Academic Writing

Mass Location Tracking: It’s Not Just For the NSA

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
December 12, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Thanks to Edward Snowden we now understand that the NSA runs many dragnet surveillance programs, some of which target Americans. But a story yesterday from Washington, D.C. public radio station WAMU is a reminder that dragnet surveillance is not just a tool of the NSA—the local police use mass surveillance as well.

Google's triumph advances transformative use of copyrighted work

Author(s): 
Julie Ahrens
Publication Date: 
November 24, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On Nov. 14, a New York federal court judge ruled to uphold Google’s ambitious project to scan and digitize millions of books from cooperating libraries into a massive, searchable online database. This was a victory not only for Google but also for the greater public good. Judge Denny Chin dismissed a copyright lawsuit brought by authors, finding that Google’s copying and indexing of more than 20 million books to create a new, highly useful search tool is protected by fair use.

Blame the NSA, not Facebook and Google: Column

Author(s): 
Marvin Ammori
Publication Date: 
November 22, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from USA Today.

Outrageous and possibly illegal. That's what Google's executive chairman called the latest chapter in the NSA saga – news that the NSA not only requests data from big tech and telecom companies, but also secretly hacks into their private lines. Yet, last week, seven privacy groups unmasked the real privacy villains in this story and filed a complaint against them with a federal agency.

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