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The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Daniel Weitzner and Benjamin Wittes on Going Dark and the Fallout from Apple v. FBI

Last week on a panel at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington D.C., Lawfare's Editor-in-Chief Ben Wittes and MIT's Daniel Weitzner discussed the fallout from the battle between Apple and the FBI and what is likely to come of the Going Dark debate. 

Congress

The McCaul-Warner Digital Commission Can Be a Value-Add. Here’s How.

On February 29, 2016, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and Senator Mark Warner, a bipartisan team, introduced legislation to create a National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges; a “Digital Commission.” In support of their effort, McCaul and Warner secured over 30 co-sponsors, as well as support from several former senior national security officials, law enforcement representatives, industry associations, and technology and security companies.

Privacy

Happy Data Privacy Day: On the Essential Link between Data Processing and Security

On Data Privacy Day, which promotes transatlantic cooperation and raises privacy awareness, we should focus on specific solutions to provide the right oversight and controls to give citizens in all countries comfort that their data will not be used inappropriately and that it will be used reasonably to protect them.

Surveillance

A First Step in Facilitating Searches for Bad Guys with Minimal Harm to the Privacy of the Good Guys

In a recent article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences entitled "Private algorithms for the protected in social network search", Kearns et al describe algorithms for searching social networks that distinguish between good guys (those whose privacy should not be violated or violated only minimally) and bad guys (those who have fewer or lesser privacy rights).

The abstract is as follows:

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