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ICE Now Calling Aiding Unaccompanied Minors ‘Human Trafficking‘ To Bypass Sanctuary City Laws

In the name of fighting sex trafficking, legislators are willing to make the internet mostly worthless. Punching a hole in Section 230 protections will encourage incumbents to limit user participation and prevent startups from ever making it off the ground. Proponents claim it‘s narrowly-targeted and abuse-proof, but the language would allow any service provider to be held accountable for the criminal actions of users. If traffickers can&l

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The ‘Gawker Effect‘ Is Chilling Investigative Reporting Across The US

When the jury verdict against Gawker came down a year and a half ago, we warned of how problematic it was. We pointed out that it was a big deal even if you absolutely hated Gawker and wanted to see them destroyed. Because, as we noted, the playbook used against Gawker could be used against lots of other publications. And it‘s clearly impacting a number of others as well. A couple months ago, we wrote about how the "Gawker Effect" had ma

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GAO Will Investigate The FCC‘s Dubious DDoS Attack Claims

You might recall that when HBO comedian John Oliver originally tackled net neutrality on his show in 2014, the FCC website crashed under the load of concerned consumers eager to support the creation of net neutrality rules. When Oliver revisited the topic last May to discuss FCC boss Ajit Pai‘s myopic plan to kill those same rules, the FCC website crashed under the load a second time. That‘s not particularly surprising; the FCC&lsquo

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The Cyber World Is Falling Apart And The DOJ Is Calling For Weakened Encryption

It seemed like the (mostly) one-man War on Encryption had reached a ceasefire agreement when "Going Dark" theorist James Comey was unceremoniously ejected from office for failing to pledge allegiance to the new king president. But it had barely had time to be relegated to the "Tired" heap before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resurrected it. Rosenstein has been going from cybersecurity conference to cybersecurity conference raising arg

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Court Tells Sheriff‘s Dept. Shackling Kids Above The Elbows Is Excessive Force

You wouldn‘t think it would take a federal court decision to make this clear, but here we are. A school resource officer in Kentucky who handcuffed young children acted unreasonably and violated the children‘s constitutional rights, a federal judge ruled this week. Two children, ages 8 and 9, were handcuffed by Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer with Covington Independent Public Schools. They were cuffed behind their backs,

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Neighbor Sues For 2.5 Million After Renovation Looks Too Much Like Their Own House

Copyright on home design has always been a really sketchy idea. Earlier this year, we wrote about a disturbing trend of housing copyright trolls and have had some other similar stories over time. For reasons that are beyond me, the Berne Convention requires copyright on architecture, and that creates silly situations, such as the one in Australia, where a homeowner was forced to modify their home due to "infringement." And this nonsense has sp

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Chicago Alderman‘s Plan On City Budget Crisis: Let‘s Just Charge Uber And Lyft More To Fix It

Big city budgets are hellaciously complicated affairs. That much is obvious, but the actual level of management of a budget likely goes far beyond what the average member of the public realizes. Even with that stipulated, the city of Chicago‘s budget is an absolute mess. Budget shortfalls abound for any number of reasons, ranging from bloated payrolls, to pet projects that have missed the mark on cost projections, to a shortage of income r

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Australia‘s National Rape Hotline Run By Insurance Company, Who Demands All Sorts Of Private Info

Australia is providing a fairly stunning case study in how not to set up a national hotline for sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse and other such situations. It has a service, called 1800Respect, which lets people call in and be connected to trained counselors from a variety of different call centers around the country. However, as Asher Wolf informs us, a change in how the system will be managed has created quite a shit storm, and leading one

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White House Cyber Security Boss Also Wants Encryption Backdoors He Refuses To Call Backdoors

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently pitched a new form of backdoor for encryption: "responsible encryption." The DAG said encryption was very, very important to the security of the nation and its citizens, but not so important it should ever prevent warrants from being executed. According to Rosenstein, this is the first time in American history law enforcement officers haven‘t been able to collect all the evidence they seek

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New York Considers Barring Agreements Barring Victims From Speaking

In the wake of the news about Harvey Weinstein‘s apparently serial abuse of women, and the news that several of his victims were unable to tell anyone about it due to a non-disclosure agreement, the New York legislature is considering a bill to prevent such NDAs from being enforceable in New York state. According to the Buzzfeed article the bill as currently proposed still allows a settlement agreement to demand that the recipient of a set

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DOJ Continues Its Push For Encryption Backdoors With Even Worse Arguments

Early last week, the Deputy Attorney General (Rod Rosenstein) picked up the recently-departed James Comey‘s Torch of Encroaching Darkness +1 and delivered one of the worst speeches against encryption ever delivered outside of the UK. Rosenstein apparently has decided UK government officials shouldn‘t have a monopoly on horrendous anti-encryption arguments. Saddling up his one-trick pony, the DAG dumped out a whole lot of nonsensica

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Utah Senator Wants To Revive The State‘s ‘Porn Czar‘ Office To Combat The Threat Of Women‘s Magazines

Todd Weiler, a state Senator in Utah, has appeared on our pages before. When last we checked in with the good senator, he was quite oddly attempting to purge his notoriously prudish state from the dire threat of pornography. His plan was more than a bit heavy-handed in that it centered on mandating porn-filtering software on all smartphones under his stated theory that "A cell phone is basically a vending machine for pornography." This tragic mi

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Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

This week, our winning comment on the insightful side comes in response to the president‘s recent threats against NBC, with Geno0wl racking up the votes to take first place: Could you even imagine Trump‘s base brush this off as a flippant remark(like they do for everything he does from his bull pulpit). But flip back a year and imagine the shit-fit the right would be throwing right now if Obama said this exact same thing about

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