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EFF to Congress: Curb Patent Demand Letter Abuse

At a congressional hearing today, EFF Staff Attorney Vera Ranieri gave formal testimony about patent demand letters and the harm these letters cause to legitimate businesses. Ranieri outlined the discouraging process that allows demand letters to thrive: the Patent Office issues vague and overbroad patents; patent trolls acquire these bad patents and send unfair and […]

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New Report Shows European Data Protection Authorities are Taking Facebook’s Questionable Terms of Service Seriously

Grumblings about changes in Facebook’s layout and policies are standard practice for everyone familiar with the social media giant. But some European governments are taking Facebook’s practices more seriously. This week, interdisciplinary scholars and researchers in Belgium issued a draft report entitled “From social media service to advertising network: A critical analysis of Facebook’s Revised […]

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Forget Scott Walker’s ISIS/Unions Comments: Today’s Republican Foreign Policy Scandal Is That GOP Elites Still Agitate for Pre-Emptive War

You would think, given the media coverage, that the most important foreign policy discussion today at the Conservative Political Action Committee came when current GOP darling Scott Walker, governor of a state with a considerably smaller population than New York City, uttered these comments about how he would approach Islamic terrorists: “I want a commander […]

The FBI and Domestic ISIS Arrest: Keeping Fear Alive as a Government Mission

The FBI and Domestic ISIS Arrest: Keeping Fear Alive as a Government Mission

Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept has some perspective worth keeping in mind regarding this week’s spincter-tightening announcement of Domestic ISIS! Right here in New York City! As my colleague Murtaza Hussain ably documents, “it appears that none of the three men was in any condition to travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI informant.” […]

Shoot and Kill No One, Get Charged with Murder Because Compatriot in Crime is Shot and Killed by Someone Else

Shoot and Kill No One, Get Charged with Murder Because Compatriot in Crime is Shot and Killed by Someone Else

Those who think punishments should fit crimes might question the application of “felony murder” charges against people involved in a criminal activity that results in someone shot and killed even though the person charged was neither shooter nor killer. Alternet via the Guardian details a case of a dumb kid who committed a dumb crime for which a […]

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