Gill v. Whitford and the Math of Gerrymandering

On October 3, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, 137 S. Ct. 2268 (Mem) (2017), the latest case to reach the court contesting partisan gerrymandering. First coined in 1812 to lampoon a Massachusetts governor (Elbridge Gerry) and a particularly ugly congressional district (allegedly resembling a salamander), gerrymandering is the practice of crafting voting districts to give one group an electoral advantage over another. Erica Klarre, Gerrymandering Is Illegal, But Only Mathematicians Can Continue Reading →

The Next Rembrandt: Originality and Authorship of AI Generated Works

In recent years, the news has been flooded by innovations in artificial intelligence and its ability to create a diverse range of creative content. AI has produced music, poetry, paintings, and even sci-fi films. Some of the poetry is so “real” that it has even fooled humans into believing that it was generated by a human writer. As the list of creative works continues to grow, so does the elephant in the room: who owns Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 27, 2017

Listeria-Based Recall In US and Canada California-based vegetable supplier Mann Packing has issued a voluntary recall of certain “minimally processed” vegetable and vegetable-containing products from its customers across the US and Canada. According to the company announcement posted on the FDA’s website, the distributor made the decision after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found “a single positive result” of Listeria monocytogenes in one of their products. All products covered in the recall carried “best if used by” Continue Reading →

Rapid DNA Testing: Verification or Collection Tool?

This year, the first local police precinct received and began using an on-site Rapid DNA testing device. Within 90 minutes, a cheek swab of any suspect can be run, exonerating or verifying their identity. If this program is a success, more criminal investigations will be solved with greater efficiency than ever before.  However, the limitations of the devices are pronounced. They cannot, for example, be used to help parse the controversy surrounding interpretation of complex Continue Reading →

January 2017 Amendment to the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights

In 1948, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (“GATT”) established the rules for international commerce, with agreements signed by governments of the majority of global trading nations. The World Trade Organization (“WTO”) sprang from the de facto negotiating forum under the same name, GATT, through the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization. While GATT focused primarily on liberalizing the trade of goods, the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (“TRIPs”) extended to cover Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 22, 2017

CBI Calling for Commission to Research Artificial Intelligence Impact The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for the government to create a commission to examine the potential impact that artificial intelligence will have on industry in the UK. The lobby group has said that nearly half of the firms involved are planning to pool their resources into AI, with twenty percent already beginning the process. However, even with all this investment, two-thirds of these Continue Reading →

Disney and RFID: What it Means for Privacy

Disney has always embraced cutting-edge technology, but in their theme parks, that technology tends to be behind the scenes. In the last decade, however, Disney’s Next Generation Experience, or “NextGen,” project has aimed to integrate technology overtly into the theme park experience by capitalizing on millennials’ use of smartphones to improve the park experience. Users with a smartphones can download the My Disney Experience app, which can be used to book dining reservations, access the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 13, 2017

Equifax Data Gets Breached On September 7, 2017, Equifax publicly announced that criminal hackers had carried out an attack on its servers and gained unauthorized access to personal information of “nearly 44% of the U.S. population.” To make matters worse for Equifax—whose key officers retired immediately—its support team sent a link to a fake site to the victims of the data breach. At a hearing before the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 6, 2017

iPhone X’s new Face ID raises questions Face ID is one of the two signature features of the new iPhone X released in September 2017. It is enabled by a tiny Kinect camera and sensor setup to perform the same functions like Touch ID more naturally. The facial recognition system is usually 20 times more secure than Touch ID, except for users under 13 years old or twin siblings. Another security concern is whether someone Continue Reading →

Why should I care about EU privacy law?

As someone new to the US, it surprises me that lawyers and law students, even those interested in the technology sector or in privacy law, often have no reaction to the ‘GDPR’ or other aspects of EU privacy and data protection legislation.  The purpose of this article is to convince you to care about this suite of EU legislation which has noticeable global implications. Professor Anu Bradford noted the “unprecedented and deeply underestimated global power Continue Reading →