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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. Read more » about Blame the NSA, not Facebook and Google: Column

Protecting Journalism in the Digital Era

Author(s): 
Morgan Weiland
Publication Date: 
November 18, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Imagine that you are 
participating in a protest on a university campus. The campus 
police ask everyone to leave. Some protestors refuse to move, and suddenly
they are doused with pepper spray by campus police. You pull out your cell phone and start recording, asking protestors to describe what happened. After some editing, you post the video to YouTube. But according to the two federal shield laws being considered by Congress, you likely would not qualify as a journalist—and consequently would not enjoy the right to protect your sources. Read more » about Protecting Journalism in the Digital Era

The FAA's Drone Privacy Plan: Actually Pretty Sensible

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
November 9, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Thursday felt like drone day. The Federal Aviation Administration released both its roadmap (PDF) to integrate private drones into domestic airspace and the privacy requirements (PDF) that that will apply to the half-dozen locations selected to be testing areas for this integration. Read more » about The FAA's Drone Privacy Plan: Actually Pretty Sensible

How to Copy Right

Author(s): 
Christopher Sprigman
Publication Date: 
November 8, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In their essay “Fake It Till You Make It” (July/August 2013), Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman urged the United States to “relax” when it comes to the flagrant disregard for intellectual property laws in China. The authors make two essential arguments: first, that the United States in its early days, like China today, was a “pirate nation,” and second, that copying drove the United States’ economic growth. Read more » about How to Copy Right

How to Make Revenge Porn a Crime

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
November 7, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

During the course of a long-distance relationship, Holly Jacobs shared sexually explicit photos and videos with her ex-boyfriend. She trusted him to keep them private. After they broke up, Jacobs received an anonymous email with a link and a warning that “Someone is trying to make life very difficult for you.” When she clicked on the link, she discovered the nude images that she’d shared with her ex on a site hosting revenge porn—compromising photos, often put up by exes after a breakup, without the subject’s consent. Read more » about How to Make Revenge Porn a Crime

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