Intellectual Freedom

ALA seeks nominations for 2015 James Madison awards

Madison Award Awardee Patrice McDermott

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office is calling for nominations for two awards to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. The James Madison Award, named in honor of President James Madison, was established in 1986 to celebrate an individual or group who has brought ... Read More »

When the watchdog whimpers: new report proposes no legal fixes for NSA’s warrantless “702” surveillance program


Created as an independent federal agency by Congress in 2007 to safeguard the public’s privacy and civil liberties in the wake of 9/11, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has just adopted and published its second major report on the most invasive government surveillance programs. The first, released in January of 2014, virtually growled its disapproval of the ... Read More »

Filtered-down access: an uncensored look at technology and the LGBT community

When you hear internet filters, your mind probably does not immediately jump to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. However, LGBT members are among those most affected by content filtering in public schools and libraries, which often censors and restricts far more content than is legally required. Today, the LGBT Technology Partnership and Institute presented a new report ... Read More »

Scary “Zombie” Cybersecurity Legislation Lives Again in Senate


With the popularity these days of all things “zombie,” it was inevitable DD supposes that Congress would want to get in on the craze. The legislative proof first went by the killer name “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act,” or CISPA. It first started terror­izing privacy advocates and others who believe in the Fourth Amendment back in 2011 as H.R. ... Read More »

“If at first you don’t succeed…” USA FREEDOM Reform Odds in Senate Bolstered by Midnight Amendment to House Defense Appropriations Bill!

DD doesn’t know if Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) meditate but, if they do, “Try. Try Again.” could well be their mantras. Unbowed by the House’s last minute gutting and passage of a fatally watered down version of the USA Freedom Act, they penned, promulgated and — just shy of midnight last night — ... Read More »