This privacy debate, naturally, falls into the grey territory of what can and should be done in the name of national security and the health and safety of citizens versus their fundamental rights. Ostensibly, one could be abrogated for the other. In being aware of this, a state like Singapore, no stranger to authoritarian impulses, rolled out a similar app that it announced at the start of its release would be eventually made open source. Not only did the government state that its app's specific goal was to control the spread of coronavirus, the only arm of Singapore's government that has had access to app data has been its Ministry of Health. pointed out that the nation's health ministry was minimally involved in the design and implementation of the app, and instead, the app was largely created by other departments, including the dreaded Home Ministry run by Modi's right-hand man Amit Shah, who has been the chief architect of various draconian measures implemented by government … [Read more...] about India’s contact tracing app made open source, but will this thwart a surveillance state?
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Yee was the author and main sponsor of California's infamous 2005 law that sought to criminalize the sale of violent video games to children. The law was struck down by numerous courts before finally being overturned for good by the US Supreme Court in 2011 on First Amendment grounds. The failed legislative and legal effort ended up costing California taxpayers $1.8 million in attorney's fees alone. … [Read more...] about Anti-game-violence legislator pleads guilty to racketeering
"I’m glad that this is finally over," added Newegg lawyer Kent Baldauf. "We have lived with this a long time as it was filed in 2011. This patent troll case was particularly troubling as it not only involved an antiquated technology that has never been used by modern Internet retailers such as Newegg, but it was also asserted to cover the foundational developments of luminaries in the field of encryption such as Ron Rivest and Whit Diffie. We are thankful that Newegg once again stood up to a patent troll and refused to settle based upon a patent that it did not infringe." … [Read more...] about Encryption patent that roiled Newegg is dead on appeal
Trump refers to “protected speech” a few times throughout the order, but he never walks out what that means. A lot of legal speech is objectionable for non-political and largely non-controversial reasons. If you take an absolutist view of the definition, for example, Trump is ordering Facebook to stop banning pornography and spammy ads. It’s easier to accept as a rhetorical flourish, albeit one that’s deeply confusing and unsettling in a formal executive order. … [Read more...] about Let’s go through Trump’s terrible internet censorship order, line by line