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Between a Facebook and a Hard Place

Between a Facebook and a Hard Place

As various state legislatures work on legislation banning employers from demanding access to prospective and actual employees' social networking profiles, an employment lawyer raises a question: If an employee posts something that raises a harassment issue, will the employer whose hands are

BRC Video Interview: Lavabit's Ladar Levison on the Technology of Private Email

BRC Video Interview: Lavabit's Ladar Levison on the Technology of Private Email

When the federal government demanded his encryption keys, Ladar Levison

FTC Extracts Fine from Google as Harassment Continues

FTC Extracts Fine from Google as Harassment Continues

Today the Federal Trade Commission—just one of many government agencies here and abroad that have been harassing one of the world’s most productive companies—extracted $22.5 million from Google.

Internet Privacy and Corporate Free Speech

Internet Privacy and Corporate Free Speech

When I think of great defenders of big business and the profit motive, Mother Jones is not exactly the first name that comes to mind. Last month, for example, the magazine posted a favorable review of a book denouncing the food industry for not feeding people. Yet one Mother Jones writer last weekend managed to recognize that in the case of the Internet—what do you know—big businesses generally make their profits by serving their customers:

Lavabit Founder Shrugs, Closes Snowden Email Service

Lavabit Founder Shrugs, Closes Snowden Email Service

In 2004, Ladar Levison founded a business to produce a product he believed in: private email. He encrypted messages before storing them, so as to limit even his own access to users’ information. The service, known as Lavabit, grew to 350,000 customers—including famed leaker Edward Snowden—and Levison remained owner and operator.

Lavabit's Ladar Levison on a Page from Atlas Shrugged: A BRC Video Interview

Lavabit's Ladar Levison on a Page from Atlas Shrugged: A BRC Video Interview

It's easy to see Ladar Levison as a crusader for Ladar Levison Lavabit Dark Mail Alliance Atlas Shrugged Business Rights Center
privacy and against government surveillance.

Levison: Let's Take Your Email Dark

Levison: Let's Take Your Email Dark

Lavabit founder Ladar Levison, who created the email system that Edward Snowden used and who tried to protect it from the government, closed that system—but he hasn’t given up on providing private email.

Obama's NSA Speech: Levison Warned Us

Obama's NSA Speech: Levison Warned Us

Edward Snowden will respond to President Obama’s statements on the NSA next week, Julian Assange says, but the Business Rights Center is releasing an 84-minute interview with his email provider, Ladar Levison—who closed Lavabit rather than

When Government Demanded Lavabit’s Keys

When Government Demanded Lavabit’s Keys

Before he was famous as the man who shut down his email service rather than “become complicit in crimes against the American people,” Lavabit owner Ladar Levison was a businessman whose company faced an existential threat from the United States Government—because he was trying to provide private email.