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Revenge Porn Conviction (the part where I was on TV)

March 14, 2015

When Kevin Bollaert was convicted for running a Revenge Porn site (no … he wasn’t!) in early February, KUSI News San Diego called me for an interview.  My info was sketchy – reports that he was convicted for extortion and identity theft, usually accompanied by wrong statements (again) that Bollaert was busted for running a revenge porn site.  Of course, the site itself would be immune from liability for user-generated content per the CDA §230.  So it must have been the part where the poor victims whose private photos ended up on the site could get them removed for a modest fee; and the part where Bollaert solicited private information from the perps regarding the victims.

Anyway … the news truck came down and I yakked at them for 20 minutes or so.  They kept the “Just be careful,” advice.  I supposed it plays better on TV than where I advised, “Be alert; be vigilant; be circumspect; be judicious.”  (That was a little experiment for my own personal edification.)

And reporter Kristen Cusato paid attention and absorbed and pretty much got it right.   Which was refreshing compared to the other reports saying the conviction was for running the website itself (see above).

Can’t embed the video on this not-self-hosted blog (I’ll get to it someday), so > Here’s a Link

… a delayed feeding (12.10.14)

December 10, 2014

Got caught up in real life again, and haven’t been posting – about which I do not apologize, as my guitar and piano chops are coming back.   But, here’s some links from my feeds … some of which may be relevant and/or useful, or not, in no particular order, except I suppose we should open with CIA Torture Report (the general contents of which, btw, is quite old news, we just hadn’t seen the details yet).

That’s enough of that.  Now for some less depressing stuff.

Next time, we give you, ah, maybe I’ll link to some all-wrong cover tunes I’ve been doing instead of all this.


bucket ‘o tech/law feeds (week of 7.27.2014)

August 3, 2014

And here we are again with some of the stuff I was reading last week – in no order whatsoever.

That’ll do…

f-fuh f-fuh f-f-feeds

July 27, 2014

Well it’s been two weeks, and my collection of links is pretty expansive.  So I’ll just keep most of them to myself, and here’s some random stuff that’s not too old…

Yeah, pretty mixed up… next time perhaps a thematic approach again.


feederishly (week of 7.6.14)

July 13, 2014
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I’m thinking, meh … don’t really have a lot to say this time round.  Much of the big ugly same, and the NSA.  So here’s some of this week’s feeds maybe clustered by subject, but that’s about it:

… More Disruptive Innovation v. Entrenched Interests …

And this is just hilarious…

2 weeks of feeds … (week of 6.22.14 to Indy Day)

July 5, 2014

Missed the week before this last holiday week,  and lots of stuff happened, so I’m bunching two weeks into one.   Big week the week before last, with the Supreme Court bringing down a couple of tech-related rulings.  One good, one terrible.   Let’s start there.

Aereo: Nutshell … Supremes say it looks like cable, therefore it’s infringing copyright, without looking at what is technically happening, which is not directly infringing at the least.  Opens up a whole can of lawsuits based on the “feels like cable” non-test.  How fun to not know whether your startup is legal…

Supreme Court: Aereo Looks Just Like Cable TV, So It Has to Follow the Same Laws as Cable TV — Kevin Drum | MoJo

Supreme Court Uses The Bizarre ‘Looks Like A Cable Duck’ Test To Outlaw Aereo — Mike Masnick | Techdirt

Analysis: Aereo’s death leaves cloud computing hanging in the balance — David Kravets | Ars Technica

Symposium: Aereo decision injects uncertainty into copyright — Mitch Stoltz | SCOTUSblog

Did Aereo Kill The Cablevision Ruling That Enabled So Much Innovation? Who The Hell Knows? —  TechDirt

In Aereo’s wake, Fox targets Dish’s TV streaming service — David Kravets | Ars Technica

Aereo Fallout Begins: Fox Uses Ruling To Attack Dish’s Mobile Streaming Service —  Techdirt

Why the Supreme Court just set TV innovation back a decade — Jeff John Roberts | Gigaom

* * *

Riley / Cell-Phone Searches: And here’s the good news.  Turns out the Supremes have realized your smartphone holds just a bit more information than your wallet … and potentially your own home.  So, no, it’s not okay for cops to search it for their “safety” and stuff.

Supreme Court Sets Powerful Limits for Cell Searches, Fails to Protect Internet Streaming — Rebecca Jeschke | EFF

Digital Privacy Is Fundamentally Different From Physical Privacy — Kevin Drum | MoJo

Courts may hear challenges to secret cell tracking devices after new ruling — Cyrus Farivar | Ars Technica

The Supreme Court’s Riley Decision Won’t Change Much In The Field (Guest Blog Post) — Eric Goldman | Technology & Marketing Law Blog

* * *

And since that’s all kind of heady stuff, here’s some randoms, like open source is suspect?

IRS policy that targeted political groups also aimed at open source projects — Ryan Paul | Ars Technica

Better yet, even looking at the Tor website, let alone using Tor, apparently gets you on the spy-on-me list.  That would include me.

NSA targets Tor administrators and people searching for privacy tools, reports claim — David Meyer | Gigaom

Report: Rare leaked NSA source code reveals Tor servers targeted — Cyrus Farivar | Ars Technica

And finally, Facebook has been manipulating your moods?  Creepy, but not surprising, which should be unsettling in itself.

Facebook altered 689,000 users’ News Feeds for a psychology experiment — Russell Brandom | The Verge

Even the Editor of Facebook’s Mood Study Thought It Was Creepy (Adrienne Lafrance/The Atlantic Online)

Facebook Just Admitted It Tinkered With People’s News Feeds to Manipulate Their Emotions — Ben Dreyfuss | MoJo

Facebook study: More fallout as journal editors voice concern over data collection — Brandon Bailey | SiliconBeat

As Flies to Wanton Boys — James Grimmelmann | The Laboratorium

This is all so serious.  Except perhaps for this …

Google Orders Terminator Robots Not To Kill Founders Brin & Page — Barry Schwartz | Search Engine Land



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