I have signed on to the letter asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden that was released today. A pardon for Snowden, even if he does not personally deserve one, is in the broader interests of the nation.
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The surprising benefits of forced transparency.
I’ve read the Vice News report based on the FOIA-released documents three times now, and still do not see within it support for the headline, “Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal.”
"Geof Stone is a prominent civil liberties expert and advocate who is a member of the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union [and a Professor at the University of Chicago Law School]. . . . After [Edward] Snowden's revelations and subsequent deep concern over government surveillance, President Obama appointed Stone a member of a special review group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.
This paper examines this gatekeeper function US industry plays in surveillance and recommends surveillance reforms that will reinforce that function without denying necessary government access to information.
U.S. and European Union data-regulators today reached a new legal framework that will govern the transfer of data across the Atlantic.
The lawfulness of bulk collection and applicable privacy rules should not depend on the technical details of the NSA’s collection that have nothing to do with the privacy interests involved. New documents obtained by the New York Times confirm just how incoherent our surveillance laws have become.
Reform will require changes to American law in two areas – (1) limiting “generalised” surveillance, and (2) providing expanded redress for foreign citizens.
Understanding the Deeper History of FISA and 702: Charlie Savage's Power Wars on Fiber Optic Cables and Transit Authority
NSA surveillance activity sometimes labeled "transit authority" is a very useful case study of the way in which legal and policy questions may be impacted by technological change.
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