Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fibbies misidentify sites connected to one ISP as producing c.p.

Torrent Freak reports that back in February the US Department of Justice had shut down over 84000 sites hosted by a “free IP” because of supposed connection to counterfeit goods and child pornography.   This was a result of “Operation Save our Children” ICE Cyber Crimes Center belonging to DOJ and Homeland Security. 

The story is here.

Site were redirected to an incriminating banner shown in the article. It seems as though 84000 web operators were shamed or libeled by the process.  HS has not yet taken responsibility for this, according to the story.

Related post on "Bill Boushka" blog May 17. 

Monday, May 09, 2011

Protection of older minors is more about privacy now than content -- and implicates whole family

Cecilia Kang has an important front page story in The Washington Post on May 9, “With quick click, teens online part with privacy; some experts say adolescents’ information needs special protection”, link (website url) here

The article reflects a shift in emphasis from protecting tweens and even older minors (sometimes) from inappropriate content, to protecting privacy.  Teens often give away family information when signing up for mobile aps as well as well-known social networking sites.  In some families’ circumstances, telling a family phone number or address or even personal whereabouts could put other family members in jeopardy. There is also a shift in emphasis from protecting the privacy of the youngest minors to that of teens, which has a bigger potential impact on a whole family.

The article also says that most people do not have fully developed reasoning abilities – to see around corners and anticipate long term consequences of actions – until their thirties, not even the mid twenties.  Given the success of some people well before 30, that’s hard to see.

The other big concern of consequences is “online reputation” – that employers could look at Tweets, blog posts, Facebook profiles, or even Mobile behavior – of young adults as applicants and employees – in an era when the ethical aspects of doing so have not yet been worked out.