Stop the Hysteria. Of Course Europe Wants an Open Internet

David O'Sullivan (EU Ambassador to the US), Wired,  Friday, May 01, 2015

EU antitrust authorities are not “going after U.S. tech companies“. They investigate companies, of any nationality, when there is a suggestion of abuse of dominant market position. These investigations are often triggered by complaints from competitors who themselves are often based outside the EU. In more traditional sectors, our investigations focus on European companies because they have been the dominant players. There is no space for political jockeying when you look at market numbers.

Students, Data, and Blurred Lines

Tracy Mitrano, Cornell University,  Thursday, April 30, 2015

As technology transforms the classroom, Internet companies and government leaders have a vital role to play in assuring that the privacy and integrity of the data that existed in the physical world for youth and students remains consistent in the digital era.

Unhappy Anniversary, Google

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Thursday, April 30, 2015

In a year of tremendous growth, we can celebrate the innovations of Google along with advancements in education technology. In the meantime, with one year under Google’s belt since announcing that it would no longer scan student data for advertising purposes, unanswered questions remain at best, deception at worst – and until these questions are addressed, educational institutions have reason to proceed with caution.

EU to probe popular US sites over data use and search

Duncan Robinson and Alex Barker, Financial Times,  Thursday, April 30, 2015

Brussels is set to widen its front against US tech companies just two weeks after the launch of its landmark competition case against Google by initiating a separate probe into a wider range of online platforms. The move marks a first step towards tighter EU regulation of the internet and comes with the European Commission under pressure from France and Germany to take a tougher line on tech groups such as Amazon and Google.

The Next Privacy Fight Will Happen in the Cloud

Andrew Quinlan, Inside Sources,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The issue originates from an investigation by Justice against an Irish citizen. Information sought as part of the investigation was stored on a cloud computing system owned by an Irish company and hosted entirely in Ireland. Were the information requested a piece of paper instead of a byte of data, the Justice Department would be forced by treaty obligation to request that the Irish government obtain a warrant on its behalf to obtain the information. Such requests among allies are commonplace and are not a significant hurdle if the case has merit.

Bill to protect student privacy introduced in Congress

Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two members of Congress today introduced legislation intended to keep the burgeoning education technology industry from selling data on students, or using it to steer targeted advertising. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, and Jared Polis, D-Colorado, said the proposed Student Data Privacy and Parental Rights Act would prevent misuse of personal information submitted by students and parents to educational websites and apps, while allowing innovation in K-12 classrooms to flourish.

European disintegration threatens business on the internet

Richard Allan (Facebook), Financial Times,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

National regulators in a number of countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands, appear to be initiating multiple, overlapping investigations of Facebook, revisiting basic questions about how our services work. In effect, this would mark a return to national regulation. If it is allowed to stand, complying with EU law will no longer be enough; businesses will instead have to comply with 28 independently shifting national variants. They would have to predict the enforcement agenda in each country.

G-Cloud PaaS – Government as a Platform

Cloud Best Practices Network, SYS-CON Media,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mike Bracken, Executive Director for Digital in the UK Cabinet Office, writes that the future of public sector IT is ‘Government as a Platform’ (GaaP), and describes how it will enable the next phase of digital transformation for government. The Cabinet Office recently published this video to easily describe the concept.

LAPD Approves Body Camera Rules Barring Public From Viewing Footage

Salvador Hernandez, BuzzFeed News,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Los Angeles Police Department moved closer Tuesday to becoming the nation’s largest law enforcement agency to deploy body cameras, adopting a set of guidelines for officers to follow. “We are confident that the policy as drafted balances everyone’s rights and interests - the officers, the Department, the City and the community - and believe that body worn cameras will help promote accountability, accuracy and assistance the continued effort to strengthen the community’s trust,” according to a statement released by the union.

Facebook, Google, Microsoft ask Congress to pass privacy rights for Europeans

Julian Hattem, The Hill,  Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Major tech companies are joining with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to urge lawmakers to extend American privacy protections to foreigners in Europe. Nearly two years after Edward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. spying, Silicon Valley is still struggling from foreign distrust, companies wrote to congressional leaders on Tuesday. But extending data protections to citizens in other nations would go a long way to rebuilding that bridge and providing some security for American businesses.