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Maine Supreme Court – Facebook Posts May Constitute a Communication in Violation of Restraining Order

Richard Heffron III was subject to a protection from abuse order that prohibited him “from having any contact, direct or indirect,” with the protected person whom he once had a relationship with.  He was convicted of violating that order by making posts that began some of the posts with the phrase, “Hey, [protected person’s name],” and…

Azmina Drohia, Amnesty International

CLBR #305: Does Twitter Violate Human Rights with Amnesty International’s Azmina Dhrodia

Does Twitter Violate Human Rights with Amnesty International’s Azmina Dhrodia LISTEN VIA THESE CHANNELS     LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK In the past few years, we have had a number of shoes dealing with the online abuse, especially for women and journalists, including: CLBR #225: Online Trolls with Fusion’s Kristen V. Brown (June 22, 2016);…

Deepfakes

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.…

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Amnesty Int’l Report: Twitter’s Failure to Protect Women from Online Abuse Violates Human Rights Law

Amnesty International released a landmark report on its 16-month investigation of abuse of women in Twitter entitled “TOXIC TWITTER – A TOXIC PLACE FOR WOMEN,” which charges that Twitter’s failure to safeguard women on its platform is a human rights violation. As the report explains: [F]or many women, Twitter is a platform where violence and…

Stars Over Ocean

Battleground Europe: Tech Companies Feeling the Heat as Europe Flexes Regulatory Muscle

While the Tech Giants have benefited from the “light-touch” regulatory approach taken in the United States, European regulators are increasingly flexing their muscles in the area of taxation, antitrust, content moderation and privacy.  This is even before any potential retaliatory action taken in response to President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and threat of a…

Report of Deep Fakes

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’…

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Ripoff Report Threatening Retaliation Against Its Critics

Today I received the letter below from David Warrington of LeClair Ryan on behalf of Xcentric Ventures LLC, which operates RipoffReport.com.  According to Warrington, RipoffReport is in the pre-complaint stage of a claim based on alleged anti-competitive busines practices and a conspiracy to damage the business of Xcenetric in its operations of the RipoffReport.com website…

Women of Government

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…

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CLBR #277: Shame Nation Author Sue Scheff

Shame Nation Author Sue Scheff Listen In today’s digitally driven world, disaster is only a click away. A rogue tweet could bring down a business; an army of trolls can run a celebrity off-line; and virtual harassment might cause real psychological damage. Shame Nation is the first book to both study the fascinating phenomenon of online…

Venkat Balasubramani

CLBR #270: Venkat, Data Scraping and Daily Stormer

CLBR #270: Venkat, Data Scraping and Daily Stormer Focal Law Group’s Venkat Balasubramani joins us to discuss two recent developments: Dating Scraping after the hiQ Labs Decision The decision in hiQ Labs, Inc. v LinkedIn, Inc., No. 3:17-cv-03301-EMC (N.D. Cal. Aug. 14, 2017) in which the court enjoined LinkedIn from blocking access to publicly available…