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By Eli Dourado, Danielle Kehl |
Dec 12, 2014

Right now, technology policy wonks are locked in a bitter dispute about the future of network neutrality. One of us is a technology policy expert who supports President Obama's call for stronger network neutrality regulations. The other is a tech policy expert who thinks it's a terrible idea.
Dec 12, 2014

A national spotlight is now focused on aggressive law enforcement tactics and the justice system. Today’s professional police forces — where officers in even one-stoplight towns might have body armor and mine-resistant vehicles — already raise concerns. Yet new data-mining technologies can now provide police with vast amounts of surveillance information and could radically increase police power. Policing can be increasingly targeted at specific people and neighborhoods — with potentially serious inequitable effects.
Nov 24, 2014

For far too long, the debate about “online safety” has been preoccupied with fear. While we must continue to work together to find constructive solutions to the very real risks and harms that exist, we need to redouble our efforts to remind others that, on balance, there are good reasons to be optimistic and focus on the positive aspects of online life.
Jul 14, 2014

A more plausible argument is that while displaying a photo may be protected, a prohibition on taking photos would not be a prohibition on "speech." This is because unlike displaying photos, when taking a picture one is not speaking to an audience—there is no message being conveyed. So does that mean we can prohibit the capture of images without the subject's consent?
Feb 03, 2014

I've written here and elsewhere about the growing privacy and security concerns surrounding the rise of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) era. Many privacy advocates are already decrying the potential for massive security threats and privacy violations in a world of always-on, always-sensing devices. I've admitted that there are some valid reasons for concern, even though I've also argued that most of us will likely quickly adapt to this new era and we will also find practical solutions to many of the problems that arise.
Jan 23, 2014

In an editorial in last Sunday’s New York Times (“Madison’s Privacy Blind Spot”), Jeffrey Rosen, a leading privacy scholar and the president and chief executive of the National Constitution Center, proposed “a constitutional amendment to prohibit unreasonable searches and seizures of our persons and electronic effects, whether by the government or by private corporations like Google and AT&T.”…

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Adam Thierer | November 26, 2014
In an interview on Marketplace radio, Adam Thierer discusses the EU's "right to be forgotten" policy.

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Adam Thierer | Jul 03, 2014
This excerpt originally appeared in Real Clear Policy.
Adam Thierer | Oct 08, 2013
Adam Thierer cited at Politico.
Adam Thierer | Jun 24, 2013
"High technology companies are among the fastest growing lobbying shops in Washington," said Adam Thierer.
Adam Thierer | Jun 13, 2013
"Generally speaking, most libertarians are pretty skeptical of the highly deferential ‘just-trust-your-government’ attitude on display in that essay," Thierer told BuzzFeed.
Adam Thierer | Jun 11, 2013
Adam Thierer argues they’re very different because the government has the power to take our life, liberty, and property, while private parties are just trying to offer us better products and services.
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