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CLIP-ings: April 12, 2013

Internet Governance
Internet Cafe Ban: Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law banning Internet cafes throughout the state in an effort to curb illegal gambling.
Data Mining Not Reported: A report by the Huffington Post revealed that the CIA avoids filing congressionally mandated reports under the Federal Agency Data Mining Reporting Act by utilizing search techniques that are not covered as reportable activity.


IRS Reading Emails: Internal policy documents uncovered through a FOIA request reveal the IRS’s assertion that, under ECPA, they do not need to obtain search warrants before accessing individual’s private emails.
Advanced Targeted Ads: Facebook partnered with third-party data brokers to combine user information from the site with personal information gathered offline, creating more precise ads and raising privacy concerns.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Hackers Plead Guilty: Three members of the Anonymous offshoot Lulzsec plead guilty in a British court to cyber-attacks against Twentieth Century Fox, Sony, the UK’s National Health Service and numerous other corporations and government agencies.

Intellectual Property

Taking Down Takedowns: Content companies such as Lionsgate and NBC Universal have sent takedown notices regarding the site, concerning their own previous DMCA takedown requests which the site posted.

Free Expression & Censorship

Government Archive Online: Wikileaks launched a searchable database of more than 1.7 million diplomatic files from 1973 to 1976 dubbed the “Public Library of U.S. Diplomacy.”

Google vs. FBI: Following a California district court’s ruling that National Security Letters are unconstitutional, Google filed a petition in the same court challenging the letters which are issued by the FBI to obtain private data about the search engine’s users.

On the Lighter Side

Ctrl+Alt+Grin: Tech Companies As File Menu Commands.


Editorial Fellows:

Grace Nam

Austen Ishii