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New Internet Monitor report: “Beyond the Wall: Mapping Twitter in China”

“Internet Monitor is delighted to announce the publication of “Beyond the Wall: Mapping Twitter in China,” the seventh in a series of special reports that focus on key events and new developments in Internet freedom. The report, authored by Sonya Yan Song, Robert Faris, and John Kelly, maps and analyzes the structure and content foundContinue Reading

GAO Reports – InfoTech Acquisitions, K-12 Education, DoD and Sexual Assault, Aviation Security, 2020 Census, Climate Change, Medicaid, TARP

Information Technology: Implementation of Reform Legislation Needed to Improve Acquisitions and Operations, GAO-16-204T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015. K-12 Education: Internal Controls for Program Management and Oversight Can Help Ensure the Success of School Choice Programs, GAO-16-212T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015. Sexual Assault: Actions Needed toContinue Reading

The Economist – Global Diversity List

“Global Diversity List is first assessment of individuals and companies with outstanding commitment to diversity nominated by readers of The Economist.  The first ever assessment of the world’s leading authorities on diversity was announced on Saturday 31 October 2015. The Global Diversity List, a comprehensive guide to the individuals who are putting diversity at theContinue Reading

Model Laws Animal Abuser Registry Act

Animal Law Resource Center – Model Laws Animal Abuser Registry Act Sec. 1. Purpose: “This Act recognizes that it is paramount to the safety and well-being of the community to deal seriously with crimes against animals and separate animal abusers from potential victims. The link between violence against animals and violence against human beings isContinue Reading

Army Techniques Publication – Protection of Civilians

Protection of Civilians, Headquarters, Department of the Army, ATP 3-07.6 October 2015. “ATP 3-07.6 contains five chapters: Chapter 1 provides an overview of the protection of civilians, discusses its legal underpinnings, and addresses considerations including civilian risks. It discusses civilian protection during military operations and introduces the protection of civilians framework used in the document,Continue Reading

Women’s Rights Online: Translating Access into Empowerment

“New research by the Web Foundation shows that the dramatic spread of mobile phones is not enough to get women online, or to achieve empowerment of women through technology. The study, based on a survey of thousands of poor urban men and women across nine developing countries*, found that while nearly all women and menContinue Reading

Regulating Real-World Surveillance

Kaminski, Margot E., Regulating Real-World Surveillance (October 27, 2015). Washington Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 113, 2015; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 316. Available for download at SSRN: “A number of laws govern information gathering, or surveillance, by private parties in the physical world. But we lack a compelling theory of privacyContinue Reading

EFF Report – License Plate Readers Used By States – Exposed

Dave Maass and Cooper Quintin: “Law enforcement agencies around the country have been all too eager to adopt mass surveillance technologies, but sometimes they have put little effort into ensuring the systems are secure and the sensitive data they collect on everyday people is protected. Case in point: automated license plate recognition (ALPR) systems. EarlierContinue Reading

ODNI – The Principles of Intelligence Transparency

The Principles of Intelligence Transparency Implementation Plan, October 27, 2015. “The Principles of Intelligence Transparency – In February 2015, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) published the Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the Intelligence Community (Principles). These Principles are intended to facilitate Intelligence Community (IC) decisions on making information publicly available in a manner thatContinue Reading

Privacy Bridges: EU and US Privacy Experts in Search of Transatlantic Privacy Solutions

“The EU and US share a common commitment to privacy protection as a cornerstone of democracy. Following the Treaty of Lisbon, data privacy is a fundamental right that the European Union must proactively guarantee. In the United States, data privacy derives from constitutional protections in the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment as well as federalContinue Reading

Paper – A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma

A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma by Neal Koblitz and Alfred J. Menezes – “In August 2015 the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) released a major policy statement on the need for post-quantum cryptography (PQC). This announcement will be a great stimulus to the development, standardization, and commercialization of new quantum-safe algorithms. However, certain peculiaritiesContinue Reading

Facebook Search expands reach of already huge network

“Welcome to Search FYI. With over 1.5 billion searches per day and over 2 trillion posts in our index, search is an important, long-term effort at Facebook. The team’s goal with Search FYI is to share our progress more frequently. When something happens in the world, people often turn to Facebook to see how theirContinue Reading