Another reason on McCain

About ten days ago, I was a co-moderator (with Ari Schwartz) of a panel at CFP during which surrogates for the Obama and McCain campaigns had a civil and well-informed conversation about tech policy. I was impressed by Chuck Fish, the McCain representative, who did his best to win the respect of the geek crowd in the room. (ArsTechnica report about the panel here.) In response to a question about immunity for the telcos in connection with their cooperation with the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program, Fish said that there should…

The biggest surveillance story in years

To very little uproar – that’s the problem – the UK is considering: floating a bill that would centralize all data collected by ISPs. :  Can you imagine this? : The UK has had data retention laws since October 2007 that require phone companies to hang onto phone and text records, and this next step would make all of that data plus email, internet usage, and VoIP data available in a single place – accessible by a mid-level policeman who wanted to know more about his traffic-stop suspect. : Data mining for any…

Institutional design

It’s Friday, a day to tie some threads together. There were three announcements/events this week that are connected in a non-obvious way. 1. US Intel Chief Wants Carte Blanche to Peep All ‘Net Traffic. (Via ArsTechnica, reporting on a Wall Street Journal story and a New Yorker profile.) Our government wants the authority to look at all emails, web searches, file transfers, you name it. And it doesn’t want to be bothered by warrants, judicial oversight, or limits of any kind. 2. Leaked memo: Time Warner Cable to trial hard…