"Brain Spyware"

As if we don’t have enough to worry about, now there’s spyware for your brain. Or, there could be. Researchers at Oxford, Geneva, and Berkeley have created a proof of concept for using commercially available brain-computer interfaces to discover private facts about today's gamers.

Letter to Goodlatte Criticizes CFAA Anti-Reform Language

I am a signatory to a letter to Rep. Robert Goodlatte and other legislators critiquing draft legislation reportedly slated for consideration this month that would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by increasing penalties and expanding the scope of conduct punishable under the statute. The letter points out that the draft under discussion is a significant expansion of the CFAA at a time when
public opinion is demanding the law be narrowed. This language would, among other things:

Congressional Hearing Tomorrow on CFAA Reform

Tomorrow, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).   Before you start thinking, "it's about time", note that the witness list includes someone from the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Business Software Alliance.  The only reform proponent is former computer crime prosecutor Orin Kerr, now a Professor at George Washington University Law School.  

New Phone Unlocking Bill

Senator Klobuchar's bill to legalize phone unlocking would require the Federal Communications Commission to direct wireless providers to unlock mobile devices.  The bill is available here.

White House in Favor of Phone Unlocking! Now What?

Yesterday, the White House declared "It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking".  The call was in immediate response to a petition with over 114,000 signatures on it, decrying the Librarian of Congress' decision last October to let lapse an exemption ensuring people who unlocked their phones would not be in violation of the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA),


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