Accurate, Focused Research on Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery Since 2002

The USA Freedom Act: A Partial Response to European Concerns about NSA Surveillance

Swire, Peter. The USA Freedom Act: A Partial Response to European Concerns about NSA Surveillance. Working Paper GTJMCE 2015-1. Sam Nunn School of International Affairs  – Georgia Institute of Technology.

“In June 2015, the Congress adopted and President Obama signed the USA Freedom Act, the biggest pro-privacy change to U.S. intelligence law in nearly 40 years . To a significant extent it reflects recommendations suggested by President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. It also follows on from a series of pro-privacy reforms adopted by the Administration. Collectively, these reforms go a considerable way towards addressing European concerns about U.S. surveillance practices, although there is still a considerable way to go. The USA Freedom Act, although focused on domestic surveillance, provides encouragement that U.S. surveillance policy will continue to be reformed in a pro-privacy direction.”

SEC and CFTC Turn to Swaps and Security-Based Swaps Enforcement

Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation – July 5, 2015 – Annette L. Nazareth, Davis Polk & Wardwell:  “The week of June 15, 2015 saw two of the first publicly announced enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) to enforce security-based swapContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Human Resources Management Meets Big Data in Devising Systems to Identify Star Employees

Via LLRX – Human Resources Management Meets Big Data in Devising Systems to Identify Star Employees:  Alan Rothman provides much needed insight and perspective regarding the role of employee performance and productivity metrics, big data, and identifying future leaders within an organization. Although HR professionals and software applications have been engaged to deliver results that yieldContinue Reading

Workplace satisfaction gap grows between SES and staff

Federal News Radio – “Members of the Senior Executive Service report much higher satisfaction at their agencies than the employees who work for them, a new report finds. Using numbers from its study, 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, researchers from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte Consulting LLP found the satisfactionContinue Reading

Amplifying the Impact of Open Access: Wikipedia and the Diffusion of Science

“With the rise of Wikipedia as a first-stop source for scientific knowledge, it is important to compare its representation of that knowledge to that of the academic literature. This article approaches such a comparison through academic references made within the worlds 50 largest Wikipedias. Previous studies have raised concerns that Wikipedia editors may simply useContinue Reading

Monthly Energy Review – June 2015

EIA – “A publication of recent and historical energy statistics. This publication includes statistics on total energy production, consumption, and trade; energy prices; overviews of petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and international petroleum; carbon dioxide emissions; and data unit conversion values.” Related – see also this GAO Report – Electricity –Continue Reading

EU Proposed Reg on Protection of Personal Data

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, July 2, 2015.

Overcoming Barriers to Deployment of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

“In the past few years, interest in plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has grown. Advances in battery and other technologies, new federal standards for carbon-dioxide emissions and fuel economy, state zero-emission-vehicle requirements, and the current administration’s goal of putting millions of alternative-fuel vehicles on the road have all highlighted PEVs as a transportation alternative. Consumers areContinue Reading

California Immunization Levels in Child Care and Schools

“The California Health and Safety Code Section 120325-75 requires students to provide proof of immunization for school and child care entry.  Additionally, California Health and Safety Code Section 120375 and California Code of Regulation Section 6075 require all schools and child care facilities to assess and report annually the immunization status of their enrollees.  [Here]Continue Reading

Harvard Hacked

“On June 19, Harvard discovered an intrusion on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Central Administration information technology networks. Since discovering this intrusion, Harvard has been working with external information security experts and federal law enforcement to investigate the incident, protect the information stored on our systems, and strengthen IT environments across the University.Continue Reading

NSA global surveillance network knows all?

Two Part Series from The Intercept [Part 1 – XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications] and Part 2 – Behind the Curtain A Look at the Inner Workings of NSA’s XKEYSCORE “The sheer quantity of communications that XKEYSCORE [global Internet surveillance network run by NSA] processes, filters and queries is stunning. Around theContinue Reading

FTC on Public Wi-Fi Networks

“Whether in a hotel or airport across the world, or in the coffee shop just down the street, chances are you’ve used free Wi-Fi hotspots. While convenient, they’re often unsecure. So how can you reduce your risk? Encryption — having your information scrambled into code — is key to staying secure online. Watch this videoContinue Reading