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The Role of Social Media in the Courtroom

There’s not much else to say on this issue that I didn’t say in the interview… http://www.kttc.com/story/21861267/2013/04/02/social-media-in-the-courtroom The key is that for now, social media have no place in the courtroom unless they are directly related to the case, like … Continue reading

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Election Day Special: Sharing a Picture of Your Ballot Asking for Trouble

I hope everyone reading this has already voted, but if you’re on your way to the polls later, be sure not to succumb to the temptation to post a picture of your ballot to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other … 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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Blocking Cell Phones in San Francisco: A Constitutional Conundrum

Remember back in February when Egypt’s uprising was capturing the world’s attention? The country’s brutal dictator, Hosni Mubarak, shut down the Internet to prevent protesters from organizing and sharing information about the crackdown with the rest of the world.  This … Continue reading

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Social Media Continue to Power Protests Around the World

It’s clear by now that social media alone did not topple Hosni Mubarak in Egypt or Zine al Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, but they played an important role in mobilizing support and spreading the word to others that they, … Continue reading

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Fascinating Dialog About the Future of Virtual Worlds from User’s Perspectives

I came across two blog posts that started a very interesting discussion.  The first post, from Mitch Wagner on Copper Robot, was called “Why I hardly ever go on Second Life anymore,” discussing, well, why he doesn’t go on Second … Continue reading

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Is Internet Access a Human Right? Reflections in the Wake of the Egyptian Protests

Is access to the Internet a universal human right that should be recognized by the United Nations?  This question, buzzing around the world this week, is certainly one that I hadn’t thought of at length until now, so I posed it to … Continue reading

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Egypt Shuts Off Internet and Phone Networks as Protests Continue

It is amazing to read about and watch the pro-democracy protests going on in Egypt right now.  Having been to Cairo and Alexandria just this past November, I recognize a number of the major areas where the protests are taking … Continue reading

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Subpoenas and Social Media Platforms

A few weeks ago, I raised the issue of social networks being used to solve/prevent crimes. One aspect of the post was about the use of a subpoena from law enforcement to obtain records from the social network operator. In … Continue reading

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Can Social Media Be Used to Help Prevent/Solve Crimes?

Update: Just got this brief story from the NY Post about a drug bust that got information about the smuggler from posts on Facebook.  “Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn indicted Luvman Allison after discovering that he allegedly used Facebook to arrange delivery … Continue reading

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