of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, her trademark filings were cancelled after an outpouring of support for the blog.

Free Expression and Censorship

Time-Out For Infowars: Following the lead of other social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook, Twitter has temporarily disabled Alex Jone’s account to a read-only mode that only allows browsing; some are criticizing the actions that platforms have taken against Jones as internet censorship.

Google’s Secret Project: About a thousand Google employees have signed a letter opposing Google’s plan to build a censored search and news app for China; the letter called for increased transparency, arguing that the employees currently “do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions” about their work, projects, and employment.

Policy Against “Credible Violence”: Facebook is training AI to remove content calling for violence against Rohingya people in Myanmar; although Facebook had been reluctant to remove content in the past, it recently updated its policy to allow removal of content with the “potential to contribute to imminent violence or physical harm” and have been undertaking similar strategies in other countries like Sri Lanka and India.

On The Lighter Side

An Easy Fix? A new Kickstarter project called TechDen attempts to curve children’s smartphone addictions with a smart box that stores smartphones and sends notifications to parents.

Announcements

Job and Fellowship Opportunities

From time-to-time, CLIP-ings will highlight career opportunities in the information law field. Please note the following:

Bureau of Internet & Technology at the NYS Attorney General’s Office seeks tech-savvy Attorney and Engineer.

The Bureau of Internet & Technology at the NYS Attorney General’s Office investigates and litigates cutting-edge law & tech issues, e.g., bots, data security/breach, privacy, online safety, consumer protection, and more.  This past year alone, our investigations and lawsuits have included:

–   submission of fake comments on net neutrality to the FCC;

–   data breaches at Equifax and Uber;

–   bot-related fraud on social media and in the resale of concert tickets;

–   online tracking of children;

–   suing Charter/Time Warner for false claims about internet speeds;

–   and more:  http://on.ny.gov/2fuC1ei

Summary of position (engineer):  Our office highly values engineers who make it possible for us to tackle complex, data-intensive problems that others are not capable of addressing.  A substantial portion of the work will be on projects with the Bureau of Internet & Technology, one of the only government agencies focused exclusively on investigating and holding accountable people and entities that use technology for illegal ends; while the remainder of the work will be on tech-heavy matters for other bureaus within the office (for example, using Bayesian modeling to determine racial bias in online offerings to consumers; using machine learning to identify key communications and images relevant to cases).  Ideal candidates are experienced with, and expert in, programming and web development tools (JAVA, Python, PHP, SQL, Ruby) and Linux command line tools and container tech (Docker, etc.).

To apply:  https://goo.gl/dTTXTn

Summary of position (attorney):  We seek an experienced, tech-savvy litigator to join our team. The ideal candidate has a technical education or background, or experience working in tech or with technology.

To apply:  https://goo.gl/7ZJv2S

We intend to fill the positions quickly, so we hope to hear from interested candidates soon.

Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is seeking a Project Lead to join their Data Policy Project Team in San Francisco.

The Forum’s Data Policy project aims to define, through a process of international multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation baseline norms, principles and protocols for the collection, appropriate use, and protection of data. The Project Lead will be an integral part of the Data Policy project team and contribute to the successful delivery of the data policy project and workstreams.

For more information and the online application, click here.

http://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=WEFORUM&cws=41&rid=337

The Second Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop is calling for submissions.

Jointly organized by the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School and the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham University School of Law, and generously sponsored by Microsoft, the Workshop offers privacy scholars from diverse fields the opportunity to receive extensive, constructive commentary on their works in progress.

For more information, see here. Online submissions are due September 7th, 2018 by 5pm Eastern.

The Ringer Copyright Honors Program with the U.S. Copyright Office is accepting applications.

The Ringer Honors Program is a distinguished public service opportunity for attorneys in the early stages of their career who have strong interest and a demonstrated record of academic or practical success in copyright law.

For more information, see here. Applications are open through September 15th, 2018.


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

N. Cameron Russell
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Mindy Nam
William Ioas
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

CLIP-ings: August 10, 2018

Internet Governance

Shipping Adopts Blockchain: From Singapore to Denmark, 94 port operators and shipping companies are joining a blockchain-run platform developed by IBM and Maersk; the platform, TradeLens, is still in its pilot phase but it aims to streamline data sharing in a traditionally paper trail heavy industry by digitizing the supply chain process.

Hold Your Ubers: Wednesday saw New York City Council pass regulations which will cap the number of ride-hailing vehicles on the road for one year and require that drivers be paid a minimum wage; critics worry that supply-and-demand meddling will cause ride shortages and raise prices.

More Scrutiny for Huawei: The use of aging US software set to expire in 2020 by the Chinese telecom giant has British officials concerned; the suspicion is that once security updates cease, British telecoms may become targets for cyberattacks or covert surveillance.

