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Italian Communication Authority Approves Administrative Enforcement of Online Copyright Infringement

In spite of an inflamed debate and strong opposition, as we have reported here and here, the Board of the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) approved its regulatory scheme for online copyright enforcement. The outgoing chairman of AGCOM hastily approved the scheme a few days before the new chairman was installed. The new regulation will allow AGCOM to administratively police copyright infringement online and will enter into force on March 31, 2014. Read more » about Italian Communication Authority Approves Administrative Enforcement of Online Copyright Infringement

A Common Law Coup d'Etat: How NSA's Creative Interpretations Of Law Subvert Congress And The Rule of Law

Today, the federal District Court for the District of Columbia held that the NSA's bulk telephone metadata collection program under the USA PATRIOT Act violates the 4th Amendment. This is a tremendously important ruling--the first time a public court has had the chance to rule on programs revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Given the program's constitutional infirmities, it is more important than ever that Congress end this misuse of the USA PATRIOT Act. However, Deputy Attorney General James Cole testified earlier this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the NSA might continue its bulk collection of nearly all domestic phone call records, even if Congress does just that. The USA FREEDOM ACT has bipartisan sponsorship from dozens of lawmakers, all of whom agree that the core purpose of the bill is to end NSA dragnet collection of Americans’ communication data. Yet, Cole said that the reform legislation wouldn’t necessarily inhibit the NSA’s surveillance capabilities because “it’s going to depend on how the court interprets any number of the provisions that are in [the legislation].” Comments like this betray a serious problem inside the Executive Branch. The Administration and the intelligence community believe they can do whatever they want, regardless of the laws Congress passes, so long they can convince one of the judges appointed to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to agree. This isn’t the rule of law. This is a coup d’etat. Read more. Read more » about A Common Law Coup d'Etat: How NSA's Creative Interpretations Of Law Subvert Congress And The Rule of Law

Italian Communication Authority Brushes Off Growing Discontent With Its Proposal for Administrative Enforcement of Copyright Online

Civil society has reacted negatively to the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) Proposal for an administrative system of online copyright enforcement. Approval of the regulatory scheme by AGCOM seems only a few weeks away, and discontent with the proposal is mounting. Read more » about Italian Communication Authority Brushes Off Growing Discontent With Its Proposal for Administrative Enforcement of Copyright Online

EU High Court’s Advocate General Suggests ISP Blocking Orders Are Lawful with Some Restrictions

An Advocate General with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently issued an opinion that courts may order Internet Service Providers to block access to copyright infringing websites under European law. Read more » about EU High Court’s Advocate General Suggests ISP Blocking Orders Are Lawful with Some Restrictions

NSA SEXINT is the Abuse You’ve All Been Waiting For

In the latest news report based on documents revealed by Edward Snowden, we’ve learned that the NSA creates profiles of porn viewing, online sexual activity and more from its vast database of Internet content and transactional data as part of a plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through speeches promoting disfavored—but not necessarily violent—political views. Read more » about NSA SEXINT is the Abuse You’ve All Been Waiting For

Fwd.Us Immigration Hackathon: Immigration Visualization Project

Cross-posted from Open Law Lab.

I’ve just posted a project summary up for my team’s work at the FWD.us DREAMer Hackathon at the Program for Legal Tech & Design’s site. Come over & read about what we built, see our demo, and read about our future plans. And I uploaded my entire photo log of the event, from Day 1 dinner to Day 3 demos. Read more » about Fwd.Us Immigration Hackathon: Immigration Visualization Project

Blame the NSA, not Facebook and Google: Column

Outrageous and possibly illegal. That's what Google's executive chairman called the latest chapter in the NSA saga – news that the NSA not only requests data from big tech and telecom companies, but also secretly hacks into their private lines. Yet, last week, seven privacy groups unmasked the real privacy villains in this story and filed a complaint against them with a federal agency. Read more » about Blame the NSA, not Facebook and Google: Column

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