Science & Technology Law

455 ABA Journal articles on Science & Technology Law.

The top 10 legal tech stories of 2017
What were the year's most important legal tech stories? Read ABA Journal legal affairs writer Jason Tashea's takes on how cybercrime to self-tracking devices to tweets had an impact on the law in 2017.
Courts need help when it comes to science and tech
Social science research is “sociological gobbledygook,” at least according to Chief Justice John Roberts. The Chief Justice made this comment during the Oct. 3 oral argument for the political redistricting case Gill v. Whitford.
Estonia considering new legal status for artificial intelligence

Estonia is considering a legal status for artificial intelligence beyond property.

The Baltic nation’s Economy Ministry, according to a report from Bloomberg, is considering a “robot-agent” status that would…

Supreme Court can ‘botch the truth,’ review finds; law prof sees need for technical advisers
The U.S. Supreme Court needs technical help, according to Fordham law professor John Pfaff.
Federal judge refuses to toss shareholder suit against Wells Fargo executives

A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to toss a shareholder lawsuit against executives and directors of Wells Fargo over sales pressures that led employees to open millions of…

Claimed email inventor loses defamation suit against TechDirt

A federal judge in Boston has tossed a suit filed by the claimed inventor of email who alleged that TechDirt defamed him when it called him “a liar” and…

Regulators enlist corporate lawyers in joint response to cyberattacks

Responding quickly to an identity theft, ransomware or other computer attack means having a plan in place. And as participants in the National Institute on Cybersecurity Law learned, that includes…

Murdered woman’s Fitbit data inconsistent with husband’s story, police say

Police who charged a Connecticut man with the murder of his wife are citing electronic evidence, including data from her Fitbit fitness tracker.

Richard Dabate, 40, told police he was…

Attorney general will replace independent forensic science commission with in-house advisers

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that he won’t renew an independent commission of scientists, judges and other advisers that had been formed during the Obama administration to provide advice…

The Outer Space Treaty turns 50. Can it survive a new space race?
The treaty is a product of the Cold War and primarily addresses concerns of that era, including nuclear war. So for 50 years, the treaty has prevented belligerent nations from putting weapons of mass destruction into space. But space is becoming big business, and commercial interests are putting new pressures on the law of outer space.
Federal judge tosses suit against property owner who shot down hovering drone

A federal judge in Louisville has dismissed a suit seeking damages against a property owner who shot down a hobbyist’s drone in 2015.

Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell dismissed…

How much evidence can you get from wearable devices, and is it reliable?

There are many ways to get data from wearable devices, and frequently users don’t have an opportunity to consent, said two ABA Techshow panelists, speaking Friday about the “Internet of…

What can neuroscience tell us about crime? (podcast)
Alexa’s responses to customers are protected by the First Amendment, Amazon argues in murder case

Requests for information through digital assistant Amazon Echo—which answers to the name Alexa—and the service’s responses are protected speech under the First Amendment, Amazon argues in a bid to quash…

Can Amazon’s Alexa provide murder clues? Digital assistants could aid prosecutions

Police in Bentonville, Arkansas, hope that Amazon’s Echo—which answers to the name Alexa—can help them solve a possible murder.

Police served a search warrant on Amazon.com seeking information that may…

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