Challenging Edward Snowden  

Episode 280 of the Cyberlaw Podcast

|The Volokh Conspiracy |

In this episode I cross swords with John Samples of the Cato Institute; we debate whether Silicon Valley' is trying to disadvantage conservative speech and what to do about it. I accuse him of Panglossian libertarianism; he challenges me to identify any way in which bringing government into the dispute will make things better. I say government is already in it, citing TikTok's PRC-friendly "community standards" and Silicon Valley's obeisance to European norms on hate speech and terror incitement.

Disagreeing on how deep the Valley's bias runs, we agree to put our money where our mouths are: For $50, I take the under and he takes the over on whether Donald J. Trump will last a year after leaving office without being suspended or banned from Twitter.

There's a lot of news in the roundup, too.

David Kris explains the background of the first CLOUD Act agreement that may be signed this year with the UK.

Nate Jones and I ask, "What is the president's beef with CrowdStrike, anyway?" We find a certain amount of common ground on the answer.

This Week in Counterattacks in the War on Terror: David and I recount the origins and ironies of Congress's willingness to end the NSA 215 phone surveillance program. We also take time to critique the New York Times's wide-eyed hook-line-and-sinker ingestion of an EFF attack on the FBI's use of National Security Letters.

Edward Snowden's got a new book out, and the Justice Department wants to make sure he never collects his royalties. Nate explains. I'm just relieved that I will be able to read it without having to shoplift it. And as this seems to be the episode for challenges, I offer Snowden a chance to be interviewed on the podcast:  Anytime, anywhere, Ed!

Matthew Heiman explains the latest NotPetya travail for FedEx: A shareholder suit alleging that the company failed to disclose how much damage the malware caused to its ongoing business.

Evan Abrams gives a hint about the contents of Treasury's 300-page opus incorporating Congress's overhaul of CFIUS into the CFR.

I credit David for inspiring my piece questioning how long end-to-end commercial encryption is going to last, and we note that even the New York Times seems to be raising questions about whether Silicon Valley's latest enthusiasm is actually good for the world.

Matthew tells us that China may have a new tool to use in the trade war – or at least to keep companies toeing the party line: The government is assigning social credit scores to businesses.

Finally, Matthew outlines France's OG take on international law and cyber conflict. France has opened up some distance between its views and those of the United States, and everyone will soon get a chance to talk at even greater length on the topic, as the UN gears up two different bodies to engage in yet another round of cyber-norm-building.

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  1. Oh, something only a moron would do. Challenge an actual hero when they aren’t one.

  2. Until this pathetic website admits one time that Joe Biden is done, and he’s corrupt garbage, this website i trash.

  3. ” For $50, I take the under and he takes the over on whether Donald J. Trump will last a year after leaving office without being suspended or banned from Twitter.”

    Federal prisoners aren’t allowed to have cell phones. Does that count as being suspended or banned from Twitter?

  4. ” For $50, I take the under and he takes the over on whether Donald J. Trump will last a year after leaving office without being suspended or banned from Twitter.”

    y’all decided the “media” were all against you, so someone went ahead and built a medium that is unquestioningly for you. Do it again, this time targeting “social media”. Build your own site(s) and then run them with a blatant bias the way you want things biased.

  5. > Enthusiasm for controlling encryption is growing among governments all around the world and by no means only in authoritarian regimes. Even Western democracies are giving their security agencies authorities that nibble away at the inviolability of commercial encryption.

    Being a Western democracy is by no means a guarantee of not being an authoritarian regime. If the populace likes authoritarianism or just doesn’t care, it’s practically a guarantee.
    And snooping on everyone is a classic hallmark of authoritarian regimes.

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