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EPIC Holiday Gift Guide [2006] EPICAlert 26

EPIC Holiday Gift Guide

Volume 13 December 19, 2006
Published by the
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Washington, D.C.

With the holiday season upon us, EPIC is happy to help you find the perfect gift for the privacy activists on your shopping list. EPIC and members of its advisory board have published a number of excellent new books on privacy and civil liberties in the computer age. Here, we've listed some of our favorites. As always, take care when shopping online to protect your personal information! Enjoy, and happy holidays from EPIC!

Current EPIC Publications:

"Privacy & Human Rights 2005: An International Survey of Privacy Laws and Developments"

This annual report by EPIC and Privacy International provides an overview of key privacy topics and reviews the state of privacy in over 70 countries around the world. The report outlines legal protections, new challenges, and important issues and events relating to privacy. Privacy & Human Rights 2005 is the most comprehensive report on privacy and data protection ever published.

Harry Hammitt, David Sobel and Tiffany Stedman, ed., "FOIA 2004: Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws"

This is the standard reference work covering all aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Government in the Sunshine Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The 22nd edition fully updates the manual that lawyers, journalists and researchers have relied on for more than 25 years. For those who litigate open government cases (or need to learn how to litigate them), this is an essential reference manual.

Marc Rotenberg, ed., "The Privacy Law Sourcebook 2004: United States Law, International Law, and Recent Developments"

The Privacy Law Sourcebook, which has been called the "Physician's Desk Reference" of the privacy world, is the leading resource for students, attorneys, researchers, and journalists interested in pursuing privacy law in the United States and around the world. It includes the full texts of major privacy laws and directives such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Privacy Act, and the OECD Privacy Guidelines, as well as an up-to-date section on recent developments. New materials include the APEC Privacy framework, the Video Voyeurism Prevention Act, and the CAN-SPAM Act.

"The Public Voice WSIS Sourcebook: Perspectives on the World Summit on the Information Society"

This resource promotes a dialogue on the issues, the outcomes, and the process of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This reference guide provides the official UN documents, regional and issue-oriented perspectives, and recommendations and proposals for future action, as well as a useful list of resources and contacts for individuals and organizations that wish to become more involved in the WSIS process.

"Filters and Freedom 2.0: Free Speech Perspectives on Internet Content Controls"

A collection of essays, studies, and critiques of Internet content filtering. These papers are instrumental in explaining why filtering threatens free expression.

Publications by members of the EPIC Advisory Board:

Phil Agre and Marc Rotenberg, ed., "Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape"

"The essays in this book provide a conceptual framework for the analysis and debate of privacy policy and for the design and development of information systems. The international authorship represents technical, economic, and political aspects of privacy."

Anita Allen, “Why Privacy Isn't Everything”

"Accountability protects public health and safety, facilitates law enforcement, and enhances national security, but it is much more than a bureaucratic concern for corporations, public administrators, and the criminal justice system. In Why Privacy Isn't Everything, Anita L. Allen provides a highly original treatment of neglected issues affecting the intimacies of everyday life, and freshly examines how a preeminent liberal society accommodates the competing demands of vital privacy and vital accountability for personal matters."

James Bamford, "Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency From the Cold War Through the Dawn of a New Century"

"James Bamford first penetrated the wall of silence surrounding the NSA in 1982, with the much-talked-about bestseller The Puzzle Palace. In Body of Secrets, he offers shocking new details about the inner workings of the agency, gathered through unique access to thousands of internal documents and interviews with current and former officials. Unveiling extremely sensitive information for the first time, Bamford exposes the role the NSA played in numerous Soviet bloc Cold War conflicts and discusses its undercover involvement in the Vietnam War."

Christine Borgman, "From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure"

"Will the emerging global information infrastructure (GII) create a revolution in communication equivalent to that wrought by Gutenberg, or will the result be simply the evolutionary adaptation of existing behavior and institutions to new media? … What are the trade-offs between tailoring information systems to user communities and standardizing them to interconnect with systems designed for other communities, cultures, and languages? This book takes a close look at these and other questions of technology, behavior, and policy surrounding the GII."

