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Seven Ideas That Set Us Free

This July 4th, millions of Americans will mark our nation’s 232nd birthday with fireworks, parades, and other celebrations of freedom. So today, we’ve got a special, double-length issue that explores what freedom really means-or at least what it meant to America’s founders.

If you look back at America’s early history, you’ll discover at least seven different ideas about how people get to be free. Three make up a "Bill of Rights." Three make up a "Bill of Responsibilities."

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Posted: January 17th, 2010
at 5:10am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,politricks,law,ethics

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Moving to a Post-Disclosure Era

Is the FTC moving to a "Post-Disclosure Era," in which consumer online privacy would be regulated in a radically different manner than the status quo? That was a suggestion made by the chairman of the FTC, Jon Leibowitz, and David Vladeck, chief of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, during a recent on-the-record discussion about online privacy, reported in the New York Times.

For some time, I have been asking the question, "Is Consent Dead, and Should We Even Care?" Now it appears the FTC is asking the very same question. According to FTC Chair Leibowitz, companies haven’t given [online] consumers effective notice, so they can make effective choices about the privacy of their online information. Mr. Vladeck similarly views traditional advise-and-consent privacy notice models as dependent upon the fiction that people were meaningfully giving consent. The literature is clear that few people read privacy policies.

What, if anything, will this new way of thinking mean in terms of future regulation of consumer online privacy by the FTC? More information may be forthcoming at the FTC’s next privacy roundtable, to be held on January 28 (and available to the public via webcast).>

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Posted: January 12th, 2010
at 1:36pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: web,law

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Law & Order: Foreign Country Unit

A week and a half ago, Seattle native Amanda Knox was convicted in an Italian court of the November 2007 murder of her English roommate Meredith Kercher. Knox who was on study abroad from the University of Washington at the time, originally confessed, but later recanted, claiming her confession was made under duress and police abuse. Her conviction caused outcry in United States and elsewhere, with Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, saying she has serious questions about the Italian justice system and even securing a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the case.

This all raises an interesting question: under what circumstances, if any, should American politicians and diplomats challenge the convictions of Americans convicted of crimes abroad?

One position is that the U.S. government should never spend political capital challenging the conviction of Americans abroad. Each country has a right to create and enforce its own laws, the argument would go, and anyone traveling within that country has a responsibility to understand and follow its laws, just as we would expect foreigners in the U.S. to follow our laws.

But for most, I imagine, it is possible to find at least some situations in which we would want the United States to intervene.>

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Posted: January 9th, 2010
at 11:44pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: law

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What is EFF?

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 well before the Internet was on most people’s radar and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF achieves significant victories on behalf of consumers and the general public. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations. By mobilizing more than 50,000 concerned citizens through our Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.

EFF is a donor-funded nonprofit and depends on your support to continue successfully defending your digital rights. Litigation is particularly expensive; because two-thirds of our budget comes from individual donors, every contribution is critical to helping EFF fight and win more cases.>

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Posted: January 9th, 2010
at 2:20am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: internets,what is?,law

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