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Chain-Link Confidentiality

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
April 24, 2012
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Disclosing personal information online often feels like losing control over one’s data forever; but this loss is not inevitable. This essay proposes a “chain-link confidentiality” approach to protecting online privacy. One of the most difficult challenges to guarding privacy in the digital age is the protection of information once it is exposed to other people. A chain-link confidentiality regime would contractually link the disclosure of personal information to obligations to protect that information as the information moves downstream. Read more » about Chain-Link Confidentiality

The Conversation: Time to Mobilize for Cyberwar

Author(s): 
Marvin Ammori
Publication Date: 
April 8, 2012
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Iran's drive to become a nuclear power hinges partly on a facility outside the small mountain town of Natanz. According to intelligence analysts, the facility houses thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium to levels that could support nuclear weapons development,which has raised worldwide fears of a nuclearIran. Amid faltering negotiations with the West to curb Iran's drive for nuclear power and with enrichment activities well under way, the Natanzfacility mysteriously began to suffer technical difficulties in late 2009 and early 2010. Read more » about The Conversation: Time to Mobilize for Cyberwar

Megaupload.com Indictment Leaves Everyone Guessing - Part 1

Author(s): 
Anthony Falzone
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
March 15, 2012
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Days after anti-piracy legislation stalled in Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice coordinated an unprecedented raid on the Hong Kong-based website Megaupload.com. New Zealand law enforcement agents swooped in by helicopter to arrest founder Kim Dotcom at his home outside of Auckland, and seized millions of dollars worth of art, vehicles and real estate. Six other Megaupload employees were also arrested. Meanwhile, the Justice Department seized Megaupload's domain names and the data of at least 50 million users worldwide. Read more » about Megaupload.com Indictment Leaves Everyone Guessing - Part 1

Megaupload Indictment Leaves Everyone Guessing - Part 2

Author(s): 
Anthony Falzone
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
April 6, 2012
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Daily/Journal Op/Ed

The first part of this article outlined the mechanics of the Megaupload website, and the novel questions of criminal inducement on which the government's indictment is premised. Here, we explore two more extensions of existing law on which the indictment is based, and the impact this prosecution is likely to have on Internet innovators and users alike. Read more » about Megaupload Indictment Leaves Everyone Guessing - Part 2

The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture

Author(s): 
Giancarlo Frosio
Publication Date: 
March 1, 2012
Publication Type: 
Book

Digital technology has made culture more accessible than ever before. Texts, audio, pictures and video can easily be produced, disseminated, used and remixed using devices that are increasingly user-friendly and affordable. However, along with this technological democratization comes a paradoxical flipside: the norms regulating culture's use — copyright and related rights — have become increasingly restrictive. Read more » about The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture

The Social Layer of Freedom of Information Law

Author(s): 
David Levine
Publication Date: 
March 1, 2012
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

It is now received wisdom that a properly functioning democracy requires transparency and accountability — information shared with the public that allows the public to know what its government is doing. It is equally uncontroversial to say that social media allows for an unprecedented amount of informal but structured dissemination and analysis of information. Despite these two basic points, U.S. freedom of information law has failed to harness the power of these new social media networks and, more importantly, formats in a way that amplifies public knowledge of government information. Read more » about The Social Layer of Freedom of Information Law

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