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Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index 2015

“The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate. Top of the list, as so often, are threeContinue Reading

UN Human Rights Office launches a major online database of treaty body case law

“The UN Human Rights Office has launched a major public online database,, that contains all case law issued by the UN human rights expert committees, the Treaty Bodies. “The database is designed to be a key reference tool for scholars, lawyers, civil society organisations, governments and civil servants, our UN partners and the generalContinue Reading

EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Statistics 2014

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Enforcement and Litigation Data – Percentage of Claims Alleging Retaliation Reaches Record High, While Number of Charges Decrease “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a comprehensive set of fiscal year 2014 private sector data tables providing detailed breakdowns for the 88,778 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received. TheContinue Reading

UK Interception of Communications Code of Practice

Via The Register: “The UK government slipped out consultation documents on “equipment interference” and “interception of communications” (read: computer hacking by police and g-men) on Friday. They were made public on the same day that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled that the spying revelations exposed by master blabbermouth Edward Snowden had accidentally made British spooks’Continue Reading

UK Tribunal Rules Secret Surveillance Unlawful

The Intercept: “The United Kingdom’s top surveillance agency has acted unlawfully by keeping details about the scope of its Internet spying operations secret, a British court ruled in an unprecedented judgment issued on Friday. Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, was found to have breached human rights laws by concealing information about how it accesses surveillanceContinue Reading

UN Human Rights Chief calls for fundamental rethink to prevent atrocities

(5 February 2015) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday called for better leadership and a fundamental global rethink of education as a means of combatting the causes of the conflicts and atrocities occurring across the world. In a major speech delivered at the Holocaust Memorial Museum inContinue Reading

CDT Letter on Body Cameras to the Task Force on 21st Century Policing

“The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) provided recommendations related to body-worn cameras in response to the Task Force on 21st Century Policing consideration of the issue and request for public comment. With use of body cameras rapidly expanding across the country2 and federal legislation being offered for nationwide use, CDT is pleased to see the Task Force addressingContinue Reading

The National Registry of Exonerations 2014

Report – 2014 was a record breaking year for exonerations in the United States, by a large margin. The National Registry of Exonerations has recorded 125 exonerations in 2014. The previous highest total was 91 in 2012 and again in 2013 , followed by 87 in 2001. All told, the Registry now lists 1,535 exonerationsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Egypt and Tunisia Funds

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Management Improvements Are Needed to Better Achieve Its Mission, GAO-15-92: Published: Feb 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2015: “Congress may wish to consider clarifying the roles and responsibilities of commissioners and the staff director. GAO also recommends that the commission make improvements for SACs and engage in comprehensive workforceContinue Reading

Council of Europe Report on Mass Surveillance

Provisional version – Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights – Mass surveillance. Rapporteur: Mr Pieter Omtzigt, Netherlands, Group of the European People’s Party. “Our freedom is built on what others do not know of our existences” Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. A Draft resolution 1. The Parliamentary Assembly is deeply concerned about mass surveillance practices disclosed sinceContinue Reading

EFF Joins Coalition to Launch

“Warrant canary” is a colloquial term for a regularly published statement that an internet service provider (ISP) has not received legal process that it would be prohibited from saying it had received, such as a national security letter. The term “warrant canary” is a reference to the canaries used to provide warnings in coalmines, whichContinue Reading

Analysis: It’s surprisingly easy to identify individuals from credit-card metadata

MIT News release: “In this week’s issue of the journal Science, MIT researchers report that just four fairly vague pieces of information — the dates and locations of four purchases — are enough to identify 90 percent of the people in a data set recording three months of credit-card transactions by 1.1 million users. WhenContinue Reading