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The NSA is massively reorganizing itself. That’s going to hurt its credibility

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
February 10, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The National Security Agency has been having a tough time the last couple of years, as it takes the blame for widespread surveillance. It has just announced a major reorganization plan under which its Signals Intelligence (spying) and Information Assurance (domestic protection) directorates are going to be combined in a new Directorate of Operations.

Surveillance Is Still About Power

Author(s): 
Jeffrey Vagle
Publication Date: 
February 9, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Since the Snowden revelations in 2013, surveillance has gone from a somewhat arcane term of art used mainly by scholars, spies, and tinfoil hat types, to a household word that now comes up in conversations on such far ranging topics as national securitylaw enforcement

Mapping the Law That Applies to War Crimes in Syria

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
February 1, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

War crimes have been a consistent feature of the Syrian conflict since its inception. Indeed, a map of the war crimes committed in Syria reads like a survey course of the topic.

If U.S. privacy negotiations with Europe fail, it’s a recipe for chaos

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
January 31, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The European Union and the United States are about to give us some idea of how their negotiations over the Safe Harbor dispute are going. The European Court of Justice ruled that the Safe Harbor arrangement — a critical bridge for e-commerce firms and other businesses that need to move personal information across the Atlantic — was invalid, because it did not protect European citizens against U.S. surveillance. Companies like Facebook and Google are waiting with some trepidation to find out, since a collapse of negotiations might have very serious implications for their business model.

Network Neutrality and Zero-rating

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
February 19, 2015
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

This report was filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) along with an ex parte letter on February 19, 2015

 

Apple may owe Ireland $19 billion, but Ireland doesn’t want the money. Here’s why.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
January 29, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Depending on the outcome of an official investigation, Apple may face a bill that is estimated at between $8 billion and $19 billion for underpaid taxes to the Irish government. The Irish government really, really doesn’t want to get this money and is fighting as hard as it can to avoid receiving it. That may sound weird to ordinary people, who assume that governments want to squeeze individuals and businesses for as much taxes as they can get.

Opinion: Forget about Safe Harbor. Modernize global privacy law instead

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
January 27, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

There's a widening transatlantic divide regarding privacy rights that needs to be bridged – and soon.

But instead of coming up with another version of the data transfer agreement between the US and European Union known as Safe Harbor, we need a new set of global standards to build a common vision of privacy rights in the Digital Age.

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