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Don't insult the Pope's mother, or he'll punch you in the face! In response to questioning about the Charlie Hebdo killings, the Pope stated: "If [you] say a curse word against my mother, [you] can expect a punch." Not only does the Pope mischaracterize the Charlie Hebdo speech as consisting of naked insults, but well educated thinkers also have tried to paint the speech as "brazenly racist." No matter how distasteful, such speech is clearly parody and is protected under U.S. law. Even if such speech was "brazenly racist," U.S. law would still protect it under certain circumstances. Read more » about Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Charlie Hebdo cartoons will never hurt you.
Following the recent data breaches at Sony and the attacks at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, certain politicians have wasted no time calling for increased government surveillance, broader anti-hacking statutes (with stiffer penalties), and, in the case of British Prime Read more » about The Criminalization of Cryptography
Last evening we learned that Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger (D-MD) plans to again reintroduce the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) at the start of the 114th Congress. Although it's impractical to speculate on the contents of the latest proposal without seeing its legislative language, if CISPA '15 simply is a mirror-image resubmission of last year's version (as I suspect it is) my previous comments about its shortcomings and controversies still remain relevant: Read more » about CISPA is back again. (Yes, again.)
With the horrifying attacks in Paris yesterday, we were witness, once again, to the remorseless brutality that can arise from extremist thinking that refuses to tolerate the existence of any worldview but its own. Read more » about Charlie Hebdo and the Problem of Structural Surveillance