Time was when having "the talk" with your kids meant the birds and the bees. Nowadays parents also have to be ready to explain shoe- and underwear-bombers, molotov toothpaste, and the touchy-feely TSA.
Issue-spotting the Live Web, attorney Denise Howell muses about cutting edge technology-related legal issues.
<p>Denise Howell is an appellate, intellectual property and technology lawyer who enjoys broad industry recognition for her expertise on the intersection of emerging technologies and law. For further details please see her <a href="http://www.bagandbaggage.com/practice/">professional background</a> and <a href="http://www.bagandbaggage.com/speaking/">speaking schedule</a>.</p> <p>Denise's career is characterized by her passionate engagement in intellectual property issues, technology, media, and all forms of online communication. She writes one of the first law-related weblogs, <a href="http://bagandbaggage.com/">Bag and Baggage</a> and coined the term "blawg" as shorthand for legal weblog. She hosts <a href="http://twit.tv/twil">this WEEK in LAW</a> on <a href="http://twit.tv/">TWiT,</a> probing the areas where technology and society intersect in ways that present new, unique, or difficult issues under existing and developing law, and has a further audio series at IT Conversations, <a href="http://soundpolicy.net/">Sound Policy</a>. She is a regular columnist for The American Lawyer magazine. Denise is a member of the <a href="http://identitygang.org/">Identity Gang</a>, <a href="http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/projectvrm/Main_Page">Project VRM</a>, a board member of the <a href="http://attentiontrust.org/">Attention Trust</a>, and an advisory board member of <a href="http://lisensa.com/">Lisensa</a>/<a href="http://www.toptensources.com/">Top Ten Media</a> and the <a href="http://lpig.org/">Law and Policy Institutions Guide</a></p>
Easter eggs in December? When Santa brings the XBox Kinect, cheap, sophisticated video conferencing comes along for the ride.
Checking in? Check out how law and businesses will respond to the rise of location services.
Proposed new legislation would strip domain access from sites 'dedicated to infringing activities,' cutting through the red tape of due process, sovereignty, and property rights.
Parents routinely fear creepy online individuals, but creepy online data collection and sales practices are commonplace and rarely exposed, discussed, and considered.
Facebook ads are notoriously and comically off-base. But even when they pique our interest, in today's multi-option environment they are likely to sell something for a competitor.
ACTA negotiations are coming to a close, but even without it, nothing prevents repressive governments from seizing dissident computers on the pretext of infringement on U.S. copyrights. Do we really need to amplify opportunities for abuse?
The software Timothy Vernor tried to sell was supposed to have been destroyed due to subsequent upgrades. This would have been a sounder basis for the 9th Circuit's decision than the fact the EULA restricted sales, transfers, and copying.
Chief privacy officers from Yahoo!, IBM, and Comcast, as well as CDT's public policy guru, weigh in on where things stand with privacy as social network usage becomes ubiquitous.
Mike Arrington couldn't get his name as a Facebook username when registration opened on 6/12/09. Here are six things you should know if you're in the same boat.
Drew Wilson at Zero Paid points out that Napster celebrates its 10th birthday this month. The Globe and Mail takes a deeper look in its Download Decade series.
Microsoft's new Bing Search engine displays full length thumbnail videos -- with sound, stripped of ads. This appears to be the broadest "universal video search" yet, and may exceed the recognized bounds of fair use.
American University's Center for Social Media is working to lend some certainty to the amorphous doctrine of "fair use."
While John McCain recently complained about Google's application of the DMCA, Barack Obama has been quietly employing a Creative Commons license for his Flickr photostream.
There's a new GMail Labs app: Mail Goggles, by GMail engineer Jon Perlow:When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?