James Boyle, Keith Aoki, and Jennifer Jenkins, "Bound By Law? (Tales from the Public Domain)"

"This graphic-novel-format paperback is an excellent introduction to copyright law. The authors, all law professors, wanted to make copyright accessible for everyone in a form other than a law-review article. The 'plot' revolves around Akiko, a filmmaker who wants to capture a day in the life of New York City. As Akiko tries to produce her film, she learns about copyright basics, including fair use, public domain, and the impact of digital technology."

Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau, "Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption"

"Telecommunication has never been perfectly secure, as a Cold War culture of wiretaps and international spying taught us. Yet many of us still take our privacy for granted, even as we become more reliant than ever on telephones, computer networks, and electronic transactions of all kinds. Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau argue that if we are to retain the privacy that characterized face-to-face relationships in the past, we must build the means of protecting that privacy into our communication systems."

Harry Hammit, "Access Reports"

"For more than 25 years, Access Reports has been the news source of choice for professionals concerned with access to government information. Access Reports' publications keep subscribers up to date on all freedom of information and privacy issues, tracking policy trends while summarizing and analyzing court decisions, legislation (federal, state, and -- in Canada -- provincial), regulations, and agency guidance."

Jerry Kang, "Communications Law and Policy"

"This teachable work provides a comprehensive introduction to the technology, economics, law, and policy of modern communications. Its unique strength is that it is organized by analytic concepts instead of current industry lines, which are constantly outdated by technological convergence. The basic ideas -- power, entry, pricing, bad content, good content, structure, and access -- equip students with a durable and yet flexible intellectual structure that can help parse a complex and ever-changing field."

Mary Minow and Tomas A. Lipinski, "Library's Legal Answer Book"

"Every librarian who wants to make wise policy decisions and protect the organization from legal challenges can now consult the library legal team of Minow and Lipinski! Libraries are in the thick of legal issues as new technologies add layers of complexity to everyday work in the library. How do you know what's legal? What can you do to identify and address issues before they turn into bona fide legal matters? Where do you turn for help? In this comprehensive and authoritative, yet easy-to-understand Q & A customized for librarians, you'll find expert guidance on complex issues."

Eli M. Noam, "Interconnecting the Network of Networks"

"Taking a broad, multidisciplinary perspective Eli Noam discusses the importance and history of interconnection policy, as well as recent policy reforms both within the United States and around the globe. Other important topics he discusses include interconnection prices, the unbundling of interconnection, and the technology of interconnection. He concludes with an examination of social and policy issues, including the free flow of content, universal service and privacy protection, and the future of telecommunications."

Bruce Schneier, "Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly about Security in an Uncertain World"

"In Beyond Fear, Bruce Schneier invites us to take a critical look at not just the threats to our security, but the ways in which we're encouraged to think about security by law enforcement agencies, businesses of all shapes and sizes, and our national governments and militaries. Schneier believes we all can and should be better security consumers, and that the trade-offs we make in the name of security -- in terms of cash outlays, taxes, inconvenience, and diminished freedoms -- should be part of an ongoing negotiation in our personal, professional, and civic lives, and the subject of an open and informed national discussion."

Robert Ellis Smith, "Ben Franklin's Web Site: Privacy and Curiosity from Plymouth Rock to the Internet"

"This new book explores the hidden niches of American history to discover the tug between Americans' yearning for privacy and their insatiable curiosity. The book describes Puritan monitoring in Colonial New England, then shows how the attitudes of the founders placed the concept of privacy in the Constitution. This panoramic view continues with the coming of tabloid journalism in the Nineteenth Century, and the reaction to it in the form of a new right -- the right to privacy."

Daniel J. Solove, "The Digital Person"

"In this startling revelation of how digital dossiers are created (usually without our knowledge), Daniel J. Solove argues that we must rethink our understanding of what privacy is and what it means in the digital age, and then reform the laws that define and regulate it. Although the implications of digital dossiers may be grave, The Digital Person helps empower Internet users by exposing to them the reality of what happens when they input personal information into computers, and how they can push for legal reform that simultaneously protects their privacy and lets them enjoy the benefits of the information age."

Daniel J. Solove, Marc Rotenberg, and Paul M. Schwartz, "Privacy, Information, Technology"

"With its authority, comprehensive approach, and lucid explanations, this work is an ideal resource for teaching cyber law, communications, media, law and technology, privacy law, and information law courses and seminars. Succinct and readable, it can also supplement any course where information privacy issues are considered."

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