CLBR #170: The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and the Fight Against Revenge Porn

Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and the Fight Against Revenge Porn

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Featured Segment:  University of Miami Law Professor Mary Anne Franks

Slide1CLBR is thrilled to have one of the leading advocates in the fight against Revenge Porn – University of Miami Law professor Mary Anne Franks. Franks is Vice President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and has testified in state capitals across the country to push for laws addressing revenge porn.

She comes to CLBR following two major victories in prosecuting revenge porn which have been hailed as the beginning of the end of the revenge porn industry.

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News Updates

  • RipOffReport Files Civil Rights Actions Against Iowa ProsecutorSac County, Iowa Prosecutor Ben Smith, who discussed his battle with RipOffReport on CLBR last year, is now the target of a civil rights actions by RIpOffReport and its founder Ed Magedson in what appears to be a desperate ploy to stall his indictment.  Cyber Report Link.
  • Anthem Data BreachA new year, a new data breach but the Anthem breach is significant not just because of its size but because of the value and sensitivity of the data.  Cyber Report Link
  • Court Rejects EFF Legal Challenge to NSA Surveillance

    US District Judge Jeffrey White, in his 10-page order, rejected the EFF’s challenge to the NSA Surveillance program explaining:

    Based on the public record, the Court finds that the Plaintiffs have failed to establish a sufficient factual basis to find they have standing to sue under the Fourth Amendment regarding the possible interception of their Internet communications. Further, having reviewed the Government Defendants’ classified submissions, the Court finds that the Claim must be dismissed because even if Plaintiffs could establish standing, a potential Fourth Amendment Claim would have to be dismissed on the basis that any possible defenses would require impermissible disclosure of state secret information.

    The judge’s ruling only concerned upstream internet surveillance, not the telephone records collection nor other mass surveillance that are also at issue in this case.

  • Raif Badawi UpdateThe second round of lashes scheduled to be inflicted on Saudi bloger Raif Badawi has been postponed again.  More importantly, Prince Charles raised the question of Badawi during this visit to Saudi Arabia this week.


Shout Outs

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  • Congrats to Dan Tynan for his participation in Safer Internet Day along with Attorney General Kamala Harris and Sheryl Sandberg.
  • Inventor’s Day – which occurs on Tom Edison’s birthday.  This year’s focus is on Actress Hedy Lamarr who, working with a composer friend George Antheil, patented a “Secret Communication System” that would reduce the danger of detection or jamming for radio-controlled torpedoes. Subsequent patents in frequency changing have referred to the Lamarr-Antheil patent as the basis of the field, and the concept lies behind the principal anti-jamming devices used today. Neither Lamarr nor Antheil ever received royalty payments for the commercialization of their patent.

  • Happy 10th Anniversary to Eric Goldman and Venkat Balasubramani  on the 10th Anniversary of the Technology and Marketing Law Blog.
  • Happy 80th Birthday to Gilligan’s Island’s Movie Star – Tina Louise.
  • Happy Birthday to our fan Reg Levy of Mind and Machines.
  • 25 Years Ago Today, One of the Major Moments of the 20th Century:

Shame Outs

  • Former Florida Governor and likely Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush for his email dump without redacting private information.
  • Urban Outfitter’s Latest Attempt at Tragic-Chic – a tapestry evoking concentration camp garb.
  • Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa who learned the hard way about declaring a social media war.

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