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Yahoo! End-to-End email preview promises greater protection for journalists

Author(s): 
Tom Lowenthal
Publication Date: 
March 30, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Good news for journalists wanting added protection from surveillance. Yahoo! hasannounced a technical preview of its email security tool End-to-End, which it has been developing in collaboration with Google. This is another milestone in the tech companies' efforts to protect users not just from outsiders, but also from the companies themselves.

People are freaking out about the Trans Pacific Partnership’s investor dispute settlement system. Why should you care?

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 26, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The recent leak of a secret chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement system (ISDS) is getting many people on both the left and the right upset. Left-wingers don’t like a system in which corporations can push back against government regulations. Right-wingers don’t like a system where U.N.-affiliated tribunals can overturn U.S. law. Read more » about People are freaking out about the Trans Pacific Partnership’s investor dispute settlement system. Why should you care?

Expand harassment laws to protect victims of online abuse

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
March 21, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In 2013, 29-year-old Ian Barber allegedly posted nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on Twitter and sent them to her employer and sister. New York prosecutors charged him with aggravated harassment, but the charges were soon thrown out. It was not because evidence pointed to someone else as responsible for the disclosure of the woman’s nude photos. Rather it was because Barber did not send the photos directly to the victim, as New York’s aggravated harassment law requires. Read more » about Expand harassment laws to protect victims of online abuse

In blocking websites, France abandons role as guardian of free speech

Author(s): 
Geoffrey King
Publication Date: 
March 19, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Attempts by the French government this week to use vague legislation to block five websites for "condoning terrorism" would be troubling anywhere, but it is especially tragic coming from the country that gave us the champion of free speech and tolerance, Voltaire. Read more » about In blocking websites, France abandons role as guardian of free speech

Why ‘Dark Web’ drug markets will keep on imploding

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 19, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

A couple of months after the conviction of Ross Ulbricht, the “Dread Pirate Roberts” behind the creation of the Silk Road online drug market, another online drug market, “Evolution” has imploded. Like the Silk Road, Evolution used “Tor Hidden Services,” to hide the true location of their Web site, providing the owners, and drug buyers and sellers with some degree of anonymity. But this Web site didn’t go down thanks to the feds. It went down because its owners took it down.

So what happened? Read more » about Why ‘Dark Web’ drug markets will keep on imploding

How the White House snubbed Irish politicians on St. Patrick’s Day

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 18, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (never St. Patty’s Day — take it from a native born Irishman) in Washington are usually uncontroversial. Irish politicians aren’t particularly sentimental about shamrocks, leprechauns, green beer and all the rest of it. They are, however, happy to take advantage of the occasion: They fly over to the United States in droves to lobby for Irish interests, and American politicians (who like a good photo opportunity) are willing to play along. Tuesday’s celebrations, however, were different. Read more » about How the White House snubbed Irish politicians on St. Patrick’s Day

Salvadoran General Deemed Deportable In the Absence of Criminal Charges

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
March 17, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) ruled last week that General Carlos Eugenio Vides-Casanova could be removed to El Salvador on account of his participation in human rights abuses in the 1980s when he was head of the National Guard (1979–1983) and then Minister of Defense (1983–1989). Read more » about Salvadoran General Deemed Deportable In the Absence of Criminal Charges

An open Internet, for God’s sake!

Author(s): 
Valarie Kaur
Publication Date: 
March 16, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This week, a handful of Republicans will hold hearings on the Hill to challenge new federal rules protecting the Internet. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassified providers who connect us to the Internet as common carriers and adopted strong rules banning them from blocking or slowing down sites and charging access fees. Read more » about An open Internet, for God’s sake!

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