Justice Kennedy the Internationalist

Justice Kennedy's opinion today in Roper v. Simmons, declaring the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional, draws inspiration from foreign precedents. It rejects the notion that reflecting on such foreign precedents is contrary to self-constitution:

Capitalism with a Human Face: India's experiment

India's finance minister has unveiled an "anti-poverty" budget that raises spending on health, education, and rural infrastructure. Many economists, of course, can tolerate deficit spending on such items if they produce long-term economic returns from a more productive populace.

Indian Nominee for Oscar


An Indian film called "Little Terrorist" has been nominated for best short film. Here's the hook:

Jamal is 10 years old, Pakistani, and a cricket enthusiast, and the fact that [his cricket ball has just landed across barbed wire, into a minefield across the border in India.

A world of region-coding

At the 3rd DRM conference this January in Berlin, Ross Anderson gave a dinner speech in which he envisaged a world suffused by region-coding technology (imagine region-coding in RFID-equipped jeans, e.g.). While we are not at this stage yet (at hopefully will never be), here is just another example of the increasing use of this technology:

AARP Brief Filed

The Cyberlaw Clinic also assisted the AARP in writing an amicus brief in
Brand-X Internet Services v. FCC. The brief argued that by categorizing
cable broadband as a telecommunications service, the Court would force the
FCC to consider consumer concerns and preserve customer choice in the ISP
market. Such concerns include the affordable pricing, superior customer
service, diversity of options, and rapid technological innovation that have
characterized the early growth of the Internet. It argued that if cable

ACLU Brief Filed

The American Civil Liberties Union, represented by members of the Cyberlaw Clinic, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court supporting open access to cable Internet lines. The case challenges an FCC determination that cable Internet service is not a "telecommunications service" presumptively subject to the sort of common carrier regulations historically applied to telephone service.


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