By Michael Macleod-Ball and Gabe Rottman – The extraordinary revelation this week that the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party groups for more aggressive enforcement highlights exactly why caution is needed in any response to the much-vilified Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC (pdf).
It also shows how all Americans, from the most liberal to the most conservative, should closely guard their First Amendment rights, and why giving the government too much power to limit political speech will inevitably result in selective enforcement against unpopular groups. more> http://tinyurl.com/bsgo2we
Posted in Business, Economy, Leadership, Media, Regulations
Tagged Business, First Amendment, Government, Industrial economy, Leadership, Regulations, United States
By Steve Largent and Rick Boucher – The debate on cybersecurity has produced a sideshow centered around the belief that added security means a reduction in privacy.
Such views are nonsense. Quite simply, digital privacy cannot exist without cybersecurity. Weak security equals weak privacy. Want better privacy? Raise your security game to prevent hackers from stealing private data. Let the experts from the private sector and government communicate with each other so when they see threats, they can alert others and work together to create a solution. more> http://tinyurl.com/atuw8j7
By Violet Blue – Anthony Rutkowski held the position of the ITU’s chief of telecommunication regulations and relations between members in the ITU’s general secretariat from November 1987 to January 1992.
As WCIT-12 wraps up this week, what remains to be seen is how member states would use the new treaties to implement new rules within their jurisdictions, such as the recently agreed deep-packet inspection provisions. Rutkowski told CNET that it’s not entirely clear the changes actually could be implemented. “Again, the provisions they are proposing are a joke. Most if not all the major nations will simply ignore what is in the draft provisions.” Yet Rutkowski pointed out that even still, “Russia and few others may try to exploit the political value.” more> http://tinyurl.com/a5aqyw9
Posted in Broadband, Business, Economy, Leadership, Net, telecom
Tagged Deep packet inspection, First Amendment, International Telecommunication Union, Next-generation network, Russia, United States