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TechDirt 07/15/2020 22:26
It's hardly news to Techdirt readers that China carries out censorship on a massive scale. What may be more surprising is that its censorship extends to even the most innocuous aspects of life. The ChinAI Newsletter, which provides translations by Jeff Ding of interesting texts from the world of Chinese AI, . It concerns a Chinese online TV series called "The Bad Kids". Here's :. Since its first episodes were released on China's Netflix-like video platform iQiyi in mid-June, "The Bad Kids" has earned sweeping praise for its plot, cinematography, casting, dialogue, pacing, and soundtrack. It's also generated wide-ranging online discussion on human nature due to the psychology and complex motivations of its characters. However, as the Sixth To.
TechDirt 07/15/2020 18:49
This series of case studies is published in partnership with the to examine the difficult choices and tradeoffs involved in content moderation. Summary: Google’s biggest early innovation in search was that it used inbound links as a tool for determining the popularity of a website, and thus what its relevance to a particular search might be.
TechDirt 07/15/2020 16:39
The inaugural edition of the Techdirt is in the books, and we'd like to thank all of our contributors and those that engaged in conversation as we tackled one of the thornier issues of the modern tech policy era. As we , our goal with the project is to bring some nuance, collaboration, and understanding to a privacy conversation frequently dominated by simplistic partisan bickering, bad faith arguments, and the kind of deep ideological ruts that routinely result in either bad policy,or, in the case of U.S. privacy, no policy at all. If you've not yet had a chance to dig through contributions for this inaugural edition, here's a brief rundown:. Senator Ron Wyden argued that it's time for Congress to for the internet era. One with an eye on tr.
TechDirt 07/15/2020 15:12
It's appropriations season (isn't it always?), and as the House Appropriations Committee a friendly little birdie pointed me to a fun little tidbit buried in the House's for 2021:. If you can't read that it says:. The Committee includes a new provision prohibiting. the Federal Trade Commission or Federal Communications Commission. from taking certain actions related to Executive Order. 13925 of May 28, 2020. And just what is ? Why it's Donald Trump's that, among other things, tries to order two independent agencies -- the FTC and the FCC -- to take certain actions regarding a made up, nonsensical interpretation of Section 230. Of course, as we've pointed out, the President doesn't get to change the law all by himself -- and that includes the inte.
TechDirt 07/15/2020 13:55
ICE has already decided it won't make foreign students here on visas choose between their health and their education. The temporary relaxation of rules governing remote learning -- put in place in March when the coronavirus started rolling through the United States -- was suddenly (and inexplicably) reversed by ICE last week, even as . The reversal made no sense, unless disrupting the lives of foreigners here legally was the real point of ICE's unjustified rollback. With this rollback -- and no sign of abatement in the pandemic -- students here on visas were facing severe disruption. If the schools they were attending didn't offer in-person classes during the fall semester, their only option was to return home and hope everything came toget.
TechDirt 07/15/2020 13:48
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TechDirt 07/15/2020 12:35
Oh, copyright troll is at it again. Last month, we wrote about an absolutely he received, as a judge detailed pages upon pages of Liebowitz lying to various courts, filing questionable lawsuits, and doing all sorts of things no lawyer should ever do. And now that list is getting longer. Apparently Liebowitz has spent nearly two years engaged in a lawsuit in which he never informed his own client about anything related to the lawsuit. The client -- a photographer named Glen Craig -- seems . I know I would be. Dear Judge Yandle,. I learned for the first time last week about a case that Richard Liebowitz filed in this Court in 2018 in my name: Craig v. PopMatters Media, Inc. He dismissed the case and PopMatters has a motion pending for its atto.
TechDirt 07/15/2020 09:36
While there's really no denying that Chinese smartphone and network gear maker Huawei engages in some clearly , it's generally not anything that can't be matched by our own, home-grown telecom . And while the Trump administration has been engaged in a widespread effort to blackball Huawei gear from the global marketplace based predominantly on allegations of spying on Americans (mostly to gain leverage in what's largely seen as a counterproductive tariff and trade war), nobody's been able to provide a that this actually occurs despite 20 years of pearl clutching. That's not to say that Huawei doesn't pose national security risks. But for an argument that's been making the rounds for (including one 18 month White House investigation that ),
TechDirt 07/14/2020 22:51
Stalkerware is one of those things that most people never would have considered when technologies were being developed, but which in hindsight come off as practically inevitable. These apps, often times as if they would be chiefly marketed to parents trying to keep tabs on their kids, but which instead are also specifically advertised as ways to stalk current romantic partners and exes, are all different flavors of creepily allowing a person to snoop on the location and activities of an unsuspecting other person. The whole concept is so obviously evil that it's a wonder why any platform would allow these apps to be sold in the first place, and yet it was only in 2019 that . Antivirus company Avast said Wednesday that it's found seven stalke.
