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  • The Supreme Court Just Protected Your Right to Facebook

    Date published: 
    June 19, 2017

    ""The Supreme Court appropriately understood the importance of the internet to the way politics and free expression occur right now," says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University Law School, who specializes in First Amendment law. "We cannot have a functioning First Amendment that doesn't take First Amendment activity in a digital context into account.""

  • The Texting Suicide Case Is About Crime, Not Tech

    Date published: 
    June 16, 2017

    "And yet, according to Danielle Citron, author of the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, there are 21 crimes that have to do explicitly with speech—things like threats, extortion, aiding and abetting, and conspiracy. None of these types of speech are protected by the First Amendment. “If the First Amendment’s a house, where inside speech is protected, threats can’t walk in the door. Neither can extortion. Neither can solicitation of a crime,” Citron says. In other words, not all speech is covered by the First Amendment's proverbial roof."

  • House Judiciary Continues Email Privacy Law Overhaul Debate

    Date published: 
    June 16, 2017

    "Richard Salgado, director of law enforcement and international security at Google, said in response to questions from Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) that ECPA “is pretty aged” and updates to the law are “quite urgent.” ECPA overhaul “increases privacy protections and enhances law enforcement access” to data stored abroad, he said."

  • Youth is no defence when it comes to shameful online posts

    Date published: 
    June 16, 2017

    "According to Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, and a leader in the fight against online harassment and revenge porn, there need to be repercussions for harmful online behaviour, just as there are consequences for the offline equivalent.

    "It's true that we are in the early stages of learning about the harm that can result from online behaviour, but we should view what happens online and off the same way."

  • Inside the ACLU’s nationwide campaign to curb police surveillance

    Date published: 
    June 14, 2017

    "When you pass a law, you create legality where there wasn’t,” says Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice, a Bay Area nonprofit. “We create the legal framework where they can be legally abused.”

    Cyril is opposed to police body cameras, and is skeptical that use policies, such as those arbitrated through CCOPS legislation, will be enough to rein in the abuse of surveillance in over-policed communities.

    “Whether or not you have a use policy, does not mean there’s a way to enforce a use policy,” Cyril says."

  • Inside the military tactics used during Standing Rock

    Date published: 
    June 10, 2017

    "But the information provided by TigerSwan could have helped police forces overcome that prohibition. Elizabeth Joh, a private security legal scholar at the University of California, Davis, referred to such techniques as a “potential end run on the basic constitutional restraints we place upon police.”"

  • Are Geek Squad agents spying for the FBI?

    Date published: 
    June 9, 2017

    "Finding child porn is one thing; courts have typically deferred to law enforcement on such matters, said Scott Shackelford, an associate professor of business law and ethics who chairs the cybersecurity program at Indiana University in Bloomington.

    But if the feds’ data snooping extends beyond illicit pictures, “it poses some prickly issues on (the) FBI’s engagement with (Best Buy) employees,” Shackelford said."

  • Privacy vs. Security: Experts Debate Merits of Each in Tech-Rich World

    Date published: 
    June 7, 2017

    "On the other side of the argument, Catherine Crump, acting director of Samuelson Law for the Berkeley School of Law, focused her argument on the dangers of providing a backdoor to any device to the government and expect it to only be used by the “good guys.”

    She drew a parallel between handing the FBI a second master key to iPhones and recent worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack, which was launched using leaked National Security Agency (NSA) exploits. 

  • Twitter users, blocked by Trump, cry censorship

    Date published: 
    June 6, 2017

    "Morgan Weiland, an affiliate scholar with Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, says the blocked tweeters’ complaint could air key questions if it ends up in court. Does the public forum concept apply in privately run social media? Does it matter if an account is a politician’s personal account, not an official one?"

  • Trump's Twitter Blocking May Violate First Amendment

    Date published: 
    June 6, 2017

    ""The question of whether the President’s Twitter feed is a public forum is a more complicated question," says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University's Law school, specializing in First Amendment theory. "The law here is famously muddled, because it’s trying to prevent the government from discriminating against people who speak on public streets and parks, but it’s trying to fight the urge to make everything a public forum.""

  • Major web companies and public interest groups Announce Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

    Date published: 
    June 6, 2017

    "Malkia Cyril, executive director at the Center for Media Justice, said: “Communities of color across the United States depend on an open Internet to thrive. From resisting police violence to demanding fair wages – the political voice and economic opportunity that the Internet enables must remain protected by Title II net neutrality. Trump’s FCC seeks to wall these communities off from the power of the internet as a mobilizing tool and an equalizer.

  • Paramilitary security tracked and targeted #noDAPL activists, docs show

    Date published: 
    June 2, 2017

    "But the information provided by TigerSwan could have helped police forces overcome that prohibition. Elizabeth Joh, a private security legal scholar at UC Davis, referred to such techniques as a “potential end run on the basic constitutional restraints we place upon police.”"

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