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MediaFreedom Files Comments on the Comm Act Update with Congress

As part of updating the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the House Energy and Commerce Committee sought third-party comment on the state of U.S. competition policy, asking what Congress could do to “understand areas where the law is no longer working effectively and determine areas of improvement to foster an environment for innovation, consumer choice, and [...]

Data anonymization is hard – this time shown with NYC taxi data

One often hears that some massive collection of data will not have privacy implications because it has been “anonymized”. Any time you hear that, treat the statement with great skepticism. It turns out that effectively anonymizing data, making it impossible to identify the individuals in the data set, is much harder than you might think. [...]

HOW THE REPUBLICANS CAN WIN IN NOV….

On April 17, 2014 Obama declared the success of Obamacare. Insurace providers have released the following figures:* under 18 – 9 percent* Ages 18 to 25 – 10 percent* Ages 26 to 34 – 15 percent* Ages 45 to 54 – 23 percent* Ages 55 to 64 -29 percent* 65 and older – 1 percentObama [...]

IT’S DERBY DAY….

The 2014 Kentucky Derby is the 140th renewal of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continously since 1875. Off to the Derby! FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Iran criminalizes Facebook

Iran has taken the next step beyond censorship to criminalize the use of social media, particularly Facebook. Iran has long had one of the most strict and effective Internet censorship regimes, but still huge numbers of Iranians were able to skirt the blocking to access social media websites, generally under false names. Actually criminalizing the [...]

Law enforcement can’t keep your seized files forever (anymore)

The US Second Circuit court of appeals just ruled on a very important case about Fourth Amendment protections for seized computer files. While this ruling is only binding on courts in the 2nd circuit, it will be influential, and we are likely to see this issue addressed by the Supreme Court before too long. The [...]

CASH OR CREDIT?

The city is currently borrowing a fire laddar truck from Sellersburg. The trucks typically have a service life of 20-30 years.Freedom of Speech would like to say: Mayor Garner, Doug England and now Jeff Gahan have each bought new fire trucks right before a re-election.Won’t  photographs of NEW Police cars and a NEW Fire truck [...]

Mind the gap: Poll finds many Canadian businesses believe privacy is important but not taking basic steps to protect customer information

Ten years after Canada’s private sector privacy law came into full effect, our latest survey has found that many Canadian businesses are still not taking the basic steps necessary to protect the personal information of their customers and clients – despite believing that protecting privacy is “extremely important”. An overwhelming majority of businesses (82%) said [...]

Pacific media ‘too cosy’ with political power, says author

From Pacific Media Watch The Pacific Media Centre’s director, Professor David Robie, has called for more emphasis on critical development journalism in the Asia-Pacific region. Speaking on ABC’s Media Report, Dr Robie said there was a tendency globally – and not just in the Pacific -  for journalism to be a “bit too cosy with [...]

New York Times: The Privacy Paradox, a Challenge for Business

The New York Times reports on a new study concerning privacy sponsored by data-storage company EMC: People around the world are thrilled by the ease and convenience of their smartphones and Internet services, but they aren’t willing to trade their privacy to get more of it. That is the top-line finding of a new study of 15,000 [...]