Secret FISA Court Must Go

Chris Sprigman and I have a new piece up at The Daily Beast about NSA illegal mass surveillance. This time we're looking at the role of the secret FISA Court, which is what the Administration always points to when it tries to assure Americans that there are no dangers from the emerging NSA Panopticon.

Without My Consent is Seeking Research Participants to Better Understand Online Harassment

Online stalking, harassment, and invasions of privacy can be incredibly destructive. Yet very little empirical data exisits regarding these incidents. This paucity of data hinders educational, support, research and policy efforts. Without My Consent, a non-profit organization seeking to combat online invasions of privacy, is conducting research to better understand the experiences of online harassment. If you are 18 or older and have experienced harassment on the Internet, please consider taking their survey.

OpEd-pocylpse on NSA's illegal and unwise surveillance

This morning, the NY Times posted my op-ed, co-authored with CIS affiliate scholar Chris Sprigman, arguing that the two federal statutes the Obama Administration has pointed to as authorizing NSA mass surveillance of our phone calls, emails, chats, social networking, etc. -- the FISA Amendments Act and the Patriot Act -- don't actually authorize the NSA's conduct.

Tool Without A Handle: The Dark Side

Every tool can be misused, and potential harms from such misuse are often checked through force of law. Information technology is no different. To consider regulating information technology through use of the tool metaphor, we need to first consider the dynamics of information technology regulation in general. This blog post addresses key aspects of information technology regulation: how regulation is at once incapable of fully addressing the potential harms that flow from misuse of information technology, but powerful nonetheless in shaping how information technology tools are built and used.

Border Militarization Unacceptable Compromise

The Corker-Hoeven Amendment moved one step closer to being added to Senate Bill 744 yesterday with a 67-27 vote on a motion to invoke cloture.  The Corker-Hoeven Amendment deals a great blow to border communities and privacy advocates.  The Amendment essentially creates a separate country located on our southern border governed by Border Patrol Agents and unprecedented amounts of technological devices.  The amendment is so dramatic that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN that the U.S.


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