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The Business Of Knowing: Private Market Data And Contemporary Intelligence

by Klon Kitchenvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Many US federal agencies are purchasing private market data. This paper argues that US government access to at least some private market data—and the limiting of foreign access to this same information—is essential for national security. It also argues, however, for a refined awareness that acknowledges the privacy we have already lost and that implements greater government oversight and accountability.

Renewing Indigenous Economies

by Terry Anderson, Kathy Rattévia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Describes how Native American tribes can strengthen sovereignty, jurisdiction, property rights, and the rule of law to better integrate into modern economies, building a foundation for self-sufficiency and restoring dignity.

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Buying Data And The Fourth Amendment

by Orin S. Kerrvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Can governments purchase user records as an end run around the warrant requirement imposed by Carpenter v. United States? Fourth Amendment law suggests they can. Companies have common authority over their business records, which allows them to consent to a government search of their databases even when their users oppose it. A voluntary sale manifests consent, permitting the government to buy access to Carpenter-protected records without warrant or cause.

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Beyond GDP: Looking Deeper At Prosperity, Progress, And The Nature Of Value

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, November 15, 2021

A new contingent-valuation method for measuring quality of life is presented. The mainstream GDP approach fails to account for technological progress over time and—as the Stiglitz Commission found—ignores liberty, national security, and health.

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A Gig Surveillance Economy

by Elizabeth E. Johvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Gig surveillance work is short-term, freelance, temporary surveillance that generates data later sold for profit. This essay describes gig surveillance work, what potential legal and policy questions it raises, and what it means for further entrenchment of reliance by the government on the private information market.

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Facial Recognition As A Less Bad Option

by Jane Bambauervia Aegis Paper Series
Thursday, November 4, 2021

This essay defends the police use of facial recognition technology to identify suspects in crime footage or to locate individuals with outstanding warrants. The perils that flow from facial recognition can be mitigated through sensible limits without banning the technology, and in any case, the risks of facial recognition are less bad than the options police have without its use.

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How The Doha Agreement Guaranteed US Failure In Afghanistan

by Lisa Curtisvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

This essay examines how the poorly negotiated US-Taliban agreement undermined the Afghan government and institutions and facilitated the Taliban’s rise to power in August 2021. The rush to conclude a deal with the Taliban undermined US counterterrorism interests and emboldened hard-liners within the Taliban movement. The United States must recommit to human rights and counterterrorism in Afghanistan and avoid rewarding the Taliban with diplomatic recognition until they have earned it.

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The Hezbollah Paradox

by Nicholas Blanfordvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Hezbollah has evolved over the past four decades into the most powerful military and political force in Lebanon. It is Iran’s greatest force enabler, allowing the Islamic Republic to exert influence across the Middle East. But Hezbollah’s determination to protect its independent military status in the face of growing opposition in Lebanon has created a host of grave challenges that could threaten the organization’s primacy in the years ahead.

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Layered Response: Turkey’s Adaptive Policy On Refugees And Migrants

by Richard Outzenvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Turkey has experienced a massive surge in refugee and migrant flows over the past decade. Hosting over four million refugees and roughly two million other migrants, Turkey has faced significant social, economic, and security challenges related to population movements. Ankara’s evolving policy response has direct implications for Europe and for US strategic interests, and it presents a valuable case study as Western leaders grapple with parallel challenges.

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Understanding Police Reliance On Private Data

by Farhang Heydarivia Aegis Paper Series
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Private entities play a substantial and growing role across the criminal system. It is both impractical and undesirable to eliminate all private influences. Instead, policy makers can distinguish beneficial private influences from harmful ones by focusing on those private entities with the closest relationship to law enforcement. These entities have fewer incentives to guard against law enforcement overreach and thus deserve heightened scrutiny.

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