Minnesota Backs Down

Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety has withdrawn its effort to compel the state’s ISPs to filter ~200 gambling Web sites, in the face of a lawsuit filed by iMEGA. State officials are maintaining a brave (poker) face, along with some bad analogies – they claim not to have “folded their hand.”  John Willems – the […]

Filtering v3.0

Great panel on filtering at CFP 2009 yesterday – we took up the question of whether John Gilmore is still right in that the “Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” Ian Brown talked about Cleanfeed and how filtering operates, from the most basic to the most sophisticated. TJ McIntyre described the bizarre […]

Follow CFP 2009 Live

You can follow along with Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2009 (“Creating the Future”) even if you’re not here in DC (where the weather is surprisingly lovely for June): via Twitter at Tweezup, the CFP blog, and streaming video. The Filtering panel, which also now includes Catherine Crump from the ACLU and Nicole Wong from Google, […]

China Blocks Popular Web Services

China has blocked Flickr, Hotmail, Twitter, MSN Spaces, Bing, and YouTube among other services. Hmm, I wonder why that could be? Commentary from Danwei and coverage from Reuters, the Register, and Fox News. Update 11:45PM 3 June: Danwei has more details, including a link to a spreadsheet that’s purportedly tracking blocked sites.


Bronxnet has a video up of a show on cyber-harassment where I get to talk about the topic. (No, I did not give a “how-to” tutorial. I charge for that sort of thing.) This has become a vexing issue legally, from the Megan Meier / Lori Drew tragedy to the AutoAdmit case. I’d love your […]