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From the monthly archives: January 2012
On January 31, 2012 By Nick Barry
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Blackburn ordered a defendant, charged with bank fraud, to decrypt her laptop so prosecutors could access the files and use them against her in a criminal trial. The hard drive encryption prevented prosecutors from obtaining potentially incriminating evidence stored on it. The [...]Continue Reading →
Twitter announced plans to allow country-specific censorship.
‘Terminator 3′ star arrested for failing to pay his taxi driver.
Will Facebook’s anticipated IPO value it among top companies?
Plaintiff Kellie Rodriguez is suing the Walt Disney Company for sexual assault after she was allegedly spanked by a warm-up comedian for a Disney production. The incident took place at a December 2011 taping of the Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie, a children’s show frequently watched by an anonymous [...]Continue Reading →
As any high schooler with a paper due recently could tell you, Wikipedia went black for 24 hours last Wednesday. The shutdown was part of an internet-wide protest against two anti-piracy bills–the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. (For more on these two bills and the debate surrounding them, see [...]Continue Reading →
Anonymous, the “hacktivist” group famous for using its technological savvy to target powerful entities, is at it again. On January 19, Anonymous claimed credit for the cyber-attacks against the MPAA, RIAA, Universal Music, and even the U.S. Department of Justice for “ignoring the voice [...]Continue Reading →
On January 24, 2012 By Lauren Gregory
A ban on cameras in federal court hasn’t stopped WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Ohio from giving viewers a firsthand look at the scandal and intrigue unfolding during a local politician’s corruption trial. But the coverage isn’t coming from your average television reporter — instead, the station is using a fuzzy, buck-toothed squirrel puppet.
Yes, you read [...]Continue Reading →
Wikipedia blackout over SOPA and legislators’ subsequent abandonment of their support of the bill sends message to entertainment industry that their heavy-handed lobbying techniques may be giving way to a sort of congressional crowd-sourcing.
Anonymous allegedly tricked internet users into participating in DDoS attack [...]Continue Reading →
If you have ever downloaded Norton antivirus software, and then run the “free diagnostic” the download provides, you may have been disturbed to see that a report came back with several errors, including some designated “high priority.” Perhaps Symantec offered to fix some of these errors for free; others [...]Continue Reading →
Mobile devices, with their increasingly advanced video and photo recording abilities, have recently played central roles in social movements across the world. From California to Cairo, the cameras built into cell phones and tablets help to humanize the chaos associated with protests by bearing witness to first person emotion [...]Continue Reading →
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has raised a lot of controversy recently. For a detailed discussion of SOPA and its provisions, refer to Brandon Trout’s blog post from November 2011. On January 13, 2012, Texas congressman Lamar Smith announced that he would remove the Domain Name System (DNS) blocking [...]Continue Reading →