Web Privacy Gains Traction On Both Sides of the Atlantic

Posted November 4th, 2010 at 5:55 pm (UTC-4)
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Could the New US Congress Find Common Cause with the EU?

Even before the votes were counted, the Internet was buzzing with speculation about the 2010 midterm elections: what their meaning may be, their economic fallout and impacts on foreign policy across the globe.

Now add to the list: increased scrutiny of Internet privacy.

The Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang reports Thursday that Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), slated to possibly lead the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee in the next Congress, has sent up an early flare of his intent to revisit the issue of Internet privacy and security.

Doing double duty, Kang also has this item noting that the EU will likely push more stringent consumer privacy protections on the Internet.

Which means we may just have hit on one of the few areas the EU and the 112th Congress may see eye-to-eye.

Much more, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

The First Strike in Cyber-War

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:55 pm (UTC-4)
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The Stuxnet worm has been neutralized, but not before it may have done its damage.  But what’s to come?  More attacks, and more sophisticated cyber-weapons, are safe bets.

Read Martin Secrest’s full report by clicking here.

Digital Frontiers: Jessi Slaughter’s Internet Infamy

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:52 pm (UTC-4)
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It wasn’t all that long ago that Jessi Slaughter was just like so many other American tween-aged girls: chatting about boys, interested in clothes, and hoping for a little attention.
She got what she wanted. But attention in the Internet world can often become unwelcome.
VOA’s Doug Bernard has this look at the story of Jessi Slaughter.

Digital Frontiers: BlackBerry in a Jam

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:50 pm (UTC-4)
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The BlackBerry smart phone’s unique data encryption standards have made it a must-have by business executives, government officials, and others concerned about just who might be monitoring their communications.

But those standards are putting BlackBerry’s manufacturer, Research in Motion, into hot water with governments around the world.

VOA’s Doug Bernard has this look.

Center for Democracy and Technology

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Independent, non-profit public interest group “…dedicated to promoting the democratic potential of today’s open, decentralized global Internet.” Its mission: “…to conceptualize, develop, and implement public policies that will keep the Internet open, innovative and free.”

Address: 1634 I Street NW #1100, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202.637.9800
Website: www.cdt.org

CSIS Technology and Public Policy Program

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:13 pm (UTC-4)
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A project within the Center for Strategic and International Studies, exploring “…how technological change affects security and economic growth in the new international environment. Current research includes cybersecurity, intelligencereform, military space, and Internet governance.”

Address: 1800 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202.887.0200
Website: csis.org/program/technology-and-public-policy

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:12 pm (UTC-4)
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A donor-funded, non-profit advocacy organization founded in 1990 that “…continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today.”

Address: 1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202.797.9009
Website: www.eff.org

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:12 pm (UTC-4)
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The world has been hopping on and off the ‘Information Super- Highway’ now for almost 20 years. But is every lane of this cyber-roadway open to all? No – in a number of countries, access to and use of the Internet is heavily restricted. And in many other places, the Web isn’t as free as you might think. VOA’s Todd Grosshans has more.

Address: 1718 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202.483.1140
Website: www.epic.org

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:12 pm (UTC-4)
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Non-partisan and non-profit think tank “…at the cutting edge of designing innovation policies and exploring how advances in information technology will create new economic opportunities to improve the quality of life.” Also works closely with the tech trade association and advocacy organization the Information Technology Industry Council.

Address: 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610, Washington DC 20005
Phone: 202.449.1351
Website: www.itif.org

First Amendment Center

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:11 pm (UTC-4)
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A project of the Freedom Forum, with offices in Washington and at Vanderbilt University, the center “…serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, and the rights to assemble and to petition the government.”

Address: 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.292.6288
Website: www.firstamendmentcenter.org

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