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State-Level Cyber Security Efforts: Michigan and “Cyber Disruption Response”

In November, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University released a report - State of the States on Cyber Security - on cyber security efforts in eight state governments across the US.  (The chart on page 8 provides a nice snapshot)  This is an important topic, and one that has been wildly under-examined.  Additional information on state cyber efforts is available in papers and studies by organizations like the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (

WhatsApp in Brazil?

A few days ago, a Brazilian judge ordered telecoms to block access to WhatsApp on the Brazilian territory for lack of cooperation in a criminal investigation. A few hours later, a superior tribunal invalidated the initial blocking order and reinstated access to Whatsapp. Since the contours of this latest Brazilian Whatsapp affair appeared quite blurry, you may find a full report of the case below.
 

BMG v. Cox: The High Cost of Losing Safe Harbor

               On December 1, a federal court in Virginia entered partial summary judgment for music publisher BMG in BMG Rights Management v. Cox Communications, a closely watched case on the applicability of the DMCA safe harbors to a broadband Internet access provider. BMG sued Cox for contributory and vicarious infringement based on Cox users’ peer-to-peer file sharing activity.

Google is moving to Moscow!

Google is moving to Moscow! Not really. But Mr. Sergey Brin, the founder of Google, was born in Moscow. How does Russia ensure that Sergey 2.0 will stay in Moscow - and not flee to Mountain View? You should care. Russia's economy is over leveraged in the energy market. When oil prices drop, the Kremlin will be all the more desperate to do unwise deals for arms, among other things, to fill its coffers at the risk of longer term Russian -- and American -- stability. To keep Sergey 2.0, the Kremlin should take the following steps.

Series Conclusion and Summary: Intermediaries and Free Expression Under the GDPR, in Brief

Europe’s pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) threatens free expression and access to information on the Internet.  The threat comes from erasure requirements that work in ways the drafters may not have intended -- and that are not necessary to achieve the Regulation’s data protection purposes. 

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