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Changing Role of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

By Arielle Tannin Published March 2, 2016

The job of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is, as its name implies, to advise the president on privacy and civil liberties implications of programs to combat terrorism. On February 12th, PCLOB Chairman David Medine appointed Steve Bellovin, a Columbia University Computer Science Professor, as the agency's first Technology Scholar. As a self-proclaimed privacy advocate, Bellovin's addition to the PCLOB may sway the direction of information policy in America


Crossing the Data Border

By Arielle Tannin Published November 8, 2015

As the world becomes increasingly globally connected via technology, questions arise over how to preserve the rights of citizens in a given country. One such example of this tension is displayed by the European Union's decision on October 6th to strike down its fifteen-year-old safe harbor agreement with the United States.


Cyber Crime: Prosecuting Hackers on a Global Scale

By Arielle Tannin Published October 11, 2015

Modern warfare is shifting from the physical realm into the digital. Over the past decade, digital weapons have been rapidly advancing and are now capable of disrupting secure databases all over the world. One of the reasons this is a particularly dangerous problem is the inability of governments to effectively prosecute this crime. This makes international cooperation even more essential to ensuring the safety of victims of hacking globally.


Open Internet, Constrained Market

By Arielle Tannin Published March 11, 2015

As the Internet evolves into an increasingly integral part of our lives, it is important to consider if and how its usage should regulated. Anyone who is active on the Internet is concerned with having an open web and preserving the freedom of expression and activity that has pervaded the digital world. This desire is the motivation for the net neutrality bill passed on February 26th, 2015. Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could take advantage of their vast resources by dividing the Internet into "fast and slow lanes." Internet service providers possessing this much power could enable them to slow down their competitors' traffic or block sites containing opinions with which they disagreed.