Camera Power

Mary D. Fan, Camera Power: Proof, Policing, Privacy, and Audiovisual Big Data (2019)

Chris Slobogin (Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University and author of Privacy at Risk): “Are police-worn body cameras a panacea for the problem of police violence and abuse? Or are they simply another intrusion into privacy that only rarely definitively tells us the full truth about police-citizen interactions? Relying on numerous interviews, close scrutiny of…

Of Privacy and Power

Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman, Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security (2019)

From Peter Swire (Georgia Institute of Technology): “This book persuasively argues that substate actors, including interior ministries and data protection officials, form international networks to accomplish internationally what they cannot win domestically. The clearest value of the book comes from its diverse case studies. The discussion of the 2000 Safe Harbor for commercial transfers of…

Tools and Weapons

Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age (2019)

From Tim Wu (author of The Curse of Bigness): “Tools and Weapons reads like a techno-legal thriller, yet offers a thorough and eye-opening account of the major tech controversies of the last decade, from NSA spying through AI ethics and the US-China standoff. Brad Smith, a believer that “great power brings great responsibility” makes it evident that the…

Identity Trade

Nora A. Draper, The Identity Trade: Selling Privacy and Reputation Online (2019)

From Siva Vaidhyanathan (author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy): “While we have been obsession over the ways Facebook and Google have blown away our ability to manage information about ourselves, a fascinating and troubling industry devoted to privacy management has emerged. In this lucid book, Draper reveals the assumptions and ideologies…

Law of AI and Smart Machines

Theodore Franklin Claypoole, Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines: Understanding A.I. and the Legal Impact (2018)

From the book description: “How will the law change to accommodate the role of artificial intelligence in society and how much of that change has occurred already? When machines make their own decisions with financial impact, who receives credit or blame? This new guide provides an in-depth examination of how artificial intelligence has evolved, how…

Words that Created the Internet

Jeff Kosseff, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet (2019)

From Eric Goldman (Professor of Law, Santa Clara University): “Most people benefit from Section 230 every hour, but are unaware it even exists. Jeff Kosseff’s new book provides the first-ever comprehensive history of this monumentally important law. The book’s lucid and reader-friendly style will fully engage Section 230 newcomers; while the book’s many never-before-publicized details…