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Senate Committee Approves Cyber Surveillance Bill

EPIC – “In a closed-door meeting, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2015. The bill would allow the government to obtain user information from private companies without judicial oversight. Companies would receive immunity for their disregard of existing privacy law. Senator Wyden, who opposed the measure, stated, “IfContinue Reading

Guide to Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships

News release: “The global law firm Jones Day has launched a new website that comprehensively surveys and tracks changes in laws governing the legal recognition of same-sex relationships around the world. The site is available for use without charge. The site summarizes the status of legal recognition of same-sex relationships in all U.N. recognized countriesContinue Reading

Study finds racial, ethnic divide in attention to crime news

“Crime consistently ranks as one of the most followed and discussed topics by the public, and it receives more attention in local news media than almost any other subject. A recent Pew Research Center report reinforces these findings but also suggests that certain groups of residents pay closer attention to local crime than others inContinue Reading

2014 General Social Survey includes data on wealth, social identity, civic participation

“Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has been monitoring societal change and studying the growing complexity of American society. The GSS aims to gather data on contemporary American society in order to monitor and explain trends and constants in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes; to examine the structure and functioning of society in general asContinue Reading

Privacy elements of Apple mobile devices targeted in ongoing surveillance program

The Intercept: “Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept. The security researchers presented their latest tactics and achievements at a secret annual gathering, called the “Jamboree,” where attendees discussed strategies for exploitingContinue Reading

Wikimeida Foundation joined by civil rights groups in lawsuit against NSA surveillance

The Guardian – “The Wikimedia Foundation, Amnesty International and a host of civil rights groups sued the National Security Agency and the US Department of Justice on Tuesday challenging the mass surveillance programme uncovered by whistleblower Edward Snowden. “We’re filing suit today on behalf of our readers and editors everywhere,” said Jimmy Wales, founder ofContinue Reading

Climate Change: Canadian Legal and Policy Responses

Benidickson, Jamie, Climate Change: Canadian Legal and Policy Responses (February 24, 2015). Benidickson, Jamie Environmental Law, 4th (Irwin Law, 2013). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2569113 “The chapter surveys Canadian climate change legislation and policy initiatives by federal, provincial and municipal governments to demonstrate interventions at all levels in response to climate change concern andContinue Reading

UK Call to end violence against women and girls: progress report 2010 to 2015

“Last year around 1.4 million women suffered domestic abuse and around 350,000 were sexually assaulted. This is wholly unacceptable and we remain determined to end violence against women and girls. In November 2010, we set out our strategy to achieve this ambitious vision. Our main themes of prevention, provision of good quality services, improved partnershipContinue Reading

The Unprecedented Expansion of School Surveillance Authority Under Cyberbullying Laws

Suski, Emily, Beyond the Schoolhouse Gates: The Unprecedented Expansion of School Surveillance Authority Under Cyberbullying Laws (2014). Case Western Reserve Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 1, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2573390 “For several years, states have grappled with the problem of cyberbullying and its sometimes devastating effects. Because cyberbullying often occurs between students,Continue Reading

Canada’s Proposed Antiterrorism Act

Via Darlene Fichter [who notes a key difference between Canadian and US legislation is no oversight body]  postings by Canadian law professors Craig Forcese and Kent Roach – [Note – Prof. Forcese also posts on national security issues here.] “Parliamentary committee hearings on bill C-51 begin next week. We have created a table consolidating recommendedContinue Reading

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community – 2015

Statement for the Record Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, Senate Armed Services Committee, James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence February 26, 2015. Cyber Strategic Assessment – “Cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication, and severity of impact. The ranges of cyber threat actors, methodsContinue Reading

Worldwide Searchable Death Penalty Database

“The Death Penalty Worldwide website was created by Professor Sandra Babcock in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. The website and database are intended to fill a void in current information about the laws and practices relating to the application of the death penalty around the world. There is a great dealContinue Reading