To reform its image, Uber ends privacy-invasive app feature

Uber Technologies Inc. is expected to announce the end of an app feature that allows the company to track riders for up to five minutes after a trip. Karen Levy, professor of information science at Cornell University, studies how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with a particular focus on social and organizational […]

WannaCry attack reveals two troubling ethical lapses

The WannaCry ransomware attack continued to spread this weekend. Authorities in Europe say it’s impacting more than 10,000 organizations and 200,000 people in 150 countries. The malware behind WannaCry was reported to have been stolen from the National Security Agency in April. Cornell University engineering professor Stephen Wicker has briefed the U.S. government on cyber […]

New privacy bill tilts power away from consumers

Congress recently approved a bill to overturn the nation’s strongest internet privacy protections. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law this week. Cornell University engineering professor Stephen Wicker has briefed the U.S. government on cyber security, information technology and privacy concerns and is the author of “Cellular Convergence and the Death of […]

Drone rules a modest step, but lack enforcement

Sarah Kreps, government professor at Cornell University and an expert on drones, says the regulations presented by the White House today take some modest steps to address routine commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft but fail to clarify enforcement. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/kreps/ Kreps says: “As drones have become cheaper, more accessible, and more sophisticated, the government […]

“Google dorking” not just a Google phenomenon

An alleged hacker used a technique called “Google dorking” to get into the computer system that controlled a dam in New York. The relatively simple technique is a way to find more hidden information and websites that wouldn’t normally show up in a regular Google search. Ari Juels is a professor at Cornell Tech whose […]

In Apple vs. FBI case, data protection is a matter of self-defense

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the U.S. government is attempting to force Apple to create a version of the iPhone operating system that would bypass the phone’s security features. Apple has refused, citing the importance of smartphones, the need for encryption, and the potential for setting a dangerous precedent. Cornell University engineering professor Stephen Wicker has […]