India rolls out massive surveillance system accountable neither to courts or Parliament : India Reuters | New Delhi, June 20, 2013 | UPDATED 20:37 IST India has launched a wide-ranging surveillance programme that will give its security agencies and even income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament, several sources said. The expanded surveillance in the world's most populous democracy, which the government says will help safeguard national security, has alarmed privacy advocates at a time when allegations of massive U.S. digital snooping beyond American shores has set off a global furore. "If India doesn't want to look like an authoritarian regime, it needs to be transparent about who will be authorized to collect data, what data will be collected, how it will be used, and how the right to privacy will be protected," said Cynthia Wong, an Internet researcher at New York-based Human Rights Watch. Interior ministry spokesman K.S. "Security of the country is very important.
12:00 needs Bogus Copyright Claim Silences Yet Another Larry Lessig YouTube Presentation | Techdirt Lite Nearly a year ago, we wrote about how a YouTube presentation done by well known law professor (and strong believer in fair use and fixing copyright law), Larry Lessig, had been taken down, because his video, in explaining copyright and fair use and other such things, used a snippet of a Warner Music song to demonstrate a point. There could be no clearer example of fair use -- but the video was still taken down. There was some dispute at the time as to whether or not this was an actual DMCA takedown, or merely YouTube's audio/video fingerprinting technology (which the entertainment industry insists can understand fair use and not block it). But, in the end, does it really make a difference? A takedown over copyright is a takedown over copyright. Amazingly enough, it appears that almost the exact same thing has happened again. However, Lessig is now required to fill out a counternotice challenging the takedown -- while silencing his video in the meantime: This is backwards.
Lawrence Lessig: Rooting out Corruption in Politics: Complicity and Complacency by the Media – ibiblio March 4, 6:30-8:00pm UNC School of Law Rotunda The Fourth Estate: What is journalism’s role, and where has it been in the face of outside interestes influencing the way our government is run? Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig will speak at the UNC Law School about how we can restore the faith that journalism is a trustworthy watchdog of government. For more information visit the UNC Center for Media Law
About the Living Wage Calculator The Living Wage Calculator, Community Economic Toolbox, and Poverty in America websites were developed by Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier and implemented by West Arete. Eric Schultheis, a doctoral student in the Department of Urban Studies at MIT, collected, processed, and aggregated the site’s data. This online tool was developed as part of the Living Wage Project. The Living Wage Calculator is a companion to the Poverty in America website. Late 2004 The first version of the Living Wage Calculator is released. June 2005 All values are adjusted to 2004 dollars to add consistency across the calculations. July 2007 The Living Wage Calculator is updated with the prevailing minimum wages at all locations. November 2008 All data is updated to the latest available, and the source code behind the site goes through a major reorganization. June 2012 All data is updated to the latest available. The site will continue to be updated periodically with new data, as it becomes available. Food Data are from the U.S. Housing
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Lawrence Lessig on Institutional Corruption Bio Lawrence Lessig Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, the director of Harvard’s Edmond J. To download this program become a Front Row member. ZOOM IN: Learn more with related books and additional materials. Encyclopædia Britannica Article corruption Improper and usually unlawful conduct intended to secure a benefit for oneself or another. corruption on britannica.com © 2010 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Lessig Blog, v2 On Tuesday, Berkeley City Council adopted unanimously an ordinance inspired by Councilman Max Anderson, and which I and Robert Post helped craft. I was very happy to bat cleanup in an effort that has been underway for years. But there’s some serious misunderstanding about the ordinance and its purpose. No doubt many of the people fighting for the ordinance have a firm belief that non-ionizing radiation presents a significant and underappreciated health risk. Those people believe this for different reasons. These are all people who believe there is a risk that is not yet acknowledged. I am not a scientist. Indeed, as I said in the opening of my testimony, and as Councilmembers Anderson and Kriss Worthington said in their testimony, this ordinance is not about that scientific debate. Because in fact, there are existing safety recommendations for cellphone use. Those safety recommendations advise consumers not to carry their cell phone against their body. This is a very minimal requirement.