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The Deep Web and The Darknet

The Deep Web and The Darknet A Look Inside the Internet’s Massive Black Box. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, August 2015. “Many believe a Google search can identify most of the information available on the Internet on a given subject. But there is an entire online world – a massive one – beyond theContinue Reading

ANONIZE: A Large-Scale Anonymous Survey System

ANONIZE: A Large-Scale Anonymous Survey System – Susan Hohenberger Johns Hopkins University; Steven Myers Indiana University; abhi shelat University of Virginia; Rafael Pass Cornell University. “A secure ad-hoc survey scheme enables a survey authority to independently (with- out any interaction) select an ad-hoc group of registered users based only on their identities (e.g., their emailContinue Reading

A Guide to Cyber Risk

“Cyber risk is now a major threat to clients’ businesses. Companies increasingly face new exposures including first-and third-party damage, business interruption (BI) and regulatory consequences.  A Guide to Cyber Risk examines global trends and developments in cyber, while also identifying the emerging risks that will significantly impact the industry in the near future. > DownloadContinue Reading

Opportunities Exist to Enhance Management Controls Over CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database

OIG – Board of Governor’s of the Federal Reserve – CFPB Report: 2015-FMIC-C-016 September 10, 2015 “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) publicly discloses certain consumer complaint data through its Consumer Complaint Database, which is available on its website. Our audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the CFPB’s controls over the accuracy and completeness ofContinue Reading

Federal Court Invalidates 11-Year-old FBI gag order on National Security Letter recipient Nicholas Merrill

Calyx Institute: “A federal district court has ordered the FBI to lift an eleven-year- old gag order imposed on Nicholas Merrill [document is redacted] forbidding him from speaking about a National Security Letter (“NSL”) that the FBI served on him in 2004. The ruling marks the first time that an NSL gag order has beenContinue Reading

Spokeo v. Robins – Brief of Restitution and Remedies Scholars as Amici Curia in Support of Respondent

Laycock, Douglas and Gergen, Mark P. and Rendleman, Doug, Spokeo v. Robins – Brief of Restitution and Remedies Scholars as Amici Curia in Support of Respondent (September 11, 2015). Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2015. Available for download at SSRN: “Both consumer protection and restitution may be casualties in a collision withContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Affordable Rental Housing, Confidential Informants, Information Technology Reform, U.S. Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center, Veterans Benefits Management System

Affordable Rental Housing: Assistance Is Provided by Federal, State, and Local Programs, but There Is Incomplete Information on Collective Performance, GAO-15-645: Published: Sep 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2015. Confidential Informants: Updates to Policy and Additional Guidance Would Improve Oversight by DOJ and DHS Agencies, GAO-15-807: Published: Sep 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 15,Continue Reading

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry

CRS – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry. Bill Canis, Specialist in Industrial Organization and Business, September 9, 2015. “Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — commonly referred to as drones — have become a staple of U.S. military reconnaissance and weapons delivery in overseas war zones such as Afghanistan. Now some newContinue Reading

DNI Testimony on Worldwide Cyber Threats

Statement for the Record – Worldwide Cyber Threats – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, September 10, 2015. “Worldwide Cyber Threats – Overview – Cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication, and severity of impact. The ranges of cyber threatContinue Reading

EFF Provides Evidence to Courts on Telecoms Collection of Metadata

“This week EFF presented evidence in two of its NSA cases confirming the participation of Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T in the NSA’s mass telephone records collection under the Patriot Act.  This is important because, despite broad public acknowledgement, the government is still claiming that it can dismiss our cases because it has never confirmedContinue Reading

NH Public Library retracts access to TOR after DHS intervention

techdirt – First Library To Support Tor Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email –  “Since Edward Snowden exposed the extent of online surveillance by the U.S. government, there has been a surge of initiatives to protect users’ privacy. But it hasn’t taken long for one of these efforts — a project to equipContinue Reading

Julian Assange’s Introduction to The Wikileaks Files

Via Gizmodo: “This essay by Julian Assange is taken from the introduction to The Wikileaks Files: The World According to the US Empire, a collection analyzing how Wikileaks’ release of US diplomatic cables impacted foreign policy.” “…Cultures and economies communicate using all manner of techniques across the regions and years of their existence, from theContinue Reading