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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

National Privacy Research Strategy outlines US privacy research agenda

Via FTC:  “The White House recently released the first ever United States “National Privacy Research Strategy,” which identifies priorities for privacy research funded by the Federal government. While focused on government, the strategy is also intended to spur similar private sector efforts. I participated in the working group that developed the strategy and am excited… Continue Reading

ALA Resolution on the Restoration of the United Nations Depository Library System

Resolution on the Restoration of the United Nations Depository Library System – ALA Council [Via Susan Paterson] Whereas ALA Policy 6.1.1 International Relations- Policy Objectives is “To encourage the exchange, dissemination, and access to information and the unrestricted flow of library materials in all formats throughout the world (ALA Key Action Area:  Equitable Access to… Continue Reading

LC target of DNS attack and a commentary on LC and digitization challenges

FCW.com, July 18, 2016: “The Library of Congress was the target of a denial-of-service attack that has knocked out Congress.gov and the U.S. Copyright Office website, and caused outages at other sites hosted by the library. Library spokesperson Gayle Osterberg told FCW that the DNS attack was launched July 17 and continues to affect library… Continue Reading

New DOJ legislation eases access for foreign governments to acquire electronic data stored by US companies

“On behalf of the Administration, I am pleased to present for the consideration of the Congress a legislative proposal that would help resolve potential conflicting legal obligations that U.S. electronic communications service providers (“service providers”) may face when required to disclose electronic data by foreign governments investigating serious crime, including terrorism. The legislative proposal is… Continue Reading

House Intelligence Committee Publishes Recently Declassified Redacted Version of “28 Pages”

News release: “Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), under the direction of Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), approved publication of a newly declassified section of the 2002 Joint Congressional Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.   Following a declassification… Continue Reading

Smithsonian Magazine – An Oral History of the March on Washington

Summer 1963 – “The potent symbolism of a demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial—timed to coincide with the centenary of the Emancipation Proclamation and following President John F. Kennedy’s announcement in June that he would submit a civil rights bill to Congress—transfixed the nation. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom also catapulted 34-year-old Martin… Continue Reading

First Woman and African American Librarian of Congress Confirmed by Congress

TIME: “Carla Hayden made history on Wednesday (July 13, 2016) as the Senate voted to approve her nomination as Librarian of Congress, making her both the first woman and the first African American to hold the post. Hayden was first nominated by President Obama in February, and the Senate Rules Committee approved her nomination in… Continue Reading

Text of European Commission Adequacy Decision on Privacy Shield

“European Commission Implementing Decision of 12.7.2016 pursuant to Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Text with EEA relevance) THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Having regard to Directive 95/46/EC of… Continue Reading

UK Policy paper – Women in Finance Charter

“On 22 March, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money, published her review into the representation of women in senior managerial positions in financial services. On 11 July HM Treasury announced that 72 firms have signed the Women in Finance Charter. These firms have committed to implement four key industry actions, as recommended in Jayne-Anne Gadhia’s… Continue Reading

Internet of Things, transportation and privacy – or not?

Via Bloomberg: “As you may have suspected, your car is spying on you. Fire up a new model and it updates more than 100,000 data points, including rather personal details like the front-seat passenger’s weight. The navigation system tracks every mile and remembers your route to work. The vehicular brain is smart enough to help… Continue Reading

Essay – Dallas: Once Again, America’s Crucible

Via RollCall, Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, a journalist and writer based in New York City, is a professor at Fordham University:For the second time in more than half a century, Dallas is at the center of a seminal moment in our history. It’s a moment set against imploding national anxiety and anger, stark racial divisions, black-and-white… Continue Reading

Diversity issues remain focus as Library of Congress welcomes new Chief Librarian

Via RollCall: “The Library of Congress could soon have the first African American and first woman chief librarian in its 200-year history. But some employees worry that the expected arrival of Carla D. Hayden won’t be enough to end a decades-long struggle with discrimination and diversity in its workforce. “Yeah, she’d make history,” said Priscilla… Continue Reading