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Spotlight: Privacy on trial across the globe

Ghostery looks at privacy regulations across the globe. 

EU Commissioner pushes Estonia as model for e-identity

Not only may Estonia's digital identification system be used as a roadmap for a pan-European initiative, but the way it was developed has been worked into new regulations that span the continent.

US House of Representatives passes supercomputing bill

This week the House passed H.R. 2495--The American Super Computing Leadership Act--to amend the Department of Energy High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004. It is intended to spur onshore developments in supercomputing.

Nancy Pelosi to FCC: Take a hint from Supremes, make broadband Title II

The House Minority Leader makes official the Democratic leadership's support of a very controversial move to regulate the Internet with the same language used to regulate long distance service.

Less need for broadband regulation with more competitors, says FCC's Wheeler

"It was the absence of competition that historically forced the imposition of strict government regulation in telecommunications," said a man whose industry is responsible for some monopolies.

Spotlight: The positive side of intellectual property

In 2007, I promoted a then-young fellow (which could describe a lot of us) named Tim Conneally to write for me at  Betanews. 

Public policy for "Privacy, Anonymity and Big Data" requires combined technical and legal solutions

This is one of the two exemplary guest posts on this subject promised to readers in my Editor's Corner. Dr. Daniel Barth-Jones of Columbia University has important information to share on protecting privacy in big data projects. 

US Appeals Court hears arguments for shutting down NSA database and domestic surveillance

Last week, a panel of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2 nd Circuit heard arguments on the ACLU vs Clapper lawsuit against the U.S. government's domestic mass surveillance activities. The ACLU argues the surveillance violates the 4 th Amendment while the federal government argued that the Patriot Act renders such activities lawful.

FCC's O'Rielly: Net neutrality would hike broadband costs

Suppose the costs service providers incurred to comply with new Open Internet rules were passed to consumers. Such consumers needing a cause for legal action may now get one.

More on the latest privacy debate: de-identification vs holding researchers legally responsible

Members of the  FierceBigData  community with substantial experience in addressing privacy issues responded with some outstanding insights and some actionable best practices for individual researchers.