Category Archives: Government & Policy

uk: ‘No more smoke-filled rooms’

uk: ‘No more smoke-filled rooms’
Gordon Brown said today that the days of the “smoke-filled room” were over and that politicians had to involve the public in decision-making in order to win the arguments for free trade, globalisation and the fight against terrorism. Speaking in Davos in a debate about leadership, the chancellor said that politicians were “in the slow lane of the super-information highway” and had failed to recognise how the internet had revolutionised the nature of political debate.
http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,1999280,00.html

Spain takes lead in closing down the websites that tell girls it’s good to be anorexic

Spain takes lead in closing down the websites that tell girls it’s good to be anorexic
Four months after the city led the world in the Size 0 debate by banning ultra-skinny models from its catwalks, health officials are shining the spotlight on the growing number of “pro-ana” websites that glorify starvation diets.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,20411-2536634.html

us: Groups Urge Courts To Limit FCC’s Authority to Regulate Speech

us: Groups Urge Courts To Limit FCC’s Authority to Regulate Speech
As communications technologies converge, courts must rein in the Federal Communications Commission’s continued efforts to expand its authority to regulate speech over broadcast media. That is the key message of two friend-of-the-court briefs CDT filed this week in conjunction with Adam Thierer of the Progress and Freedom Foundation (PFF) in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits. As an organization focused on the Internet and emerging digital technology, CDT has not typically involved itself in the broadcast indecency debate. But the FCC’s increased indecency enforcement is likely in this age of convergence to threaten the underlying freedom of other digital communications.
http://www.cdt.org/press/20061130fcclimits.php

us: Should the Government Have Access to Personal E-Mails?

us: Should the Government Have Access to Personal E-Mails?
How safe is stored e-mail from the prying eyes of government authorities? Not very. It would be a whole lot safer if a decision by a federal judge in Ohio were left standing, according to a trio of civil rights groups. The decision by District Court Judge Susan J. Dlott declared unconstitutional provisions in a statute that allow law enforcement authorities access to stored e-mail without a search warrant or prior notice. That ruling in Warshak v. United States has been appealed by the U.S. Justice Department.
http://ecommercetimes.com/story/54517.html

us: What the Democrats’ win means for tech

What the Democrats’ win means for tech
Now that this week’s elections have switched control of the House and Senate back to the Democrats, the outlook for technology-related legislation has changed dramatically overnight. On a wealth of topics–Net neutrality, digital copyright, merger approval, data retention, Internet censorship–a Capitol Hill controlled by Democrats should yield a shift in priorities on technology-related legislation.
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-6133833.html