Censorship at Yale

The first rule of censorship conferences is… do not talk about censorship conferences. Ignoring that, I encourage you to tune in to Yale’s Global Censorship Conference – it is an awesome group of speakers and topics. You can catch the livestream here. For those of you willing to get up on Sunday morning, you can [...]

How Not To Secure the Net

In the wake of credible allegations of hacking of a water utility, including physical damage, attention has turned to software security weaknesses. One might think that we’d want independent experts – call them whistleblowers, busticati, or hackers – out there testing, and reporting, important software bugs. But it turns out that overblown cease-and-desist letters still [...]

Protecting Hackers from Lawyers

Oliver Day and I presented the idea behind our article The Hacker’s Aegis (now available from Emory Law Journal – the cite, for law nerds, is 60 Emory L.J. 1051 (2011)) at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School yesterday. The Webcast of the talk should be available soon. We had [...]

Protecting Hackers From Lawyers

Oliver Day and I are giving a talk at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School (our former home) on our proposed shield law to protect software security research. (The longer version is in our Emory Law Journal article.) The talk is on Tuesday, July 19, at 12:30PM, and it’ll be [...]

Malware, MacOS, and Mayhem

It’s Alliteration Monday here at Info/Law! Ars Technica has a great write-up on the Mac Defender malware that’s been infecting hipsters‘ MacBooks left and right. Apple started by ignoring the problem, and has subsequently woken up and started to use features such as File Quarantine to deal with it. Belated, but laudable. I have three [...]

Media Cloud Relaunched

If you are looking for a fascinating and enlightening time-suck (and my fellow academics now grading final exams, I am looking at you), then I have just the thing for you. The Berkman Center recently relaunched Media Cloud. The site describes it as “an open source, open data platform that allows researchers to answer quantitative [...]

Egypt Goes Off the Net

Last night, Egypt severed its connections with the wider Internet. (Coverage from the New York Times and Global Voices, for example, and see coverage of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks.) There are at least two worrisome implications of this move. First, Egyptian protesters are using the Net to coordinate, and to keep in touch [...]

Legal Thuggery, or Law as Transaction Cost

(Via JZ) BoingBoing has a neat, infuriating post about a ridiculous takedown threat they received over a post about autism. The threat-0-gram is from The Academic Advantage, by way of their personal injury legal wizards (Lazar, Akiva, & Yagoubzadeh). There are two great things about this. First, the BoingBoing post isn’t even about Academic Advantage: [...]

Easterbrook was wrong

There is such thing as Law of the Horse. Lessig 1, Easterbrook 0!

Tenenbaum and Statutory Damages

I’ve been thinking about the implications of Judge Gertner’s ruling in Sony v. Tenenbaum, and have had the good fortune to discuss it with copyright expert Thinh Nguyen. One unexpected effect of the decision, I believe, will be to increase the cost of copyright litigation, perhaps significantly. Judge Gertner employs the Supreme Court’s Due Process [...]