Quick Links for 8/27/2009

  • Now the US Courts are fine with RECAP
    According to Masnick at Techdirt, the Deputy Chief of for Policy and Budget at the Administrative Office of the US Courts not only claims to be fine with the Firefox extension to free court documents, but also has spoken with Professor Felten who oversaw its development. The Deputy Chief and Felten have apparently been on the same page throughout the project, suggesting the nastygram was a bit of bureaucratic indigestion.
  • Federal appeals court’s ruling enhances computer privacy
    According to Wired, this is as much a win for privacy as it is a contentious ruling. The dissenting judges point out the problem, the lack of supporting precedents. I expect this will be re-hashed and quickly as a consequence.
  • Holographic rendering GPU
    Some excellent details at Ars from Chris Lee on some recent research in Japan. The feat of rendering a hologram with essentially a pair of beefy FPGAs is impressive though the results are limited in the depth of the hologram and the frame rate possible for animations. Undoubtedly with what is essentially just a proof of concept at this stage, performance will improve rapidly given the ultimate result of true holographic projection.
  • ACLU sues for records around border laptop searches
    The suit is under the Freedom of Information Act and is intended to assess the risk to Fourth Amendment rights posed by expanded search and seizure powers at US borders. No news other than that the suit has been filed.
  • Google Sumer of Code efforts in open government
    Dana Oshiro at RWW describes to projects at Sunlight Labs receiving interns from Google’s project. One is focusing on local government, which I think is an excellent next step beyond transparency in the federal government. The other aims to better support citizen engagement and congressional discourse with constituents.
  • Facebook updates privacy policy for the bettter
    According to this Bits article by Claire Cain Miller, the changes fall into roughly two groups. The first, largely at the behest of the Canadian Privacy Commissioner, improve data retention and transparency into policies. The second address a disturbing gap that has been drawing a good deal of attention, private data handling for 3rd party applications.
  • Was Obama image removed from Flickr for a fake takedown?
    According to this RWW piece, this may be the explanation, considering all of the plausible rights holders have denied issuing the take down.

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