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Research

Defining Web Scraping to Improve Mitigation by Morgan Guesdon

In his white paper, Morgan Guesdon outlines the steps involved in a web scraping operation, also known as data extraction. By establishing a consensus on these specific steps, the various actors involved in mitigation of unauthorized web scraping can more efficiently coordinate and exchange relevant information. The primary goal of this framework is to streamline communication and enhance the effectiveness of countermeasures against such activities.

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Talking Past Each Other: The Legal and Technical Challenges of Harmful Web Scraping

In a new research paper, Professor Timothy H. Edgar, Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Brown University, and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, examines the legal and technological challenges of harmful web scraping, highlights trends that could exacerbate the problem, and proposes possible legislative solutions, including amending the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) or addressing harmful web scraping through broader privacy legislation in the United States and elsewhere.

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