Privacy & Intellectual Freedom
Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities | Section of Individual Rights and ResponsibilitiesThurgood Marshall Award Established by the ABA and IRR in 1992, the Thurgood Marshall Award recognizes long-term contributions by members of the legal profession to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights in the United States. This year's award will be presented to Judge Thelton E.
F-ck the Draft This is not a type-o, nor is it something which the author of this chapter has somehow managed to slip slyly past the editors. While I hope that this does not offend, I would not be surprised if some readers were indeed shocked and perhaps even offended.
Open Government Plan
Intellectual Freedom & Property
It is hard to overstate the crucial importance of free expression to a sound and vibrant democracy. As John Stuart Mill famously said in his classic On Liberty: “We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.” That basic truth is worth repeating, because as has been shown so many times, from Galileo to Spinoza to Salman Rushdie , the use of legislation, coercion or violence to stifle speech spans the centuries.
In just two weeks, I'll be presenting in Seattle at Tech Policy Central's pii2010 conference. "pii" in this case stands for privacy, identity and innovation. I'm looking forward to talking with identity thought leaders about how emerging technologies and business models are impacting data creation, sharing and aggregation, and how to strike a balance between protecting sensitive information and enabling innovation.