CLIP-ings: August 20, 2021

Internet Governance

Senators Call Upon FTC To Investigate Tesla’s Self-Driving Claims: Just days after the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration opened an investigation into accidents between Teslas and emergency vehicles, two senators have asked the Commission to examine whether the company has “overstated the capabilities of its vehicles” to perform fully autonomously.

Taliban Seizes U.S. Military-Used Biometric Devices: Some fear that the devices, which store iris scans, fingerprints, and biographical information from thousands of Afghan nationals and coalition forces, could be used by the Taliban to identify and retaliate against Afghans who assisted the United States during its 20-year presence in the country; similarly, U.S. agencies have begun removing content from their websites and social media channels that the Taliban might view as evidence of collaboration.
Information Security and Cyberthreats

47 Million Customer Records Exposed In T-Mobile Data Breach: The names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers of over 40 million former or prospective customers and nearly 8 million current customers were stolen; although the stolen files did not include “phone numbers, account numbers, PINs or passwords,” the stolen information could be used to create accounts in another’s name or to hijack existing accounts.

Poly Network Offers $600 Million Thief A Job: A week after falling victim to theft, the blockchain company offered the thief, known as Mr. White Hat, $500,000 in Ethereum as a bug bounty award, as well as a job as the company’s Chief Security Advisor; Mr. White hat, who perpetrated the hack for fun and has yet to return $238 million of the stolen funds, hasn’t indicated whether he’ll accept the position.
Free Expression and Censorship

Taliban Social Media Campaigns Defy Bans, Create Complications For Social Media Companies: As new social media content from the group has ramped up as it has taken control of Afghanistan, social media companies struggle to enforce bans on content from the group, and are attempting to gauge whether world governments might officially recognize the group as Afghanistan’s leadership.

Facebook Cracks Down On The “Disinformation Dozen”: A month after the White House publicly acknowledged a report finding that twelve individuals are responsible for nearly 65 percent of Covid-19 misinformation on the platform, a Facebook spokesperson announced that the platform had removed three dozen pages, groups, and Instagram accounts associated with the twelve individuals for violating Facebook policies.
Practice Note

Binance Faces Unconventional Arbitration For May 2021 Outage: After a significant outage that led to millions of dollars in losses for over 700 customers affected the cryptocurrency platform earlier this year, a group of plaintiffs has commenced in an international business arbitration court proceedings funded by a blockchain-traded litigation firm.  
On the Lighter Side

Minecraft Alternative Helps Children With Autism Connect: Autcraft, a version of the popular online building game Minecraft designed specifically for children with autism and their families, has been observed by researchers to help autistic children practice social skills and make friends.
Olivier Sylvain Academic Director, Fordham CLIP
Tom Norton Executive Director, Fordham CLIP