Cyber Round Up: Microsoft Challenged the Wrong Law; Harvard Paper on AI Accountability; Three Steps to Improving Cybersecurity

  • Microsoft Challenged the Wrong Law. Now What? (Lawfare): Amidst all the excitement surrounding Carpenter this week, Orin Kerr also provided his thoughts on another important SCOTUS case, United States v. Microsoft Kerr said that Microsoft made a mistake bringing its claim under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) and that it really should have challenged its compliance with the search warrant under the All Writs Act (AWA). The post addresses both statutes and explains that the AWA gives the Court a lot of discretion to reach much better results than it can under the SCA. The full post can be read here.
  • Accountability of AI Under the Law: The Role of Explanation (Berkman Klein Center): Artificial Intelligence has raised many questions about how machine learning and autonomous systems will fit into existing legal and policy frameworks. Perhaps the biggest buzzword in that discussion is accountability. A new paper from the Berkman Klein Center addresses accountability issues through “explanation.” The abstract is included below or can be found here. The authors invite questions and comments on the paper.

Accountability of AI Under the Law_ The Role of Explanation _ Berkman Klein Center

  • Cybersecurity breaches: It’s time to break the silence and work together (GCN):  The author of a recent article cited to statistics showing the increased number of cyber attacks against the government. The author then offers his key three steps towards improving cyber security: 1) Shed the shame and speak up; 2) Better information sharing across agencies; and 3) Expand cybersecurity beyond cyber. The full article with the explanations for each of those key points can be read here.

 

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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