October 6, 2022

Archives for November 2012

Congressman Issa's "Internet Law Freeze": Appealing but Impractical

This week, Congressman Darrell Issa released a draft bill that would prevent Congress and administrative agencies from creating any new internet-related laws, rules, or regulations. The Internet American Moratorium Act (IAMA) is a rhetorical stake in the ground for the notion that the government should “keep its hands off the internet.” In the wake of successful blockage of SOPA/PIPA legislation–which would have interfered with basic internet functionality in the name of combating content piracy–there is renewed energy in DC to stop ill-advised internet-related laws and rules. Issa has been quoted as saying that the government needs a, “cooling-off period to figure out a better way to create policy that impacts Internet users.” The relevant portion of the bill reads:

It is resolved in the House of Representatives and Senate that they shall not pass any new legislation for a period of 2 years from the date of enactment of this Act that would require individuals or corporations engaged in activities on the Internet to meet additional requirements or activities. After 90 days of passage of this Act no Department or Agency of the United States shall publish new rules or regulations, or finalize or otherwise enforce or give lawful effect to draft rules or regulations affecting the Internet until a period of at least 2 years from the enactment of this legislation has elapsed.

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Voting machine lawsuit, oral arguments, venue change

For those who were considering attending the oral arguments December 4th of the appeal of the Gusciora lawsuit about New Jersey’s voting machines–which I encourage you to do–the location has been changed from Jersey City to Trenton.

Location: 8th Floor, N. Wing, Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton, NJ.

Date/time: December 4th, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Postponed until a date yet to be determined [note added 11/29/12].

Facebook Copyright Statement: Not Entirely Silly

There’s a meme going around on Facebook, saying that you should post a certain legal incantation on your Facebook wall, to reclaim certain rights that Facebook would otherwise be taking from you. There’s an interesting counter-meme in the press now, saying that all of this is pointless and of course you can’t change your rights just by posting a statement on a website. Both memes have something to teach us about perceptions of rights and responsibilities online.
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CITP Call for Fellows, Postdocs, and Visiting Professors for Fall 2013

The Center for Information Technology Policy (citp.princeton.edu) is an interdisciplinary research center at Princeton that sits at the crossroads of engineering, the social sciences, law, and policy.

CITP seeks Fellowship and Postdoc applicants for the 2012-2013 school year from academia, industry, government, and civil society. These are one year appointments — usually from July 1st to June 30th. Applicants may be appointed as a Visiting Fellow, Visiting Researcher, or Postdoctoral Research Associate.

CITP also seeks candidates for a new Visiting Professor position starting in Fall 2013. Applicants must be currently appointed faculty members at an academic institution. Individuals may apply for a one or two year appointment, based on their individual circumstances and availability.

Our application process is open from November 12 through January 1st.

For details on the Fellowship and Postdoc applications:
https://citp.princeton.edu/about/join/fellowship-application/

For details on the Visiting Professor application:
https://citp.princeton.edu/about/join/visiting-professor-application/

Smart Campaigns, Meet Smart Voters

Zeynep pointed to her New York Times op-ed, “Beware the Smart Campaign,” about political campaigns collecting and exploiting detailed information about individual voters. Given the emerging conventional wisdom that the Obama campaign’s technological superiority played an important role in the President’s re-election, we should expect more aggressive attempts to micro-target voters by both parties in future election cycles. Let’s talk about how voters might respond.
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