November 14, 2017

Hijacking Information: Software Vulnerabilities, Ransomware, and Law

This conference was organized in response to the proliferation of vulnerabilities in software, enabling hackers to access systems and sensitive data stored within them. Vulnerabilities in software are the central reason for the majority of recent data breaches. In the aftermath of these breaches, the public discourse tends to focus on questions of accountability, management of vulnerabilities, and regulation. The purpose of this conference was to discuss emerging attack vectors in cyberspace, as well as the regulatory gaps pertaining to data breaches of the recent years. These two panels explored topics pertaining to vulnerability management, patching, the Internet of Things (and Bodies), and the changing cybersecurity landscape with the emergence of ransomware.

Speakers included Kim Zetter (WIRED), Rebekah Lewis (AU Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center), Professors Scott Shackelford (Indiana University), Josephine Wolff (Rochester Institute of Technology), Annie Anton (Georgia Tech, School of Computing), and Andrea Matwyshyn (Northeastern Law). Panels were moderated by Professor Scott J. Shapiro ’90, and the Center’s Cyber Fellows - Ido KilovatyThe conference was supported by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at the Yale Law School.


October 23, 2017

Free Speech & Security in the Age of Social Media Coffee & Conversation with Monika Bickert Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook

Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism at Facebook Monika Bickert joined the Center for Global Legal Challenges, The Information Society Project, and the National Security Group to discuss free speech and security in the age of social media. She was joined by World Fellow Raheel Khursheed, head of News Partnerships at Twitter in Indian and Southeast Asia. Bickert discussed the challenges of leveraging Facebook’s products to cultivate a more open and free internet, while keeping its users and the public safe.


October 17, 2017

Rethinking Countering Violent Extremism: Religion and Resilience in an “Age of Terror”

CVE – or Countering Violent Extremism – has become a global industry involving states, think tanks and international agencies the world over. But what does CVE look like from the street level? And does it work? Drawing on over 15 years of work in the UK, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Mali and Canada, Yale World Fellow Abdul-Rehman Malik joined the Center for Global Legal Challenges to reflect on the challenges of designing programs and partnerships that confront the ideology and theology of violent extremism while at the same time remaining true to the concerns of engaged, often politically vulnerable, communities.


October 13, 2017

Sen. Murphy Attends Congress and Foreign Policy Conference

On Friday, October 13, the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges and Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs hosted a day-long symposium on the role of Congress in foreign policy.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered keynote remarks, which can be viewed here. Senator Murphy discussed what he called Congress’ “wholesale abdication of its traditional responsibility to co-set foreign policy priorities with the President.” The conference was supported by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at the Yale Law School.


October 12, 2017

Carrie Cordero is a Counsel at ZwillGen PLLC, which advises and represents leading internet and tech companies in high-profile online legal matters, including: data protection and information security; law enforcement and surveillance, and more. Carrie’s talk focused on how changes to U.S. intelligence law and policy have focused on information sharing within the U.S. Intelligence Community and amongst government entities.

As a result of the recent 2016 election interference by the Russian government, our law and policies need to be updated to facilitate intelligence and national security information being shared with the public at large. Current and future cybersecurity threats and their potential influence on democratic processes lead to the public having a greater expectation of being informed directly about the government’s assessment of national security threats, and our laws, policies, and institutions need to be ready to take on that expectation.


October 3, 2017

Andrew Burt is a YLS graduate and Chief Privacy Officer & Legal Engineer at Immuta, a data management platform. Andrew’s talk topic focused on the new laws around the world, beginning to force the technology industry to rethink how it approaches the law, on how and why the worlds of law and technology are colliding, and what this means for data-driven companies, the technology industry, and governments and citizens around the world.

Andrew argued that the rise of complex software systems is leading to new legal challenges. For example, the artificial intelligence systems used in self-driving cars challenge the notion of who the law considers “driver.” This illustrates that regulations traditionally meant to govern the way that humans interact have to adapt to a world that has been eaten by software. This goes beyond just self-deriving cars - complex algorithms are used in mortgage and credit decisions, in the criminal justice and immigration systems and in the realm of national security, and more.


October 2, 2017

Law & the War on Terror: A Journalist’s Dispatches from Syria & Iraq

Anand Gopal is a fellow at The Nation Institute, a journalist covering the Middle East, and a scholar studying political violence. His reporting on Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan has appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s, and elsewhere. He is the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes, which won the Ridenhour Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Helen Bernstein Award. He has won the George Polk Award and an Overseas Press Club Award for his reporting from Iraq. He received his PhD from Columbia University, where he studied network analysis, and is a professor at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University.