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Law enforcement needs to protect citizens and their data

Robert Anderson Contributor Robert Anderson served for 21 years in the FBI, retiring as executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. He is currently an advisor at The Chertoff Group and the chief executive of Cyber Defense Labs. Over the past several years, the law enforcement community has grown increasingly concerned about the conduct of digital investigations as technology providers enhance the security protections of thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Security, Facebook, Column, Human Rights, Privacy, Law, Australia, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption, Cryptography, Fbi

Reusing the soap.

At Facebook this morning:John (quoting from "Hilton is recycling used bars of hotel soap to save the planet" (CNN)): "Hilton Hotels ... announced Monday that it will collect used bars of soap from guest rooms across its hotels and recycle them into 1 million new bars of soap by October 15, which is Global Handwashing Day."Me: Gross! "Crushed, sanitized and cut into new soap bars." So the pubic hairs and whatnot are in there, but it's okay, they're sanitized.John (quoting from "Friends"): "Soap i...
Tags: Cleaning, Facebook, Law, Friends, Cnn, Hilton, Environmentalism, John, Hilton Hotels, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse

Blaming Internet companies for spread of New Zealand massacre video

Mike Masnick at TechDirt examines claims that YouTube, Facebook, and other social media companies irresponsibly refrained from deleting user-posted copies of the March 14 mass murder at Christchurch, New Zealand mosques. Tags: Facebook, social media, terrorism, YouTube
Tags: Facebook, Law, Youtube, Uncategorized, Social Media, Terrorism, New Zealand, Mike Masnick, YouTube Facebook, Christchurch New Zealand

The fork in the road for social media and our society

The horror from Christchurch, New Zealand, that exploded across newspaper pages and television, computer and smartphone screens this weekend captured imaginations in ways that no one could possibly have imagined beforehand. The fact that one individual armed with a semi-automatic rifle could visit such an outrage upon people worshipping in a place of religion isn’t the worst of it, awful and distressing though this event is with at least 50 people shot dead and scores wounded, some in cr...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, UK, Technology, Social Networks, America, Social Media, Communication, Society, Blogging, Web, New Zealand, Reddit, Christchurch, Facebook Live, Online Media

Social media addiction should be seen as a disease, MPs say

Report suggests sites such as Facebook and Instagram could be harming mental healthSocial media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.The politicians called for further research on the effects of social media but said a report suggested there was good reason to believe sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – which are constan...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, Young People, Facebook Instagram

Encouraging new reports about encouraging new compassionate release realities thanks to FIRST STEP Act

In this post last month, which was titled "Compassionate release after FIRST STEP: Should many thousands of ill and elderly federal inmates now be seeking reduced imprisonment in court?," I speculated about the possible impact of a key change of the FIRST STEP Act allowing federal courts to directly reduce sentenced under compassionate release statutory provisions.  Excitingly, in recent days I have seen two article reporting on encouraging action in this arena: From the Houston Chronicle, "‘Pil...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Npr, Houston, Price, Doj, Mary Price, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, FAMM, US Bureau of Prisons, NPR Instead

Court Tosses Antitrust Claims That Internet Giants Are Biased Against Conservatives–Freedom Watch v. Google

Apologies if I’m not being appropriately empathetic, but I think lawsuits alleging that Internet giants are biased against conservatives are stupid and counterproductive. They are premised on factually unsupportable assertions of bias, and most of these plaintiffs would enthusiastically cheer such bias so long as it worked against minorities or the libs. Further, there is no viable solution to “fix” bias. “Bias” is intrinsic in every media ecology, so it’s impossible to eradicate. The closest “s...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Search Engines, Sony, Taylor, Brittain, US supreme court, Trump, Cox, Google Facebook, Google Inc, Second Circuit, Facebook Facebook, McFadden, Twitter Twitter

"Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday..."

The NYT reports.The police said that four people, including three men and one woman, had been taken into custody....A 17-minute video posted to social media appears to show part of the attack. The clip, ... may have been taken from a helmet camera worn by a gunman.... “There wasn’t even time to aim, there was so many targets,” he says at one point...Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman posted links to a white-nationalist manifesto on Twitter and 8chan, an online forum known fo...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Murder, Guns, Law, Australia, America, United States, Terrorism, New Zealand, Emojis, Second Amendment, Owens, Christchurch New Zealand, Ann Althouse, Unconvincing Arguments

