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Silicon Valley Strikes Back

On September 3, 2013 By Richard Saunders

As more information regarding the NSA’s surveillance program, dubbed X-Keyscore, trickles into the public domain, technology industry titans continue their battle with the government for increased transparency of national security requests.

Until recently, the full extent of domestic surveillance was largely unknown due to a closely guarded, secret surveillance request process. All surveillance requests [...]

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Your Phone Just Called. It’s Tracking You.

On April 9, 2013 By Tim Van Hal

Just last week, a new report published in Nature’s Scientific Reports confirmed what many already knew and some feared: mobile devices can be used to identify people regardless of whether the information was “anonymized.” That is right: your phone and its data, even if it is touted as “anonymous,” can be used to [...]

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People go to the theatre to get away from it all–but what happens when the troubles of the outside world intrude on New York’s greatest escape? Deficit hawks and government bureaucracy alike have found a new target, albeit inadvertently: Broadway theatres.  Theaters everywhere rely on wireless microphones not only to communicate lighting cues, [...]

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A few weeks back, Cecilia Kang at the Washington Post reported that the FCC plans to propose universal free WiFi.  Kang added that, on one side, the wireless industry “has launched a fierce lobbying effort to persuade policymakers to reconsider the idea,” and on the other side, Google and Microsoft [...]

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This Call May Be Monitored…

On November 16, 2012 By Emma Stephens

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, a case on appeal from the Second Circuit in which the Court will address whether a group including lawyers, journalists, and civil liberties advocates possesses Article III standing in a suit seeking relief against the federal government’s ongoing warrantless wiretapping [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On November 5, 2012 By Brandon Trout

Election 2012 – where do the candidates stand on technology issues? FTC is in favor of suing Google for antitrust violations. Cell phone donations have increased their impact in the Presidential Race. Contrary to many internet stories, Apple’s court loss in Mexico does not prevent [...]

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The United Nations office on Drugs and Crime released a report titled: “The use of the Internet for terrorist purposes.”  Part of this 148 page report is to document how terrorists utilize the internet to further their goals.  [...]

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U.S. consumers use smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and laptops to access email, download apps, engage in mobile commerce, upload and download content, stream video, video chat, use navigation systems, and search the Internet.  Responding to the demand for these wireless services, mobile broadband providers are rolling out 4G LTE networks and offering particularized data plans to [...]

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Wiretapping the Internet

On October 3, 2012 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Earlier this month, Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI, testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  Among other issues of national security, Mueller stressed the crucial role cyber security plays in the FBI’s efforts to combat organized crime and terrorism.  Mueller indicated that the FBI will continue its [...]

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FCC to Vote on Spectrum Auctions

On September 25, 2012 By Samara Pals

With the rise of smart phones and increased broadband usage, mobile providers are scrambling to gain access to unused wireless spectrum. Currently, mobile providers have enough spectrum to run their networks, but with the rise of smart phones and increased tablet usage, they are approaching capacity. TV broadcasters, among others, [...]

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