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Silas (in the middle) graduates from Colorado College.
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My latest column is a critique of the EU high court's decision against Google. Even well-intentioned censorship is still censorship.
The EU court decision is an embarrassment. It reads like a bureaucracy interpreting tax regulations, not a high court balancing first principles of free speech and individual privacy....
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Our simple 3-point proposal for government's management of public officials' email and for protecting citizens' access to those records
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A thoughtful article on a recent court decision in CA that will seriously curb public access to government info, not just in CA but nationally.
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My latest column is about a CA ballot initiative to split the state into 6 mini-states. But actually the column is about the premise behind the initiative--namely, that smaller, more local government, being closer to the people, is always better. I view that as a conservative fantasy. 
The theory behind Draper's ballot measure is that subdividing California creates smaller state governments -- and that the smaller and more local the state governments, the more politically accountable and the better managed they will be....
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tech companies' best defense against the threat posed by NSA surveillance may lie not in politics or public policy, but in technology. 
If we object to NSA's use of our metadata -- revealing our whereabouts, relationships, preferences and more -- why is it okay for Google, Facebook et al to possess the same information?
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I don't often find myself in agreement with Supreme Court Justice Scalia, but at a commencement address this week at William & Mary Law School, he had this to say about the first amendment:

<<In more than a few law schools, including some of the most prestigious (the University of Chicago, for example), it is possible to graduate without ever having studied the First Amendment. Can someone really call himself an American lawyer who has that gap in his compendious knowledge of the law? And can a society that depends so much upon lawyers for shaping public perceptions and preserving American traditions regarding the freedom of speech and religion, afford so ignorant a bar?>>

Amen to that.
He explains his theory of commencement speeches, argues for three years of law school and says everybody ought to study the First Amendment.
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For those of you in California, the June 4 statewide election includes a ballot initiative, Prop 42, concerning local government transparency and accountability. It's complicated, but deserving of your support. In this editorial endorsement, I try to explain Prop 42 and respond to critics.
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Listening to the surreptitiously-recorded conversation between octogenarian Donald Sterling and his much younger girlfriend, I felt doubly sickened: first, by the casual racism of Sterling's comments; and second, by my own participation in an invasion of privacy on a truly massive scale. We are experiencing viral voyeurism.
If the rules of fundamental decency, privacy and fairness can be suspended for Sterling, they can be suspended for all of us....
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Medium, which will introduce a mobile app next week, is an attempt by a founder of Twitter and Blogger to strike a balance between the old world, where professional editors were gatekeepers, and the new one, where anyone can post anything online.
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my latest 1st amendment column.
The soundbites from Congressional hearings highlight a legal vulnerability for journalists, especially journalists who write about national security, defense and foreign policy matters....
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My latest column, on how Google et al can protect against NSA snooping, focuses on this dilemma: If tech companies are free to use our voluminous personal data to sell advertising, why are we so offended by NSA's use of the same information to fight terrorism?
If we object to NSA's use of our metadata -- revealing our whereabouts, relationships, preferences and more -- why is it okay for Google, Facebook et al to possess the same information?
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