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Will the Roberts Court Defend Online Fake News?

A professor at the University of California Davis School of Law predicts Supreme Court justices will defend the First Amendment principles of free speech against government attempts to curb Internet abuses—even when those abuses involve promoting falsehoods online.

Tech Firms Helping Police ID Faces in Real Time

Several technology companies are working with police departments to develop capability to add artificial intelligence to video surveillance and body cameras that could identify faces in real time, potentially expanding the reach of police surveillance. The body-camera technology is expected to be ready by the fall.

New Data Spying Law Was Slipped Into Spending Bill

The CLOUD Act is an attempt to update an obsolete stored communications law that was passed in the 1980s before the World Wide Web existed. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky opposed the proposal as a violation of Americans’ privacy. He tweeted, “But guess what? Congress can’t vote to reject the CLOUD Act, because it just got stuck onto the Omnibus (spending bill), with no prior legislative action or review.”

Can Alexa Testify Against You?

As virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa become part of our lives, they also open up new threats to privacy. A researcher argues that both the First and Fourth Amendments should protect customers from unwarranted attempts to use virtual content as evidence.

How Digital Forensics Helped Track Down Austin Bomber

A 25-minute recording left by Mark Conditt before he killed himself described seven explosive devices he had built, but did not offer a reason for his attacks. Investigators had been able to identify him using digital forensics–an example of how law enforcement has become more familiar with tracking technology and social media dynamics to protect the public.