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Judge Strikes Down Secretive Surveillance Law

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A federal judge this week struck down a controversial set of laws allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to seek people’s data without a court’s approval, saying the strict secrecy orders demanded by the laws are not constitutional. Judge Susan Illston, of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...
Judge Strikes Down Secretive Surveillance Law

Yes, You've Got Something To Hide

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We've tried a few times to debunk the ridiculous logic of "if you've got nothing to hide..." argument in favor of surveillance, but leave it the awesome Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal to do a much better job in the form of a simple webcomic. In case you can't view the...
Yes, You've Got Something To Hide
Google defies FBI, asks federal judge to challenge 'national security letters'

Google tried to resist FBI requests for data, but the FBI took it anyway

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Google tried to resist government requests to provide private information about its users. Google filed a petition in March 2013 resisting a national security letter (NSL) from the FBI demanding that it offer up private information about its users....
Google tried to resist FBI requests for data, but the FBI took it anyway

Why Twitter might make lawyers as important as ever

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The legal profession has undergone a lot of change and embarked on a lot of soul searching over the past few years, but don’t dismiss it as an anachronism just yet. As the web changes the way citizens consume and digest information — always faster and in greater quantity —...
Why Twitter might make lawyers as important as ever

Time To Realize That The Obama Administration Doesn't Even Have The Authority To Commit The US To ACTA Or TPP

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There is a major problem with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that has little to do with IP or the internet: how does international law get made—by the President alone, or with Congress's involvement? ACTA's key problem in the United States is a Constitutional question that turns on the separation...
Time To Realize That The Obama Administration Doesn't Even Have The Authority To Commit The US To ACTA Or TPP

French copyright police warn government over cutbacks

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When France elected new President Francois Hollande in May, a lot of local technologists wondered one thing: what would he do about Hadopi, the controversial “three strikes” copyright regime brought in by his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy? Hollande had hinted during his campaign that he would consider changing or reforming Hadopi...
French copyright police warn government over cutbacks

Chinese dissident jailed on Yahoo evidence freed

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Wang Xiaoning, whose conviction was supported by information from US internet firm, released after completing his termA Chinese dissident imprisoned for 10 years for subversion whose conviction was supported by evidence from Yahoo was released early on Friday after completing his term, his wife said.The US internet company drew strong...
Chinese dissident jailed on Yahoo evidence freed

China v the US: how the superpowers compare

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As Barack Obama prepares for the 'no-necktie summit' with the Chinese leader Xi Jinping in California, we decided to look at the two superpowers and compare data such as health, wealth and environmental development - an inherently tricky task given the countries' markedly different systems. Can it be done? Join...
China v the US: how the superpowers compare
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