Privacy Matters

"How am I supposed to go to a judge if the third party is gagged...?"

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Greatest hits for your Friday afternoon: internet freedom activist Jake Appelbaum questions the FBI's deputy general counsel on secret Patriot Act subpoenas, called "National Security Letters" (NSLs). Appelbaum has been a target of the secret, gag-imposed orders. 

Technologists, responsibility and the degradation of the rule of law

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Watch the ACLU of Massachusetts' Kade Crockford, Occupy Boston's Matt Womer, Center for Democracy and Technology's Mark Stanley and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society's Rob Faris discuss technology and democracy, moderated by Chris Walsh of the Berkman Center.

Google glasses and our collective failure to act on digital privacy

Imagine! Glasses (or someday contact lenses?) that allow you to see the internet! Like that cool table at your friend's house? Find out how much it costs and where to get it simply by looking at it. Curious about apartments in this neighborhood? Look around and magically call up Craigslist onto your eye/face/screen/whatever. You'll never wonder anything for longer than two seconds, ever again! (Except maybe if that cutie at the gym likes you back. Google most likely doesn't know that, yet.)

No reckoning with torture as Convention Against Torture marks its 25th year

Illustration from Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary (1890—1907)

Terror Tuesday: Jimmy Carter’s lament

Three and a half years ago former president Jimmy Carter was upbeat about the country and prospects for human rights after the years in which the Bush Administration viewed the Geneva Conventions as a “quaint anachronism” and moved with impunity beyond the rule of law.

DEA administrator can't say whether heroin or marijuana is worse for health

In June 2012, Democratic Congressman from Colorado Jared Polis questioned DEA administrator and law enforcement officer Michelle Leonhart about the differences between various illegal drugs. Polis represents Colorado, where marijuana has been decriminalized and medical marijuana legalized. He asked Leonhart directly about whether the DEA supports the latter. Watch the video to get a glimpse of what the agency's top administrator thinks about the war on drugs.

Extremely detailed images and no-touch fingerprint readers

Consider these two bits of technology news in light of one another:

Occupy Boston activists denied entry to Canada for political reasons?

On June 21, 2012, a number of Occupy Boston activists were denied entry to Canada. One of the activists wrote the following tweets after being turned away from the border:

As Obama stonewalls on drone strikes, critics warn of war crimes

There they go again. 

Rather than simply allowing the US government to get on with the business of targeting “suspected terrorists” for death no matter where they are found, the ACLU is insisting that the American public has a right to know the legal grounds for putting Americans on the hit list. 

More life breathed into warrantless wiretapping act

Now that President Obama has fully bought into the broad surveillance powers that Senator Obama had first vowed to filibuster and then supported, Congress seems bent on doing its bipartisan best to trash the Fourth Amendment. 

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