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New on LLRX – Evolutions in DNA Forensics

Via LLRX.comEvolutions in DNA Forensics – Criminal law expert Ken Strutin’s new article is yet another research tour de force – a collection of recent and notable developments concerning DNA as forensic science, metric of guilt, herald of innocence, and its emerging place in the debate over privacy and surveillance. The increasing use of DNA evidence to support assumptions of an individual’s guilt and less frequently as a tool to prove the innocence of prisoners wrongly convicted, reflects many facets of the changing fabric of the American criminal justice, the role of the Fourth Amendment and the increasing collection of a wide range of biological evidence from crime scenes whose metadata then is searchable within the national DNA database.

FISA Court did not reject any warrant requests in 2015

Via ZDNet: “A secret court that oversees the US government’s surveillance requests accepted every warrant that was submitted last year, according to new figures. The Washington DC.-based Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court received 1,457 requests from the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to intercept phone calls and emails. In long-standing fashion, theContinue Reading

UK – Everything you need to know about the 2016 elections in your area

“Democratic Dashboard is a project established by the Democratic Audit, based in the London School of Economics. Our aim is to promote engagement in the electoral process by making an array of information on elections and constituencies more accessible than previously. The UK has the lowest rate of electoral participation by young people in theContinue Reading

Judicial Conference Committee seeks to implement wider law enforcement surveillance

Follow up to Supreme Court expands surveillance powers of intelligence agency via EFF – With Rule 41, Little-Known Committee Proposes to Grant New Hacking Powers to the Government – The government hacking into phones and seizing computers remotely? It’s not the plot of a dystopian blockbuster summer movie. It’s a proposal from an obscure committeeContinue Reading

Supreme Court expands surveillance powers of intelligence agency

Via The Intercept: “The Supreme Court on approved [April 28, 2016] changes that would make it easier for the FBI to hack into computers, including those belonging to victims of cybercrime. The changes will take effect in December, unless Congress adopts competing legislation. Previously, under the federal rules on criminal procedures, a magistrate judge couldn’tContinue Reading

Facebook Government Requests Report

Report, July 2015-December 2015: “United States Law Enforcement Requests for Data – We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague. Total Requests – 19,235 Users / Accounts RequestedContinue Reading

Learn About the New $20, $10, and $5 Notes

Via Treasury: “Our currency is more than paper money and coins—it reveals who we are as a nation. The new $20, $10, and $5 notes will feature people, monuments, and symbols reflecting one our most celebrated values: democracy. Learn more about the new notes and the history behind them.”

Edward Snowden interview – Internet is Broken

Matt Giles, Popular Science interviewed Edward Snowden “Popular Science: How has the Internet changed in the three years since the release? Edward Snowden: There have been a tremendous number of changes that have happened, and not just on the Internet. It has changed our culture, it has changed our laws, it’s changed the way ourContinue Reading

AP’s Slavery Series Wins Top Pulitzer

AP’s Slavery Series Wins Top Pulitzer – “An exposé of slavery in Southeast Asia’s fishing industry was awarded the Pulitzer; the Washington Post also won for its study on fatal shootings by police officers.”

Children’s Rights and Digital Technologies: Introduction to the Discourse and Some Meta-Observations

Gasser, Urs and Cortesi, Sandra, Children’s Rights and Digital Technologies: Introduction to the Discourse and Some Meta-Observations (April 21, 2016). Handbook of Children’s Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (M. Ruck, M. Peterson-Badali & M. Freeman, eds., Taylor & Francis), Forthcoming; Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2016-7. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2768168 Digital technology plays an importantContinue Reading

Book – Three Quarters of Billions Dogs on Earth are Not Pets

New York Times – The World if Full of Dogs Without Collars: “..add up all the pet dogs on the planet, and you will get about 250 millions. But there are about a billion dogs on Earth, according to some estimates. The other 750 million…don’t have humans to take them for walks and pick upContinue Reading

Public Advocate Appointed by FISA Court Declares PRISM Surveillance Unconstitutional

TechDirt: “On [April 19, 2016], the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released some redacted versions of three previously secret FISA Court rulings. There are a few interesting things in them, but one notable point, found in a ruling from last November regarding the NSA’s 702 PRISM program, is that the FISC took advantageContinue Reading