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OITP releases report exploring policy implications of 3D printing

3D printers can do incredible things – from creating food, to rendering human organs, to building spare parts for the International Space Station. A small but growing number of libraries make 3D printers available as a library service. Library 3D printers may not be able to make you a pizza…

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ALA seeks nominations for 2015 James Madison awards

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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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