STLR Link Roundup – September 27, 2013

Senate Bills Would Limit NSA Surveillance A group of senators has introduced a bill that would limit the NSA’s surveillance powers. The Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act, sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D, Oregon), Mark Udall (D, Colorado), Richard Blumenthal (D, Connecticut), and Rand Paul (R, Kentucky), would prohibit bulk data collection of cell phone records, close a loophole in the FISA Amendment Act that empowers the PRISM program to target domestic communications, and Continue Reading →

Sea Change: the Legal Implications of Climate Change for Island States

Earlier this month, the intergovernmental 44th Pacific Islands Forum convened in the Marshall Islands to discuss the affairs of 16 sovereign states in the Pacific Ocean. Members of the Forum include Australia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji and Samoa. Discussions at the Pacific Islands Forum covered a wide variety of economic, political and strategic topics, but the major focal point of the Forum concerned climate change. The topic of climate change is one that Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – September 7, 2013

Big Brother Isn’t the Only One Watching With all eyes on the federal government’s wiretapping activities, commercial interests have tapped into consumer devices with little to no repercussions. Corporate America – and apparently also Corporate Great Britain with approval from the British government – has been tracking consumer activities and movements without consumer permission or often without consumer knowledge. By tapping into consumers’ cell phones or other wireless devices, wireless network owners access a wealth Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – September 3, 2013

The Syrian Electronic Army Attacks On August 27, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers supportive of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, attacked several media organizations, including The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Twitter. Earlier in the month, the SEA had attacked the websites of The Washington Post and CNN. The attack continued to cause problems for the New York Times website through August 29. SEA also temporarily modified Twitter’s domain name server Continue Reading →