Welcome back for another week of What’s Next, where we report on the intersection of law and technology. This week, we do a flyby on how emerging drone laws might be inhibiting journalists’ freedom of speech. Plus, a Berkeley law professor shares how the trade secret privilege is preventing defendants from seeing the algorithmic source code used to convict them. And courts might soon see an uptick in lawsuits over website accessibility. Let’s chat: Email me at [email protected] and follow me on Twitter at @a_lancaster.

Journalists, Yale Students Fight Texas Drone Law

Texas journalists pushing back against a state drone law are getting a hand from Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic. The MFIA has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and the Texas Press Association claiming that the law barring photojournalists from taking drone images of people or private property is overly restrictive and violates their constitutional rights. The complaint names the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the chief of the Texas Highway Patrol. Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the NPPA, talked with us about how he sees drone laws evolving without the consideration of journalists.

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