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Retrospect is the monthly newsletter of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project - a global multi-stakeholder dialogue process that explores the tension between the cross-border nature of the Internet and national jurisdictions. Every month, the members of the Internet & Jurisdiction Observatory expert network identify the 20 most relevant cases through a progressive filtering process to inform the participants of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project on emerging trends around the world. Read more » about March 2014 in Retrospect: Intermediary Liability News and More from the Internet and Jurisdiction Project
Today, Turkish authorities lifted the ban on Twitter. See http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/03/us-turkey-twitter-idUSBREA320E...The decision comes after the Turkish Constitutional Court spelled out that the ban violated freedom of expression and individual rights in Turkey. Read more » about Turkey: Twitter is Back Online
We have recently reported on the ban of Twitter and Youtube by the Turkish Presidency of Telecommunications and Communication (TIB). The Turkish Constitutional Court has unanimously decided today that TIB's blocking of Twitter is unlawful and should be lifted as it violates freedom of expression and individual rights. Read more » about Turkish Constitutional Court Says that Twitter’s Ban Violates Freedom of Expression
The Turkish Presidency of Telecommunications and Communication (TIB) has put Turkish Internet legislation enacted a few weeks ago to immediate use. As we discussed in a previous blog post, TIB now enjoys enhanced powers to issue blocking orders, even without judicial review. Under this new legal framework, TIB has ordered both Twitter and YouTube blocked, despite national and international criticism. Read more » about New Turkish Internet Legislation at Work: Twitter and YouTube Down
Yesterday, Sean Flynn (American Law), Margot Kaminski (Yale Law) and I submitted this comment to the US Trade Representative (USTR) making the argument that academics should have the ability to be formal USTR advisors. Read more » about Flynn, Kaminski and Levine Comment to the United States Trade Representative on academics and the trade advisory system
Last week, the New York Times reported that the U.S. is spying on router company Huawei to get information about the Chinese government and to learn how to surveil our allies and other countries that might purchase Huawei routers. On Just Security, I refute the argument of some that it is not “in the public interest to reveal how democracies spy on dictatorships”. Read more » about Huawei Hacking is a Security Scandal
What’s your definition of the “public interest” when it comes to law and lawmaking? Is it a unitary concept, where we consider the good of society as a whole? If so, you might think that the public’s interest is in a “public interest” which encompasses “cross-cutting issues” that transcend narrow considerations and allows debate about and among competing interests. On the other hand, do you view the “public interest” more narrowly? If so, you might view the public’s interest as served by placing “public interest” in a box separate from other interests, like environmental, labor or intel Read more » about Putting the Public’s Interest Back Into the “Public Interest”
The ongoing metadata/content debate finally seems to be winding down. In a blog post last week, Stanford researchers Jonathan Mayer and Patrick Mutchler published the latest results of their ongoing MetaPhone research project. Their primary findings provide empirical support for what computer scientists have been saying all along: cell phone metadata can tell us quite a lot about an individual without need to hear a single word of the content of his or her calls. But Mayer’s and Mutchler’s work also raises a number of secondary considerations which show just how complex the interactions between cell phones and privacy can actually be. Read more » about What Do You Do When You Know They're Watching?