Monthly Archives: January 2012

Twitter Tool Allows Centralized Censorship

The social networking service Twitter announced a new tool today that allows it to selectively censor users’ tweets based on a host of criteria.  This has taken a lot of heat from some critics but there’s another side to this that … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: GPS Tracking Requires a Warrant

Today marked a big win for privacy advocates.  The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling on the question of whether it was Constitutional for police to attach a GPS tracking unit to someone’s vehicle without their consent, and without … Continue reading

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SOPA Update 5: The Aftermath

What a week it has been for that little anti-piracy bill known as SOPA.  Together with her sister bill in the Senate, PIPA, these two bills took a considerable drubbing.  They appear, for all intents and purposes, to be completely … Continue reading

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SOPA UPDATE 4: Wikipedia to Go Offline for 24 Hours in Protest of SOPA

The Wikipedia community announced late yesterday that it would initiate a site-wide blackout of its English language encyclopedia beginning at 5:00 UTC (whatever that is) on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  The announcement was made in banner ads across the site … Continue reading

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UPDATE 3: SOPA Likely Dead on Arrival, Due to President’s Opposition

Yesterday, President Obama dealt yet another blow to the faltering, studio-backed anti-piracy bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and Protect IP Act in the Senate.  Already on the ropes after legislators moved to strike … Continue reading

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