Archive | July, 2012

Apple Forced to Apologize for iPads Being “Too Cool”?

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Can you tell the difference?
Even for those readers who are not aware of the latest litigation between Apple and Samsung, it will come as no surprise that Apple is (once again!) attempting to sue Samsung over the supposed similarity between the iPad and the Galaxy Tab. There are a number of things we could write about in relation to…
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as-cyber-attacPrivacy or Security? Cybersecurity Act Poses Tough Questions for the Senate k-threat-grows-cybersecurity-industry-booms-12011201

Privacy or Security? Cybersecurity Act Poses Tough Questions for the Senate

[Update, 8/2/2012: In a 52-46 vote and a defeat for Senate Democrats and President Obama, the Senate shut down the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The defeat ensures that no legislation of this kind will be passed this year.] The much discussed Cybersecurity Act of 2012, scheduled for a Senate vote this week, would make it easier for businesses…
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Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Leads to Renewed Debate Over Internet Freedoms

Secretive Trade Agreement Leads to Renewed Debate Over Internet Freedoms

After the defeat of SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, our heads were so full of dangerous dead letter combos that no one was looking for another one. But with partial leaks, and now a semi-congressional rebellion, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or tiringly — TPP — has come into blurry view. Threatening corporate dominance over sovereign governments,…
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Stand Your Ground might set him free, but is it a sound law? Or does it blur too many boundaries between civilians and the police?

Stand Your Ground Reverses Duty to Retreat

If the Second Amendment continues to be used (incorrectly) to defend gun ownership — even after yesterday’s tragic movie theater shooting in Colorado, surely we should at least try harder to take down this dangerous and  unnecessary law that changes the very role of civilians in society.  Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman are household names for…
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Even after serving time, probation and parole, millions of Americans are still shut out of the American democratic system.

The Forgotten Electorate: Should Ex-Cons Be Able to Vote?

Amidst all the talk of “key” voting blocs this election season — women, hispanics, latinos, african americans, evangelicals…we’ve overlooked a population of 5.85 million (up 9% from 2004). Who? The population of prisoners and ex-felons — three quarters of whom have already been released from prison. The U.S. imprisons one in 100 adults ( the…
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