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Daily Archives: December 1, 2015

Federal Court Lifts Gag Order on National Security Letter Recipient

EPIC – “For the first time, a federal court has lifted a national security letter gag order, allowing an Internet Service Provider to publish the FBI’s demands for records of user web browsing history, IP addresses, online purchases, and location information. The FBI issues thousands of NSLs each year, forcing companies to disclose troves of consumer records without probable cause. Recipients are preventing from acknowledging these warrantless searches. EPIC filed an amicus brief in In re National Security Letter, arguing that NSL gag orders frustrate the public’s right to know about government surveillance programs.”

Step on stage with the Google Cultural Institute

Google Official Blog:  “It takes years of practice to perfect the pirouettes. Months of rehearsal to get the crescendos just right. Multiple stories of lights, rigging and machinery to set the scene. At the world’s leading performing arts venues —like Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Bolshoi Theatre—artists, costume designers, musicians, stage crews and many… Continue Reading

The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work

The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work, Phillip Rogaway, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Davis, USA. December 1, 2015: “Cryptography rearranges power: it configures who can do what, from what. This makes cryptography an inherently political tool, and it confers on the field an intrinsically moral dimension. The Snowden revelations motivate a reassessment of… Continue Reading

Library of Congress Literacy Awards Publishes 2015 Best Practices

“The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program, now in its third year, has just published “Best Practices 2015,” a review of the outstanding work in the field of literacy being done by the three 2015 Literacy Awards award winners and 14 additional organizations that are successfully implementing best practices in literacy and reading promotion. The… Continue Reading

3.2B People Now Online Globally TechCrunch Reports

“The 2015 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was launched on 30 November, 2015, on the first day of the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) 2015, in Hiroshima, Japan. Parallel launch events took place in Addis Ababa, Brasilia, Cairo, Geneva and Moscow. The Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICT… Continue Reading

Testimony on CBO’s Analysis of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2016 Shipbuilding Plan

Testimony by Eric J. Labs, Senior Analyst for Naval Forces and Weapons, before the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, December 1, 2015. The submitted statement reprises CBO’s report, An Analysis of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2016 Shipbuilding Plan, which was released on October 29, 2015. That… Continue Reading