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Category Archives: Civil Liberties Tracks Content Takedowns by Social Media Sites

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact launched today, a new platform to document the who, what, and why of content takedowns on social media sites. The project, made possible by a 2014 Knight News Challenge award, will address how social media sites moderate user-generated content and how free expression is affected acrossContinue Reading

World Migration Report 2015: Migrants and Cities

World Migration Report 2015: Migrants and Cities: “We live in a world which is becoming increasingly urban. Over 54 per cent of people across the globe were living in urban areas in 2014. The current urban population of 3.9 billion is expected to grow to some 6.4 billion by 2050. Migration is driving much ofContinue Reading

A Tale of Two States: Rule of Law in the Age of Terrorism

De Minico, Giovanna, A Tale of Two States: Rule of Law in the Age of Terrorism (November 2, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “The European counter terrorism laws offer to the author the chance to deal with on one side the appropriate balance between the threat of terrorism and constitutional values; on theContinue Reading

Police Use of Nonfatal Force, 2002–11

“In a study released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), an annual average of 44 million U.S. residents age 16 or older had one or more face-to-face contacts with police from 2002 to 2011, and an estimated 1.6 percent experienced the threat or use of nonfatal force during the most recent contact. AboutContinue Reading

NGOs Reject “Safe Harbor 2.0,” Urge EU and US to Protect Fundamental Rights

EPIC – NGOs Reject “Safe Harbor 2.0,” Urge EU and US to Protect Fundamental Rights – Leading human rights and consumer organizations have issued a letter to urge the US and the EU to protect the fundamental right to privacy. After the Schrems decision the parties are now renegotiating the invalidated Safe Harbor arrangement. TheContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Bureau of Fiscal Service Audit, Increasing Female Officer Applicants in Military

Financial Audit: Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Schedules of Federal Debt, GAO-16-160: Published: Nov 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2015. Military Personnel: Oversight Framework and Evaluations Needed for DOD and the Coast Guard to Help Increase the Number of Female Officer Applicants, GAO-16-55: Published: Nov 13, 2015. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

GAO Reports – DOJ Civil Rights Division, IRS Financial Audit, VA Benefits

DOJ Civil Rights Division Travel: Division Strengthened Controls over Travel, but Additional Areas for Improvement Identified, GAO-16-58: Published: Nov 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2015. “GAO tested the implementation of internal controls and compliance with key policies in nine areas of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division (Division) travel authorization and reimbursementContinue Reading

Cell Phone Location Tracking Laws By State

ACLU: “Location records can reveal an enormous of information about a person, especially with the proliferation of smartphones that constantly track our whereabouts. Because privacy laws haven’t kept up with advances in technology, police have long claimed the authority to access this information from cell phone companies without warrants. That’s changing. While Congress and theContinue Reading

Mapping Attempts to Craft an Internet Bill of Rights

Towards Digital Constitutionalism? Mapping Attempts to Craft an Internet Bill of Rights. Lex Gil, Dennis Redeker, Urs Gasser. November 9, 2015. Available for download via SSRN. “The idea of an “Internet Bill of Rights” is by no means a new one: in fact, serious efforts to draft such a document can be traced at leastContinue Reading

EFF – NSA Ordered to Stop Collecting, Querying Plaintiffs’ Phone Records

EFF news release: “Affirming his previous ruling that the NSA’s telephone records collection program is unconstitutional, a federal judge ordered the NSA to cease collecting the telephone records of an individual and his business. The judge further ordered the NSA to segregate any records that have already been collected so that they are not reviewedContinue Reading

Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty

World Bank:  Shock waves: managing the Impacts of climate change on poverty – “Ending poverty and stabilizing climate change are the two objectives of this report. It is discussed how the two objectives should be addressed together. Climate change has an impact on eradicating poverty. Climate related shocks (natural disasters, spike in food prices, waterborneContinue Reading

Exposing the Hidden Web: An Analysis of Third-Party HTTP Requests on One Million Websites

Exposing the Hidden Web: An Analysis of Third-Party – HTTP Requests on One Million Websites. International Journal of Communication, October 2015. Timothy Libert. “This article provides a quantitative analysis of privacy compromising mechanisms on one million popular websites. Findings indicate that nearly nine in ten websites leak user data to parties of which the userContinue Reading