Category Archives: Technology & Cyberlaw

TWiL 443: Popularity Ponzi Schemes

In this episode, Denise and Stefan discuss how the EU's highest court had to wake up and taste the cheese to decide whether taste is copyrightable, and how the EU's copyright directive might be financially unfeasible even for YouTube. They also look at who must or should make disclosures; as in, "Is that a real metal band or are your paid bots just happy to see me?" The rise of Nanoinfluencers and CGI influencers, police seek Echo recordings in another murder case, and coming soon to California courts: algorithms deciding who gets out on bail. Hosts: Denise Howell and Stefan Szpajda Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-law.Public list of discussion pointsTWiL on FacebookAttorneys may submit a self-study form to their local CLE board seeking MCLE credit approval. Please check the rules and requirements for your specific jurisdiction before submitting any forms. Special thanks to Nigel Clutterbuck for the TWiL theme….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Cut-and-paste error apparently reveals federal charges against Assange

Julian Assange, at center. (credit: acidpolly) Federal prosecutors have accidentally revealed that criminal charges have been filed against "Assange"—an apparent reference to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The feds filed the revealing document back in August, but the slip-up wasn't noticed until it was flagged in a Thursday evening tweet. The filing was in an unrelated sex crimes case in the Eastern District of Virginia. Federal prosecutors asked the court to seal its criminal complaint and arrest warrant against a man named  Seitu Sulayman Kokayi—for "coercion and enticement of a juvenile to engage in unlawful sexual activity"—to avoid tipping the suspect off. But in two places, the document refers to "Assange" instead of the actual defendant in the case. The document argues that the case should be sealed because, "due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Testimony to Australian Parliamentary Committee on Assistance & Access Bill

Today I testified telephonically before Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security regarding the proposed Assistance and Access Bill. At the Committee's request, I submitted supplemental comments in advance of the hearing about the interaction between the Bill and the recently-enacted CLOUD Act in the United States. This was my third round of comments on the Bill; the others are here and here. Below is my opening statement to my testimony (more or less – I made some tweaks on the fly): Thank you to the Committee for inviting me to testify today. First, thanks for heeding the feedback from the last hearing about the very short notice on which witnesses were invited to testify. The longer that witnesses have to prepare, the better the job we can do when we appear before you. Next, I want to take a step back and question the necessity for this Bill to be passed, at least in its 172-page current form. It is not clear whether the alarmingly….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Why Aren’t U.S. Workers Working?

FRBSF Economic Letter 2018-24 | November 13, 2018. Why Aren’t U.S. Workers Working? Mary C. Daly, Joseph H. Pedtke, Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau, and Annemarie Schweinert. “The decline in labor force participation of U.S. men and women ages 25 to 54 stands in stark contrast with other industrialized nations, where participation rates for prime-age workers have increased over time. In this Economic Letter, we show how labor force participation rates have diverged for men and women in the United States and Canada. We find that three-fourths of the difference in participation between the two countries can be explained by the growing gap in labor force attachment of women. We discuss how employment and social policies in Canada have made it easier for women to remain in the labor force while raising children. Our findings suggest that policy interventions to reduce the structural barriers that keep many women on the sidelines could bring millions of prime-age Americans into….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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EFF and MuckRock Release Records and Data from 200 Law Enforcement Agencies' Automated License Plate Reader Programs

EFF and MuckRock have filed hundreds of public records requests with law enforcement agencies around the country to reveal how data collected from automated license plate readers (ALPR) is used to track the travel patterns of drivers. We focused exclusively on departments that contract with surveillance vendor Vigilant Solutions to share data between their ALPR systems. Today we are releasing records obtained from 200 agencies, accounting for more than 2.5-billion license plate scans in 2016 and 2017. This data is collected regardless of whether the vehicle or its owner or driver are suspected of being involved in a crime. In fact, the information shows that 99.5% of the license plates scanned were not under suspicion at the time the vehicles’ plates were collected. On average, agencies are sharing data with a minimum of 160 other agencies through Vigilant Solutions’ LEARN system, though many agencies are sharing data with over 800 separate entities.….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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