From the monthly archives: August 2013

Automatic License Plate Readers allow governments and private corporations to keep track of the location and occupants of millions of vehicles simultaneously, with very little effort. The basic technology is nothing new: It was invented in 1976 and was already leading to arrests by 1981. However, as with many other types of technological advances, [...]

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Hacking the Legal Profession

On August 29, 2013 By Zac Parsons

Hackers are coming after the legal profession. Run! Hide! Or join them?

The term ‘hacker’ is being used in a growing numbers of circles, and not in reference to some sort of scene from a movie about a coder (or group of coders) accessing data without authorization. This new connotation of [...]

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Since Google-Glass was first announced, it seems there has been no shortage of controversy surrounding the cutting-edge device. From privacy concerns to concerns the device would cause Continue Reading

Wednesday Morning JETLawg

On August 28, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

There were a lot of items this week, so we are publishing an additional JETLawg:

Confirming that we have one foot in the utopian and one foot in the dystopian future, credit card thieves in Australia are apparently using 3D printers to make virtually undetectable ATM skimmers. These devices “skim” copies of the magnetic [...]

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Proxy servers, like other technologies that facilitate anonymity, serve both good and bad interests. On the one hand, they have helped people living under oppressive regimes view otherwise-censored content. On the other hand, they are used to facilitate criminal activity, including terrorist attacks. The function of a proxy server is not complicated: you [...]

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New York’s top banking regulators sent subpoenas to 22 digital currency firms in August to determine whether new regulations would be necessary to deal with the emergence of Bitcoin as a form of currency.

For readers unfamiliar with the virtual currency, Bitcoin is a recent implementation of “crypto-currency,” a form of digital [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On August 26, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Lawrence Lessig sued the publisher of Phoenix’s song Lisztomania for declaratory relief, claiming fair use for his inclusion of fans’ response videos (which were set to the the song) in a lecture posted to YouTube. He has some of the four fair use factors in his favor, including effect [...]

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About a Beauty Queen and a RAT

On August 23, 2013 By Zachary Loney


Cassidy Wolf, the current Miss Teen USA, recently came forward claiming to be the victim of the latest and highest profile “sextortion” attempt to hit the media. Sextortion is a form of exploitation that employs non-physical coercion to extort sexual acts and favors from the victim. [...]

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gTLD Showdown: .com vs .cam

On August 22, 2013 By Stewart Bohan

In a decision released by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) last week, a panel found that the proposed .cam generic top-level domain (gTLD) is not easily confused with the existing .com.  Brandon Trout provided some background on this topic a year ago, but for those who [...]

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California is proving to be a hotbed for mobile app privacy litigation. Its attorney general has developed mobile app privacy guidelines [PDF] to help app developers, app platform providers, advertising networks, and others understand the state’s privacy requirements. Last fall, it notified dozens of app developers that they had failed to [...]

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