NextGov Blog

This week, Government Executive launched a new site called NextGov about technology issues in government. I’ve been asked to blog for them about privacy and other related issues. Today, I have a post up in the Tech Insider section about the State Department’s continued privacy violations. Go check it out!

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Google-DoubleClick is a Done Deal. Now What?

CDT has been suggesting that the Google/DoubleClick merger simply heightened existing concerns on what the industry as a whole is doing. The recent reaction to Phorm’s testing in Britiain and growth in ISP ad targeting industry shows that remains true today. However, we were hoping that the FTC or the EU would ask Google to…

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Sunshine Week Celebrates New FOIA Amendments

Yesterday, I attended the First Annual Freedom of Information Day Celebration at American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL) to kick off Sunshine Week (March 16-22), which celebrates government transparency and freedom of information. Each year Sunshine Week coincides with the birthday (March 16) of James Madison, who famously wrote in 1822: “A popular government without popular information or…

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Happy Sunshine Week!

Sunshine week, celebrated nationwide, is dedicated to open government, with events surrounding Freedom of Information and government transparency. Sunshine Week 2008 this year includes some great talks happening in Washington, D.C. and around the country, all focused on the concept of government openness. Yesterday was the National Freedom of Information Day, held on James Madison’s birthday; Madison was…

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Publius Maximus

The foolishness of state legislators when it comes to the Internet apparently knows no limits. After years of losing efforts to censor content online, a new evil has apparently been identified: anonymity. A Kentucky representative has filed a bill to make it illegal to post online without registering a real name, physical address, email address and including full name…

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Controversial Provision on Damages Deleted from Copyright Enforcement Bill

On March 6, the House Judiciary subcommittee with jurisdiction over intellectual property issues approved H.R. 4279, a bill aimed at strengthening intellectual property (I.P.) enforcement. But first the subcommittee made an important modification — it agreed to delete a highly controversial section concerning statutory damages in infringement cases involving compilations. This is a welcome change. As I described…

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National Privacy Standards Needed for America’s “Cammed Nation”

Washington, D.C. recently joined the club of cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, that conduct live monitoring of citizens through closed circuit television cameras (CCTV). Hundreds of millions of dollars granted by the Department of Homeland Security to state and local governments has greatly expanded the use of CCTV in the U.S. since 2001….

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White House 2.0

This week, I was fortunate to moderate a panel called White House 2.0 at the Politics Online Conference in Washington this week. The panel asked the question — If Web 2.0 technology has pervaded the campaigns this year, how will the technology be used to govern in the future? Panelists had a diversity of views…

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