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Erik Telford is Senior Vice President of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. He has previously served as Director of Membership & Online Strategy at Americans for Prosperity, where he founded RightOnline. He serves on the board of Empower Action Group. Follow him on Twitter: @BlameTelford. Views expressed here are his own.

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    Shakedown 101: The Campus Speaking Tour of a Convicted Fraudster

    For most institutions, you would think that inviting a speaker who was found guilty of “egregious fraud” probably isn’t a good idea. Yet it seems that never occurred to anyone at Harvard Law’s Institute for Global Law and Policy, nor at Georgetown’s Center for Latin American Studies. The speaker in question is Steven Donziger, the controversial lawyer at the center of a $9.5 billion case | Read More »

    Perjury in Wisconsin: Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson Forsees the Future

    Supreme court justices tend to be quite intelligent professionals, possessing sharp, analytical minds and an uncanny foresight into the ramifications of their decisions. But seeing into the future? Well, that’s usually the domain of soothsayers, Marty McFly or Nate Silver – unless you’re Wisconsin chief justice Shirley Abrahamson. It’s no surprise that Abrahamson was not a fan of the recent voter-approved change to the state | Read More »

    Duke Energy Takes A Stand in North Carolina

    The escalation of federal, state, and local government overreach presents a constant threat that warrants oversight and accountability. Sometimes, however, these actions are so egregious that the impropriety is self-evident. Last month, North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources nailed Duke Energy for an unprecedented $25.1 million fine for coal ash contamination of groundwater near the company’s Sutton Plant. This sets a historic record | Read More »

    Google’s ties to the White House

    A weekly meeting with the White House goes a long way. As I’ve written on numerous occasions, Google’s intrusion into the power structures of Washington over the past five years is something we ought to keep an eye on. Specifically, Google’s escape from the Federal Trade Commission’s 2012 antitrust investigation into its practices of influencing searches to promote its own products serves as Exhibit A | Read More »

    Stacking the Deck in Fight Over Online Gambling Ban

    After the FCC’s radical decision to regulate the Internet as a public utility through the misuse of a 1934 law, the last thing we need right now is even more government control over the Internet. Yet, that is exactly what Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is attempting to do by proposing legislation that would federally prohibit online gambling. New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada have all recently | Read More »

    Upgrading Privacy Laws For The Digital Age

    Upgrading Privacy Laws For The Digital Age

    When Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in 1986, the Internet was still in its infancy. Google was just an absurdly big number most people had never heard of. And Apple’s Macintosh Plus computer had a whopping 1MB of memory and retailed for $2599.  Back then, if an email had to be sitting in a server for more than 180 days, there was a | Read More »

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    When Trial Lawyers, Radical Environmentalists, and Dictators Unite

    In response to a baseless shakedown by an alliance of sleazy trial lawyers, radical environmental groups, and anti-American foreign interests, Chevron’s vice president of public affairs, Stephen Green, took to RealClear Markets to fight back. At the center of this misinformation campaign being perpetrated by left-wing operatives, is a fraudulent lawsuit in Ecuador, which in light of rampant corruption, has been completely delegitimized by U.S. courts and even the mainstream media.

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    Obama’s Government Takeover of WiFi

    At every turn, it seems like the Obama administration has found a new way to insert itself into our everyday lives. And, the administration’s most recent encroachment could impact our quality for years to come. The rapid technological improvements we’ve seen over the last few decades could slow or even stop if the administration and its band of cronies have their way. The prevalence of | Read More »

    Regulating the Internet: Herding Cats

    Politicians often deride comments and opinions they don’t like as “laughable,” but in the case of Free Press’ “Net Neutral-i-Kitty” campaign to promote Net Neutrality through Title II regulation, “laughable” is indeed the appropriate term. Videos of costumed Free Press demonstrators at the FCC this morning are a sad reminder of just how comically terrible Title II is. They may have had 400 cat pictures, | Read More »

    A Step Forward for Privacy, Technology, and Law Enforcement

    Americans were rightfully shocked last June when news broke in The Guardian that the National Security Agency was collecting vast swaths of private information from U.S. citizens, ranging from phone call metadata to personal emails. The situation became much more dire when it was revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice was wiretapping journalists and seizing their emails. Under the weight of public pressure and Congressional Oversight hearings, President Obama pledged to dial back his Administration’s surveillance policies, but the damage was already done – and any facade of trust between government, the media, and the American public was shattered.

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