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Anti SOPA PIPA Blackout

I blacked this blog out today in solidarity with others who oppose the current proposed legislation known as SOPA and PIPA. I along with many others feel that these two proposed laws would greatly harm the openness and functionality of the internet. This is not an endorsement of the destruction of intellectual property but rather a call to have more thought put into such an important and critical piece of legislation.

For more reading on SOPA/PIPA you can check out The Berkman Community Responds to SOPA/PIPA page for links to some amazing analysis of why SOPA/PIPA is so bad.

This black out was done using a modified plugin done by Dan Collis-Puro on our systems team. The plugin was made generic so that it can be used by anyone on blogs.law.harvard.edu for any reason or cause.

Awasome DIY Book Scanning

“The Why in DIY Book Scanning” talk with Daniel Reetz should be very interesting to people in the Make and home DIY electronics geeks out there.

We at the Berkman center will be webcasting this starting in a few mins. For some more info go to http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/lunc…

You can check out Daniel’s site at http://www.diybookscanner.org/

Also here are a few quick shots on the device that is sitting across the hall from my office.

Daniel Reetz’s DIY book scanner

Fun with 419ers

So a bit of follow up on this one. I promptly reported this whole incident to Facebook. They quickly shutdown my friends account and also my account as well. It took about 2+ weeks (it was over the holidays) to have my access restored.

A bit of context: These are the transcripts of a chat between someone who had hijacked my friend’s Facebook account and me. I had my friend Christina on the phone while this was going as well. I realy should have asked for a Dead Parrot reenactment though.

Christina

hello
2:01pmChristina

Hello
2:01pmEdward

hey whats up
2:02pmChristina

are you there ?
2:02pmEdward

yes
2:03pmChristina

Please I relly need your help
2:03pmEdward

ok

shoot
2:04pmChristina is offline.
2:04pmChristina is online.
2:04pmChristina

did you got my e-mail

did you got my e-mail
2:05pmEdward

email?
2:06pmChristina

yeah

‘m sorry I didn’t inform you about my traveling to Ghana for a program called “Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education

I’m really stranded here in Ghana because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents, cell phone which I’ve all my contacts and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel am staying
2:07pmEdward

wow you should get to embssay quick

hold on i can give them a call a let them know you are on the way
2:08pmChristina

yes I’ve already gone and they have given me a covering papper
2:08pmEdward

where in ghana are you i have some friends there
2:08pmChristina

I’m really stranded here in Ghana because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents, cell phone which I’ve all my contacts and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel am staying
2:09pmEdward

wait huh
2:09pmChristina

Accra,Ghana
2:10pmChristina

Please I want you to help me with a loan of $1,800.00 USD to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home.
2:10pmEdward

well what can i do for you from here
2:11pmChristina

I need $1,800

to get myself back home

I promise to pay it back as soon as I return back home with no delay
2:13pmEdward

hang on a few I’m trying to see if i can

Christina is no longer online. The following was not sent:

how would you like me to get the money to you (send as a message)
2:13pmChristina is online.
2:13pmChristina

Please I want you to send me the Money with the hotel manager information
2:15pmEdward

how can i send it to you?
2:16pmChristina

here is the hotel manager information you will need to send it to me via western union or money gram close to you
2:17pmChristina

Name: Micheal Kwasi Owusu
Address: 14B Tamam Loke.
City : Osu
State : Accra
Country : Ghana
Amount to send ? : $1,800.00 USD
Text Question : In God
Answer : We Trust
2:18pmChristina

that is the information you will need to make the Transfer

I promise to pay it back as soon as I return back home with no delay
2:20pmChristina

are you there ?
2:20pmEdward

Well i’m not sure if i can do all 1800

also what hotel did you say
2:22pmEdward

do you think you would be ok with a few hundred
2:22pmChristina

am at Ravico Hotel

Please go now and send me any amount you can afford
2:25pmChristina

am waiting to receive the western union information

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