British Politics As It Happens

It’s a completely obvious point about the wired world, but nonetheless every once in a while I still sit back and shake my head in amazement at how much communications technology has transformed our expectations about our access to information. This week’s rise of a new Prime Minister of Great Britain reminded me of just […]

WSJ on Privacy and Online Public Records

There was a good column in the online version of the Wall Street Journal (I think that’s a permalink) covering the waterfront on one of my favorite issues: the dilemma of open government in a wired world. (Hat tip to Michael Zimmer.) All sorts of public records that used to be available only to those […]

Curley’s CALI Keynote and the Future of Open Access Law

Rob Curley‘s keynote speech from Day 2 of the recently concluded 2007 CALI Conference for Law School Computing has not yet been posted to his page at the conference wiki as I write this, which is a shame — keep checking back to see it when it eventually goes up, it’ll be worth your time. […]

Free Speech and Free Trade

Rebecca Mackinnon, a journalism professor at the University of Hong Kong (who is also a former Berkman fellow, co-founder of Global Voices, and CNN bureau chief in Beijing and Tokyo) has a long thoughtful post about the effort to establish social responsibility standards for international internet companies that must grapple with issues of censorship and […]

Technical Difficulties (Please Continue Standing By)

The upgrade I mentioned here is now underway, and our blog’s interface may act a little wacky until we sort it all out. Please pardon our appearance while we renovate to serve you better. It’s okay, this isn’t a big day for First Amendment news or anything. Just a couple of teensy little Supreme Court […]

MSNBC Lists Journalists’ Political Contributions

In yet another example of how ubiquitous digitized information will inevitably intrude on personal privacy, MSNBC has released a list of 144 journalists who gave federal political contributions from 2004 to early 2007, culled from online FEC reports. A sidebar summarizes the policies at a number of major outlets, many of which have been tightened […]

Blogger Identity Theft

[UPDATE:  The blogger in question responds in the comments below and at Frank's original post.  Meanwhile, Mike Madison chimes in.] We’re all familiar with the sort of identity theft where bad guys steal your personal data in order to get access to your money — or more often your good credit history — for financial […]

Trademarks and Video Game Locations: Part II

At the risk of appearing, inaccurately, to be some kind of an expert in video game law, here is my third post on the subject this month. Earlier, I noted lawsuit threats by the Church of England against the maker of a video game with a gun battle set in Manchester Cathedral. Today, in research […]

Scott McLeod’s CALI Keynote

I’m at UNLV attending the 17th CALI Conference on law school computing, which is being attended by lots of library and IT types, with a few faculty members scattered into the mix. (More an “info” conference than a “law” conference, but there are a number of scheduled panel discussions and presentations that aim to bridge […]

Video Games with a Message

In a sure sign that gaming has moved closer to the center of the media universe, a number of nonprofit advocacy groups have devoted significant effort to creating online games that promote their messages. I’ve been hearing this assertion for a while — and a quick web search uncovers MSM coverage (such as this) of […]