IFAction Round-Up, February 25-March 10, 2013

Intellectual Freedom Issues, Privacy, Uncategorized

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from February 25-March 10, 2013.


Privacy and Cybersecurity

Darpa Wants You to Transcribe, and Instantly Recall, All of Your Conversations

Google reveals data on secretive FBI subpoenas

Good cybersecurity means better privacy

Bill would force cops to get a warrant before reading your e-mail

Supreme Court Dismisses ACLU’s Challenge to NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Law

…more after the break!

Censorship and Free Speech

‘Harlem Shake’ videos lead to school suspensions

At principal’s request, Buffalo middle school to consider banning novel
Follow-up: No book ban: Committee votes not to remove coming-of-age novel from Buffalo school [Buffalo, MO – Intensely Alice]

Despite Limits on Freedom, Foreign Campuses Retain Value, Speakers Say [Dubai]

Federal judge: Public library cannot censor pagan websites [Salem, MO]

NCAC: Rather than Censor Video Games, NJ Library Censors Everything

Obama Administration supports journalist who was arrested after recording cops

Beretta Exec Likens Gun Ban to Book Ban

Feds Say Man Deserved Arrest Because Jacket Said ‘Occupy Everything’ [Washington, DC]

Book ban request fails — again [Flagstaff, AZ – Steve McQueen, King of Cool]

GEICO Pig Angers One Million Moms


Access and Intellectual Property Protection 

Global Free Internet Act Introduced In Congress

Google not expected to check every upload says Italian court

Court: Google isn’t liable if your name turns up near something you don’t like

Hispanics Now Closing the Digital Divide
Related:  Digital divide is narrowing for Latinos, Pew study says

Maryland Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Bar Schools From Claiming Copyright On Student & Faculty Work

ACLU Demands [Shillington] PA School District Stop Use of Discriminatory Internet Filters

Indian Music Industry Exec Says The Unthinkable: ‘Internet Piracy Is A Good Thing’
Related:  ‘Digital is saving, not killing music’ says Sony chief Edgar Berger [Video]

Here’s what an actual “Six Strikes” copyright alert looks like

Freedom of Information Day 2013 (March 15)



Manning, shocked by “the bloodlust,” went with WikiLeaks

West Virginia auditor blasts Cisco, state for “oversized” router buy 

The Promise and Peril of the ‘Data-Driven Society’

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