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Google’s Move Into Behavioral Targeting

After several years of saying that it doesn’t target ads based on profiles of users, Google took a giant step into behavioral targeting by beginning to target ads on its AdSense network (although not on search or display advertising… but that only seems to be a matter of time at this point). On the whole, the move…

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Health IT All A “Twitter” During Health Affairs Event

The nation’s preeminent health policy publication, Health Affairs, is holding an event today highlighting a series of major policy papers published in its latest issue. CDT’s Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project, will speak today about key points contained in one of those papers that she and several CDT colleagues authored for the peer-reviewed journal. HPP’s paper…

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Sen. Lieberman to Congress: Free the CRS Reports

Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports have long among the most sought after unclassified government documents. Despite the fact that these documents are produced with taxpayer money, they have been deliberately kept from easy public accessibility despite repeated calls to "Free CRS Documents." CRS, which generates detailed reports relevant to current political events for lawmakers, are freely available…

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DOJ Memo Justifies Warrantless Surveillance As “Self-Defense”

A September 25, 2001 memorandum released March 2, 2009 by the Justice Department asserts in sweeping language that the attacks of September 11, 2001 justified warrantless surveillance in the U.S. as an act of collective self-defense. “If the government’s heightened interest in self-defense justifies the use of deadly force, then it certainly would also justify warrantless searches,” the…

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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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