Sex Tech: Windows Live controversy, FleshStarter, Missile Defense Agency vs. porn

Summary:A collection of notable new sex and technology news items. Covers innovation, legal issues, IP, privacy, controversies, business and more.

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This week in sex and tech we play catchup with highlights that include a puritanical Windows SkyDrive, the Missle Defense Agency getting caught with its pants down about malware, Iran's olive branch to Facebook and more.

Windows Live terminates accounts for users' private content

Windows Live showed it has a unique definition of "private" folders.

Multiple users have had their Windows Live accounts suspended over content that was uploaded to their SkyDrive - content they thought was for their eyes only.

The content was private material that apparently violated Windows Live/SkyDrive's Terms of Service ban on profanity, nudity of any kind (full, partial, human, non-human, animate, or photographic), “obscenity.”

The Terms also state users can’t incite or advocate for any of these things, bringing links into question.

Missile Defense Agency issues porn policy

Of course you sholdn't look at porn when you're at work, unless porn is actually your job.

So it seems unusual to see the Missile Defense Agency issue a specific directive about browsing porn at work.

Officials at the Pentagon have instructed employees not to browse porn on work computers – it’s considered ‘unprofessional’ and a poor use of worktime, and they believe it is a security threat.

Why?

The claim is malware – but since malware is paired with more than just porn, why not just enforce safe browsing across the board, hmmm?

Porn copyright trolling continues to backfire

Big porn's agressive, shakedown-style mass filesharing lawsuits continue to deep-six porn's reputation.

Ars Technica points out that when porn copyright trolling becomes fodder for outraged evening news coverage, it’s a sign the backlash against the practice has truly gone mainstream.

A "Kickstarter for porn" idea

Another "like X for porn" site is fluffing itself for launch.

FleshStarter has been in development for more than a year and is intended to complement existing crowdfunding sites, such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, that bar participation by adult oriented projects.

Iran reaches out to Facebook for censorship partnership

In a turnabout in Tehran’s stance toward Facebook, Iran's iron-fisted government now says it's keen to work with the social network to control its citizens experience of the internet.

A semi-official Iranian news agency says police hope to work with Facebook to fight cyber-crimes and pornography.

Considering that Facebook and Iran share the same take on obscenity and pornography - refusing to define it as anything other than "stuff we don't like" - it seems like the kind of opportunity the social networking giant might not want to pass up in exploring new markets.

Topics: Censorship, Cloud, Legal, Privacy, Windows

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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that inclu... Full Bio

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