MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

 Copyright

Here we go again: Canadian recording industry calls on government to regulate the Internet. | Michael Geist | http://bit.ly/1c9gDk1

MPAA & Homeland Security (ICE) confirm they interrogated a guy for wearing Google Glass during a movie. | Techdirt | http://bit.ly/1fXNSu6

“There’s a culture clash, yet in the middle of these warring words, there is also collaboration.” | The Guardian |  http://bit.ly/1eJLOD5 

Study of French “three strikes” piracy law finds no deterrent effect. | Ars Technica | http://ars.to/19QMUxb 

Copyright or copywrong? The state of copyright in Australia (by me). | iiNet blog | http://bit.ly/1f1KJ7H

Tickets now available for Australian Digital Alliance’s Copyright Forum: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-digital-alliance-forum-2014-tickets-9830741011

Defamation & media law

No, the defamation case against Courtney Love will not change Twitter. | Popehat | http://bit.ly/1jHpACW

Privacy & information security

The Lives of Others and modern surveillance. | Technollama | http://bit.ly/1hprRBc

Our hackers, who art in open source, deliver us from refrigerators. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1g6NLwg

Surveillance watchdog concludes metadata program is illegal, “should end”. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/KKsrOC

US ‘hand on heart’ intentions regarding surveillance leave Australia trailing, again. | Open and Shut |  http://bit.ly/1cK1Bgl

How a teenager helpfully reported a government security flaw – and could be charged in return. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1jHw4BE

Technology

Google embarks on smart contact lenses for diabetics. | CNet | http://cnet.co/1fDKB31

Technology is not driving us apart after all. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1acH6OR

Op-ed from @HanniFakhoury on how the U.S. crackdown on hackers is the new war on drugs. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1d3u1SK

Telecommunications           

Verizon says U.S government data requests top 320,000. | Bloomberg | http://bloom.bg/19RxvfQ

Is the world’s safest phone? | Business Spectator | http://bit.ly/1izH7z0

Social media

The two teenagers who run the wildly popular twitter feed @HistoryInPics. | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/KPxr59

ATO Officer under fire over Twitter use. | Canberra Times | http://bit.ly/1aO2fgb

Digital media gives cruelty, new visibility, but does the prestige of old media give bigoted ranting respectability? | Aljazeera English | http://aje.me/1dvES7C

Government pushes social media watchdog. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1fXNSu6 

26 January 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

 Copyright

Copyright or copywrong? The state of copyright in Australia (by me). | iiNet blog | http://bit.ly/1f1KJ7H

Betamax case still being argued. | The Hill | http://bit.ly/1f1MHFl

Tickets now available for Australian Digital Alliance’s Copyright Forum: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-digital-alliance-forum-2014-tickets-9830741011

Defamation & media law

Journalist Derryn Hinch has chosen 50 days in jail instead of $100,000 fine. | Business Insider | http://bit.ly/1dIrRvZ

Courtney Love testifies at first U.S. ‘Twibel’ trial. | ABA Journal | http://bit.ly/1bm3HXC

Privacy & information security

An introduction to Tor, Lightbeam and Adblock. |  Cryptojunky | http://bit.ly/1blKHbU

Google makes private messaging someone easier … world freaks out. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/KjbISY

NSA collects millions of text messages daily in untargeted global sweep. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1jeASRe

Obama’s restrictions on NSA surveillance rely on narrow definition of spying. | The Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1hCIkTp

Technology

AMA: How a weird internet thing became a mainstream delight: Alexis Madrigal.  | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/1jgB9AM

If a time traveller saw a smartphone: Tim Wu. | The New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1blXjj4

Why the world needs OpenStreetMap. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/19E3fFj

Fridge sends out spam emails as attack hits smart gadgets. | BBC  | http://bbc.in/1eJTN0A

Telecommunications           

What secrets your phone is sharing about you. | The Wall Street Journal | http://on.wsj.com/LzWN7P

What you need to know about the US court decision that struck down net neutrality. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1dIrqBO

iiNet holds out on signing NBN agreement. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1ibpuW6

Social media

Social media is a conversation not a press release. | Medium | http://bit.ly/1hCHkyD

What happens when the President sits down next to you at a cafe. | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/1f1MvG2

The joy of unfollowing. | NYMag | http://thecut.io/1aAq6wK

Teju Cole writes a short story a tweet at a time. | NPR | http://n.pr/KsBYJQ

 

19 January  2013

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

We can do something: #MITAdonate

Community

As some of you may have read in the past, my Mum, Margaret regularly travels from Ballarat to visit asylum seekers at MITA, a detention centre in Broadmeadows.

After speaking to Mum last night I tweeted a request for donations of baby wraps and also books for a 17 year old interested in biology.  Thanks for all the rapid responses offering baby wraps. Much appreciated!

Mum is used to organising donations by herself. However, I’ve managed to get some further suggestions from her as many have asked me how else you can help.

Here are some specific requests/needs:

* maternity clothing

* children’s and very basic dictionaries

* colouring books with activities

* grammar books for people with English as a second language

* Some of the women have also asked for material and lace for making dresses & baby clothes.

