Congrats to Victoria C. Wong (a current Editor on Volume 48) on winning the California Real Property Journal's student writing competition!
Volume 48 Editor Brad Masters has been awarded first place in the California Supreme Court Historical Society 2014 Student Writing Competition.
Ranked twenty-eighth among legal journals in the United States, the UC Davis Law Review publishes scholarly articles from legal academics, practitioners, and student editors. The Review's staff prides itself on consistently meeting deadlines while working with authors to produce the highest quality scholarship. Each academic year, the staff of 60 to 70 students publishes one volume composed of five issues. This year, the Review staff is excited to publish its forty-eighth volume.
Derek E. Bambauer
Both law and cybersecurity prize accuracy. Cyberattacks, such as Stuxnet, demonstrate the risks of inaccurate data. An attack can trick computer programs into making changes to information that are technically authorized but incorrect. While computer science treats accuracy as an inherent quality of data, law recognizes that accuracy is fundamentally a socially constructed attribute. This Article argues that law has much to teach cybersecurity about accuracy. In particular, law’s procedural mechanisms and contextual analysis can define concepts such as authorization and correctness that are exogenous to code. The Article assesses why accuracy matters, and explores methods law and cybersecurity deploy to attain it. It argues both law and cybersecurity have but two paths to determining accuracy: hierarchy and consensus. Then, it defends the controversial proposition that accuracy is constructed through social processes, rather than emerging from information itself. Finally, it offers a proposal styled on the common law to evaluate when accuracy matters, and suggests that regulation should bolster technological mechanisms through a combination of mandates and funding. Similar to the cat of Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment, information is neither accurate nor inaccurate until observed in social context.