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Episode 291: Ethical Algorithms with Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth

Posted in Privacy Regulation

  Algorithms are at the heart of the Big Data/machine learning/AI changes that are propelling computerized decision-making. In their book, The Ethical Algorithm, Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth, two Computer Science professors at Penn, flag some of the social and ethical choices these changes are forcing upon us. My interview with them touches on many… Continue Reading

Episode 285: ByteDance bitten by CFIUS

Posted in CFIUS, China, International

  We open the episode with David Kris’s thoughts on the two-years-late CFIUS investigation of TikTok, its Chinese owner, ByteDance, and ByteDance’s US acquisition of the lip-syncing company Musical.ly. Our best guess is that this unprecedented reach-back investigation will end in a more or less precedented mitigation agreement.

Episode 277: Bankrupting National Security?

Posted in China, European Union, International

  Camille Stewart talks about a little-known national security risk: China’s propensity to acquire US technology through the bankruptcy courts and the many ways in which the bankruptcy system isn’t set up to combat improper tech transfers. Published by the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Camille’s paper is available here. Camille has enjoyed… Continue Reading

Episode 274: Will Silicon Valley have to choose between end-to-end crypto and shutting down speech it hates?

Posted in AI, China, International, Russia

  Our guests this week are Paul Scharre from the Center for a New American Security and Greg Allen from the Defense Department’s newly formed Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. Paul and Greg have a lot to say about AI policy, especially with an eye toward national security and strategic competition. Greg sheds some light on… Continue Reading

Episode 259: Why France understands Chinese policy better than the rest of us

Posted in AI, CFIUS, China, Cloud Computing, European Union, International, Russia

  Our News Roundup is hip deep in China stories. The inconclusive EU – China summit gives Matthew Heiman and me a chance to explain why France understands – and hates – China’s geopolitical trade strategy more than most. Maury Shenk notes that the Pentagon’s reported plan to put a bunch of Chinese suppliers on… Continue Reading

Episode 252: In the cyber adversary Olympics, it’s Russia for the gold and North Korea (!) for the silver

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Russia

  We interview Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike on the company’s 2019 Global Threat Report, which features a ranking of Western cyber adversaries based on how long it takes each of them to turn a modest foothold into code execution on a compromised network. The Russians put up truly frightening numbers – from foothold to execution… Continue Reading

Episode 251: Executive Orders and alien abductions

Posted in AI, CFIUS, China, European Union, International, Russia

  The backlash against Big Tech dominates the episode, with new regulatory initiatives in the US, EU, Israel, Russia, and China. The misbegotten link tax and upload filter provisions of the EU copyright directive have survived the convoluted EU legislative gantlet. My prediction: the link tax will fail because Google wants it to fail, but… Continue Reading

Episode 245: “Pay no attention to the guns, the flashbang, and the handcuffs. You’re free to go at any time.”

Posted in AI, China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, International

  Nate Jones, David Kris, and I kick off 2019 with a roundup of the month of news since we took our Christmas break. First, we break down the utterly predictable but undismissable Silicon Valley claim that the administration’s new export control strategy will hurt the emerging AI industry.

Episode 232: “I’m afraid you can’t say that, Dave.” Will AI save the Internet from Vladimir Putin – and Matt Drudge?

Posted in AI, China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, European Union, International, Russia

  Our guest is Peter W. Singer, co-author with Emerson T. Brooking of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. Peter’s book is a fine history of the way the Internet went wrong in the Age of Social Media. He thinks we’re losing the Like Wars, and I tend to agree. It’s a deep conversation that turns contentious… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast — Interview with Rob Reid

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, European Union, International

Episode 194: Mass Bioterrorism, Runaway Artificial Intelligence, and Other Romps with Rob Reid Our interview this week is with Rob Reid, author of After On and Year Zero, two books that manage to translate serious technology nightmares into science fiction romps.  We cover a lot of ground: synbio and giving eighth graders the tools for… Continue Reading