Video: Hacking Revenge Porn

The video from the NYC Legal Hackers event on Revenge Porn is now available. Props to Jonathan Askin, Phil Weiss, David Giller, Warren Allen, Mark Jaffe, Lee Rowland, Ari Waldman, and Jeremy Glickman for a fantastic event. And thanks so much to everyone who braved the (blinding, driving) snow to attend! It was wonderful to [...]

Big Day for Info/Law at Supreme Court

The final morning of the Supreme Court’s session is always dramatic, and this morning was not an exception. But there was a lot more info/law on the menu than usual. Most obviously, the Court struck down California’s ban on the sale of violent video games to minors, 7-2. (Opinion here.) The dissenters were Justice Thomas, [...]

Judge Issues Lori Drew Opinion

This isn’t exactly fast-breaking news, but since I wrote a long post last year about the Lori Drew case and then noted the judge’s decision to rescind her conviction, I wanted to point out that the judge has now issued a written opinion explaining his reasoning. Eric Goldman has some cogent analysis. Like Eric, I [...]

Judge Rescinds Lori Drew Conviction

A federal judge has set aside last fall’s convictions of Lori Drew on misdemeanor criminal charges arising from the cyberbullying and resulting suicide of Missouri teenager Megan Meier. Given the awful consequences of the nasty hoax against Meier, it is hard to exactly celebrate. But I did sign an amicus brief arguing that the prosecution [...]

Australia to Filter Online Games

One beneficial side effect of Internet filtering is that it points up quirks in how countries make content decisions: what’s blacklisted, and why? The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia’s proposed Internet censorship system (currently in its second phase of testing) will block access to on-line and downloadable games that aren’t MA-15 or milder. This [...]

NPR Interview on New Facebook TOS

Over the weekend the Consumerist blog started a bit of a cyberstorm when it pointed out that recent revisions to the Facebook terms of service removed a provision that used to say all Facebook’s rights to your content terminated if you deleted your account. I was interviewed about it today on NPR’s All Things Considered, [...]

Virtual Property: Not

Wired has an article on the trade in virtual world items – armor, swords, ninja monkeys, etc. – that takes place using real-world currency. (It tracks the rise and fall of former child actor Brock Pierce and his startup, Internet Gaming Entertainment. You can also find a how-to outlining the virtual gold trade.) The article [...]

Hard Cases and Bad Law in US v. Drew

I joined a group of law professors and public-interest groups that filed an amicus brief Friday in the case of United States v. Drew. That criminal case is a repercussion from the horrible and high-profile cyberbullying conducted through MySpace against a small-town Missouri teenager named Megan Meier, who committed suicide in response. Lori Drew, a [...]

U.S. Intelligence Eyes Second Life

Robert O’Harrow, a Washington Post reporter who is very insightful and current in his coverage of data privacy (and author of a good book on it too), today chronicles the inevitable first stirrings of government fear about virtual worlds such as Second Life: Intelligence officials who have examined these systems say they’re convinced that the [...]

Facebook, Context, and Privacy

By now it’s basic knowledge — and grist for funny mainstream humor — that young people put overly personal stuff into their social networking pages with abandon, and that schools are flailing around trying ever harder to dissuade them. But I think one Florida State law professor went too far, if this comment on a [...]