When thinking about what it is to be biased, people tend to think of someone living in the backwoods, brooding over how “They took our jobs,” and cherry-picking statistics to self-validate their own prejudices against people of other colors, creeds, and backgrounds. Well, that’s stereotyping and shame on you for doing it.
Rain patters off the storm drain outside, disrupting the steam clouds rising towards the sky before dissipating into nothingness. Your face presses against the window pane, turning your nose into a pig snout, as you try to catch a glimpse of the figure moving in the shadow, and you wonder - is Batman a criminal?
A panel discussion of the state of blockchain in the law and what the future holds. Featuring Alex Shahrestani, Brian Hall, Brian Konradi, and Mira Ganor.
The Journal of Law and Technology at Texas presented a roundtable discussion on fake news and social media. The speakers include Texas Tribune Co-Founder and Executive Editor Ross Ramsey, In-House Counsel to Dell and Professor of Law and Social Media at UT Law Ryan Garcia, and former Facebook employee on Operationalization of Legal Procedures Warren Hanes. Moderated by Journal of Law and Technology at Texas Founder Alex Shahrestani.
This page will be updated throughout the 2019 Texas Legislative Session with bills relevant to alcohol.
Most recent update: 2019/02/04
SB 312, Senator Buckingham:
Current Status - Filed
HB 672 Companion. This bill makes the sale of growler fills legal for breweries.
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Contests and sweepstakes on social media can feel like a goldmine- free or low cost exposure to people through their friends and family? What better way to reach new customers is there?
Social media contests are so ubiquitous that it seems like there must be nothing to them: you have a contest, pick a prize, pick a winner, and you're done! But they're not really as simple as they seem.
This page will be updated throughout the 2019 Texas Legislative Session with bills relevant to drones.
Most recent update: 2019/01/02
No changes as of 2019/01/22
SB 59, Senator Zaffirini:
Current Status - Filed
This bill amends Section 423.002(a) of the Texas Government Code to expand the number of situations in which capturing images with drones is legal.
(22) if the image is:
(A) captured for the purpose of delivering
consumer goods that were ordered through an Internet website or
mobile application and the operator of the unmanned aircraft is
authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct
operations within the airspace from which the image is captured;
(B) directly related to the purpose described by
Paragraph (A), including images captured for purposes of navigation
or ensuring public safety.
This bill looks like it's seeking to help out companies like Amazon who are planning on making deliveries by drone.
In order for the imaging to be legal, the company capturing the image by drone must first get approval through the FAA. It's interesting that the bill requires FAA approval but only addresses images taken by drone. One would think that a bill requiring FAA approval would address the legality of flying rather than image capturing.
This page will be updated throughout the 2019 Texas Legislative Session with bills relevant to cybersecurity.
Most recent update: 2019/01/22
SB 64, Senator Nelson:
Current Status - Filed
SB 64 mostly amends the Texas Government Code, with some amendments to the Education Code, the Business and Commerce Code, and the Utilities Code. You can find the entire text in the link above.
Some of the meatier portions of the bill involve incentivizing cybersecurity education in colleges, establishing a cybersecurity information sharing program among government and private entities, and routinely assessing the cyber preparedness of various state entities.
I was trying to think of a good seasonal post, and I realized there’s a topic that has been missed time and time again. You’re familiar with Santa Claus? Big jolly guy? Delivers presents to good little boys and girls each year?
Well, he’s actually a criminal.
This paper took a theoretical look at the legal personhood of AI. It was written in collaboration with Ritika Gopal, Associate Counsel at SXSW. You can find her at ritikagopal.com.
Technology is being sophisticated at incredible rates. There are people who have lived through the invention of flight, landing on the moon, iPhones, and DeepMind.[i] Technology has moved on from tools of human advancement to full-on integration with the human body.[ii] The potential for body modifications to surpass the abilities of the natural human state are here.[iii] Likewise, artificial intelligence is advancing at an incredible rate[iv] and is getting closer to modeling the human learning process.[v] There has not been much thought given to whether or how a conglomeration of these advancing technologies would accumulate rights, or if rights can already be conferred under existing legal theories (largely because of the unanticipated rate of development). This memo explores legal theories establishing possible rights of robots.
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