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Acquiring Ethical Algorithmic Governance

David Rubenstein | November 16, 2020 | Read this blog post

Summary: On November 5, 2020, Washburn School of Law hosted a symposium that explored the “rights” and “wrongs” of artificial intelligence (AI). My presentation at the symposium focused on the federal government’s uses of AI. Currently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation uses AI in law enforcement; the Social Security Administration uses AI to adjudicate benefits claims; the Department of Homeland Security uses AI to regulate immigration; and countless other agencies are experimenting with AI for the delivery of government services, customer support, research, and regulatory analysis. This small sampling presages a new era of “algorithmic governance,” in which government tasks assigned to humans will increasingly migrate to machines.

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Post Wayfair: The Unconstitutionality of Kansas’s Taxation of Online Retailers [South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., 138 S. Ct. 2080 (2018).]

Kayla Dieker | November 11, 2020 | Read this comment

Summary: The United States Supreme Court, in its Wayfair decision, changed the way states tax online retailers. The Court overruled its prior physical presence requirement and, instead, held South Dakota had authority to tax retailers who exceed $100,000 in gross revenue or have more than 200 transactions in a calendar year. However, the Court was unclear about what quantity of business constitutes a substantial nexus. The Kansas Department of Revenue, in its Notice 19-04, likely does not satisfy the substantial nexus test because it does not include a safe harbor for online retailers doing small quantities of business in Kansas.

Preferred Citation: Kayla Dieker, Post Wayfair: The Unconstitutionality of Kansas’s Taxation of Online Retailers, 60 Washburn L.J. Online 19 (2020), https://washburnlaw.edu/wljonline/dieker-wayfair.

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Artificial Rights? Symposium, Thursday, November 5, 2020
Machine Rights
Keynote Address by
Katherine Gaudry
Maching Wrongs
Volume 60 Editor-in-Chief

Congratulations to Rachel L. Schwein, Washburn Law Journal Volume 60 Editor-in-Chief.