October 11, 2011 | Digital Rights

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Record the Police: Cop Recorder 2

There’s been a lot of concern lately about police abuses lately. People want to protect their rights, but (many) police forces want to prevent citizens from recording them. In comes Cop Recorder 2: It’s an Android app that helps you record your interactions with the police. It’s suposed to be network enabled, though I haven’t [...]

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September 18, 2011 | Digital Rights

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The German Pirate Party won 8.9 percent of the vote in elections for the Berlin legislature. That netted them 15 seats. That’s a huge win for a party which was seen as mostly a quixotic effort. Their main plank is to move back to the unregulated Internet of the 1990s. They want to legalize non-commercial [...]

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September 8, 2011 | Digital Rights

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There have been a number of disturbing cases of police arresting people for recording the police all over the US. HotAir approvingly mentions Glenn Reynolds’ takedown of the police in the Examiner.

The thing that always amused me about these arrests was the “wiretapping” charges. Funny like crazy. If you’re holding a cell phone recording someone across the street, where’s the wire that you’re tapping?

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September 5, 2011 | Digital Rights

Nominet, the domain registrar that handles .uk domains for the United Kingdom has proposed to allow police to shut down websites by mere request.

The policy would cover cases in which a site is involved in crimes covered under the Serious Crimes Act 2007, including fraud, prostitution, money laundering, blackmail and copyright infringement.

Read on for my opinion.

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September 1, 2011 | Digital Rights

This is getting weird. WikiLeaks, the organization devoted to transparency and publishing leaks, is suing the English newspaper The Guardian over … get this: a leak.

OK, I’m sure there may be extenuating circumstances, etc., but it certain looks weird to anyone giving it a cursory glance, which most people are probably going to.

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December 5, 2010 | Digital Rights

In case you thought you had a right to privacy in your papers and effects, a Federal court has ruled that a defendant must provide his data in decrypted format.

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February 23, 2010 | Digital Rights

As you might have heard, Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili died in luge training at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver on February 12.

The International Olympics Committee has been using copyright to suppress videos of the event.

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February 6, 2010 | Digital Rights

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A lot of posts on the blogosphere are talking about the NFL’s policy regarding SuperBowl parties and how it’s actually illegal to watch the SuperBowl on a TV larger than 55 inches.

But is that really true?

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December 14, 2009 | Digital Rights

Although I mentioned the East Anglia E-mails site (http://eastangliaemails.com/) in a previous post on Climategate, that site apparently doesn’t include the non-email files. WikiLeaks has a 120 MB ZIP file available for download that includes everything that’s been released so far relating to the Climate Research Unit scandal. Also at WikiLeaks is one article containing [...]

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December 14, 2009 | Digital Rights, Windows

A problem with Microsoft’s RMS (Rights Management Services) prevented Office users from viewing their own files. The problem only affected Microsoft Office 2003, not Office 2007. The TechNet bulletin seemed to be phrased in a strange way: Starting on December 11, 2009, customers using Office 2003 will not be able to open Office 2003 documents [...]

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