From this past week:
- All sorts of Facebook fun from this week. First, Facebook postings calling for assassination of First Family bring investigation. Huffington Post, Dec. 20, 2011. See also Associated Press, Dec. 26, 2011 (“An 18-year-old Pittsburgh man is accused of burglarizing a market with three teens, then post[ing] pictures on his Facebook page showing the suspects mugging with some of the loot.”) and “Utah woman, son rescued after Facebook post,” Associated Press, Dec. 26, 2011.
- “Office of the New York City Public Advocate Hacked,” Dissent, Pogo Was Right, Dec. 24, 2011. This week also saw private intelligence firm Stratfor also hit by hackers. See “Antisec Hits Private Intel Firm; Millions of Docs Allegedly Lifted,” Quinn Norton, Wired, Dec. 26, 2011. Dissent at Pogo Was Right also wonders “What was Stratfor’s obligation to secure data and what might this breach cost them?” Dec. 26, 2011.
- “Detroit police say 3 deaths tied to dating services site,” James B. Kelleher and Ian Simpson, Reuters, Dec. 26, 2011.
- “Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing,” Greg Miller, Washington Post, Dec. 27, 2011. And for more drone news on the domestic front, Local Police Employing Aerial Drones to Spy From Sky, Kenric Ward, Sunshine State News, Dec. 26, 2011.
- “China’s Parallel Online Universe,” Christopher Walker & Sarah Cook, The Diplomat, Dec. 27, 2011.
- “Mexico’s cartels build own national radio system,” Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press, Dec. 27, 2011.
- “Apple Fined $1.2 Million in Italy Over AppleCare Warranties,” John Paczkowski, All Things D, Dec. 27, 2011. (h/t Liquid News Room)
- “A privacy law must not muzzle our memories,” Jonathan Heawood, Guarding Comment is Free, Dec. 28, 2011. Worth a link because it considers balance between privacy and free speech issues.
- “Red Light Camera Company Posts Car Crash Montages On YouTube,” Chris Moran, The Consumerist, Dec. 28, 2011.
- “Man charged with hacking wife’s email vows to fight after case sent to trial,” L. L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press, Dec. 28, 2011.
- “Republicans Shake More Hands Using Social Media,” Jennifer Preston, New York Times, Dec. 28, 2011. See also news from South Korea, “Constitutional Court OKs Twitter for election campaigns,” Kim Eun-jung, Yonhap News Agency, Dec. 29, 2011.
- “Sussex Police ban mobile phone charging to save money,” BBC News, Dec. 29, 2011.
- “Why we shouldn’t let Google (or anyone else) claim their private services are public spaces,” Rob Beschizza, BoingBoing, Dec. 29, 2011.
- “Kid privacy rules tricky to update but necessary,” James Temple, SFGate, Dec. 30, 2011.
Other recent items:
- “Your tax dollars at work: misleading, lurid ‘anti-piracy’ ad campaign from US AG and Natl Crime Prevention Council,” Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, Dec. 1, 2011.
- “Metropolitan Police compensate parade-ban photographer,” BBC News, Dec. 12, 2011. (h/t BoingBoing)
- “Canadian MPs use bogus video-game industry data to defend hated DRM law they’re about to ram down the country’s throat,” Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, Dec. 14, 2011.
- “DoS for phones: ‘busy signal service’ clobbers the phone-lines of companies while their servers are being plundered,” Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, Dec. 20, 2011.
- “The Future Of The Internet’s Here. And It’s Creepy,” Neal Ungerleider, Fast Company, Dec. 21, 2011.
- “Canceling Orders Over A Pricing Error Is Not The Same As Bait-And-Switch,” Chris Moran, The Consumerist, Dec. 22, 2011. Cites FTC rules on “bait-and-swtich.”
- “Multiple Ownership Proposals Released By FCC – Abolish Radio-TV Cross-Ownership Rules, Leave Most Other Rules In Place, Examine Shared Services Agreements,” David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog, Dec. 23, 2011.
Updated 1/5/2012 for formatting.