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15 May 2020
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.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/mbappeal.html
10 May 2020
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
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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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/ausdef.html
25 Sep 2019
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.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/uainterview.html
22 Aug 2019
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
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.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/notvote.html
17 Mar 2019
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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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/dohsofar.html
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Who is this guy?
Airline ticket info
Domain Name Registration Data at the Crossroads
59 days ago
A keen grasp of the obvious
My high security debit card
526 days ago
Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail
Network Abuse Clearinghouse