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Spyware Technology: A Global Threat top Democracy and Human Rights

Brief #58 – Technology Policy
By Scout Burchill

A flurry of articles have recently been published on the Israeli based cyber-surveillance company NSO Group thanks to a recent leak exposed by Forbidden Stories, a collaborative non-profit journalist organization, which revealed a list of about 50,000 phone numbers alleged to have been targeted by the company’s Pegasus surveillance software.

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Global Perspectives: Nigeria: A Case Study In The Slow Creep of Digital Authoritarianism

Brief #57 – Technology
By Scout Burchill

On June 4th, the Nigerian government announced an “indefinite suspension” of Twitter after the social media company deleted a controversial tweet by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. The Nigerian government’s Twitter ban and its recent history of attempts to more stringently regulate online speech present a cautionary tale about the rise of digital authoritarianism.

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Big Tech Antitrust Efforts Take a Step Forward

Brief #56 – Technology
By Scout Burchill

The world of antitrust and Big Tech regulation has been brimming with developments lately, and all signs point to a transformational shift underway in Washington. Last month, in a rare show of bipartisanship, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve Lina Khan’s nomination to the Federal Trade Commission.

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U.S. Targets China on Economic Espionage

Brief #55 – Technology
By Henry Lenard

In public remarks last week President Biden implied that China’s main intelligence service had a role in the cyberattack on Microsoft’s email software earlier this year. Biden’s remarks underscored China’s decades long history of economic espionage.

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Federal Judge Dismisses Facebook Antitrust Cases

Brief # 52 – Technology  
By Henry Lenard

Two antitrust cases filed against Facebook Inc. by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of nearly all state attorneys general led New York’s Letitia James were dismissed by Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia on June 28, 2021.

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A Review of Current Assistive Technology Policy in the United States

Brief # 51 – Technology 
By M.J. Conaway

In the United States, there are several Federal laws that address technology accessibility for people with disabilities, including the American with Disabilities Act, the Telecommunications Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.  The U.S. Access Board develops accessibility standards for the various technologies covered by the laws, which have been incorporated into the procurement regulations of the Federal government.

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It’s Time to Start Taking UFOs Seriously

Brief # 50 – Technology
By Scout Burchill

By the end of this month a long-anticipated report will be released by the U.S. Intelligence community on UFOs. A once fringe, conspiracy-laden topic, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs as they are called by the Pentagon, have infiltrated the Washington establishment as of late and captured the fascination of the wider public.

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