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Controversy surrounds $500 million commercial development project on Grand Canyon rim

Who Can Save the Grand Canyon? by David Roberts, Smithsonian magazine: “When Teddy Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument, in 1908, he famously said: “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” In that sense, the EscaladeContinue Reading

Most Americans confused about Net Neutrality – seek more information

Follow up to previous posting – Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate, an article from The Register that contributes more resources and perspective to the debate: “With commissioners at US watchdog the FCC due to vote on proposed net neutrality rules next week, a poll of Americans hasContinue Reading

Sensors and Journalism

Tow Center for Data Journalism – December 3, 2014. Sensors and Journalism: “This report you have opened is not monolithic. You can match its sections to your needs. The first section introduces our topic. It starts by describing the landscape where sensors and journalism combine, and continues on to define necessary terms for understanding thisContinue Reading

Report – Largest global manufacturer of SIM cards hacked

The Intercept – Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley – “American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security AgencyContinue Reading

EPIC Prevails in “Stingray” Case Against FBI

“EPIC has obtained nearly $30,000 in litigation fees as a result of a Freedom of Information Act case against the FBI concerning a new surveillance technology. EPIC’s lawsuit produced the release of more than 4,000 pages of documents about a phony cell tower technique called “Stingray.” The documents obtained by EPIC revealed that the FBIContinue Reading

The Impact of the Dark Web on Internet Governance and Cyber Security

Global Commission on Internet Governance, The Impact of the Dark Web on Internet Governance and Cyber Security, Michael Chertoff and Tobby Simon, Paper Series: No. 6, February 2015. “With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ contract with the United States Department of Commerce due to expire in 2015, the international debate on InternetContinue Reading

The Presidential Libraries Act and the Establishment of Presidential Libraries

CRS Report – The Presidential Libraries Act and the Establishment of Presidential Libraries – Wendy R. Ginsberg, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Erika K. Lunder, Legislative Attorney; Daniel J. Richardson, Research Assistant. February 6, 2015. “The Presidential Libraries Act and the Establishment of Presidential Libraries Congressional Research Service Summary The Presidential Libraries Act (P.L.Continue Reading

Risk Classification’s Big Data (R)Evolution

Swedloff, Rick, Risk Classification’s Big Data (R)Evolution (2014). Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 21, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2566594 “Insurers can no longer ignore the promise that the algorithms driving big data will offer greater predictive accuracy than traditional statistical analysis alone. Big data represents a natural evolutionary advancement of insurers trying toContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research Adds Thousands of New Digitized Items

Via Katrina Stierholz, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – “additions to FRASER since its relaunch in October 2014 –  FRASER – the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research – has added thousands of new items to its free digital library of economics and banking history and offers a wealth of primary and secondaryContinue Reading

Small Rule Change That Could Give the U.S. Government Sweeping New Warrant Power

Posted by Richard Salgado, Legal Director, Law Enforcement and Information Security: “At the request of the Department of Justice, a little-known body — the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure — is proposing a significant change to procedural rules that could have profound implications for the privacy rights and security interests of everyoneContinue Reading

Liability of Online Intermediaries – New Study by the Global Network of Internet and Society Centers

“The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce the release of a new report, which examines the rapidly changing landscape of online intermediary liability at the intersection of law, technology, norms, and markets, and is aimed at informing and improving Internet policy-making globally.Continue Reading

Harvard, MIT Sued Over Lack of Captioning for Online Courses

FindLaw Courtside: “The National Association of the Deaf filed two federal class actions complaints today. The suits — against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — allege that the universities discriminate against the deaf because their online content is not captioned, or is poorly or illegibly captioned. This lack of captioning, accordingContinue Reading