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Leslie Harris, A Technology Agenda for the Next Administration, The Huffington Post, Sept. 29, 2008

It’s taken a little less than eight years to demolish the Constitutional balance between security and liberty, all in the name of protecting Americans against threats real and imagined. The next President inherits a “civil liberties deficit.” This privacy nightmare was born one on the one hand of bad legislation, abusive surveillance tactics and politically-motivated fear mongering, and on…

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General Potemkin’s Olympic Village, The Huffington Post, July 31, 2008

The revelation that China has reneged on its promise to allow journalists covering the Olympics unfettered Internet access has provoked a firestorm of protest around the world. But the move should take no one by surprise. Any casual China watcher understands that media control stands at the heart of the governments’ grip on power. The real surprise is that anyone…

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Unhappy Birthday Pacifica, The Huffington Post, July 2, 2008

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the day the U.S. Supreme Court built its indecency house upon the sand. That day, in FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, the court’s fractured 5-4 decision ruled that the FCC was justified in its role as arbiter of "indecency " when it came to deciding what was broadcast on public airwaves during…

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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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