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15 May 2020

One last try to fix the Malwarebytes decision Internet
Back in 2017, Enigma Software sued competitor Malwarebytes claiming that Malwarebytes flagged Enigma's software as "Potentially Unwanted Programs" for anticomptitive reasons. (I gather Malwarebytes had good reasons to flag it but they're not relevant here.) The district court dismissed the suit on section 230 grounds that Malwarebytes found the Enigma software "otherwise objectionable" and the law gave Malwarebytes immunity from being sued.

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10 May 2020

In Australia, Google might be defaming everyone Internet

In a widely reported decision last week, a court in Melbourne, Australia held that Google defamed someone merely for including in its index three web pages it did not create, including an article from a major newspaper and a Wikipedia article.

The plaintiff, George Defteros, is a lawyer who defended gangsters in 2004, and was arrested for murder of one of them. The charges were dropped in 2005. In recent years he has had an uncontroversial legal career.

This case is somewhat similar to right to be forgotten cases in Europe. According to the
100 page decision, Defteros sued Google in 2016 about four links, one to a 2004 opinion piece about the arrest in the Age, a Melbourne newspaper, the second to another Age article linked from the first but not directly from Google, the third to a vulgar private site with some comments about him, and the fourth to a Wikipedia article about the Melbourne gang wars which had a footnote that linked to the first Age article.

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11 Mar 2020

Political e-mail placement or, you're not special Email
A recent piece in The Markup called
Swinging the Vote? attempts to figure out how Google decides where to deliver political e-mail. They were startled to discover that only a small fraction of it was delivered into the main inbox, and a fair amount was classed as spam. They shouldn't have been.

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24 Oct 2019

Crypto back doors are still a bad idea Security

In the always interesting Lawfare blog, former FBI counsel Jim Baker in a piece called Rethinking Encryption reiterates his take on the encrpytion debates. There's a certain amount that makes me want to bang my head against the wall, e.g.

After working on the going dark problem for years, I'm confident that this problem can be addressed from a technical perspective. In most cases, it's just software, and software can be rewritten.

But it's worth reading to remind us of what the other side is thinking, even with a lot of motivated reasoning that makes him conclude that Congress can pass some laws and the going dark problem will be solved.

A reader who is relatively new to this fight asked me is there's a short and accessible explanation of why crypto back doors can't work.

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25 Sep 2019

Interview about EAI and Universal Acceptance Internet

Earlier this year I gave a talk as a UASG Ambassador at the eco talk at the CSA summit in Cologne. We did a video interview which they finally finished editing and put on their web site here.

eco have a little more info their web site at

The camera angle is a little odd but other than that I think it came out well.

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