Category Archives: Feminism and Technology
Some of the optimism about online norms was greatly misplaced. –Ann Bartow
Google’s newly patented “A method of providing an interactive game based on a digital video” reportedly perfect for pornography.
From Gawker: …Didn’t [the PTO] think it was fishy when Google credited 11 inventors on two continents in its newly-issued patent? That‘s a lot of brainpower for child’s play, and even for, as the patent calls it, a broader “WEB-BASED … Continue reading
Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine cover story, Who Knew I was Not the Father?, discusses the complexities of identifying which men to label as”fathers.” The article told the heartbreaking stories of men who believed that they were the biological … Continue reading
Where are the Women? – Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Advisory Board Edition: 19 men, 2 women.
UPDATE: All of the EFF Fellows appear to be … fellows. EFF Advisory Board members as of today per EFF website: Andrew Bridges is a partner in the San Francisco office of Winston & Strawn LLP where he litigates and … Continue reading
From this article: …The tape shows Stoddard walking to the defense table during a sentencing that day. He leans over the table and begins reading from a document in the file of defense attorney Joanne Cuccia, who was speaking before … Continue reading
From Stiletto Revolt, where there are several additional illustrations. –Ann Bartow
Because maybe you have disrobed in a medical facility: A traffic stop led officers to discover that a Willard man allegedly has been compiling nude photos of patients from the medical facility where he worked. … … The officers later … Continue reading
From here: A 14-year-old Whitnall [WI] High School student is accused of coercing teen girls into sending him sexually explicit photos of themselves. … … The photos investigation began Sept. 21 when two students provided information to the Greenfield police … Continue reading
Brian Leiter conducted a poll regarding the Top Law Faculties for Intellectual Property and Cyberspace Law. The results give a window into the subject specific gender balance at each of the “Top 24” schools. There were 95 men and 45 … Continue reading
From the Associated Press: A lawyer for two former Yale University law students says they have settled their lawsuit against several people they accused of posting sexually harassing and threatening messages about them on an Internet site. San Francisco attorney … Continue reading
The Washington Times is not a publication I ordinarily read or have any confidence in. Nevertheless, the allegations made in this article appear to be accurate: … The budget request doesn’t state the nature or number of the misconduct cases, … Continue reading
Using data from the social network Facebook, MIT students find that just by looking at a person’s online friends, they can predict whether someone is homosexual.
From the NYT: … The idea behind the MIT work, done in 2007, is as old as the adage that birds of a feather flock together. For years, sociologists have known of the”homophily principle”- the tendency for similar people to … Continue reading
So I’m going to buy one here when they are back in stock. NB: This is NOT a paid or compensated (in any way) mention. –Ann Bartow
CFP: 2010 Hamline Law Review Symposium Request for Proposals “The Evolution of Trade Secret Law: Reflecting on 30 Years of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act”
On Friday, April 16, 2010, Hamline University School of Law and the Hamline Law Review will present a symposium to mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (the UTSA). The editors of the Hamline … Continue reading
“A cyberbullying case in Saint Charles County, Missouri, will test a year-old state law on electronic harassment. The law makes it a felony for someone 21 years or older to communicate with someone 17 years or younger by phone or electronic means in order to recklessly frighten, intimidate, or cause emotional distress to that person.”
From CNET News: … Elizabeth Thrasher, 40, allegedly posted a photo and personal contact details of a teenage girl in the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist during the spring. The teen reportedly received phone calls, e-mails, and text messages from … Continue reading
“A new study conducted by Wikimedia Foundation suggests that only 13% of Wikipedia contributors are women.”
This won’t surprise anybody who actually pays attention to the climate of the editing discussions on many wikipedia pages. This blog post notes: According to the The Wall Street Journal, the survey took place in November of last year, with … Continue reading
Here. Produced by Shelley Lubben.
From Inside Higher Ed: One deleted e-mail marked the beginning of my ordeal. It was finals week, just before Christmas break, when I received a strange message asking me to comment on some kind of online political essay that I … Continue reading
Via The Guardian. Here is the first paragraph: This week, a New York state supreme court judge ruled that Google (owners of Blogger.com) must turn over the electronic identity of an anonymous blogger who repeatedly attacked New York model Liskula … Continue reading
Well, more or less (emphasis on “less”) … –Ann Bartow
When I was a kid I used to watch “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” with some regularity, and learned that tranquilizer darts could stop large angry charging animals (lions, elephants, hippos) as well as much smaller critters very quickly in … Continue reading
There was a disturbance in the social media network yesterday, which especially effected Twitter and Facebook. The WaPo reports: … Some news outlets, such as The Register, say the surge in Internet traffic that crushed Twitter was the result of … Continue reading
That would be the game discussed here. Which runs Internet ads like this: Learn more about the game here.
“EA has a new way to annoy its own models: give out prizes for Comic Con attendees who commit acts of lust with their booth babes. Also, if you win, you get to take the lady out to dinner! This is going to end well for everyone involved.”
From Ars Technica, where the associative article reports: … At Comic Con, if you commit “an act of lust” with an EA booth babe and take a picture, you could win dinner with said babes, as well as a great … Continue reading
How do you know a reproduction if you see one? Read Laura Murray’s essay here at No More Potlucks.
