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World Wide Web Positioned to Fracture?

Earlier this year, Eric Schmidt (Google CEO) and Jared Cohen (former State Department official) predicted that we could see a gradual fracture of the World Wide Web into several mini-Internets at the regional or national level. The Washington Post recently reported that we may actually be experiencing the early stages of the fracture.  Last week, […]

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NYT: Private Sector “Pushes Back”

A recent New York Times article reports that the private industry is concerned with government surveillance and angry at the over-exposure to which private companies were subjected following the National Security Agency (NSA) revelations earlier this year. Specifically, entities such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Twitter have taken action, including publishing the number of government […]

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Judge Koh Denies Google’s Motion in Wiretap Case

The New York Times reports that Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California has denied Google’s motion to dismiss in the wiretap suit against it.  The lawsuit concerns Google’s practice of scanning email messages and using the content found within to tailor the advertisements presented to Gmail users.  Plaintiffs include […]

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Google wants a “Free and Open Web,” opposes back-door dealing at WCIT

Caught wind of this after reading Carl Franzen’s blog post for TPM.  Google just started a “free and open” campaign designed to  marshal support against back-door dealing at WCIT. Here’s the official website for the campaign.  The website says that “[s]ome governments want to use a closed-door meeting in December to increase censorship and regulate […]

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Nov 20th, 2012 Criticism, international law

SEC issues guidelines on hacking: Financial Times

On October 14th, 2011, Joseph Menn reported for the Financial Times on how US securities regulators have issued guidelines for publicly traded companies to disclose about past hacking incidents and risks of future breaches.  The SEC posted the directive as a staff recommendation rather than a binding rule.  Nevertheless, the directive is sweeping; companies with […]

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Chinese military mobilises cybermilitias: Financial Times

On October 12th, 2011, Kathrin Hille reported for the Financial Times on how China's People's Liberation Army has created talented cybermilita units in China's telecommunications, electronics, and internet industries.  Set up over the past decade, these cybermilitias form the backbone of the Chinese internet warfare forces.  Although Beijing insists the state does not sponsor hacking […]

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Who watches the watchmen: The Economist

On September 10th, 2011, the Economist reported on the controversy regarding the issuance of digital certificates.  The article pointed out that internet security is a top-down affair; users are told whom to trust by digital certificates which are issued by several hundred companies that pride themselves on their security.  It should all work fine in […]

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DigiNotar SSL certificate hack amounts to cyberwar: the Guardian

On September 5th, 2011, the Guardian reported that the Dutch government announced that hackers had broken into the web security firm DigiNotar and issued hundreds of bogus security certificates.  The fake security certificates could be used to access the websites of the CIA, Israel's Mossad, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter.  The fake certificates would allow a […]

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It’s Not a Privacy ‘Breach’ When Information About You Is Out There Already

Rob Pegoraro of The Washington Post, reports in an article dated November 14, 2010, that recent developments regarding Facebook's "misuse of some user's data by applications it installed on their pages," and Google's "collecting data from people's wireless networks," are in the "doghouse" for the wrong reasons. According to the Post, "[b]oth of these episodes […]

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Google CEO Schmidt: No Anonymity Is The Future Of Web | NetworkWorld.com

NetworkWorld columnist Ms. Smith discusses the future of both anonymity and privacy on the World Wide Web in a column that mentions the NSTIC: Anonymity equaling a future heinous act seems to be the direction some online security experts are headed. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace proposes to do away with anonymous […]

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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