Category Archives: Legislation

Remember that California city councilman who was caught playing Mafia Wars? Well, when other legislators catch on to virtual worlds, it’s going to change everything. Or maybe they’ll be to busy watering their crops…

Phone Cramming: Hackers Hijack Technology Designed to Help Earthquake Victims

EDITOR’S NOTE: A recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that, of the 88% of Americans with smart phones, 55% of them use those phones to get online. This means that smart phones are rapidly becoming a major … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Arizona Legislature Pulls Back H.B. 2459

Notice to all you comment trolls, Facebook ‘stalkers,’ and general miscreants on the web: the Arizona law that would make it a crime to “annoy” or “offend” someone through the use of “any electronic or digital device” has been recalled … Continue reading

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Freedom of Speech On the Internet Is Under Attack, Again

Two stories I heard on the news in the last 24 hours makes me wonder if I accidentally mistook my Hyundai for a souped up DeLorean and drove it to 88 mph. Why the time machine references? Because two proposed … Continue reading

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Proposed Bill Would Outlaw Facebook Account Access As Employment Requirement

Last night in class, we were discussing privacy issues, which is always a hot topic. Someone raised the very disturbing news that employers have begun to demand access to applicants’ Facebook profiles as a condition of considering them for a … 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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