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The Ongoing Battle Over Transgender Bathroom Access: The 'Problem' in Lieu of the Problem

Anastasia Walker | Posted 05.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Anastasia Walker

Two bookending clashes between the Obama administration and conservatives over bathroom and facilities access made the week just ended a momentous one for transgender Americans.

Are Your iPhones Safe? FBI and Apple Wage War Over Encryption

Adam Banner | Posted 05.09.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

As time passes following the FBI's announcement that it accessed the iPhone without Apple's help, I'm glad to see some of the answers are starting to take shape -- but the answers are not particularly good for Apple, or for the general public's right to privacy.

Your iPhone and J.Edgar Hoover

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Today, in the digital age, our surveillance tools are much more powerful than they were in the days when the FBI tapped MLK's phone and bugged his hotel rooms. That's why the legal dispute between Apple and the FBI is so important.

What Germanwings Teaches Us About Risk Agility

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.14.2016 | Business
Daniel Wagner

If managing risk were based solely--or even primarily--on past data and experience, and if risk managers and decision makers were unable to adapt to the underlying conditions that define risk, the game would be over before it began.

The Drone Invasion

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.

What You Need to Know About Those Civilian Drones: "Flying Insects, Peeping Toms and Entitled Jerks"

Henry Tenenbaum | Posted 08.27.2015 | Technology
Henry Tenenbaum

This is brand new technology. The early automobile developed during a period without sufficient roads, training or licensing. They were operated by the chauffeurs of the wealthy or the equivalent of today's geeky hobbyists.

3 Ways to Foster Consumer Trust in a Personalized World

Patricia Morizio | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Patricia Morizio

Data is being used by businesses in innovative and illustrious ways to generate widespread value. Companies should be as inventive in respecting users' wishes without inhibiting data's exponential promise for economic growth.

Spies in the Sky -- Is Your Privacy at Risk?

Jeb Harrison | Posted 05.22.2015 | Technology
Jeb Harrison

The uproar over the prying eyes in the skies has been sparking legal debate over the past year, and is reaching a fever pitch. Just recently sunbathers and picnickers at a public park in Tiburon, Calif. called for a ban on drone use.

University of Oregon, Confidentiality and Confidence Lost

Kristy Crabtree | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Kristy Crabtree

Should students feel safe on campus? Should they access supportive services on campus if there is a need? Should they feel confident in seeking those services that their information will be protected and confidential? Presumably the University would answer 'yes' to those questions, but their actions show the contrary.

Responding to the President's Call for Student Privacy

Sara Kloek | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Sara Kloek

Privacy is important but so is helping kids develop new skills, learn about the world, and have fun. When it comes to apps, a little knowledge can go a long way for both parents and for kids.

Defending Ian Thorpe: Coming Out Is Never Easy, I Know

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

None of us can live other people's lives for them. They, and they alone, must be free to live their lives on their own terms. That includes celebrities, even Olympic swimmers.

Rebooting Electronic Privacy Rights

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for the digital age by requiring the government to get a warrant in order to access private online communications. This is practical reform every American can stand behind.

My Face Shouldn't Be Up for Grabs

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Shaffer

Here's an idea for all high-tech inventors in Silicon Valley and there's a pile of money waiting for the person who can make it a reality: Get me a personal cloaking device.

Open Diplomacy, Wartime, and the Modern Surveillance State

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

The amorphous nature of wars since at least the dawn of the Cold War in the mid-1940s has meant that the U.S. has more or less been at war for generations. This, in turn, has precipitated the ever-burgeoning war-industrial-intelligence complex.

The NSA, Planned Parenthood and Your Right to Privacy

Steven Conn | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Not a week seems to go by without more revelations about how the NSA (or recently the UK's GCHQ) monitors our electronic communications. Who knew that all the time I waste watching old movie clips on YouTube was so interesting to the guardians of our national security.

Could Law Enforcement Leverage Facebook Data to Identify You?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Facebook's privacy policies have always been the subject of debate among its users. After all, when you're putting so much information online where anyone can see it, how upset can you be when the public sees it? But what if "the public" is law enforcement?

Rap Video Sends Powerful Message About Stop And Frisk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York

Controversial New York City laws permitting the use of stop-and-frisks have ignited controversy, raising concerns over racial profiling and privacy v...

Get Ready for the Invasion of the 'Civilian-Owned Drone"'

Adam Banner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

It seems somewhat sinister that any private citizen could use an unmanned aerial vehicle for no legitimate purpose. We already have the government spying on us. Do we need our neighbors stalking us as well?

Man or Cyborg: Does Google Glass Mark the End of True Humanity?

Cassie Goldring | Posted 09.21.2013 | Technology
Cassie Goldring

Google Glass exemplifies how our present technological climate has enabled us to not only extend our physical selves, but our mental ones as well.

(Another) Open Letter to Edward Snowden

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

A couple of weeks ago, Melissa Harris-Perry at MSNBC posted a letter to Edward Snowden. Some believe that the letter was a bit sarcastic. Let me try...

The Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement: It's About the Big Picture

András Simonyi | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
András Simonyi

There is a strong case for keeping the free trade agreement on the front burner in the media including social media, not to treat it as news in that fast paced news cycle. In the end it's about the big picture, not about the small print.

Google's Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Dictators, mired in more technologically primitive societies, didn't develop the fearsome new implements of control of the National Security State. Google and other leaders in this field of massively mined and shared information did.

House Cybersecurity Bill Threatens Privacy and Civil Liberties

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Both the administration and members of Congress have stated that the goal is to provide government and the private sector with robust tools to fight cybersecurity threats while still protecting individuals' civil liberties and privacy rights. But their bill fails the test.

"The Drones Are Coming - Page II"

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

"Mr. Speaker, the domestic use of drones is on the way. There will be more eyes in the sky looking over America." With those words, last week, Repres...

Policies to Protect Our Data Privacy Must Be Thorough and Consistent

Rey Ramsey | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Rey Ramsey

A single email may be subject to different legal standards depending on whether it is in transit, in storage, how long it is in storage, or whether it has been opened.