State-Level Cyber Security Efforts: Michigan and “Cyber Disruption Response”

In November, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University released a report - State of the States on Cyber Security - on cyber security efforts in eight state governments across the US.  (The chart on page 8 provides a nice snapshot)  This is an important topic, and one that has been wildly under-examined.  Additional information on state cyber efforts is available in papers and studies by organizations like the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (

WhatsApp in Brazil?

A few days ago, a Brazilian judge ordered telecoms to block access to WhatsApp on the Brazilian territory for lack of cooperation in a criminal investigation. A few hours later, a superior tribunal invalidated the initial blocking order and reinstated access to Whatsapp. Since the contours of this latest Brazilian Whatsapp affair appeared quite blurry, you may find a full report of the case below.

BMG v. Cox: The High Cost of Losing Safe Harbor

               On December 1, a federal court in Virginia entered partial summary judgment for music publisher BMG in BMG Rights Management v. Cox Communications, a closely watched case on the applicability of the DMCA safe harbors to a broadband Internet access provider. BMG sued Cox for contributory and vicarious infringement based on Cox users’ peer-to-peer file sharing activity.


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