Category Archives: International News

Virtual worlds are global. Examining how other countries respond to legal issues can help shape our response here in the USA.

Defacing Facebook is Now a Crime in Ireland

What do you do when you think your ex-girlfriend is seeing another man?  If you answered: go to her house, steal her phone and post that she’s a whore on her Facebook status, you could be charged with criminal defacement of … Continue reading

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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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U.S. Government’s Open Source Center Uses Power of Social Media to Track Political Unrest

Have you ever thumbed out a tweet or Facebook post thinking to yourself, ‘this is so narcissistic, no one will ever read this or care about it if they do’?  Maybe not, or maybe you’re so into yourself that you … Continue reading

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Blizzard Changes Course, Integrates Real Money Trading Into Diablo III

If you’re a hardcore player of World of Warcraft, you know how stringently its parent company, Blizzard, has fought to keep the spectre of real money trading (RMT) from corrupting the game.  Gold farming and power leveling were/are scourges of … Continue reading

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Ugh, Canada! Our Northern Neighbor Is Aiming to Make Internet Privacy a Lot Less Private

Ars Technica reported on a developing story out of Canada this week that should worry many Internet privacy advocates.  The country’s conservative party, which took over control of their parliament this spring, seeks to broadly expand the government’s power.  The … Continue reading

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Facebook “Like” Button Declared Illegal in Germany, EU to Follow?

European Union data privacy laws are nothing to sneeze at.  The rules governing what information can be gathered about people living in the EU are some of the strictest in the world and they are actively enforced.  This week, a … Continue reading

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Infographic on Internet Freedom

The graphic above is part of a slideshow about Internet censorship around the world.  I wanted to give you a preview of this great presentation and encourage you to go to the site to see what sort of content is … Continue reading

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