This Global Legal Monitor article by Peter Roudik covering Communications was published on December 30, 2011 for Belarus
In order to prevent us from discussing and sharing interesting things, the copyright industry has successfully eliminated civil liberties online. But it was all down to a wrong and stupid business assumption in the first place.
In spite of all the answers the internet has given us, its full potential to transform our lives remains the great unknown. Here are the nine key steps to understanding the most powerful tool of our age - and where it's taking us
My view on today's taxi protests and what it means for the sharing economy - Vice-President of the European Commission
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has provided a federal judge with testimony from 22 separate advocacy organizations detailing how the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass telephone records collection program has impeded the groups' work, discouraged their members and...
As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it's tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.
Laws in India straitjacket men and women into strict gender roles
Pechino - Ricordate l'indignazione cinese per il Nobel per la pace assegnato a Liu Xiaobo? Dal loro punto di vista, Liu è un criminale condannato a 11 anni per "aver incitato alla sovversione dello Stato". All'epoca la Cina istituì un premio analogo, il Confucio. E furono in molti a suggerire il nome di Assange. Allora
If a piece of information has been collected but has never actually been seen by the human eye, is it considered surveillance?
Every April, I try to wade through mounds of paperwork to file my taxes. Like most Americans, I'm trying to follow the law and pay all of the taxes that I owe without getting screwed in the process. I try and make sure that every donation I made is backed by proof, every deduction is backed by logic and documentation that I'll be able to make sense of three to seven years later. Because, like many Americans, I completely and utterly dread the idea of being audited. Not because I've done anything wrong, but the exact opposite. I know that I'm filing my taxes to the best of my ability and yet, I also know that if I became a target of interest from the IRS, they'd inevitably find some checkbox I forgot to check or some subtle miscalculation that I didn't see. And so what makes an audit intimidating and scary is not because I have something to hide but because proving oneself to be innocent takes time, money, effort, and emotional grit.
All but seven states have proposed or adopted legislation relating to the domestic use of drones, or unmanned aerial systems, in domestic airspace, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Now, at the invitation of the Aerospace States Association, EFF has rung in with the three...
Robert George, Sherif Girgis and Ryan Anderson: The civil rights rhetoric of "marriage equality" masks a profound error.
2012/12/12: The last couple of weeks there has been a huge discussion in The Netherlands about the introduction of infrastructure making it possible to retrieve patient's medical data from system A to give an insight to a caretaker in a different location. The Dutch senate voted the structure out unanimously by stating it was lacking on security measures and violated the privacy of the patients. This led to private insurers and some other stakeholders to form a group and implement the system anyway. A large group of medical doctors filed a lawsuit on the basis of violation of doctor- patient privilege; we're expecting a ruling on the 19th of December. We started to do some international research and found a remarkable resemblance in the same sort of systems being pushed almost worldwide and yesterday we hit the jackpot by locating EpSOS, a European large scale project already in the testing phase making it possible to collect medical records of all Europeans.
Defending Free Speech Online
For some months now, there have been intense discussions on the threats raised by the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). In December, the 193 Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations, will gather in Duba195175 for this important conference aimed at amending the ITU's founding treaty, the "International Telecommunication Regulations" (ITRs).
Privacy rights face a crisis. Governments around the world have been taking overreaching, fear-based surveillance measures against essential online freedoms. Organizing an international resistance demands a complex understanding of both the latest online surveillance trends and of long-standing...
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Geo-data received based on "reasonable grounds" phone was connected to a crime.
Mathias Klang opened this year's Akademy with a keynote look at freedom and the internet. It was something of a cautionary tale that outlined the promises that technology brings, while noting that the dangers are often being overlooked. Klang comes from an academic and legal background-he is currently a researcher and senior lecturer at the University of G195182teborg in Sweden-which gives him something of a different perspective on technology issues.