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The Effect of Encryption on Lawful Access to Communications and Data

The Effect of Encryption on Lawful Access to Communications and Data. February 8, 2017 ISBN# 978-1-4422-7995-7 (pb); 978-1-4422-7996-4 (eBook) CSIS/Rowman & Littlefield

“Many have drawn parallels between today’s debate over “Going Dark” and the “Crypto Wars” of the 1990s, but much has changed since then. First, the Internet has become central to global economic activity, politics, and security. The security environment has changed, as we face much more aggressive state actors in espionage. The Snowden revelations in 2013 damaged the credibility of U.S. tech companies operating abroad, and any requirement that they facilitate U.S. government access to their customers’ communications could affect their international competitiveness. Terrorists and criminals find creative ways to leverage the latest technologies to evade law enforcement. Technology continues to evolve, making unrecoverable encryption easier for individuals to obtain and use. Furthermore, any U.S. policy on encryption might set a precedent that other countries would be tempted to follow. While the debate thus far has pitted privacy and individual security against the critical task of stopping criminals and terrorists, there may be technical and policy solutions that can balance national security and public safety with protection of privacy, civil liberties, and a functioning global Internet ecosystem.”

Reaping Digital Dividends: Leveraging the Internet for Development in Europe and Central Asia

The World Bank – “Countries in the European Union (EU) must enact policies designed to better help workers adapt to new jobs being created by the internet if they want to avoid increasing inequality and exclusion in the region, notes a new World Bank Report. According to Reaping Digital Dividends: Leveraging the Internet for Development… Continue Reading

Patriotic Philanthropy? Financing the State with Gifts to Government

Lemos, Margaret H. and Charles, Guy-Uriel E., Patriotic Philanthropy? Financing the State with Gifts to Government (March 7, 2017). Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series, 2017. Available at SSRN: “Federal and state law prohibit government officials from accepting gifts or “emoluments” from outside sources. The purpose of gift bans, like restrictions… Continue Reading

Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government

ProPublica report – “…While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior. Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of… Continue Reading

Study – Feminism and Gender Equality Around the World

Ipsos Global Advisor/Public Affairs Study  – “Four in ten women around the world say they don’t have equality with men or the freedom to reach their full dreams and aspirations…Most believe in equal rights – butfew think it exists…in most countries, women are more likely to describe themselves as feminist – especially Britain, South Africa,… Continue Reading

January International Trade Data: Three-Year High for Exports and Imports

“The U.S. Census Bureau today released the U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report for January 2017. This report includes data for the goods and services trade balance showing three-year highs for exports and imports. January exports of goods and services were $192.1 billion, the highest since December 2014 when they were $197.5 billion.… Continue Reading

ALA and advocacy groups letter to FCC and Congress supporting Net Neutrality

Letter in Support of Net Neutrality, March 7, 2017: “…Protecting net neutrality is crucial to ensuring that the internet remains a central driver of economic growth and opportunity, job creation, education, free expression, and civic organizing for everyone. The principles of net neutrality– that all data on the internet should be treated equally, and internet… Continue Reading

Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation in US 2013–2015

Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Boring M, Brady TJ. Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation — United States, 2013–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 7 March 2017. DOI: “Arthritis limits daily activities of 24 million adults in the United States, making it hard for them to hold a cup, lift… Continue Reading