Social media law roundup

Was this an entry in a contest to draft the most unconstitutional bill? “Florida Bill Would Make It a Crime for Minors to Post Pictures of Guns on Social Media” [Eugene Volokh] “Everyone involved in politics has bad days, when one’s interests conflict with one’s ideals.” But conservatives should resist the temptation to call in government to regulate the Internet [John Samples] New Republican interest in antitrust explainable by wish to bust corporations considered unfriendly to Republicans [...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Guns, Law, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Antitrust, Warren, Lafayette, Eugene Volokh, Steven Greenhut, Wrong Right, Scott Shackford, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, John Samples

Apple ad focuses on iPhone’s most marketable feature — privacy

Apple is airing a new ad spot focused on privacy today in primetime. The spot is visually cued, with no dialog and a simple tagline: Privacy. That’s iPhone. In a series of humorous vignettes, the message is driven home that sometimes you just want a little privacy. The spot has only one line of text otherwise, and it’s in keeping with Apple’s messaging on privacy over the long and short term. “If privacy matters in your life, it should matter to the phone your life is on.” The spot will air t...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Human Rights, Privacy, Identity Management, Law, US, Tech, Ceo, United States, Digital Media, Tim Cook, Computing

What Should LSBC’s Futures Task Force and LSO’s Technology Task Force Do?

The Law Society of British Columbia’s E-Brief for January 2019 states that LSBC has established a Futures Task Force: “… to look at the future of the legal profession and legal regulation in British Columbia. The task force is expected to identify anticipated changes that may improve or disrupt the future market for legal services, consider and evaluate the factors and forces driving those changes, as well as make recommendations to the Benchers regarding the implications and how the Law Society...
Tags: Facebook, Justice, Law, California, Toronto, Canada, British Columbia, University of Toronto, Cabinet, Liz, Ontario, Mark Zukerberg, Grant Thornton, Law Society, LSO, R

I'm seeing an awful lot of stuff like, "The bribery scandal is no more abhorrent than the completely legal industry that helps many wealthy kids get into the schools of their dreams."

That's the sub-headline of a column at the NYT that I am not bothering to read. I'm seeing this argument all over Facebook and on the front pages of plenty of newspapers, and I don't like it.It strikes me as the equivalent of letting a robber, caught red-handed, argue that there are so many things that are essentially theft — worse things really! — so what's the big deal?In fact, I'd be more sympathetic to the robber, since he may have grown up as a deprived outsider who might think the rules ne...
Tags: Facebook, Crime, Law, Ethics, Ann Althouse, Class Politics, Operation Varsity Blues

9 Social Media Musts for Law Firm Marketers

Social media is the way people connect today and you want your law firm to be in the thick of it. But if you’re a newbie to social media for business, then there are 9 social media “musts” you need to follow to connect with your target market: #1: Define your target. Defining a target market is critical for any marketing initiative, and even more so when you use social media. These days, Facebook is pretty much for everyone and the space is crowded. You will probably not make much of an impressi...
Tags: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Law, Social Media, Linkedin, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Marketing for Law Firms, Social Media For Law Firms, Social Media For Lawyers, Coschedule

Trinity Love Jones: Mom’s Boyfriend, a Convicted Child Abuser, Charged With Murder of 9-Year-Old Girl Found in Duffel Bag

The boyfriend of Trinity Love Jones’ mother faces a murder charge in the death of the 9-year-old girl whose body was found partially stuffed in a duffel bag on a trail east of Los Angeles. PREVIOUSLY: 9-Year-Old Trinity Love Jones Identified As Girl Found Dead in Duffel Bag, Mom’s Boyfriend Arrested The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced in a press release Tuesday (Mar. 12) that 38-year-old Emiel Lamar Hunt was arrested in connection with the death of Trinity Love Jones.Emiel Hunt...
Tags: Facebook, Murder, Crime, Kids, News, Nbc, Children, Law, California, Los Angeles, Jazz, Graham, Trinity, San Diego County, Jones, Charged

Section 230 Preempts Unfair Competition Law Claim–Taylor v. Twitter

This is an extraordinary opinion. I can’t recall another opinion where the judge so candidly admits that he made both procedural and substantive mistakes. As troubling as those mistakes were, it actually gives me great confidence to see a judge correct his mistakes so forthrightly! Taylor, a suspended Twitter user, sued Twitter for blocking his white supremacist content. To me, these cases are easy defense wins. The First Amendment generally protects white supremacist content, but it equally pro...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Law, California, Marketing, California Supreme Court, Ucl, Taylor, Yelp, DOE, Myspace, US supreme court, Kahn, Cohen, Barrett, United States Supreme Court

"Facebook removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants."

