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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.”…
Dec 30, 2013

Lest you think most columnists are lazy, you should know that most of us have it stipulated in our contracts that our last article of the year must be some kind of retrospective. So, in lieu of an original, forward-thinking piece, I’m duty-bound to share the top-three moments that mark 2013 as the year the state began to lose its grip on control over information.
Sep 23, 2013

Three months after Edward Snowden’s leaks began to reveal the extent of the U.S.’s mass surveillance program, “serious people” are beginning to make the case that it’s time for the outrage and indignation to subside and give way to a “national conversation” about the future of surveillance. So has the moment come for us to consider how much surveillance we can accept?
Sep 16, 2013

The Internet ate my privacy! That's the way many people feel these days and it's hard to blame them. It seems like there's more information about us flowing around online with each passing day, whether we intended that to happen or not.
Aug 07, 2013

The National Security Agency's surveillance of innocent Americans without a warrant is illegal and unconstitutional. In a narrowly defeated amendment, congressman Justin Amash (a Michigan Republican) and a bipartisan group of over 200 members of Congress recently voted to defund the NSA's warrantless spying on US citizens. But obscured by the debate over domestic spying is the fact that virtually no one in theUnited States is questioning the NSA's total surveillance of the rest of the world.

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Jerry Brito | January 21, 2014
John Schinasi discusses his recent working paper, Practicing Privacy Online: Examining Data Protection Regulations Through Google’s Global Expansion published in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Schinasi takes an in-depth look at how online privacy laws differ across the world’s biggest Internet markets — specifically the United States, the European Union and China. Schinasi discusses how we exchange data for services and whether users are aware they’re making this exchange. And, if not, should intermediaries like Google be mandated to make its data tracking more apparent? Or should we better educate Internet users about data sharing and privacy? Schinasi also covers whether privacy laws currently in place in the US and EU are effective, what types of privacy concerns necessitate regulation in these markets, and whether we’ll see China take online privacy more seriously in the future.

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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.
Jerry Brito, Eli Dourado | Oct 10, 2012
Jerry Brito and Eli Dourado's WCITLeaks cited at The Hill…
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