Category Archives: Feminism and Technology
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
Most of the planes flying in and out of Columbia, South Carolina, are very small. When you take them you have to “gate check” bags that would be carry ons on most commercial airplanes, because the overhead compartments can’t accommodate … Continue reading
Is Kaiser trying to encourage Spanish speaking women to get tubal ligations more assertively than English speakers?
It sure looks that way. Read this.
A new study entitled “Red Light States: Who Buys Online Adult Entertainment?” by Harvard Business School Prof Benjamin Edelman, focuses on the consumption side of adult online entertainment, and in particular on subscriber demographics and consumption patterns of those who … Continue reading
Danielle Citron’s article “Cyber Civil Rights” is now in print. She handed me a reprint a few minutes ago, yay! Her presentation is based on this work. She’s talking about women being driven off line, or at least out of … Continue reading
Today the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law hosts its symposium, “From the Courtroom to the Mother’s Womb: Protecting Women’s Privacy in the Most Important Places.” Here’s the run-down from the morning’s program: Ann Bartow (South Carolina) … Continue reading
Talent Show: Bulletin Board: Kitchen: The Ad Council seems to believe most cyberbullies are women, and all the victims are. –Ann Bartow
I received a copy of this mass e-mail from the good folks at ExpressO, the on-line law review submission service affiliated with the Berkeley Electronic Press: Are your law students asking you for the opportunity to use ExpressO to get … Continue reading
A conference devoted to an interdisciplinary discussion of the legal and ethical issues posed by the new ways in which privacy can be invaded was convened at the University of Chicago Law School last November. You can watch streaming video … Continue reading
Brittan and Heide are two women, heavily victimized by AutoAdmit, who have been willing to stand and fight. An article about the AutoAdmit litigation called “Slimed Online” can be found here at Portfolio.com. Here is an excerpt: Autoadmit, like innumerable … Continue reading
Rather than simply publicizing the accomplishments of a group of women involved in technology, the website Fastcompany.com decided to compile a list of “The Most Influential Women in Web 2.0” The list compilers now say they “inadvertently” set off a … Continue reading
World Pulse, a global media organization covering world issues through the eyes of women, has announced a call for applications for Voices of Our Future, a new international women’s correspondent network.
From UNIFEM: World Pulse, a global media organization covering world issues through the eyes of women, has announced a call for applications for Voices of Our Future, a new international women’s correspondent network. World Pulse publishes a print and electronic … Continue reading
I posted seven here, just a fraction of what is available around the Internets. -Ann Bartow
Abstract: While private-sector employees do not have First Amendment free speech protection for their blogging activities relating to the workplace, public employees may enjoy some measure of protection depending on the nature of their blogging activity. The essential difference between … Continue reading
I take back whatever I’ve said about the iPhone’s applications. Who knew that the iPhone could be a, well, er . . . personal massager? Betcha someone in Alabama came up with this app. -Bridget Crawford
From Politifact: PolitiFact has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter. We rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is … Continue reading
A conference entitled “The Politics of Reproduction: New Technologies of Life” will be hosted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women in New York City on February 28, 2009
“The Politics of Reproduction” will focus on the global social, economic and political repercussions of new forms of reproduction, including assisted reproductive technology (ART) and transnational adoption. These new technologies have created a “baby business” that is largely unregulated and … Continue reading
A production of the Berkman Institute for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, it’s available here. Below is an excerpt from the Executive Summary: At the outset, the Task Force recognized that we could not determine how technologies … Continue reading
Podcast of a radio show featuring fantastic feminist law prof Danielle Citron, plus Latoya Peterson of Racialicious and Jill Filipovic of Feminste, is available here. Danielle’s referenced law review article, Cyber Civil Rights, can be downloaded here. Below is the … Continue reading
Danielle Citron explains here at Concurring Opinions.
Search iPhone applications for the word “feminist,” and here is what you’ll find: 1. Period Tracker 2. Par 72 Golf 3. Twelve Steps Companion 4. iMensies [sic] (Period Calendar) 5. IMC Calc (BMI Calc). The market for feminist apps might … Continue reading
Good overview of the controversy at Jezebel.