This case arose out of an e-mail exchange between a student and his professor. Here is an excerpt from the recent decision by the Nebraska Court of Appeals: … The trial court found, summarized, that while there was initially some … Continue reading
This conference is off to a wonderful start, with a presentation by Dr. Melissa deZwart an Associate Professor at the University of South Australia School of Law. Spent yesterday touring Hong Kong, starting off with a hike up to the … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox: “Gender, Bodies and Technology” Proposals are invited for an Interdisciplinary Conference April 22-24, 2010 Roanoke, Virginia Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Virginia Tech Proposal Deadline: September 15, 2009 We … Continue reading
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I blogged about the case previously here. Below is an excerpt from the Ninth Circuit’s holding in Barnes v. Yahoo at page 5316 that gives a quick overview of the facts: In accordance with Yahoo policy, Barnes mailed Yahoo a … Continue reading
Abstract: This Article analyzes the growing phenomenon of cyberspace harassment, offering an innovative legal response to it not previously advanced by scholarship on the subject. This Article identifies cyber harassment as a form of “forced embodiment” that reinforces already existing … Continue reading
In this article about patenting genes author Rebecca Skloot writes: Nearly a decade ago, surgical procedures were patented similarly to genes:if you went to the hospital needing, say, a certain kind of appendicitis surgery and your doctor hadn’t licensed the … Continue reading
The ACLU has helped organize a lawsuit challenging a decision by the Patent & Trademark Office granting Myriad Genetic patent rights to two genes that are closely associated with increased risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and on the … Continue reading
“This case stems from a dangerous, cruel, and highly indecent use of the internet for the apparent purpose of revenge.”
A unanimous three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit held in Barnes v. Yahoo!, Inc. that a claim for promissory estoppel by an Internet harassment victim was not necessarily precluded by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The … Continue reading
From the ABA Journal: Last year, when law professor Joel Reidenberg wanted to show his Fordham University class how readily private information is available on the Internet, he assigned a group project. It was collecting personal information from the Web … Continue reading
Another post about Posner, this time making reference to a generally lubricous glass-based material containing an appreciable amount of an oxide of boron.
Check out “Judge Posner at the Federal Circuit: Patent on Sex Aid is Obvious” at Patently-O if you want to read about Posner’s take on the patentability of adapting easy-slide thermometer materials for use on sex toys. Here’s the abstract … Continue reading
“There is a difference between critique and seeking to shut my ass up because I’m not saying it the way you would, singing it the way you want to hear it sung or approaching a subject from the angle you want it to be approached from.”
Sentence pulled from this excellent post by Sharkfu at Feministing.
Free Speech and the Internet: Public Radio Interviews of Gary LeBeau, David Rosen, Danielle Citron and Brian Leiter
From Law.com: Ropes & Gray partner Joan Lukey is no stranger to litigation battles. As one of The American Lawyer’s Star Laterals of 2008 — she joined Ropes in June after 34 years at crosstown Boston rival Wilmer Cutler Pickering … Continue reading
Frank Pasquale introduces it here and here. Participants include: David Fagundes, Michael Froomkin, Nathaniel Gleicher, James Grimmelmann, Orin Kerr, Feminist Law Profs Nancy Kim and Susan Kuo, DaithÃ Mac SÃthigh, Helen Norton, David Post, David Robinson and yours truly. … Continue reading
This blog reports: The National Law Journal reported yesterday that a U.S. District Court is allowing Anthony Ciolli, former Chief Education Director for AutoAdmit, to move ahead with his lawsuit against Stanford Law Professor Mark Lemley and others for wrongful … Continue reading
For background, go here. From an account at the HuffPo: … “I struggled every single day to maintain my law school studies, in the face of incredible stress and anxiety,” Williams said in a prepared statement. “Still, I refused to … Continue reading
“Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society” by Ian Kerr, Carole Lucock and Valerie Steeves
From the publisher: During the past decade, rapid developments in information and communications technology have transformed key social, commercial and political realities. Within that same time period, working at something less than internet speed, much of the academic and policy … Continue reading
Somebody sent me a link to a funny, innocuous YouTube clip today. After the clip finished I noticed a video recommendation in the sidebar billed as depicting a very tall woman. The clip, which appeared to be some sort of … Continue reading
The news in recent weeks has reported a spate of child-porn prosecutions against teens accused of”sexting”:sending nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves to friends and classmates:typically using their cell phones. According to a study by the National Campaign to Prevent … Continue reading
People in red states are significantly more likely to subscribe to internet pornography. At least this seems to be the upshot of a recent study by Harvard economist Benjamin Edelman (here) [and blogged by Professor Ann Bartow here]. According … Continue reading
From here: The image was blurred and the voice distorted, but the words spoken by a young Ohio woman are haunting. She had sent nude pictures of herself to a boyfriend. When they broke up, he sent them to other … Continue reading
Raphael Golb has been charged with one felony count of second-degree identity theft, plus four misdemeanor charges related to his online sock-puppeting and bullying activities. The Chron reports: The son of a prominent Dead Sea Scrolls scholar was arrested on … Continue reading