I’ve signed on to Access Now’s letter to the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, asking the Government of India to withdraw the draft amendments proposed to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules. As they say in their press release: Today’s letter, signed by an international coalition of 31 organizations and individuals, explains how…Read More India’s Intermediary Guidelines
The decision in Carpenter v. United States is an unusually positive one for privacy. The Supreme Court ruled that the government generally can’t access historical cell-site location records without a warrant. (SCOTUS Blog links to court documents. The court put limits on the “third party” doctrine, and it will be fascinating to see how those…Read More Carpenter!
Twenty years ago, Windows 95 was the most common operating system. Yahoo and Altavista were our gateways to the internet. Steve Jobs just returned to Apple. Google didn’t exist yet. America Online had just launched their Instant Messenger. IPv6 was coming soon. That’s part of the state of software in 1997, twenty years ago. We…Read More 20 Year Software: Engineering and Updates
This is an thought-provoking story: And perhaps most unusual, the FBI recently obtained a single warrant in Alaska to hack the computers of thousands of victims in a bid to free them from the global botnet, Kelihos. On April 5, Deborah M. Smith, chief magistrate judge of the US District Court in Alaska, greenlighted this…Read More Warrants for Cleaning Malware in Kelihos
So I have a very specific question about the “classified emails”, and it seems not to be answered by “Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System .” A few quotes: From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110…Read More What's Classified, Doc? (The Clinton Emails and the FBI)
There’s a fascinating story in the New York Times, “Profits on Carbon Credits Drive Output of a Harmful Gas“: [W]here the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity. They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton…Read More Regulations and Their Emergent Effects
So following up on our tradition of posting the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on the 4th, I wanted to use one of those facts submitted to a candid world to comment on goings on in…Great Britain. There, the government has decided to place anti-aircraft missiles on the roof of a residential building near…Read More "Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us.."
Maybe we could just edit attorneys’ memories of copyright laws?Read More The Singularity and Lawyers