Civil Liberties

  • Self-Defense Against Robots

    A. Michael Froomkin and Zak Colangelo on “” “Deployment of robots in the air, the home, the office, and the street inevitably means their interactions with both property and living things will become more common and more complex. This paper examines when, under U.S. law, humans may use force against robots to protect themselves, their property, and their privacy.

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  • Report claims NSA has operatives in foreign communications companies

    “The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover” operatives ...

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    • Pew – Prison and Crime: A Complex Link

      Crime drop since 1994 has been bigger in states that cut imprisonment rates. “Two decades after Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 — with lawmakers focused on locking up more offenders for longer periods — ...
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    • How to cite to Walter Sobchak

      If you don’t know what the deal is with prior restraint, here, watch: There. Simple. Right? THE SUPREME COURT HAS ROUNDLY REJECTED PRIOR RESTRAINT! I wish I could just submit that clip to the next judge who even considers granting one. Just hold up a chromebook with that on it, play it, drop it on the floor, and walk out.
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    • Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses

      CRS – . Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. October 1, 2014 “Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, a priority of U.S. policy has been to reduce the perceived threat posed by Iran to a broad range of U.S. interests. However, a common enemy has emerged in the form of the Islamic State organization, reducing gaps in U.S. and Iranian interests.
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    • FOIA request reveals extensive government monitoring of US mail

      … New York Times: “In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations…

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    • EFF Launches Updated Know Your Rights Guide

      … “If the police come knocking at your door, the constitution offers you some protection. But the constitution is just a piece of paper—if you don’t know how to assert your rights. And even if you do assert your rights…what happens next? That answer may seem complicated, but protecting yourself is simple if you know your rights. That’s why EFF…

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    • Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People – ODNI

      … Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) – Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People, July 2014. “As the President said in his speech on January 17, 2014, “the challenges posed by threats like terrorism, proliferation, and cyber-attacks are not going away any time soon, and for our intelligence community to be effective…

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    • USA v. Jeffrey Alexander Sterling: Selected Case Files

      … Via FAS, there are several dozen documents in this compendium including: On January 6, 2011, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling on charges of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. A trial date has been set for January 14, 2015 (jury selection on January 8, 2015). Selected…

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    • DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

      … “The Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is a compendium of tables that provides data on foreign nationals who, during a fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., admitted as immigrants or became legal permanent residents), were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis (e.g., tourists, students, or workers), applied…

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    • Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows

      … Via Mother Jones – By Amy P. Cohen, Deborah Azrael, and Matthew Miller “Editor’s note: The authors are scholars from the Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University; this article details their independent research, which is based on the mass shootings data Mother Jones has collected and published since 2012. In June, following…

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    • The Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions and International Law

      … Salzberger, Eli, : A Law and Economics Perspective (October 12, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2508846 “The ‘rule of law’ has attracted a lot of scholarly writings as well as political and public rhetoric in recent years. On the one hand, scholars found that adherence to the rule of law can be regarded…

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    • New on LLRX – Clients and Suicide: The Lawyer’s Dilemma

      … Via LLRX.com – Clients and Suicide: The Lawyer’s Dilemma – Ken Strutin’s article discusses an increasingly visible issue, suicide, here in the specific context of criminal law. He reviews how the stress of prosecution or litigation, whether it means risking a prison term, unemployment, bankruptcy, eviction, broken family relations, isolation…

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    • Self-Defense Against Robots

      … in law. We argue that the scope of permissible self-help in defending one’s privacy should be quite broad. We also identify seven problems in current law relating to human-robot interaction, all of which involve some kind of uncertainty — usually about what a robot can or will do — and suggest ways of solving or at least ameliorating them, either…

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    • At OECD Global Forum, EPIC Urges “Algorithmic Transparency”

      … they use personal data. Mr. Rotenberg also spoke about the growing risk of identity theft and cited the recent data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and JP Morgan, and urged OECD countries to update privacy laws. Earlier this year, EPIC submitted extensive comments on the White House’s review of “Big Data and the Future of Privacy.” EPIC called for the swift enactment of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and the end of opaque algorithmic profiling. For more information, see EPIC – Big Data, The Public Voice, CSISAC.” …

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    • Report claims NSA has operatives in foreign communications companies

      … “The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover…

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    • How to cite to Walter Sobchak

      …, channelling Walter Sobchak. There is not much more career-choice-affirming than that. Nevertheless, one after the other, they keep on coming — defamation plaintiffs who think that they’ve found the magic bullet that gets them a prior restraint. Hell, sometimes they even convince judges to grant them – which is even more awesome, because it then gets…

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    • Twitter – Taking the fight for #transparency to court

      … to speak about government surveillance as unconstitutional under the First Amendment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is already considering the constitutionality of the non-disclosure provisions of the NSL law later this week. You can read our filing with the U.S. District Court of Northern California in PDF form here. We’ve tried to achieve…

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