Law, Tech and Policy

Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal Fact Sheet (March 10, 2016) – FCC release (3 page pdf at the link)

It’s Your Data: Empowering Consumers to Protect Online Privacy (March 10, 2016) – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Huffington Post;

5 Things You Should Know About the FCC’s Proposed Privacy Rules (March 14, 2016) – ProPublica;

The Feds Are Prepping Strict Rules to Protect Your Online Privacy (March 14, 2016) – Wired

What ISPs Can See; Clarifying the Technical Landscape of the Broadband Privacy Debate (March 2016) – Upturn report

The Dragonslayer – a Year Ago, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Saved the Internet; in this Exclusive Interview, He Tells Us What’s Next – Nilay Patel at Verge

Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That N.S.A. Intercepts (February 25, 2016) – New York Times; and Surprise! NSA Data Will Soon Routinely Be Used For Domestic Policing That Has Nothing To Do With Terrorism (March 10, 2016) – Radley Balko in the Washington Post; and FBI Quietly Changes its Privacy Rules for Accessing NSA Data on Americans (March 8, 2016) – Guardian

Why the OPM Hack Is Far Worse Than You Imagine (March 11, 2016) – Michael Adams at LawFare

It Took a FOIA Lawsuit to Uncover How the Obama Administration Killed FOIA Reform (March 9, 2016) – Vice; and More Transparent Than Thou (March 15, 2016) – Brett Max Kaufman of the ACLU at JustSecurity

Time to Rethink Mandatory Password Changes (March 2, 2016) – Lorrie Cranor (FTC Chief Technologist) at FTC blog; also Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) versus Two-Step Verification (2SV); What’s the Difference and Which is Better? (March 14, 2016) – David Bisson at

The Beginning of the End for Encryption Schemes? New Quantum Computer, Based on Five Atoms, Factors Numbers in a Scalable Way (March 3, 2016) – MIT

Academic Paper: Policing Hoover’s Ghost: The Privilege for Law Enforcement Techniques (download pdf at the link; 34 pages) (March 1, 2016) – professor Stephen W. Smith

Intel Whistle-Blowers Fear Government Won’t Protect Them (March 8, 2016) – Eli Lake at BloombergView

Taking Baby Steps Toward Software That Reasons Like Humans (March 6, 2016) – New York Times

Biometrics are Coming, Along with Serious Security Concerns (March 9, 2016) – Wired

Hunting What’s Next in High Tech (March 11, 2016) – Saku Panditharatne at a16z

General Interest

Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy (March 13, 2016) – Quanta; and Mathematicians Are Geeking Out About a Bizarre Discovery in Prime Numbers (March 15, 2016) – Quartz

Can You Keep a Secret? Former C.I.A. Chief Michael Hayden on Torture and Transparency (March 7, 2016) – New Yorker