Rand Issues Report on Countering Technology-Facilitated Abuse

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join ten other stellar participants that included other attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, academics and civil society representatives for a two-day brainstorming session sponsored by the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (working with RTI International and the RAND Corporation) on combating Technologically Facilitated Abuse…

Katie Hill’s Shaming Should Spur Congress to Act on Shield Act

Yesterday, Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) gave her final speech in Congress as she was forced to resign after her estranged husband and political rivals published nude photographs of her and (so far) unsubstantiated allegations that she had violated House rules by having an affair with one or more Congressional staff members.¹ Hill’s resignation and farewell…

Danielle Citron MacArthur Fellow

Congratulations to MacArthur Fellow Danielle Citron

For those who work in the field of representing cyber harassment victims, we have all looked to Professor Danielle Citron’s trailblazing work on Cyber Civil Rights and Hate Crimes in Cyberspace and launching the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and other efforts to combat cyber exploitation (revenge porn). It was with no surprise but much satisfaction that we learned that…

Quoted in Article on Google’s Failure to Remove Deepfake Videos of Melania & Ivanka Trump

In January a new word was added to our internet lexicon – “deepfake”.  This stemmed from a VICE story about a Reddit user named “deepfakes” using an open source artificial intelligence-based app that allowed users to create fake porn videos by swapping faces of celebrities (or anyone for that matter) onto the adult film actress/actor.…

ILC Quoted on Legal Questions Raised by AI-Generated Fake Porn

Last week, the firm was quoted in a Bustle story, entitled A Fake Porn App Lets People Put Celebrities’ Faces In Videos & Here’s Why It’s So Dangerous.  The article discussed the legal implications of a new phenomenon revealed in a recent Motherboard’s article of new applications using artificial intelligence for face-swapping celebrity faces onto porn performers’…

FTC, NV AG Sue Revenge Porn Site

  The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Nevada have filed a lawsuit against the operators of the revenge porn site MyEx.com under both the FTC Act and Nevada’s anti-revenge porn law.  This is only the second time the FTC has acted against revenge porn sites.    The Complaint is a major statement from the…

Bi-Partisan Congressional Coalition Offers ENOUGH Act to Criminalize Revenge Porn

As the problem of Cyber Exploitation or Revenge Porn has grown, state laws attempting to address the issue have multiplied.  Currently, thirty-eight (38) states and the District of Columbia have some form of law addressing the problem. In 2016, California Congresswoman Jackie Speier introduced the Intimate Privacy Protection Act to create a national ban on revenge…

Upcoming Event (8/14): From Trolls to Revenge Porn – Law & Tech Responses to Online Harassment

Thrilled to be joining my panelists for this great Women’s Voices in Tech and Legal Hackers event in Playa Vista. DESCRIPTION How can technology and the law anticipate, prevent, and respond to targeted harassment of individuals online? Come join our expert panelists as we discuss community standard creation, victim support, and the ethics and operations of moderating…

CLBR #247: Battling Online Scammers with Wayne May of Scam Survivors

Battling Online Scammers with Wayne May of Scam Survivors Listen Live on Cranberry.fm Wayne May (@ScamSurvivors) is founder of the UK-based Scam Survivors Online, a volunteer staffed organization that focuses on: Making scammers’ lives harder by exposing their details and scripts to search engines. Educating the public, thus removing scammers’ sources of income as scams will continue…