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by mike masnick

Sudhir Yadav appears to be a bundle of contradictions. He claims to be a "right to information" activist, yet he's now trying to stomp out encryption. He argues that he's addicted to WhatsApp, but he wants the Indian Supreme Court to ban it. He's filed...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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It's a good thing to think about the technology of the future. Especially if you're politicians and the future may have a big impact. Considering how frequently we see politicians ignore future technological change, it might be encouraging that the EU...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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As you may know, last month, we ran a t-shirt campaign for our "Nerd Harder" t-shirt, in response to various folks in governments and legacy companies thinking that if only the techies "nerd harder" they can solve everything from terrorism to copyright...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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There's been a lot of talk lately about the possibility of discrimination being built into the algorithms that determine our lives. In the past year, multiple publications have discussed what happens when algorithms are racist in a time when algorithms...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has been going through something of an awkward phase the last few years. The Office, which is a part of the White House, and is supposed to direct and coordinate various parts of the intelligence...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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You may have seen last week a website called ShareTheSafety.org, which was an impressively detailed parody site, pretending to be from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gunmaker Smith & Wesson about a "buy one, give one" handgun program --...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Yesterday, Karl covered Hillary Clinton's newly released platform on technology & innovation as it related to broadband policy and encryption. Today I wanted to look through what it said on another set of key issues to folks around Techdirt: copyright...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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We've mentioned and linked to the wonderful SCOTUSblog many times in the past, and have even mentioned its annual running of the trolls, in which the site's Twitter account responds sarcastically to people who think that it is the Supreme Court's twitter...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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We've noted in the last month or so a series of court rulings in California all seem to be chipping away at Section 230. And now we've got another one. As we noted last month, revenge porn extortion creep Kevin Bollaert had appealed his 18-year sentence...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Back in May, we noted that large cities around the country were rushing to put in place anti-Airbnb laws designed to protect large hotel companies. In that post, we noted that many of the bills almost certainly violated Section 230 of the CDA by making...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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American folk hero Woody Guthrie famously put the following anti-copyright notices on one of his records once: This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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As we've discussed, some surveillance/law enforcement hawks have tried to rush through a law to expand the power of national security letters (NSLs) to paper over the long standing abuse of NSLs, by saying that they can use those documents (which have...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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