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The San Jose Mercury News | Article | June 14, 2020
Privacy Is an Important Issue But It's No Reason to Dump Wireless ID
By Robert D. Atkinson
This not an either-or debate. We can have the RFID's convenience, functionality and cost savings and have strong privacy protections.

PPI | Policy Report | October 6, 2020
Radio Frequency Identification: Little Devices Making Big Waves
By Julie Hutto and Robert D. Atkinson
As a major technological advancement, RFID tags are poised to stimulate growth; therefore, it is important to embrace them rather than stall or halt them altogether.

PPI | Front & Center | April 5, 2020
Google E-mail, What's All the Fuss About?
By Rob Atkinson
Google's new "G-mail" service will provide free e-mail, a gigabyte of storage space, and targeted on-screen ads -- unless the paranoid rhetoric of privacy advocates shuts it down.

PPI | Testimony | October 30, 2020
Testimony of Senior Policy Analyst Shane Ham on "Email Spam"
Prepared testimony given to the House Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight Hearing on "Email Spam."

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | June 30, 2020
Getting Radical with Spam
By Shane Ham
The spam menace is worse than ever -- and strong steps are needed to end it.

PPI | Briefing | March 27, 2020
The Battle Over Spam
By Shane Ham
The problem is becoming so severe that, without effective legislation, email -- by far the most popular use of the Internet -- may become unusable as a communications tool.

Internet Education Foundation | Article | March 1, 2020
Internet Privacy: The Case for Pre-emption
By Shane Ham
Just as it is indisputable that Congress has the authority to regulate Internet privacy, it is equally clear that state-by-state regulation of Internet privacy would do more harm than good, for several reasons.

PPI | Briefing | August 1, 2020
Adopting P3P for Congressional Web Sites: A How-To Guide
By Shane Ham and Ari Schwartz
The why's and how's of implementing "P3P," in seven easy steps.

DLC | New Dem Daily | June 15, 2020
Idea of the Week: Machine-Readable Privacy Policies
As the online privacy debate goes on with no end in sight, we can and should do something practical to give Americans more privacy and control over information about their Internet usage.

DLC | New Dem Daily | June 5, 2020
Getting a Label on Spam
Last month the House Judiciary Committee killed a proposal by New Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff that would have provided a very simple protection for unsolicited commercial email recipients: an "ADV" identifier in the subject line. But it's a solution every reasonable party to the debate should be able to support.

PPI | Front & Center | June 4, 2020
E-Mail Spam Labeling
By Shane Ham
The fact that restrictions on physical mail with sexual content pass constitutional muster does not matter to cyberlibertarians, because they feel the Internet is special. But why should it be? The principle is the same.

PPI | Policy Report | April 13, 2020
Online Privacy and a Free Internet
By Shane Ham and Robert D. Atkinson
Any online privacy legislation should balance the need to protect consumer privacy with the need to encourage the growth of a free and freely available Internet supported by targeted marketing.

DLC | New Dem Daily | April 4, 2020
Putting Spam In the Can
As a recent study reported, the financial services industry is responsible for about one-third of all "spam." Not surprisingly, these purveyors don't want to see it canned. They failed to kill H.R. 718 -- the "spam" bill -- in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and are now trying to figure out how to stop it further down the long and dusty legislative road.

DLC | New Dem Daily | June 5, 2020
Idea of the Week: Kerry's Third Way on Internet Privacy
The FTC recently issued a report saying that the industry has not made enough progress on Internet privacy, and asking lawmakers for authority to issue sweeping regulations. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) quickly responded with a floor speech announcing his intention to introduce legislation that would provide consumers basic protections for Internet privacy while avoiding heavy-handed federal regulation.

Blueprint | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2020
Is Your Personal Health Information Really Safe?
By Katie Donohue
Why the online industry must provide tighter safeguards.

PPI | Backgrounder | March 1, 2020
DoubleClick and Online Privacy
By Shane Ham and Robert D. Atkinson
Online profiling of web users is a valid business model, as long as protections are in place to give web users sufficient notice that profiling is taking place and adequate opportunity to choose not to participate.

PPI | Backgrounder | March 1, 2020
DoubleClick and Online Privacy: Update
By Shane Ham and Robert D. Atkinson
What has been lost in the debate up to this point--and what is in ever-greater danger of being lost altogether as policymakers move for quick closure in the DoubleClick matter--is the fact that consumers have an interest in economic innovation and a financially healthy Internet as well as privacy.

PPI | Briefing | November 1, 2020
How to Can Spam
By Randolph Court and Robert D. Atkinson
Spamming is a predatory practice that unfairly places burdens on both recipients and Internet service providers (ISPs), and threatens to undermine the potential of the Internet as a civic and commercial space.

DLC | New Dem Daily | November 1, 2020
Idea of the Week: Canning "Spam"
Unsolicited commercial email (a.k.a. "spam") needs to be controlled, because its proliferation is a threat to wider use of the Internet. The intrusive nature of spam feeds recipients' worst fears about electronic threats to their personal privacy and security online.

PPI | Briefing | June 1, 2020
Jump-Starting the Digital Economy
By Marc Strassman and Robert D. Atkinson
The emerging digital economy promises high-productivity, low-unemployment, and increased standards of living. However, citizens, companies, or governments will be unable to fully realize these benefits until individuals can easily and securely authenticate themselves over the Internet.

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