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Concurring Opinions hosting Online Symposium on Configuring the Networked Self

I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of an online symposium featuring Julie Cohen‘s important new book, Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice, hosted at Concurring Opinions the week of March 5. Thanks to Danielle Citron for organizing!  Full announcement below: During the week of March 5, we’re […]

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Global Network Initiative Promises to Protect Privacy and Freedom of Expression Online

A collection of information and communication companies, advocacy groups, and academic centers have announced the formation of the Global Network Initiative, aimed at protecting free expression and privacy on the Internet on a global scale. From the announcement: In an effort to protect and advance the human rights of freedom of expression and privacy, a […]

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Yale ISP's "9.5 Theses for Technology Policy in the Next Administration"

In preparation for next month’s Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference on “Technology Policy ‘08“, the Yale Information Society Project has released “9.5 Theses for Technology Policy in the Next Administration“: 1. Privacy. Protect human dignity, autonomy, and privacy by providing individuals with control over the collection, use, and distribution of their personal information and medical […]

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Germany’s High Court Protects Computer Privacy

The German Constitutional Court, ruling on the constitutionality of secret online searches of computers by government agencies, has created a new “basic right to the confidentiality and integrity of information-technological systems” as derived from the German Constitution. The AP reports: The Karlsruhe-based Federal Constitutional Court said in a precedent-setting decision that data stored or exchanged […]

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Computers, Freedom, & Privacy: Technology Policy '08

The call for papers for the 2008 Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference has been released. This year’s theme is “Technology Policy ’08“. Details below: COMPUTERS, FREEDOM, AND PRIVACY: TECHNOLOGY POLICY ’08 http://cfp2008.org/ 18th Annual CFP conference May 20-23, 2008 Omni Hotel New Haven, CT CALL FOR PROPOSALS This election year will be the first to […]

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Yale ISP Reading Group: Technology, Law, Society, Values and Design

This spring I am running a reading group at the Yale Information Society Project (but open to all) titled “Technology, Law, Society, Values and Design.” The description and draft syllabus are below — comments and suggestions are welcome! Technology, Law, Society, Values and Design The starting point of this reading group is the position that […]

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Privacy Protection in the Network Society: "Trading Up" or a "Race to the Bottom"?

In many of my recent presentations on privacy and information policy, I’ve drawn on differences in the legal and regulatory frameworks applied to the flows of personal information in the United States compared to the European Union. In short, the EU takes a paternalist approach to data protection policy, aiming to preserve a fundamental human […]

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Justice Department Says F.B.I. Misused Patriot Act

In what should not come as that big of a surprise, AP reports: The FBI improperly and, in some cases, illegally used the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about people in the United States, a Justice Department audit concluded Friday. And for three years the FBI underreported to Congress how often it […]

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Judge Restricts New York Police Surveillance of Public Spaces

A federal judge ruled that the police must stop the routine videotaping of people at public gatherings. Reversing (and clarifying) an earlier ruling, the judge stated that such public surveillance is allowable only if there was an indication that unlawful activity may occur. From the NYTimes report: Four years ago, at the request of the […]

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House Introduces Privacy Bill Foursome…With One Runt in the Litter

27B Stroke 6 outlines four important pieces of privacy-protecting legislation that have either been recently introduced or received new life in the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives: * The Prevention of Fraudulent Access to Phone Records Act, introduced by Dingell and Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-TX), and 24 original cosponsors, to prohibit pretexting of phone records […]

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