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Don’t Sleep on Internet Freedom Issue

Reports of crumbling economies around the globe are sucking all the oxygen out of the news cycle. Certainly we can’t ignore the financial peril that many countries are facing; just as certainly, we can’t ignore the perils facing a vital engine of the global economy: The Internet. Yet is precisely at such times that those…

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WhiteHouse.gov: Moving the Cookie Forward

Over on CNET, Chris Soghoian has helpfully pointed out some new developments in the way that both WhiteHouse.gov and YouTube are delivering online video. Here’s a quick summary of recent changes: - The most recent batch of videos posted on WhiteHouse.gov do not use an embedded YouTube video player. Instead, the White House is using its own embedded Flash video…

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Senator Wants to Scratch a Seven Year Itch

Senator Lieberman has written a letter to the Judicial Conference asking why the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) online system is still charging a “per page” fee, when the goal of putting these records online in the first place was to make them “freely available to the greatest extent possible.” That was seven years ago. PACER…

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Show Us the Data Voting Deadline Approaches

March 9th is the deadline for telling ShowUsTheData.org what unclassified government information you would like to see go online. This includes information, documents or data that you know exists–on paper or in government computers and databases–that would be of value to the public if posted and regularly updated on an agency’s Web site, but for whatever reason…

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Read the Bill: reading a billion dollars a minute

Some of the news coverage around the $787 billion stimulus bill has noted that legislators had only had 13 hours to read the final bill and conference report. Setting aside that most of those 13 hours were overnight, there are only 780 minutes in 13 hours, so legislators and their staff literally had one minute to read the…

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The Italian Job

How do you say very dangerous in Italian? How about Italian prosecutors filing criminal charges against four Google executives for the content of a video posted by a user. By all accounts, the video – an ugly three minute display featuring teenagers bullying a boy with Down’s syndrome – was quickly removed from the site and Google helped…

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Neither a Retreat Nor an Imprimatur

The online advertising industry took a collective deep breath Thursday as the Federal Trade Commission issued its much-anticipated report outlining self-regulatory guidelines for the online behavioral advertising. Although behavioral ad networks already follow their own voluntary guidelines in the Network Advertising Initiative (which was updated just two months ago), we think it’s pretty clear from…

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Show Us the Data!

Today, CDT and OpenTheGovernment.org launched Show Us The Data: Most Wanted Federal Government Documents, a website created with lots of help from our friends at Sunlight Labs. CDT and OpenTheGovernment.org are setting out to identify the ten most wanted government documents, reports or data sets that should be on the Web – but are missing because…

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