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Cloak of Secrecy Lifted as ACTA Text Goes Public

The parties negotiating ACTA have now made public the current version of the text.  It's not an easy read — there are many provisions featuring multiple proposed options and brackets marking text that somebody (the released version doesn't say who) has proposed but that don't reflect any consensus.  And it's not much of a surprise, since leaked…

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A New Map for Government Transparency

In a welcome step, Google has released important data that provides insight into the extent to which governments ask or require Google to provide private communications information to the government, or take down information that is made public on a Google service. To organize this data, Google launched the Government Requests Tool to display certain limited information about two kinds…

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CCIA: Stevens Invented the Internet

On the news of Justice John Paul Stevens's coming retirement from the Supreme Court, Matthew Schruers and Jonathan Band have written a great tribute to his copyright legacy.  Justice Stevens deftly steered a divided Court toward a fair-use victory for the VCR in 1984's ever-relevant Betamax case.  Schruers and Band give due credit to Justice…

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Thoughts from PrivacyCampDC 2010

Last weekend, we convened an “unconference” to bring together people in the DC area interested in discussing and debating ideas about privacy. An unconference has no agenda, no keynotes, no prescribed topics, and only one focus – ours was privacy. Bright and early Saturday morning, we met to create the schedule based on the interests and expertise of…

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Government Drops Warrantless Email Search Case, Highlighting Need for Reform

Last week the U.S. government dropped its demand that a federal magistrate force Yahoo! to fork over the contents of a user’s email account without a warrant. Although the government’s withdrawal is a victory for privacy in this case, it denies the court an opportunity to issue an opinion that could clarify this increasingly important, yet muddled, area…

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NTIA Issues Privacy Event Notice

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the International Trade Administration (ITA), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will hold a public meeting on May 7, 2010, to discuss the nexus between privacy policy and innovation in the Internet economy.

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NASA’s Open Government Plan Shoots for The Stars

What makes a good open government plan? Specifics. As I noted in a guest blog post at GovFresh, many open government plans are short  on details outside the sections dealing with their flagship initiatives – those projects slated to be started immediately. Missing from many plans are, well, plans – what agencies will be doing over the…

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CDT and Allies Stand Up for DMCA Safe Harbor

CDT and a number of allies told a federal judge yesterday that Viacom's billion-dollar lawsuit against YouTube reflects a dangerous effort to pare back the crucial safe harbor contained in Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Congress enacted Section 512 (codified at 47 USC 512) precisely because it recognized that, in order to stimulate growth of…

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Locating Location on the iPhone

Alissa Cooper wrote last week about some of the groundbreaking new location controls featured in the iPhone’s upcoming OS 4.0. I’ve never been one for technological caution, so I was excited to grab the new firmware to try out these features for myself. The 3.0 version of the iPhone OS included a lot of location-enabled features, but we were…

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