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Neutrality and Caching

There has been lots of discussion in Internet neutrality circles this week about Monday’s Wall Street Journal article claiming that Google, in seeking to enter caching deals with ISPs, is departing from its stance in favor of Internet neutrality. Google and a number of commenters (here, here and here) by now have…

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Maybe It’s Time for a ‘Child Porn Czar’

Writing critically about child pornography and Internet related issues makes any columnist twitchy. Words must be precise, ideas and intent clear, and even then such writing is more like tap dancing through a minefield than it is an editorial undertaking. As a result, the subject of child pornography and those chosen to police it are given…

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IG: Terror Database Filled with Outdated, Unfounded Information

Guardian, an FBI system for sharing counterterrorism information, suffers from numerous data integrity and management problems, according to a recent Inspector General’s (IG) report. As a result of spotty oversight and noncompliance with internal rules, the report concluded that Guardian consistently holds inaccurate, outdated, and incomplete records. Out of the records the IG examined, 61 percent did not…

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Health Data De-Identification Rules in Need of Update?

We’re heading into flu season, though we don’t yet know exactly when, where, or how hard the disease will strike. As the New York Times reported, this year Google may be able to help us predict outbreaks as much as a week to 10 days before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can. Google Flu…

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Supreme Court’s “Fleeting” Interest in the First Amendment

On Election Day last week, the legal community was momentarily distracted from the momentousness of the election by the possibility that the Supreme Court Justices might utter profanities in the hallowed chamber. Sadly, they restrained themselves. But the lack of “f-bombs” (as the Solicitor General called them) didn’t take away from the intrigue surrounding the oral argument in FCC…

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Transforming Macedonia Through E-Government

During all the US election news, I missed a good story in the International Herald Tribune on the country of Macedonia’s push toward E-Government: A lucrative annual permit to haul freight across the border between this Balkan country and Greece used to cost Macedonian truckers as much as €2,500 in bribes per vehicle. But that changed two years ago, when…

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Quick Thoughts on Obama’s Win

What does Obama’s big win yesterday augur for CDT’s work on Internet policy? Well, about a year ago the Obama campaign issued a very thoughtful position paper on technology and innovation. It does an excellent job identifying the key issues, and CDT stands ready to provide counsel and input to the new administration as it gets into the…

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IG: Lack of Enforcement Places Health Information at High Risk

Ineffective oversight has led to “numerous, significant vulnerabilities” in the system that safeguards electronic protected health information (EPHI), according to a government report released last week. In addition, the report found that the agency charged with oversight of HIPAA’s Security Rule had not conducted a single compliance review nor levied any civil penalties at the time…

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Global Internet Freedom Through Government Leadership

The Election of the Century is just a day away. Lots of things are on the electorate’s mind, but we here at CDT hope the next president – whomever he is – devotes considerable attention to one last major issue: global Internet freedom. What is Global Internet Freedom? Whether you call it global Internet freedom, digital human rights, or something else,…

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Laptop Search Hit Rate: Only 1.4%

The overwhelming majority of laptop searches at the border turn up no evidence of crime, according data presented by Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Jayson P. Ahern. At a panel discussion on October 20, Ahern revealed that of the 169 laptops searched at the border in August 2008, only two were seized – a mere 1.4% “hit…

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