CLBR #81: Year in Review with Kashmir Hill and Marc Randazza v the PRC

HILL, RANDAZZA RETURN TO CLBR FOR YEAR END REVIEW CLBR’s year-end countdown begins with a special edition featuring the return of one of the internet’s top journalist along with one of its top newsmakers this Wednesday at 10AM PT/ 1 PM ET on WebmasterRadio.fm. Forbes’ “The Not-So Private Parts” Blogger Kashmir Hill returns to CLBR…

Danger in Dubai – Will the UN Takeover the Internet with Phil Corwin

Phil  Corwin, Counsel to the Internet Commerce Association, returns to CLBR to discuss the controversy over the upcoming 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications organized by the International Telecommunications Union.  WHAT:  International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-2012) WHEN: December 3 – 14, 2012 WHERE:  Dubai, UAE WHAT’S AT ISSUE:From the New…

Internet Censorship: Australia Abandons Net Censorship Plans; Google Blocked in China, UAE Restrictions and Iran Sanctions

Australia Abandons Net Censorship Plans; Google Blocked in China Australia, which surprisingly has a checkered history in terms of internet censorship, has abandoned a plan to filter all internet content.  Instead, the government is working with Australian ISPs to block 1,400 child abuse websites on INTERPOL’s “worst of” list.  When Australia initially announced the filtering program,…

Wed 9/19 on CLBR #72: Cal Spam Law, Google, Islam and Censorship

NEXT CYBER LAW AND BUSINESS REPORT WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2012 10AM – 11AM PACIFIC ON WEBMASTERRADIO.FM SEGMENT 1:  JOHN DU WORS and LEEOR NETA talk about their successful effort to have the California Spam Law declared unconstitutional as preempted by Federal law. Backgrounder SEGMENT 2: JILLIAN YORK, the Director of International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier…

CLBR Segment 2: Jillian York on Google’s Censorship Decision

NOTEBOOK JILLIAN YORK Director of International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation Segment Two: 10:30-11:00 AM PT Background The Innocence of Muslims Trailer Salman Rushdie on controversy (Today Show) What to Make of Google’s Decision to Block the Innocence of Muslims Movie, The Atlantic Why YouTube Is Wrong to Censor the Anti-Islam Video, The Nation Muhammed…

In the Courts: Jiffy’s $47 Million, Gambling, Backpage, Kim Dotcom, Defamation and ISP Censorship Right

Advertiser Settles Text Messaging Claim under TCPA for $47 Million Jiffy Lube’s parent corporation may pay $47 million under a class action settlement arising from sending text messaging wthout opt-in consent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Unlike CAN-SPAM which does not impose any opt-in requirements, text messages require opt-in consent under the TCPA.…

Ted’s Tubes: Google Transparency Report

Google Transparency Report Shows Troubling Spike in Government Demands for Takedowns Google released its regular report on government requests for information and/or to remove content. Google notes: Unfortunately, what we’ve seen over the past couple years has been troubling, and today is no different. When we started releasing this data in 2010, we also added…

Bridging the D.C.-Silicon Valley Divide in Napa Valley (in HuffPost)

Bridging the D.C.-Silicon Valley Divide in Napa Valley   June 11, 2012 As in past years, the Sixth Tech Policy Summit held in serene Napa Valley highlights the very Silicon Valley-Washington divide which it seeks to bridge. While the SOPA fight, the passage of the CROWDFUND Act and greater tech engagement on Capitol Hill are…

China’s Internet Crackdown

China Launches Social Media Crackdown to Squelch News of Political Scandal and Dissident Escape In the past few weeks, China has been trying to purge social media from references about a political scandal involving a high-ranking party official and blind-dissident Chen Guangcheng’s escape from house arrest to the U.S. Embassy.  April began with a crack down…

Congress Watch: Crowd-Funding, Apple and GOFA

Crowd-Funding Close to Winning Congressional Approval  By a wide margin, the Senate joined the House in approving legislation that would permit companies to raise capital by crowd-funding.  The Senate CROWDFUND Act (Capital Raising Online While Deterring Fraud and Unethical Non-Disclosure Act) and the JOBS ACT (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) generally permit companies to raise up to $1 million…