Emily of the State, your friendly Internet surveillance avatar

The Canadian comedy troupe Cynically Tested has posted an Internet short on YouTube featuring "Emily of the State," a satirical look at how ISPs could enable government surveillance of one's online activities through a "helpful" avatar, Emily: YouTube - Emily…

Template for News Stories on Government Data Gathering

Given the increased frequency of revelations about government data gathering and surveillance stories, Dan Solove has created a quick and easy template to help news outlets report on these stories: Under a top secret program initiated by the Bush Administration…

Balkin: The Public Private “Handshake” and the National Surveillance State

My greatest concern about the collection of personal information by search engines, web 2.0 services, transportation systems and the like isn't that certain individual companies happen to own a slice of my data, nor that these slices are increasingly being…

Data Surveillance and Privacy Protection Workshop

On June 3, I will be attending this workshop on Data Surveillance and Privacy Protection hosted by Harvard University's Center for Research on Computation and Society: Although there has been significant public attention to the civil liberties issues of data…

Does Using Skype Authorize NSA Spying?

A Skype user over at Grain of Salt has discovered an interesting caveat in the "To whom does Skype transfer Your personal information?" section of their privacy policy: Except as provided below, Skype shall not sell, rent, trade or otherwise…

Paxx Telecom: Privacy-assured Long Distance Phone Service

Paxx Telecom is promising privacy-assured long distance phone service. Their promises include: Guarantee never to turn over any records to the government or anyone else without a court order... Provide you with a short access number to dial in front…

CFP: Identity and Identification in a Networked World Graduate Student Symposium

[I am one of the organizers the following graduate student symposium to be held this fall at NYU] CALL FOR PAPERS Identity and Identification in a Networked World: A Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium When: September 29-30, 2006 Where: New York…