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Encryption and Evolving Technology: Implications for U.S. Law Enforcement Investigations

Via FAS – CRS Report – Encryption and Evolving Technology: Implications for U.S. Law Enforcement Investigations, Kristin Finklea Specialist in Domestic Security February 18, 2016. “Because modern-day criminals are constantly developing new tools and techniques to facilitate their illicit activities, law enforcement is challenged with leveraging its tools and authorities to keep pace. For instance,Continue Reading

Maps document the full extent of ISIS cultural destruction

Antiquities Coalition – “Mapping threats to cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa makes it clear that much of our past, the ‘Cradle of Civilization’, is in imminent danger of destruction. With priceless artifacts and millennia of history lost and imperiled, teams of heritage experts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)Continue Reading

CIA Releases Declassified Documents to National Archives

“Today [February 16, 2016], CIA released about 750,000 pages of declassified intelligence papers, records, research files and other content which are now accessible through CIA’s Records Search Tool (CREST) at the National Archives in College Park, MD. This release will include  nearly 100,000 pages of analytic intelligence publication files, and about 20,000 pages of researchContinue Reading

Report – Global fact-checking up 50% in past year

Duke Reporter’s Lab – By Mark Stencel, February 16, 2016: “The high volume of political truth-twisting is driving demand for political fact-checkers around the world, with the number of fact-checking sites up 50 percent since last year. The Duke Reporters’ Lab annual census of international fact-checking currently counts 96 active projects in 37 countries. That’sContinue Reading

Search Hillary Clinton’s Emails

Via WSJ.com – Search Hillary Clinton’s Emails – The State Department has released five batches of Hillary Clinton’s emails from the time when she was secretary of state. The department is reviewing more than 50,000 pages of Clinton’s messages and releasing them on a monthly schedule. Last updated Jan. 29, 2015.

Kickstarter seeks to make CIA Records Search Tool accessible to researchers

Michael Franco – cnet: “Currently, more than 11 million pages of declassified CIA documents are publicly available via an electronic database called CREST, or the CIA Records Search Tool. While some of these documents — like a batch of UFO related files the CIA cleverly calls its X-Files — are available online, many can onlyContinue Reading

Negotiations for UK wiretap order access to US social media

Washington Post: “If U.S. and British negotiators have their way, MI5, the British domestic security service, could one day go directly to American companies like Facebook or Google with a wiretap order for the online chats of British suspects in a counter­terrorism investigation. The transatlantic allies have quietly begun negotiations this month on an agreementContinue Reading

Paper – Coming to Terms with Secret Law

Rudesill, Dakota S., Coming to Terms with Secret Law (January 6, 2015). 7 Harvard National Security Journal, 2015, Forthcoming; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 321. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2687223 “The allegation that the U.S. government is producing secret law has become increasingly common. This article evaluates this claim, examining the availableContinue Reading

Reconciling Perspectives: New Report Reframes Encryption Debate

“The Berklett Cybersecurity Project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce the publication of a new report entitled “Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate.” The report examines the high-profile debate around government access to encryption, and offers a new perspective gleaned from the discussion,Continue Reading

UK’s return to top ten of Corruption Perceptions Index carries both risks and opportunities

“An improvement of four places from 14th to 10th in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is an opportunity for the UK to lead on global corruption at the Prime Minister’s forthcoming Anti-Corruption Summit in May – but carries the risk that if he fails to deliver, the UK will once again sink downContinue Reading

ODNI Strategic Human Capital Plan 2012-2017

Via FAS, this Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Human Capital Plan was obtained under FOIA by Prof. Van Puyvelde. FAS – “As of 2012, the total Intelligence Community workforce was 76.6% white, and 61.6% male, both higher than the overall federal workforce (which was 65.6% white and 55.9% male).” Also via FASContinue Reading

World Press Freedom Index 2015: decline on all fronts

“Top of the list, as so often, are three Scandinavian countries: Finland, which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark. At the other end of the scale, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, in last place, were the worst performers. France is ranked 38th (up one place), theContinue Reading