"But the social network later reversed course after POLITICO reported on the takedown, with the company saying it wanted to allow for 'robust debate,'" .“Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google," read the ads, which Warren's campaign had placed Friday. "We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.”...“We removed the ads bec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Censorship, Advertising, Elizabeth Warren, Antitrust, Warren, Logos, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Facebook Amazon, Ann Althouse

Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Corey M. Horowitz: Network-1 Receives New Patent from U.S. Patent Office (Source: Barbara Shecter: Huawei to Boost Research and Development Spending in Canada, Even if Government Blocks its 5G Tech (Source: Financial Post) Sebastian Blanco: NIO Aiming to Innovate with Battery Cooling, Patent Applications Suggest (Source: Green Car Reports) Adi Robertson: Facebook Filed a Patent Application for a ‘Civil’ Political Debate Forum (Source: The Ve...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Canada, Huawei, Forbes, Daniel, Bakersfield, Financial Post, Adi Robertson, Daniel Nazer, Sebastian Blanco, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, USPTO Commentary and Journal Articles, Corey M Horowitz, Barbara Shecter

SDF Podcast 26: To regulate, or not to regulate, that is the question…

“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.“ So the famous US Supreme Court Justice and ‘crusader for social justice’ and breaker-upper of Gilded Age monopolies, Louis D. Brandeis is said to have said, perhaps sometime in the early 1930s. Today, perhaps the best-known neo-Brandeisian anti-trust advocate is Tim Wu, Columbia law professor, ‘father of net neutrality’ and author of a series of books likening ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Technology, London, Social Networks, France, Germany, US, Communication, Public Relations, Eu

The EU’s plan to rein in Facebook and Google will do exactly the opposite | Carlos Fernandes

The proposed shake-up to copyright law will only entrench the dominance of tech giants. There are other, better waysThe growth of the internet and user-generated content in the past 15 years has been underpinned by speed and ease of use. The foundations for this are commonly referred to as “safe harbour” provisions in copyright law. This means that organisations that allow users to upload content to their websites – Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook et al – are not liable for copyright infringement o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Law, Internet, Youtube, Wikipedia, Eu, European Union, World news, Alphabet, EU Continue, Carlos Fernandes

Woman who faked pregnancy, promised adoption indicted on nine felony counts

Faking a pregnancy doesn’t appear to be against the law. But using a false pretense to convince a potential adoptive family to buy baby clothes, photographs and meals – those incidents could land a Virginia woman in jail. A grand jury in Scott County, Virginia, returned a nine-count felony indictment against Elizabeth Jones, the woman who is accused of convincing Matt and Laura Trayte from Southern California that she was pregnant and they could adopt her baby. The crime in each count is listed ...
Tags: Facebook, News, Law, Virginia, Sport, People, Soccer, Jones, Commonwealth, Southern California, Matt, Applebee, Lake Forest, Elizabeth Jones, Disney Store, Lake Forest CA

WIRTW #545 (the “International Women's Day” edition) #IWD2019

Happy International Women's Day! I didn't always consider myself a feminist. But I'm proud to call myself one ever since May 27, 2006—the day my daughter was born. It wasn't that I was hostile to the issue; I just never engaged in any active thought about it. Now that I have a female life for which I am responsible, I fully embrace the term. I worry about the world in which she lives, and how that world may treat her because of her sex. ❔ Will she have the same opportunities? ❔ Will she earn the...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Connecticut, Ada, Harvard Business Review, Aba, Eric Meyer, Jeff Nowak, OSHA, Dan Schwartz, FMLA, FLSA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Mike Haberman, John Sumser

Have Fun In Prison, Little Boy

News from Washington: Sheriffs in Okanogan County have arrested a man accused of posting Facebook death threats directed at Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and other Washington state Sheriffs after they announced their opposing of Inititative-1639. Late Wednesday morning, a search warrant was served at the residence of 23-year-old Jaydin Ledford. The investigation began on Feb. 4 after death threats surfaced from a Facebook account, stating that “Ozzie Knezovich is gonna get a bullet in h...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Washington, Fbi, Military, Karl Marx, South, Spokane County, Okanogan County, Ozzie Knezovich, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Ledford, JTTF, Jaydin Ledford, Omak Police, Okanogan County Jail

