Author, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us & The Shallows
Anthropologist & VP, Intel Corporation
Senior Researcher, Berkman Center & Author, Too Big to Know
Internet Entrepreneur & Author, The Internet Is Not the Answer
A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty, with 6 in 10 in favor as punishment for murder. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny in light of several botched executions in 2014. At the heart of the debate are many complicated questions. Within a flawed criminal justice system, is it possible to know every person’s guilt with a sufficient degree of certainty? Does the fear of death reduce crime? Are there race and class biases in sentencing? Are some crimes so heinous in nature that punishment by death is the only appropriate measure, or is capital punishment always immoral? Should we abolish the death penalty?
Executive Director, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Professor, New York Law School
Legal Director, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
Co-Director, Innocence Project & Prof., Cardozo Law
The President has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But did he have constitutional power to do so? The Constitution carefully divides the war powers of the United States between Congress and the President. Article II provides that “The President shall be Commander in Chief.” But Article I provides that “The Congress shall have Power … To Declare War.” In this case, Congress has not declared war; the President ordered the attacks unilaterally. Did he exceed his authority and violate the Constitution?
VP, Cato Institute & Author, The Cult of the Presidency
Professor of Law, Yale University
Professor, Columbia Law School & Lecturer, Univ. of Texas at Austin
Asst. Prof., Cardozo Law & Fmr. Dir., Law & Security Program, Human Rights First
In 2014, the European Union’s Court of Justice determined that individuals have a right to be forgotten, “the right—under certain conditions—to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them.” It is not absolute, but meant to be balanced against other fundamental rights, like freedom of expression. In a half year following the Court’s decision, Google received over 180,000 removal requests. Of those reviewed and processed, 40.5% were granted. Largely seen as a victory in Europe, in the U.S., the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Was this ruling a blow to free speech and public information, or a win for privacy and human dignity?
Dir. of Fundamental Rights & Citizenship, DG Justice & Consumers, EU Commission
CEO, Digg and Instapaper & Fmr. Dir. of Global Public Policy, Google
Professor, Harvard Law & Co-Founder, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Professor of Law, University of Chicago
President, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
Historian of Student Activism
Assoc. Prof., George Mason & Co-Author, Closed Minds?
Columnist, USA Today & Contributor, FOX News
Spogli Institute & Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit
Member, Parliament of Canada & Journalist
Economist, Investment Banker & Author, The Death of Money
Geopolitical Strategist & Author, The Accidental Superpower