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In the Theater of the Obtuse, The Huffington Post, June 23, 2008

Fourteen months ago, the administration proposed sweeping legislation to expand its wiretapping authority by amending the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) and giving itself political cover for having carried out an illegal wiretapping program in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Six votes later a "compromise" bill emerges; the House passed it last week. The Senate will follow…

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Leslie Harris and John Morris, We’ve Met the Enemy and It is the Messenger, The Huffington Post, May 28 2008.

Last week, Senator Joe Lieberman took another step backward in America’s "war on terrorism," by demanding that YouTube censor hundreds of videos allegedly posted by Islamic terrorists groups. And when the Google-owned video site responded by promptly removing a large number of those videos, which violated its guidelines against content containing hate speech and violence, he insisted that action…

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You May Already Be a Criminal: What MySpace Suicide Case Could Mean for You (ABC News, May 22, 2008)

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice brought criminal charges in Los Angeles against Lori Drew, the suburban St. Louis woman at the center of the widely reported MySpace suicide case. Not surprisingly, many people have voiced support for the indictment and relief that Drew had finally been brought to justice. It’s hard to find much sympathy…

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When Health Care and Privacy Meet Online: Health Care Records Are Going Online. Can Privacy Be Maintained?

Health information and communications technologies (HIT) will play a vital role in the creation of a 21st century health care system that is safe, effective, patient-centric and fair. For doctors, HIT brings the promise of advanced knowledge at the point of care. For patients, HIT transforms their passive role into one of collaboration and partnership with their health care team. While…

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Leslie Harris, MySpace: Coming of Age for Coming of Age, ABC News, Feb. 28, 2008

Serious questions are being raised about how to control minors’ access to online social networking sites. In an effort to forestall pre-emptive legal or legislative solutions, MySpace.com last month announced an agreement with 49 state attorneys general to convene a task force to investigate the issue and make recommendations. Chief among the solutions the task force will explore…

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Government Fails to Enforce Privacy on New IDs

Balancing national security and civil liberties requires delicate diplomacy to ensure a balance between legitimate security needs and the privacy rights of Americans. Since 9/11, preserving that balance has been ignored and forgotten. Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security had a chance to get it right when it released new rules for implementing the Real ID Act….

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