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Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance | Wired

July 29, 2014
“Too often, we have discussed the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs through the distorting lens of a simplistic ‘security versus privacy’ narrative,” said Danielle Kehl, policy analyst at the Open Technology Institute and primary author of the report. “But if you look closer, the more accurate story is that in the name of security, we’re trading away not only privacy, but also the U.S. tech economy, internet openness, America’s foreign policy interests and cybersecurity.”

Why the Supreme Court May Finally Protect Your Privacy in the Cloud | Wired

June 26, 2014

The key realization in Roberts’ ruling, according to Center For Democracy and Technology attorney Kevin Bankston, can be summarized as “digital is different.” Modern phones generate a volume of private data that means they require greater protection than other non-digital sources of personal information. “Easy analogies of digital to traditional analog surveillance won’t cut it,” Bankston says.

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NSA Reform Bill Passes the House—With a Gaping Loophole | Wired

May 22, 2014

Of course, how those “specific terms” are defined in practice will be decided by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which must approve NSA requests for data collection under the 214 and 215 provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But after a year of revelations that have showed how the NSA uses word games to expand its legal powers, Kevin Bankston of the the Open Technology Institute says the court can’t be fully trusted to interpret the law strictly.

Why the Comcast-Time Warner Deal Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think | Wired

February 13, 2014

The fact that Comcast owns NBC only makes the Time Warner deal more complicated, according to Sarah Morris, the policy counsel at the Open Technology Institute. “It underscores the integrated nature of the industry and the potential harms that might result,” she says.

Internet Freedom Day: This Year We Go to War for Net Neutrality

  • By
  • Marvin Ammori,
  • New America Foundation
January 18, 2014 |
The loss of net neutrality this week was even bigger than expected. This time of year is always the worst of times and best of times for internet freedom. Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide on January 4 of last year.

Patent Trolls Are Killing Startups — Except When They’re Saving Them | Wired

September 10, 2013
Her account of Ditto’s ongoing tangle with a patent-wielding behemoth arrives as part of a new survey published by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a more open exchange of ideas in the world of digital technology. The study details how the startup world is affected by so-called patent trolls — companies that use patents merely to attack other companies — and as you might expect, it’s not pretty reading.

'Quit Google, Facebook' Suggests Tech Expert As Surveillance Scandal Deepens | Wired.co.uk

June 10, 2013

In an interview with Wired.co.uk, Professor Tim Wu of Columbia Law School suggested that consumers had a responsibility to leave social networks found out to be collaborating secretly with intelligence services such as the US National Security Agency:.


Pentagon Spec Ops Chief Sees '10 To 20′ More Years of War Against Al-Qaida | Wired

May 16, 2013

“I've never seen such an accomplished group of people give such muddled answers,” testified Rosa Brooks, a former Pentagon policy official. Spencer Ackerman. Danger Room senior reporter Spencer Ackerman recently won the 2012 National Magazine ...

Mexico's Lucky to Have Just One Man Blocking Internet Equality. We've Got A ... | Wired

May 13, 2013

Multiple dominant firms can have the effect of a single monopolist simply by acting in parallel to keep new competitors from showing up, as a recent Yale Law Journal article by Scott Hemphill and Tim Wu points out. These companies don't have to agree ...

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