LawNext Episode 30: ABA TECHSHOW’s Startup Pitch Competition

Last week, ABA TECHSHOW presented the third annual Startup Pitch Competition, which I was thrilled to moderate and help organize. Fifteen legal technology startups presented three-minute pitches before a live audience of TECHSHOW attendees, who then voted for their favorite. In this special edition of LawNext, we partner with the Legal Talk Network to present a recording of the live event. Listen as the 15 startups present their pitches, and then hear the final results and the announcement of th...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Law, Bob Ambrogi, ABA Techshow, Laurence Colletti, LawNext, TrialLine Kinnami Software Corporation

Facebook criticised after women complain of inaction over abuse

Amnesty says social media firm must do more to support users who report harassmentHuman rights campaigners have called for action after a survey revealed that more than half of women who report harassment on Facebook are met with no action from the social media company. Related: Men underestimate level of sexual harassment against women – survey Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Human Rights, Media, Social Networking, Bullying, Law, Internet, Women, Social Media, Life and style, Society, World news, Digital Media, Amnesty International, Men

Grown-ups Are Stupid! How to Travel + See the World Like a Child

I t was 4:48 a.m. 4:49 … I awoke to a pattern of lights gliding across my bedroom ceiling. A pale, yellow apparition in the shape of my window that twisted in upon itself before vanishing. Seconds later, another. Then … a third. For a moment, I was captivated. In the quiet morning hours, it felt like a special light show that someone had choreographed just for me. As I was still half-asleep, it felt alien, yet calming and beautiful. Within seconds I realized it was the mere reflection of headlig...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Inspiration, Society, Features, Travel Inspiration, Eiffel Tower, Cia, Travel Tips, Robert Redford, Don, Nana, Jim Henson, Hugh MacLeod, Childlike, Live Like A Child

Amazon won’t sell porn, but will sell anti-vaxxer books

Tech companies like Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube have all recently moved to ban, demonetize or otherwise moderate content related to anti-vaccination causes.Amazon, which currently sells documentaries, books and merchandise created by anti-vaxxers, has offered no plans to do the same.How much responsibility private companies should take when it comes to keeping potentially dangerous information from the public remains an open question. None Amazon has no stated plans to moderate or remove ant...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Pinterest, Internet, Youtube, Government, Society, Cnn, Innovation, Philosophy, Philadelphia, Vaccines, Calif, Adam Schiff, Children s Hospital

Anti-vaxx 'mobs': doctors face harassment campaigns on Facebook

Medical experts who counter misinformation are weathering coordinated attacks. Now some are fighting backWhen the naturopath Elias Kass testified before a Washington state senate committee on 20 February with a baby on his chest and a pacifier in his hand, he knew that his arguments would be unpopular with the anti-vaccine activists in the room. Amid a measles outbreak that has infected 66 people so far, legislators were considering a bill to eliminate personal and philosophical exemptions for c...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Technology, Medicine, Social Networking, Washington, Society, Doctors, Silicon Valley, Vaccines and immunisation, Kass, Elias Kass

Idaho Open Carry “Tiff”

News from Idaho: BOISE — A freshman Idaho lawmaker, who introduced a controversial guns-in-schools bill Tuesday, is speaking out against a Boise restaurant after he and fellow members of the Three Percenters group were chided for open-carrying guns there. Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon, said he was in a group of five people eating at Bacon when owner John Berryhill told them their firearms were making customers and staff nervous, according to his Facebook post Saturday. He said Berryhill ...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Military, Idaho, Cbs, Bacon, Open Carry, Firearms, Christensen, Boise, Vito Barbieri, Dalton Gardens, John Berryhill, Haley Williams, Berryhill, Idaho Press

Attacking Soldiers on Social Media

A research group at NATO's Strategic Communications Center of Excellence catfished soldiers involved in an European military exercise -- we don't know what country they were from -- to demonstrate the power of the attack technique. Over four weeks, the researchers developed fake pages and closed groups on Facebook that looked like they were associated with the military exercise, as well as profiles impersonating service members both real and imagined. To recruit soldiers to the pages, they use...
Tags: Facebook, China, Social Media, Military, Social Engineering, Bruce Schneier, Equifax, Instagram and Twitter, Sārts, Impersonation, NATO s Strategic Communications Center, Biteniece

Argument analysis: No clear resolution on whether First Amendment applies to public-access channels

The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in a case involving whether a private nonprofit corporation that runs a public-access TV channel is a “state actor,” who can be sued for violations of the First Amendment. After roughly an hour of debate, there was no clear winner in the case: The justices who spoke appeared to be divided, and two justices – Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch – asked no questions at all. The events leading up to today’s case began back in 2012, when DeeDee Halleck, an aw...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Youtube, Manhattan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Hughes, Howe, Ginsburg, U S Court of Appeals, Stephen Breyer, Breyer

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