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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

It’s Just a Matter of Time Before Somebody Gets Hurt: New Just Security Post

In a new post over at Just Security, I look at the recently declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions on bulk collection of Internet "metadata". These opinions show that, once again, the NSA has conducted illegal spying. The new documents reveal the National Security Agency’s (NSA) systemic violation of rules for domestic collection and use of Internet metadata. Read more » about It’s Just a Matter of Time Before Somebody Gets Hurt: New Just Security Post

French Court Forces Google to Proactively Block Photographs of Sexual Escapade from Image Search

The long standing saga of Max Moseley’s sexual images has recently offered European decision makers a new opportunity to strike a balance between freedom of expression and the right of privacy in light of the ubiquitous and unstoppable distribution of information propelled by the power of Internet search engines. When courts are confronted with novel questions, finding adequate solutions may be extremely challenging. But once again European courts seem to prefer to sideline freedom of expression in favor of protecting other fundamental rights. Read more » about French Court Forces Google to Proactively Block Photographs of Sexual Escapade from Image Search

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