Damon Root, in the latest issue of Reason, has an interesting piece explaining the U.S. Supreme Court battle between Aereo, makers of a tiny antenna which allowed subscribers to watch and record TV broadcasts on their mobile phones, and the major American TV networks. "Subscribers" might be the key word here. I get the impression … Continue reading “The Rise and Fall of Aereo”
This province's new Cyber Safety Act, drafted after the horrible Rehteah Parsons case came to light, officially took effect yesterday. The law firm of Stewart McKelvey published this brief summary of the new law: Cyberbullying is defined in the Act as: any electronic communication through the use of technology including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, … Continue reading “Cyber Safety” in Nova Scotia
China, the colossus that's on the verge of becoming the most powerful country the world has ever known, the industrial powerhouse star-struck useful idiots like Tom Friedman say we must emulate, is terrified of a few digits: Each year, the Communist Party’s censors go to remarkable lengths to prevent Chinese citizens from accessing, or spreading, … Continue reading “On this site in 1989, nothing happened”
According to a British legal website, Facebook is cited in one-third of divorce filings: Facebook is becoming a major factor in marriage breakdowns and is increasingly being used as a source of evidence in divorce cases, according to lawyers. The social networking site was cited as a reason for a third of divorces last year … Continue reading Facebook and divorce
Now it's Arizona's turn to make a criminal offence out of "annoying" or "offending" people over the internet. Too bad the American Bill of Rights doesn't have anything in it about "abridging the freedom of speech" n' stuff.
Forbes on a disgusting case of internet extortion: Crystal Cox, a Montana woman who calls herself an “investigative journalist” was slapped with a $2.5-million judgment last year for defaming an investment firm and one of its lead partners. Cox had taken control of the Google footprint of Obsidian Finance and its principal Kevin Padrick by writing hundreds of … Continue reading The crazy case of Crystal Cox
Reason's Nick Gillespie, writing in The Wall Street Journal, is skeptical: But is America really in the midst of a "bullying crisis," as so many now claim? I don't see it. I also suspect that our fears about the ubiquity of bullying are just the latest in a long line of well-intentioned yet hyperbolic alarms about how … Continue reading Is there really a bullying epidemic?
This is the first time I've heard about a judge specifically ordering this, but I doubt it will be the last: A New York judge has ordered that a Long Island mother make her two children available to talk to their father via Skype, an online video conferencing service, as a condition of her move … Continue reading Skype access ordered
Many prominent websites, most notably Wikipedia, are going dark today to protest two ham-handed anti-piracy bills making their way through the United States Congress: What exactly is blacked out? The English-language version of Wikipedia is offline and has been replaced with a message related to the anti-piracy legislation going through Congress, SOPA, in the United … Continue reading What’s going on with the internet today?
Courts are still grappling with admitting social media postings into evidence, but there are several reported cases where litigants' Facebook pictures were deemed admissible: The first decision rendered in Canada on this subject came from the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, which had to rule on the admissibility as evidence of photographs published on … Continue reading Your Facebook photos may be held against you