Once a pervasive surveillance infrastructure is in place, a government will always have an incentive to abuse that power, according to new research. The researchers developed a model that predicts how much a government will abuse its power and how citizens will react to that abuse, based on the level of surveillance infrastructure available and the overall effectiveness and popularity of the government.
Although case law is technically public domain, legal decisions are often scattered across the Internet, locked up in proprietary systems, and only available by paying exorbitant fees. A new non-profit aims to make these legal materials easily and freely available to all.
A report on mobile privacy released this morning by the Federal Trade Commission incorporates a number of recommendations from Ph.D. student Jennifer King. King is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the School of Information, where she studies online privacy and how people make their privacy decisions.