Tiffany C. Li: Artificial Intelligence–A Survey of the Policy Landscape (Ep. 113)

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Tiffany Li: Artificial Intelligence–A Survey of the Policy Landscape (Ep. 113)


Tiffany C. Li (@tiffanycli) is an attorney and Resident Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. She is an expert on privacy, intellectual property, and law and policy at the forefront of new technological innovations.

Li leads the Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information, where she researches cutting-edge legal issues involving online speech, access to information, and Internet freedom. Additionally, Li is also an Affiliate Scholar at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

She frequently writes and speaks on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and other new and exciting legal issues of the future. Her recent publications include a cultural exploration of Chinese privacy law and an analysis of the E.U. “Right to be Forgotten” as applied to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Further, Li has been honored as a Transatlantic Digital Debates Fellow (Global Public Policy Institute/New America Foundation), a Fellow of Information Privacy (International Association of Privacy Professionals), and a Fellow and Founding Member of the Internet Law and Policy Foundry.

Previously, Li was in-house counsel for General Assembly, a global technology education company. Additionally, Li is a licensed attorney in California, New York (pending), and New Jersey (pending). Tiffany holds CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPT, and CIPM certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is also a Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board Member for the IAPP.

She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Global Law Scholar, and a B.A. in English from University of California Los Angeles, where she was a Norma J. Ehrlich Alumni Scholar.


Tiffany’s Personal Website

Tiffany’s SSRN Author Page

Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy by Adam Thierer, Andrea O’Sullivan, and Raymond Russell (Mercatus Center/George Mason University, 2017)

Artificial Intelligence: A Public Opportunity (Intel, 2017)

Artificial Intelligence Policy: A Primer and Roadmap by Ryan Calo (University of Washington/Stanford Law School/Yale Law School, 2017)

AI Policy Principles (ITI, 2017)

Robots v. Monkeys: Intellectual Property Rights of Non-Human Creators by Tiffany Li and Charles M. Roslof (Yale Law School/Wikimedia Foundation, 2016)

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

News Roundup

Social media executives face Congress

Social media executives from Twitter, Facebook and Google faced the Senate Judiciary Committee  on Tuesday. They also faced both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Wednesday as members grilled them about Russian-sponsored ads appearing on their sites that were designed to sway last year’s election in favor of Donald Trump. The companies revealed that the ads received an audience of millions. New Facebook data also shows the Russian targeted Facebook’s users by race, religion and politics. Nineteen prominent civil rights groups took Facebook to task for that in a joint letter. Facebook responded that there is no place for bigotry on its platform. Further, Twitter revealed that some 288 million automated tweets tied to Russian accounts appeared on their platform during last year’s election cycle. Facebook and Twitter said they would accept more responsibility for policing ads on their sites.

Silicon Valley billionaire fueld by Kremlin

In an exclusive for the New York Times, Jesse Drucker reports that billionaire Silicon Valley Investor Yuri Milner took hundreds of millions of dollars in funds from sources that are controlled by the Kremlin. Milner’s holdings have been major investors in both Twitter and Facebook.

U.S. prosecutors may charge Russian officials with DNC hacks

Aruna Viswanatha and  Del Quentin Wilber report in the Wall Street Journal that federal prosecutors may be close to charging at least 6 Russian government officials with hacking the Democratic National Committee. That hack was among the earliest ties investigators uncovered that supported allegations of Russian meddling into the 2016 election. Any such charges would be expected next year.

Broadcom proposes to purchase rival Qualcomm for $130 billion

The chip maker Broadcom, which announced last week that it would be moving its operations from Singapore to the U.S., offered to purchase Qualcomm for $130 billion. It would be one of the biggest tech mergers in history. Harper Neidig reports in the Hill.


Bitcoin hits all-time high of $6,450

The cryptocurrency Bitcoin hit an all-time high of $6,450 last week. The world’s largest derivatives exchange operator–CME Group–had announced that it would launch Bitcoin futures. Bitcoin’s value has increased six-fold in this year alone.

Tech sector lines up in support of DACA

More than 100 tech companies have filed an amicus brief in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. Signers include Google, Facebook, Uber, Lyft and others. DACA is an Obama-era executive action that protects so-called “Dreamers”–undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children who are now working and attending school in the U.S. The companies’ brief supports a case brought by the state of California against the Trump administration to block the administration’s effort to end the program. The companies say ending the DACA program would inflict serious harm on American companies.  Avery Anapol reports in the Hill.

Trump FBI releases significantly watered-down annual crime report

The Trump FBI has released a significantly watered-down crime report. Each year, the FBI releases crime data on things like arrests, contexts for crimes and other data. These reports help journalists and others recommend solutions for law enforcement. However, this year’s report contained 77 fewer tables than the report for the previous year. It contained just 38 tables, compared to 115 tables in 2015. This thwarts efforts to analyze policies the Trump administration is pursuing to crack down on MS-13 gangs. It also doesn’t help researchers concerned about mass incarceration. Expanded FBI data tables showing race, gender, and ethnic data are fewer in number than they were in years past. Clare Malone and Jeff Asher report in Fivethirtyeight.

Sessions blasts tech companies over encryption

The DOJ has been unable to obtain evidence from some 6,900 electronic devices over the last 11 months due to encryption.That’s according to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who remarked in New York last week that tech companies are thwarting the government’s effort to obtain evidence. In one instance, Sessions noted, a terrorist in Garland Texas in 2015 sent some 100 instant messages to a terrorist overseas. However, Sessions says, the DOJ is unable to obtain those messages due to encryption. Sessions’ concerns about encryption mirror the Obama administration’s. Morgan Chalfant reports the the Hill.

Verizon wants FCC to preempt state privacy laws

Colin Wood reports for StateScoop that Verizon is asking the FCC to preempt state privacy laws. The telecom giant filed a 20-page white paper with the agency expressing its concern that not pre-empting state privacy laws would create a patchwork of state regulations. Earlier this year, Trump killed the FCC’s privacy rules passed during the Obama administration which would have subjected telecoms to greater scrutiny. Now, however,Verizon is attempting to hide behind the FCC as it faces the prospect of more stringent regulation by states and localities.