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This Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to reclassify ISPs like Verizon and Comcast that connect us to the Internet as common carriers and adopt strong net neutrality rules to protect users, innovation, and free speech online. This is great news. Read more » about Getting net neutrality right: Four improvements to take us across the finish line
Recently, a jury found Mr. Ross Ulbricht guilty of running the black market website Silk Road. Many observers claim that the government's theory expanded liability for third parties like Mr. Ulbricht online. As I mention in a recent GizMoto interview, the government's theory of liability wasn't new, but "whether the government obtained the evidence that they wish to use to prove this narrative . . . Read more » about The emperor still doesn't have new clothes.
As Federal District Judge Jeffrey White made plain in his order granting the government partial summary judgment yesterday in Jewel v. NSA, current judicial interpretations of both standing doctrine and the state secrets privilege remain formidable obstacles to those seeking to challenge government surveillance programs in U.S. courts. Read more » about The Twin Obstacles of Standing and State Secrecy Live On In Surveillance Challenges
Yesterday, news emerged (or was officially leaked) that the President will announce an initiative designed to bolster American Internet security: the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. Based on the post-9/11 designed National Counterterrorism Center (CTC), this new organization purportedly will serve as an 'intelligence fusion center' within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and work with the private sector in developing and sharing information and analysis related Internet security threats, vulnerabilities, trends, and situational awareness. Read more » about Information sharing to the cyber-rescue, again!
At an event at the Center for American Progress on Wednesday, the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, discussed his own challenges as a new dad. He noted that he was lucky to work with people who, despite the unusually demanding aspects of his job, appreciated his efforts to prioritize his family life (his boss, President Obama, famously goes home for dinner with his family most nights around 6:30). "That's the kind of work environment that a lot of people don't have access to," he said. Read more » about Where Men and Dads Fit in the Work-Family Balance Equation
As we reported a few days ago, the recent Spanish copyright reform granted enhanced powers to the Spanish Copyright Commission to target websites providing links to infringing works in a purposeful and massive way. Recently, the Criminal Court of Appeal of Castellón has given a first judicial implementation to this principle and departed from a long-standing judicial tradition. Read more » about Spanish Court Criminalizes Linking to Copyright Infringing Materials and Reverses Consolidated Case Law
As we reported here, the Regional Administrative Tribunal of Lazio (TAR Lazio) referred the question of constitutionality of the AGCOM Regulation regarding Online Copyright Enforcement (AGCOM Regulation) to the Italian Constitutional Court. Read more » about AGCOM Regulation Challenged before the Italian Constitutional Court: an Update
This week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will circulate a draft of the Open Internet rules to his fellow Commissioners. According to news reports, the Chairman will propose to reclassify Internet access as a “telecommunications service” and adopt network neutrality rules under Title II of the Communications Act. If that is true, this is excellent news and a vital step in the right direction. After the D.C. Circuit’s decision last January, this is the only way to adopt meaningful network neutrality rules that will be upheld in court. The FCC will vote on the proposal on February 26th. Read more » about What to look for in this week's network neutrality announcement
A recent Wall Street Journal article revealed an ongoing DEA program designed to use automated license plate readers to build a real-time database of vehicle movement throughout the United States. This database would also store this data, giving government agencies the ability to retroactively track the movements of millions of Americans. As we've seen with similar programs, the scope of the effort will inevitably begin to creep. Read more » about When Algorithmic Surveillance Becomes Structural Surveillance