This “First Person” column in the Chron describes what the pseudonymous author asserts was a false charge of sexual harassment. His claim is that he was charged with sexually harassing a student who was also a university employee. The student, … Continue reading
Elizabeth Losh, “Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes”
From the MIT Press page: Today government agencies not only have official Web sites but also sponsor moderated chats, blogs, digital video clips, online tutorials, videogames, and virtual tours of national landmarks. Sophisticated online marketing campaigns target citizens with messages … Continue reading
Colorado man charged with criminal libel over Craigslist posts suggesting his former lover traded sexual acts for legal services from her attorney
Yahoo News account here. Colorado is one of 17 states with a criminal libel statute, according to this site.
Kimberly Mutcherson, “Making Mommies: Law, Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, and the Complications of Pre-Motherhood”
The abstract: The article focuses on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (“PGD”), a technology that allows health care providers and potential parents to screen embryos for a range of characteristics prior to implanting them in a woman’s uterus. Many potential parents use … Continue reading
That’s the title of this recent Salon article. Here’s the first paragraph: On a warm summer day two years ago, a 16-year-old girl put on a skirt and headed to the SuperTarget in her hometown of Tulsa, Okla. As she … Continue reading
From the Program’s homepage: Lawyers need to be knowledgeable participants in the cultural and social debates such films provoke about the significance of our roles in the creation and maintenance of a just, democratic society. To fulfill this role, we … Continue reading
Here, via Leiter.
The abstract: Although the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) technically does not regulate Internet content, its day-to-day decisions consistently influence not only the structure of the Internet, but its content as well. ICANN policies concerning the approval … Continue reading
As of this past September, Wikipedia has been cited by U.S. courts almost 300 times, according to Lee Peoples’ new article, The Citation of Wikipedia in American Judicial Opinions. It’s frightening to think that judges are according wikipedia so … Continue reading
Is anyone interested in being involved in a new constituency at ICANN for non-commercial Internet users? ICANN is looking to add a constituency to increase the breadth of the stakeholder representation on the Generic Name Supporting Organization (GNSO) council, … Continue reading
This article is a fairly detailed overview of the Kozinski porn story, written by Cynthia Cotts of Bloomberg News. And I am quoted in it. Cotts contacted me and asked if I would give her my opinion about some of … Continue reading
The authorities figured out who hacked Sarah Palin’s e-mail account quite easily. When law enforcement refuse to help women victimized by internet harassers and stalkers, it is because they don’t want to, not because they can’t. –Ann Bartow
This week stem cell scientists from across the globe are meeting at the University of Wisconsin at Madison to discuss a multitude of issues they face including the scientific, business, legal, ethical and regulatory issues these doctors, clinicians and researchers … Continue reading
Via Dan Solove: Daniel J. Solove, Do Social Networks Bring the End of Privacy? Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau, Internet Eavesdropping: A Brave New World of Wiretapping Steven Ashley, Digital Surveillance: Tools of the Spy Trade Katherine Albrecht, How … Continue reading
Ms. Magazine reports: llinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) signed a measure into law that allows authorities to track convicted domestic violence offenders via satellite using GPS technology. The new law allows judges to order that offenders wear a GPS device … Continue reading
“Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube, a US court has ruled.”
BBC account here. We don’t embed YouTube clips here at FLP but we do link to them sometimes. Hope checking them out hasn’t gotten anyone in trouble. The Order is accessible here. The court apparently concluded that the Video Privacy … Continue reading
Thomas McGarity and Wendy Wagner, “Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research”
From here: In their book, McGarity and Wagner describe how scientists can find their research blocked, or find themselves threatened with financial ruin. Corporations, plaintiff attorneys, think tanks, even government agencies have been caught suppressing or distorting research on the … Continue reading
Interview with Jessica Valenti of Feministing here at Moblogic, is followed by large numbers of mostly horrible comments.
An Opinionated Primer that provides an excellent overview of current copyright issues concerning access to laws for intelligent people who have inexplicably failed to devote their lives to the study of copyright law. Via Laboratorium, via Froomkin. –Ann Bartow
The Advocates for Human Rights is seeking volunteers to create content for a website that is accessed by people all over the world. The Stop Violence against Women website (StopVAW) is an online resource with more than 4,000 pages of … Continue reading
Law profs Cass Sunstein and Eugene Volokh debate this here.
Abstract: The lack of regulation of the production of pornography in the United States leaves pornography performers exposed to substantial risks. Producers of pornography typically respond to attempts to regulate pornography as infringements upon free speech. At the same time, … Continue reading
I recently returned from a conference where one of the panels I spoke on concerned “hate speech” and the other addressed related topics. The audience skewed heavily libertarian, but the conversations sparked by the panels still seemed fairly productive. However, … Continue reading