Beyond the Headlines: The Week of August 06, 2013

Dear IVN Readers,

Some news outlets will filter out news on important issues to showcase stories for their entertainment value. As a result, some issues are never even brought to the surface, like:

How many voters are truly denied voting rights nationwide? Does a “bipartisan” election commissionresult in real reform? What does a Russian version of the Stop Online Privacy Act mean for future legislation here in the US?

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 What You Missed

Over 100 Million Voters Denied Voting Rights Nationwide

Over 100 Million Voters Denied Voting Rights Nationwide

The media, the US Justice Department, and respected civil rights organizations continue to argue about issues like Voter ID, felon voting, and the Voting Rights Act. But, as their boxing arena becomes full of political talking points and pontificating pundits, a much bigger fight is going on outside.

new jersey special election

Low Voter Turnout Reveals Voter Suppression in New Jersey Primaries

When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decided to hold the New Jersey special election apart from the previously scheduled November election, he received widespread criticism. Voters and pundits alike blasted the governor for the extra $12 million the election would cost…

Russia Begins Blacklisting Websites Under Its Version of SOPA

Russia Begins Blacklisting Websites Under Its Version of SOPA

America isn’t the only nation struggling with online piracy. Two anti-piracy bills approved by Russian leader Vladimir Putin have received criticism for seeking to blacklist entire sites hosting pirated content, rather than deleting or censoring the specific content in question.

Law and Politics Are Inseparable, SCOTUS At Height of 5-4 Decisions

Law and Politics Are Inseparable, SCOTUS at Height of 5-4 Decisions

The Supreme Court of the United States of America, under Chief Justice John Roberts, has had its highest percentage of one vote majority decisions than ever before.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You

Negotiations have taken place since early 2010 to discuss expanding the 2005 Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPSEP), a trade agreement between Brunei, Chile, Singapore, and New Zealand. While the limited scope of a free trade agreement that encompassed four nations…

Independent Voters Express Desire for More Options in Elections

As IVN reported last month, Massachusetts leads the pack nationwide of states with the highest percentage of independent voters. I can tell you from meeting thousands of them, these voters are hungry to be involved in the political decisions that affect their lives.

Independent Spotlight

California Initiative Seeks to Revolutionize Privacy Policy

California Initiative Seeks to Revolutionize Privacy Policy

This landmark initiative could completely change the way privacy policy is addressed in California by giving plaintiffs the teeth necessary to actually protect their constitutional right to privacy in a courtroom, and flipping the responsibility of protecting personal data from the individual to those who actually possess the information itself.

The following is a transcript of the initiative’s amendments to the state constitution [updated to reflect recent amendments to the initiative]:

SECTION 1.  Whenever a natural person supplies personally identifying information to a legal person that is engaged in collecting such information for a commercial or governmental purpose, the personally identifying information shall be presumed to be confidential and the legal person collecting such information shall use all reasonably available means for protecting such information from unauthorized disclosure.

SEC. 2.  Harm to a natural person shall be presumed whenever his or her confidential personally identifying information has been disclosed without his or her authorization.

SEC. 3.  Confidential personally identifying information may be disclosed without authorization if there is a countervailing compelling interest to do so (such as public safety or protected non-commercial free speech) and there is no reasonable alternative for accomplishing such compelling interest.

Read more about the initiative here.

Column of the Week

climate realism

Climate Realism is a column by David Vincent, an environmental attorney in California. Vincent reports on the many costs of climate change and how it affects global trade policies.

 

 

Recent articles on Climate Realism:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: What You Don’t Know MIGHT Hurt You

The Opportunity Cost of Carbon Emissions

California and Quebec Unite in a Growing Carbon Market

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Contributor of the week

Joey Avery

Joseph Avery is an intern and regular contributor at IVN. He graduated from UC San Diego with B.A. in Communications and a minor in Philosophy. A native of the Bay Area, Joey is an aspiring stand-up comedian and former talk radio host.

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