Monday, August 22, 2016

Washington Post Outlook column reviews history of CDA, attempts to limit Section 230

The Washington Post Outlook section Sunday celebrates the birthday of the World Wide Web in August 1991, and Sarah Jeong maintains “the history of the Web was driven by pictures of naked women” (sometimes men)    he has a book “The Internet of Garbage”.

She does discuss the Communications Decency Act of 1996, and the Section 230 that survived, and suggests that Silicon Valley lobbying has protected most of Section 230 from revenge porn bills and sex-trafficking bills which could affect service providers.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Obsession with sex offenders is branding people for life for low-level, juvenile offenses

Eric Berkowitz has a big editorial in the New York Times, review, p 7, July 31, “Punishment that doesn’t fit the crime”, with a byline, “Innocent acts have gotten kids branded as lifelong predators.”

He gives an example of a kid who was abused who then was himself convicted of an “offense” with a cousin at age 13, and then banned from a college campus years later.  

Remember the narrative of the case of Zach Anderson in Michigan and Indiana, link.

This would seem to raise constitutional questions about "cruel and unusual punishment".