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New official map of Canada published online by the government

“This map (MCR 102) is the latest publication in the Atlas of Canada Reference Map Series. It is an update to the 1:6 000 000 paper map of Canada published in 2006. International, provincial and territorial boundaries and the 200-mile offshore Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are featured on the map. All the national parks andContinue Reading

EPA Fracking Waste Dumping Permits in Wyoming Challenged

Elizabeth Shogren – High Country News – April 14, 2015 – “The Environmental Protection Agency last month issued revised permits for oil companies to dump literally rivers of wastewater—including hydraulic fracturing fluids—on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. When the companies pump oil, water from deep in the earth comes up too. This water canContinue Reading

Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security

Global Commission on Internet Governance -“The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) was established in January 2014 to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. In recent deliberations, the Commission discussed the potential for a damaging erosion of trust in the absence of a broad social agreement on norms forContinue Reading

House Reconsiders Data Breach Bill

EPIC – “Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee have convened to rework the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. The Act, introduced by Reps. Blackburn and Welch, would require businesses to notify consumers of a data breach “unless there is no reasonable risk of identity theft or financial harm.” The bill would also preemptContinue Reading

DHS Privacy Office FOIA Report March 2015

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2015 Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer Report to the Attorney General of the United States March 2015. “The Report summarizes the Department’s accomplishments in achieving its strategic goals related to transparency, openness, and implementing FOIA from March 2014 through March 2015…a word about the backlog: As has beenContinue Reading

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service

“The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google outlining the Commission’s preliminary view that the company is abusing a dominant position, in breach of EU antitrust rules, by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Commission is concerned thatContinue Reading

Terrorist Databases and the No Fly List: Procedural Due Process and Hurdles to Litigation

Terrorist Databases and the No Fly List: Procedural Due Process and Hurdles to Litigation. Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. April 2, 2015. “In order to protect national security, the government maintains various terrorist watchlists, including the “No Fly” list, which contains the names of individuals to be denied boarding on commercial airline flights. Travelers onContinue Reading

El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala Account for 38% of Immigration Court Filings

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Three Central American countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — account for over a third (38 percent) of removal orders sought by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so far this fiscal year, according to the latest Immigration Court data covering the period through the end of March 2015. DuringContinue Reading

Fair Copyright Reform for Libraries and Archives in Europe

The London Manifesto: “Fair copyright across Europe is essential. Without it we will fail to adequately support research, innovation and growth, and hinder the ambition for a digital single market. With it we will better foster knowledge across borders, meet the needs of disabled people and take full advantage of the digital age. We areContinue Reading

Report – Metadata collection of Americans’ international calls began in 1992

Brad Health – USAToday: “The U.S. government started keeping secret records of Americans’ international telephone calls nearly a decade before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, harvesting billions of calls in a program that provided a blueprint for the far broader National Security Agency surveillance that followed. For more than two decades, the Justice Department andContinue Reading

Consensus-as-a-service: a brief report on the emergence of permissioned, distributed ledger systems

Via Great Wall of Numbers this Report by Tim Sanson, April 6, 2015 – Highlights: •”Distributed ledgers and cryptocurrency systems are fundamentally different. •The key difference involves how transactions are validated: Bitcoin uses pseudonymous and anonymous nodes to validate transactions whereas distributed ledgers require legal identities – permissioned nodes to validate transactions. •Consequently, distributed ledgersContinue Reading

A critical analysis of Facebook’s Revised Policies and Terms

From social media service to advertising network – A critical analysis of Facebook’s Revised Policies and Terms DRAFT 31 March 2015. The authors are part of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT/Centre for Intellectual Property Rights(ICRI/CIR) of KU Leuven (www.icri.be), the department of Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) of the Vrije UniversiteitContinue Reading