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In many cases, plausibility and probability overlap. An inference that accounts for observed facts is often likely to be true, and vice versa. But there is an important sub-set of cases in which the two properties pull apart, raising deep questions about the underpinnings of Fourth Amendment suspicion: inferences generated by predictive algorithms. In this Article, I argue that casting suspicion in terms of plausibility, rather than probability, is both more consistent with established law and crucial to the Fourth Amendment’s normative integrity.
Professor Felten recently completed a 20-month tour of duty at the White House, where he served as Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. In this talk he will discuss his experience there, describe ongoing policy challenges, and reflect on the role of technology and academic expertise in policymaking.
Drones are increasingly being used for various purposes from recording footage in inaccessible areas to delivering packages. A rise in drone usage introduces privacy and security concerns about flying boundaries, what data drones collect in public and private spaces, and how that data is stored and disseminated. However, commercial and personal drone regulations focusing on privacy and security have been fairly minimal in the United States. To inform privacy and security guidelines for drone design and regulation, we need to understand users’ perceptions about drones, privacy and security. In this talk, I describe a laboratory study with 20 participants who interacted with a real or model drone to elicit user perceptions of privacy and security issues around drones. I present our results, discuss the implications of our work, and make recommendations to improve drone design and regulations that enhance individual privacy and security.
Electronic information is ubiquitous and is, unsurprisingly, an increasingly common feature in criminal investigations and proceedings. While law enforcement at both the federal and state levels must search for and make use of such information to investigate and prosecute crimes government investigations must be consistent with the Fourth Amendment and its state equivalents. The United States Supreme Court has had several opportunities to opine on the applicability of the Fourth Amendment to electronic information. This luncheon presentation will explore what the Supreme Court has done and what issues it might be presented with in the near future.
This forum will explore digital technologies in the information age, with a careful eye to how different countries and sectors approach the balance between risks, benefits and fundamental rights. Topics include privacy and human rights vs. security; vulnerabilities vs. efficiencies posed by the Internet of Things; communication silos vs. unfiltered information; access (denied) to information; and a vision for global cooperation.