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The ‘deep web’ may be 500 times bigger than the normal web. Its uses go well beyond buying drugs

September 9th, 2018 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

The dark web is a hidden portion of the internet that can only be accessed using special software. TOR, or The Onion Router, is a popular anonymous browsing network used to connect to the dark web. While the dark web offers anonymity and a way to bypass internet censorship, it is commonly associated with illegal […]



3D printed guns are now legal… What’s next?

July 19th, 2018 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

On Tuesday, July 10, the DOJ announced a landmark settlement with Austin-based Defense Distributed, a controversial startup led by a young, charismatic anarchist whom Wired once named one of the 15 most dangerous people in the world. Hyper-loquacious and media-savvy, Cody Wilson is fond of telling any reporter who’ll listen that Defense Distributed’s main product, […]



Are bots entitled to free speech?

May 27th, 2018 at 9:25 am » Comments Off

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT BOTS. How will the courts address free-expression rights for artificially intelligent communicators? This conversation is coming, and it may push the Supreme Court to do something it has avoided: define who is and is not a journalist. For nearly half a century, the US legal system has lived a double […]



Who gets to own outer space?

December 31st, 2017 at 10:07 pm » Comments Off

Right now, private companies and NASA have a nice, functional, symbiotic capitalist relationship. SpaceX and its competitors build and will soon operate the vehicles, while NASA pays for the service. But with Elon Musk’s eyes tilted toward Mars, that won’t last for long.



AI can be made legally accountable for its decisions

November 26th, 2017 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

Computer scientists, cognitive scientists, and legal scholars say AI systems should be able to explain their decisions without revealing all their secrets.



When an algorithm helps send you to prison

October 26th, 2017 at 9:12 pm » Comments Off

In 2013, police officers in Wisconsin arrested a man driving a car that had been used in a recent shooting. The man, Eric Loomis, pleaded guilty to attempting to flee an officer, and no contest to operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Neither of his crimes mandates prison time.



Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border

September 15th, 2017 at 3:30 pm » Comments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the U.S. government’s growing practice of searching laptops and cellphones at the border is unconstitutional because electronic devices now carry troves of private personal and business information. The government has vociferously defended its searches as critical to protecting the homeland.



A third of millennials have used Venmo to pay for drugs

July 18th, 2017 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

A new survey finds that 33% of millennials have used Venmo, the payments app owned by PayPal that’s popular with the demographic, to buy illicit drugs.



The rise of the online courtroom

May 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

The digital revolution has not escaped the courts. The courtroom of tomorrow may no longer involve litigants and their lawyers pitching up armed with reams of papers to do battle before robed, bewigged judges. In fact, for many it may not involve a court at all. Judges could be replaced by computers and the courtroom […]



Backyard skinny-dippers losing privacy to peeping drone stalkers

April 28th, 2017 at 3:23 am » Comments Off

Recent advances in technology mean we can no longer rely on fences or barriers around our homes to protect our privacy. This was certainly the case for Darwin resident Karli Hyatt, who on Tuesday explained how a drone invaded the security and privacy of her suburban backyard. Hyatt had returned home last week from an […]



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