TechDirt 07/14/2020 16:30
At the end of May, we launched — a new project to foster long-form conversations with a wide variety of experts about the most challenging and nuanced tech policy questions of our time. Since then we've been focusing on our first topic: privacy. Now we're wrapping that up and getting ready to launch a series of posts on our next subject, but first we wanted to sit down with one of our Greenhouse editors, , to look back on all the excellent pieces that we've published over the past few weeks. to catch up on the posts, then listen to the podcast for a wrapup of . Follow the Techdirt Podcast on , subscribe via or , or grab the . You can also keep up with all the latest episodes .
TechDirt 07/14/2020 15:00
There has been something of an explosion of copyright claims on streaming services as of late. Frankly, the impetus for these claims is all over the place. You have your ever-expanding cadre of copyright maximilists going ballistic. There are the political actors, looking to copyright claims to try to take down content from those on the opposite side of the aisle. There are the automatic bots that crawl for content and get it wrong many times. And then there are the scammers. There are lots of ways to abuse copyright to scam folks out of money, or their accounts and content. But one recent method appears to be crawling for YouTube videos that incorporate and then attempting to take over monetization of those videos. Twitch streamer and cont.
TechDirt 07/14/2020 13:51
Okay, I think I've found it: the absolute perfect specimen of how copyright maximalism eats the brains of its proponents. Last week we had a few discussions about the now infamous I made my criticism of the whole saga quite clear, but even as someone who often sees how copyright impacts almost everything around us, I never would have ever thought that there was any kind of tie-in to copyright law. But, that's why I don't work for the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University. CPIP, set up and funded by a combination of extreme copyright and patent maximalists, tends to be quite reliable as pushing out the most ridiculous takes possible in favor of copyright and patent maximalism. But this latest fr.
TechDirt 07/14/2020 12:32
As we had a judge in NY has now , the niece of President Donald Trump, regarding her book about the President and their family. In a than his original Temporary Restraining Order, NY Supreme Court judge Hal Greenwald gives multiple reasons for rejecting the effort, lead by the President's lawyer Charles Harder but on behalf of the President's brother Robert Trump, to claim that the contract that was agreed to among various family members should block the publication of the book.
TechDirt 07/14/2020 09:42
In telecom policy circles, there's an army of "experts" who twist themselves into pretzels trying to pretend U.S. telecom is a healthy, normal, vibrant market. Blinded by partisan loyalties, sector financial links, or ideologies embedded decades ago in grad school, they're incapable of even acknowledging that Americans pay too much money for spotty, substandard service with historically terrible customer support. They're even less likely to acknowledge the corruption, regulatory capture, and lack of competition that made this dysfunction possible. If it is acknowledged, it's downplayed to a comical degree. As in the Ma Bell days, at the heart of U.S. broadband dysfunction sits phone companies. Providers that have long despite millions in ,
TechDirt 07/14/2020 06:35
Late last month, the linked to facial recognition software was reported. But that first in AI police work now appears to be merely a repeat offender. There have been two bogus arrests linked to facial recognition false positive. And both bogus arrests were performed by the same law enforcement agency, the Detroit Police Department. Elisha Anderson of the Detroit Free Press . The high-profile case of a Black man wrongly arrested earlier this year wasn't the first misidentification linked to controversial facial recognition technology used by Detroit Police, the Free Press has learned. Last year, a 25-year-old Detroit man was wrongly accused of a felony for supposedly reaching into a teacher’s vehicle, grabbing a cellphone and throwing it, cr.
TechDirt 07/13/2020 23:07
For some years, we have been banging the drum repeatedly pointing out that video games need to be viewed through the lens of artwork. There a variety of headwinds in solidifying this stance, but they mostly revolve around older generations repeating the sins of their forefathers in declaring any art they aren't "in to" to not be art at all. And, yet, thinking about this for ten seconds will reveal just how silly that is. Video games include elements of drawing, storytelling, creative modeling, and music. Any one of those is most certainly art in and of themselves, yet combining them to make something entertaining somehow throws a lot of people for a loop. And, yet, we see turning to games these days to make compelling artwork, while museums.
TechDirt 07/13/2020 18:33
In recent years, technologists have coined the phrase "" to describe the internet’s supposed evolution from a unified, borderless realm into a fragmented set of parallel internets, divided by national borders. This assumes that the internet was, at one point, global in some meaningful sense.
TechDirt 07/13/2020 16:56
As details continue to come out about the San Francisco Police Department's last year, the more it appears as though there was a concerted effort by the PD to ignore both the First Amendment and the . From the beginning, investigators knew someone from within the police department had leaked a coroner's report to Brian Carmody, a local "stringer."
TechDirt 07/13/2020 13:43
Early on in the pandemic we wrote about how some makers of medical equipment, such as ventilators, were making it . Many have used software locks -- DRM -- and refuse to give the information necessary to keep those machines online. And thus, it was only inevitable that piracy would step in to fill the void. Vice has the incredible story of a for both hacked hardware and software to keep ventilators running:. In the case of the PB840, a ventilator popularized about 20 years ago and in use ever since, a functional monitor swapped from a machine with a broken breathing unit to one with a broken monitor but a functioning breathing unit won’t work if the software isn’t synced. And so William uses the homemade dongle and Medtronic software shared

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