Senate Finally Seeds an XML Feed of Roll Call Votes

In another exciting development for congressional transparency and openness, the Senate Rules Committee has decided to publish Senate roll call votes in a public XML feed. This XML data from the Senate will allow the public, the press, and advocates to find and analyze roll call votes . Public access to Senate voting records- in their complete form-…

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Magazine Names Its Top 100 “Tech Titans”

This month’s issue of Washingtonian magazine makes the observation that: “hough Washington has none of the strong engineering universities, such as MIT or Stanford, that have been instrumental in the development of a vibrant tech communities elsewhere,” the DC-metro area thrives with top notch tech talent in business and politics. With the most tech savvy President in U.S….

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Lieberman Improves on CRS Resolution

In what has come to be a bit of a tradition, Senator Lieberman has introduced a resolution in the Senate to put non-confidential Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports online. A good bi-partisan group including Senators McCain (R-AZ), Leahy (D-VT), Feingold (D-WI), Harkin (D-IA), Collins (R-ME), and Lugar (R-IN) have co-sponsored the resolution, and we commend each of them;…

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Thwarting Civil Liberties – The Problem with Domestic Intelligence

Developing a set of rules that will reliably distinguish between activities that are legitimate and those that are true threats continues to vex domestic intelligence policy. In the past week, this fundamental issue cropped up in media discussion of a leaked DHS intelligence report and also during a Senate hearing on information sharing. In thinking about the problem, and…

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The “Killer App” That Really Isn’t

It’s troubling that the Internet and the wonderfully innovative service known as Craigslist have been cast as major players in the recent tragedy of a young woman’s death. Just because the alleged killer found his victim by trolling the adult ads section of Craigslist, the media has hung the nickname “the Craigslist Killer” on him. The…

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What Went Right in the Fight Against ‘Nuisance Adware’

It’s significant that of all the major desktop advertising players (the others being Claria, WhenU and DirectRevenue), Zango was the last one standing. With those words, Ken Smith the CEO of adware company Zango/180solutions signaled the end of an industry that consumers never wanted and the end of a company that CDT found to be engaging in…

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Why the NSA Should Not Lead Cybersecurity Government-Wide

UPDATE: At the RSA conference in San Francisco today, NSA Director Keith Alexander disavowed any interest by his agency in directing cybersecurity efforts outside of national security systems. Whether Alexander was engaging in damage control or whether his remarks truly represent a shift in Administration policy remains to be seen. Alexander also spoke of the…

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Personal Health Records – is HIPAA the Answer?

There has been considerable discussion lately about whether the new privacy provisions in the economic stimulus legislation (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA) extend the coverage of the HIPAA privacy and security regulations to commercial vendors of personal health records (PHRs) any time they contract with a HIPAA covered entity. In a

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Internet Libre

Now that U.S. telecom companies seem poised to gain access to Cuba, the big question is whether those companies can help to change the island nation’s repressive Internet censorship regime. President Obama’s plan to allow U.S. telecoms to do business in Cuba is the right thing to do. Gaining access to the Internet and new communications technologies…

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