Judge’s Anti-Facebook Rant Gets Child Pornographer’s Sentence Vacated

With all the warnings I give about saying too much online, it’s also important to remember that what we say offline has consequences as well. Senior Judge Warren W. Eginton of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut was recently reminded of that fact by the Court of Appeals for the Second[...]

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[GUEST POST] Social Media and Criminal Law: Harassment and True Threats

This post was principally authored by Joseph R. Morrison, Jr., a law student at the University of Michigan and a 2012 summer associate at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Social media, by definition, facilitates a person reaching out and communicating more easily with a larger number of people.  This is beneficial in that it[...]

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Welcome “AR Dirt” to the Blogosphere

I’m happy to see that my friend and colleague Joe Rampolla has joined the blogosphere.  You can find him at ARDirt.com. Joe has been thinking and speaking about augmented reality and related technologies for years now.  He and I met shortly after I launched this blog, and discovered that we have some very similar ideas[...]

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This Week in Social Media Law: Dec. 23, 2011

Freedom of Speech:     Indian Court Tells Social Networking Sites To Remove Anti-Religious Content: bit.ly/vujBhy — Brian Wassom (@bdwassom) December 22, 2011 Does using Facebook make you ‘famous’ for First Amendment/Right of Publicity purposes? shar.es/W3GQu #fb — Brian Wassom (@bdwassom) December 21, 2011   Law Enforcement: Man Charged After Photo of Girl Bound by[...]

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Augmented Reality, Political Groupthink, and Civil Society

Earlier this month, I wrote about one potential danger of immersive augmented reality–the potential for becoming addicted to it.  The chances for dependency will increase, I argued, the more ubiquitous the technology becomes, and the more we gain the ability to customize the augmented displays that we see.   Augmentation could then become narcissism and self-aggrandizement. There[...]

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The Gangs of MySpace: Social Media Evidence in Gang Prosecutions

I talk a lot on this blog about the importance of companies having a social media policy for their employees.  Who knew that street gangs could use the same advice? “Symbols are an important part of the gang culture,” writes one expert.  ”Signs and symbols are used to identify a particular gang or to intimidate[...]

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When Social Media Is Abused, Can It Be Part of the Solution, Too?

Two recent cases on opposite ends of the globe have highlighted how courts and litigants may be starting to see social media as a tool for solving some of the problems it is used to create. In the first case, a Malaysian man agreed to tweet an apology 100 times in a row as part[...]

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Authenticating Social Media Evidence (Or, “Boozy, His Boo, and What Not to Do”)

In prior posts, I’ve discussed the problem of proving identity online: how do you know that someone is who they say they are online? Anyone using social media asks that question (or ought to) every time they engage in an online conversation. It might be easy to answer that question if we’re messaging with a[...]

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Forget Facial Recognition–Body Recognition May Be the Real Privacy Concern

“Take a picture; it’ll last longer.” Many times has that bit of sarcasm been directed at people who stare just a little too long. But suppose the guy is staring because he’s taking your picture? That creepy scenario may play itself out sooner than we think. While many commentators are (rightly) concerned about the ramifications[...]

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O, Be Careful, Little Facebooker, What You Like

There’s an old Sunday School song that begins: “O be careful little eyes what you see …” Subsequent verses caution little ears about what they hear, little hands about what they do, little feet about where they go, and little mouths about what they say. Why? Because “There’s a Father up above / And He’s[...]

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