Privacy

Integration vs. Distrust: As Facebook holds talks with banks to promote Messenger as a customer-bank communication tool, critics have been quick to highlight data security and privacy issues with the company in the wake of its Cambridge Analytica scandal; at least one major US bank has left the talks.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

Drone Strikes in Venezuela: Two drones armed with explosives allegedly attempted against President Nicolas Maduro’s life on Saturday; Maduro was quick to accuse the “far right,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and detractors in the United States – multiple detentions have since been made.

Intellectual Property

The Power of Tech: A study by The Corner points at China’s directed efforts to grow its technological sector as responsible for its recent ranking amongst the world’s 20 most innovative countries according to a World Intellectual Property Organization index; China’s R&D spending as a percentage of GDP (2.1%) now surpasses the Eurozone’s 1.9% average.

Free Expression and Censorship

What is Real? Pressures to suppress “foreign” meddling and “misinformation” took their toll on Facebook when it deleted an anti-right-wing event created by an “inauthentic” organization; Facebook’s admission that it did “[not] have all the facts,” and its page removal, without giving its very “real” planners and thousands of registered participants a chance to present evidence, have drawn public criticism.

More Info-Wars: This week saw censorship of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones escalate with Apple, YouTube, Spotify, and LinkedIn banning several of his podcasts as well as his personal and Infowars profiles; attempts to brand his outrageous comments as hate speech raise questions about tech giants’ ability to define and regulate free speech.

Practice Note

Two Strategies Against NPEs: Highlighting a rise in sports technology company targeting by “non-practicing entities,” also known as patent trolls, Mondaq highlights two useful defense strategies: recurring to Inter Partes Review and forming Joint Defense Groups.

On The Lighter Side

Sleepover Cancelled: In its latest round of contests, Airbnb sought to offer competitors a chance to win a sleepover in one of the Great Wall’s guard towers, Chinese authorities object; Airbnb says the campaign was “based on months of communication and agreement,” Chinese officials differ.

Announcements

Job and Fellowship Opportunities

From time-to-time, CLIP-ings will highlight career opportunities in the information law field. Please note the following:

Bureau of Internet & Technology at the NYS Attorney General’s Office seeks tech-savvy Attorney and Engineer.

The Bureau of Internet & Technology at the NYS Attorney General’s Office investigates and litigates cutting-edge law & tech issues, e.g., bots, data security/breach, privacy, online safety, consumer protection, and more.  This past year alone, our investigations and lawsuits have included:

–   submission of fake comments on net neutrality to the FCC;

–   data breaches at Equifax and Uber;

–   bot-related fraud on social media and in the resale of concert tickets;

–   online tracking of children;

–   suing Charter/Time Warner for false claims about internet speeds;

–   and more:  http://on.ny.gov/2fuC1ei

Summary of position (engineer):  Our office highly values engineers who make it possible for us to tackle complex, data-intensive problems that others are not capable of addressing.  A substantial portion of the work will be on projects with the Bureau of Internet & Technology, one of the only government agencies focused exclusively on investigating and holding accountable people and entities that use technology for illegal ends; while the remainder of the work will be on tech-heavy matters for other bureaus within the office (for example, using Bayesian modeling to determine racial bias in online offerings to consumers; using machine learning to identify key communications and images relevant to cases).  Ideal candidates are experienced with, and expert in, programming and web development tools (JAVA, Python, PHP, SQL, Ruby) and Linux command line tools and container tech (Docker, etc.).

To apply:  https://goo.gl/dTTXTn

Summary of position (attorney):  We seek an experienced, tech-savvy litigator to join our team. The ideal candidate has a technical education or background, or experience working in tech or with technology.

To apply:  https://goo.gl/7ZJv2S

We intend to fill the positions quickly, so we hope to hear from interested candidates soon.

Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is seeking a Project Lead to join their Data Policy Project Team in San Francisco.

The Forum’s Data Policy project aims to define, through a process of international multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation baseline norms, principles and protocols for the collection, appropriate use, and protection of data. The Project Lead will be an integral part of the Data Policy project team and contribute to the successful delivery of the data policy project and workstreams.

For more information and the online application, click here.

http://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=WEFORUM&cws=41&rid=337

The Second Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop is calling for submissions.

Jointly organized by the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School and the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham University School of Law, and generously sponsored by Microsoft, the Workshop offers privacy scholars from diverse fields the opportunity to receive extensive, constructive commentary on their works in progress.

For more information, see here. Online submissions are due September 7th, 2018 by 5pm Eastern.

The Ringer Copyright Honors Program with the U.S. Copyright Office is accepting applications.

The Ringer Honors Program is a distinguished public service opportunity for attorneys in the early stages of their career who have strong interest and a demonstrated record of academic or practical success in copyright law.

For more information, see here. Applications are open through September 15th, 2018.


Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

N. Cameron Russell
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Mindy Nam
William Ioas
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP