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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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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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22 Aug 2019

What does blockchain have to do with voting? Internet

Apropos of recent news stories about a blockchain based voting system that was hacked before its first election, someone asked:

Perhaps final recognition that a lot of blockchain is hype? Or simply an interesting side-story?

A blockchain can ensure that the lies you see are the same lies that were published, but that doesn't have much to do with voting.

Voting has a very peculiar security model -- you need to verify that each person voted at most once, you need to count all of the votes for each candidate, and you need not to link the two. A lot of very bad voting systems are built by people who wrongly assume that its security model is similar to something else, which it is not.

An obvious example is Diebold who built voting machines that worked like ATMs, which was a disaster, since the way you audit ATMs depends on the details of each transaction being linked to the person doing it.

Paper ballots have a lot to recommend them. It's easy for poll workers to observe that each voter puts one ballot into the box, they're relatively easy to count (we use mark sense machines here) and compared to the spaghetti code in direct recording machines, they're quite tamper resistant.

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17 Mar 2019

A short history of DNS over HTTP (so far) Internet
The IETF is in the midst of a vigorous debate about DNS over HTTP or DNS over HTTPS, abbreviated as DoH. How did we get there, and where do we go from here?

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