Technology Law News is a weekly newspaper published in India, that is neither formal nor peer-reviewed. It is a collaboration of prominent public interest organizations and academics from across India. This is one of the first publications of an organization that is solely dedicated to providing timely, independent, analytical information on issues of public interest related to emerging technologies, civilizational change, and related policy issues. The key objective is to publish material that advances the understanding of and safeguards the interests of people in the developing world.
Recently, we have been reading a series of articles that are closely related to the subject matter of Technology Law News. These include debates on the role of social media in assisting or deterring terrorists, and the need for a centralized national database to track citizens’ interactions with the world. There has also been a lot of coverage on the need for better encryption protocols in smartphones and encryption programs for government use.
Another emerging area of Technology Law News concerns artificial intelligence and its potential to impact all areas of human life. Artificial intelligence refers to computer software that can simulate human behavior including decision making, language, strategy, and decision making. Experts in this field are concerned about the implications of artificially intelligent computers having access to large databases containing consumer data as well as the security of that data. Experts in the cyber security field are particularly alarmed at the prospect of an artificial intelligence computer being able to gain access to and sabotage critical infrastructure like power plants and banks that provide the backbone of modern-day financial markets.
One article discussed the emerging need for reforms within the Indian government. The paper noted that the Indian government has not been able to establish regulatory standards for online security simply because it is not interested in regulating the internet. Instead, the government seems to want to focus its efforts on creating an environment of virtual censorship through the creation of a strong Cyber Crime Law that will prevent instances of cybercrime from being perpetrated in the country. Since the internet was essentially created in India, experts in technology law were concerned that the country would not have a single standard for regulating its use.
Another emerging area of Technology Law News is that of the music business. The paper noted that there have been significant changes in the way that music is licensed and what constitutes a fair or non-infringement agreement. For example, the music industry has come under fire recently because it was discovered that Apple had agreed to allow headphones to be sold that would filter out some of the high-frequency noise that is produced by regular headphones. Apple was forced to withdraw the headphones from the store shelves but the furor has still continued. Experts in technology law believe that Apple could be facing a case of first impression for an international company that has refused to adapt to new norms in the music industry.
There is also a new wave of technology that is sweeping across sectors of the economy. This includes software patents, which are creating a system whereby technologies are protected from being copied and patented by other companies. Some believe that the new patent legislation is good for the overall economy because it encourages new innovation in the sector while discouraging the taking of proprietary intellectual property illegally. There are also concerns that the legislation could destroy the U.S. economy through decreased research and development and technological advances that will be copied and abused by other countries.