STLR Link Roundup – November 1, 2019

Twitter Will Ban All Political Ads, C.E.O. Jack Dorsey Says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that Twitter will ban all political advertisements on its platform. This announcement runs in stark contrast with social media giant, Facebook.  Mark Zuckerberg announced earlier in October that Facebook would allow politicians to run any claims, even false ones, in ads on Facebook. Mr. Zuckerberg stated that Facebook’s company policy was one that encouraged free expression. Google Wants Safeguards Continue Reading →

Troll Repellent: The Customer Suit Exception Today

Normally, the plaintiff in a patent infringement case gets to choose where to file their lawsuit. However, when a plaintiff sues a customer for using an allegedly infringing product, the customer suit exception may apply. Under this exception, courts will stay the patent holder’s action against the customers, pending the result of litigation between the patent holder and manufacturer. If the patent holder has not yet sued the manufacturer, the manufacturer can seek a declaratory Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 25, 2019

Warren and Wyden Call for FTC to Investigate Amazon over Capital One Breach The Capital One data breach in March this year was one of the biggest data breaches ever reported, with 140,000 customer social security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers compromised. Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted the Capital One database that was breached. The alleged hacker, a former AWS employee, gained access to the data through a “misconfiguration” of a firewall on a Continue Reading →

Blockchain-based Dispute Resolution on the Kleros Platform: Trial by Jury or Arbitration?

Introduction In September 2019, Kleros, an online dispute resolution platform that utilizes blockchain technology and crowdsourcing, released the latest version of its White Paper. The Paper sets out how they aim to revolutionize dispute resolution, by bringing justice cheaply and efficiently to the masses. A glimpse at Kleros’ Twitter feed reveals an ambitious vision beyond just dispute resolution in smart contracts, into decentralized courts that theoretically could solve any dispute (FN1), and even determine whether Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 18, 2019

Apple Removes App that Helps Hong Kong Protesters Track the Police On October 9th, Apple removed the app “KHmap.live” from the app store in response to criticism from Chinese media stating that the app allowed protestors in Hong Kong to track the police. Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the removal, claiming that “the app was being used maliciously to target individual officers for violence,” and thus violated Apple rules and local laws. Mr. Cook Continue Reading →

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) with Evan Mascagni

This episode features Julio Sharp-Wasserman, Former STLR Notes Editor, talking with Evan Mascagni about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs. A SLAPP is a non-meritorious lawsuit brought to retaliate against a defendant’s constitutionally-protected speech, or to silence a defendant from criticizing the plaintiff, even when such criticism is completely legal. Evan Mascagni is the Policy Director of the Public Participation Project, which is working to get congress to pass a federal Anti-SLAPP statute.  Evan Continue Reading →

Changing Spaces in Data Privacy with Vivek Narayanadas and Andy Dale

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This episode features Lloyd Lee, STLR Staffer, talking with Vivek Narayanadas and Andy Dale about changing spaces in data privacy in the US and abroad.

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Podcast: Abandoned DNA and the Fourth Amendment with Dr. Thomas Holland

This episode features Isha Agarwal, STLR Staffer, talking with Dr. Thomas Holland about DNA and the Fourth Amendment As DNA analysis becomes more ubiquitous in our lives and in the criminal justice system, it is important to examine the current legal landscape of abandoned evidence in the context of genetic data. Abandoned evidence has a long and rich judicial history, from Russian spies to prison barbers. But abandoned DNA may not fit so neatly into Continue Reading →

Podcast: Compulsory Vaccine Laws with Vincent Racaniello and Erwin Chemerinsky

This episode features Sam Matthews, STLR Executive Submissions Editor, discussing the constitutionality of compulsory vaccine laws Professor Vincent Racaniello of Columbia University and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law School. — Vincent Racaniello is Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University. He has done laboratory research on viruses for over 30 years. Following on his belief that scientists must communicate their work to the public, he has co-authored a virology textbook, distributed videocasts Continue Reading →

Clinic Attacks Zombies

Columbia Law School Clinic Joins Erie County and the Western New York Law Center to Combat Zombie Properties Students help stabilize communities, protect homeowners and create pro bono opportunities. The following guest post has been authored and contributed by Columbia Law School’s Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic. In 2016, New York State Gov. Cuomo enacted sweeping legislation known colloquially as the “Zombie Property Law.” The legislation was designed to combat the blight of vacant Continue Reading →