If you are able to assist (and live in Melbourne or Ballarat), please get in contact with me.

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There are also a number of practical actions we can all take to both advocate for more humane refugee policy and to assist those refugees & asylum seekers in Australia.

* The wonderful Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has a list of ways you can get involved and also produce excellent fact sheets & mythbusters­ to assist you in discussing these issues.   *Amnesty International also has useful resources on refugee issues if you’d like to learn more.

* Write to your federal Member of Parliament: Oxfam have some tips on how to do this.

*Spread the word: host a screening or encourage friends, family and colleagues to watch Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea film. Doco is available to buy for $20 here: http://deepblueseafilm.com/­ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deepblueseafilm

*Volunteer: there are a range of organisations that work to support asylum seekers and refugees. For example, you could tutor refugees in homework programs.  See Refugee Council’s list of organisations in your community.


We can do something: #MITAdonate

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

 Copyright

Aereo will go to the US Supreme Court. | The 1709 Blog | http://bit.ly/1iAdU4a

Fast track trade bill fails to address asymmetric secrecy of Trans-Pacific trade negotiations. | KEI | http://bit.ly/1eyeMDA

On investment analysts’ perception of infringement risk. | DisCo Project | http://bit.ly/1hKwnxj

Tickets now available for Australian Digital Alliance’s Copyright Forum: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-digital-alliance-forum-2014-tickets-9830741011

Defamation & media law

US court orders Yelp to reveal anonymous reviewers’ identities. | Gawker | http://bit.ly/JRoWpO

Jane Austen Twitter row: two plead guilty to abusive tweets. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1cXFvqs

Privacy & information security

Cell phones let cops track people for a thousandth of the price, study finds. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1asTU1x

Android and Google+ confusion outs trans woman. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1kw1HC3

Hacked site reports boy to police. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1asXgSk

What it’s like when the FBI asks to backdoor your software. | PC Mag | http://bit.ly/1eygmFA

The Internet of Things is wildly insecure – and often unpatchable: Bruce Schneier | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1kw3pTR 

Technology

A lexicon of the Internet updated by its users. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/KWjC5d

Cory Doctorow: We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell. | Mostly Signs Some Portents | http://bit.ly/1gvNkYL

Tech issues Australia’s freedom commissioner should address. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1cXGkiQ

Where do we go from here? 8 hypotheses about tech in 2014. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1eyKoLj

Telecommunications           

Australia tops OECD mobile broadband penetration, fibre lags. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1eyEHx1

Call waiting … and waiting.  Work from home? A phone call may be a rare thing. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1dGUrKu

Social media

Facebook isn’t actually a good way to judge potential employees, say researchers. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1hKu3X6

When a partial tweet becomes an ad what are the rules? | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1j0Ik2l

Your ability to can even: a defence of internet linguistics. | The Toast | http://bit.ly/1asXHvI

The frame makes the photograph: Nathan Jurgenson, researcher. | Snapchat blog | http://bit.ly/1lPtNq1

Twitter co-founder releases Jelly, another app to annoy your friends with. | BetaBeat | http://bit.ly/1aSS5Yg

Teju Cole wrote a short story on Twitter by retweeting others. | Slate | http://slate.me/1hbYXVL

12 January 2013

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Tickets now available for Australian Digital Alliance’s Copyright Forum: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-digital-alliance-forum-2014-tickets-9830741011

MPAA lawyer on Google, Kim Dotcom and Obama after SOPA. | The Hollywood Reporter  | http://bit.ly/195ipDa

The most pirated movies of 2013 – and why piracy isn’t hurting the box office. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1gzKe6D

Google copyright takedown requests quadrupled this year. | The 1709 Blog | http://bit.ly/1kjPLDb

Defamation & media law

News from the UK: New Defamation Act will reverse ‘chilling effect’, ministers claim. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1eyUJ8g

Privacy & information security

‘Surveillance breeds conformity': Salon’s Glenn Greenwald interview. | Salon | http://bit.ly/JBBtgK

Inside TAO: Documents reveal NSA’s top hacking unit. | Spiegel | http://bit.ly/Ksn2MY

The biggest privacy stories of 2013. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1gzKG4R

Technology

The top four tech legal cases to watch in 2014. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/KraJzP

Bitcoin’s incredible year. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1hoUrWs

How Netflix reverse engineered Hollywood. | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/1dmcoxI

Mystery of the unknown sailor of HMAS Sydney. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1d8yNE2

I, Glasshole: My year with Google Glass. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1d8zzkv

Telecommunications           

Senate Inquiry: Comprehensive revision of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. | APH | http://bit.ly/JTJhtU  Submissions due 27 February 2014

Australian broadband speeds inconsistent, patchy: report. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1dCMVng

Social media

Yes, 2013 was the year of the platform. And there’s more to come in 2014. | Confused of Calcutta | http://bit.ly/1d8zfSL

Confirmed: Snapchat hack not a hoax, 4.6M usernames and numbers published. | TechCrunch | http://tcrn.ch/1axI6aI

Facebook sued in the US over alleged scanning of private messages. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1f58xfh

5 January 2013

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology