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+ - Bullied Student Records Bullies, Gets Hit With Felony Charges For Violation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Here comes another story highlighting the danger of schools "outsourcing" their disciplinary problems to law enforcement. As we've stated before, this does nothing more than turn routine misconduct into criminal behavior, which is a great way to derail a student's future.

A Pennsylvania teen, who claimed to have been bullied constantly (and ignored by school administration), made an audio recording of his tormentors using a school-supplied iPad. He brought this to the school's attention, which duly responded by calling the cops to have him arrested for violating Pennsylvania's wiretapping law. (h/t to Techdirt reader btr1701)

Maybe the future holds better outcomes, but for right now, everyone involved had a chance to stop this from reaching this illogical conclusion, but no one — from the administrators to their legal team to local law enforcement to the presiding judge — was interested in reining this in. In the end, it looks as though an innate desire to punish someone was satisfied every step of the way."

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+ - Study Finds U.S. is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance', 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.'"

+ - Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Earlier this week, the government introduced the Digital Privacy Act (Bill S-4), the latest attempt to update Canada's private sector privacy law. Michael Geist reports that the bill includes a provision that could massively expand warrantless disclosure of personal information. Organizations will be permitted to disclose personal information without consent (and without a court order) to any organization that is investigating a contractual breach or possible violation of any law. This applies both past breaches or violations as well as potential future violations. Moreover, the disclosure occurs in secret without the knowledge of the affected person (who therefore cannot challenge the disclosure since they are not aware it is happening). Consider it a gift to copyright trolls, who won't need the courts to obtain information on thousands of Internet users."
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+ - Nature Publishing Group Requires Authors to Waive "Moral Rights" to Works->

Submitted by cranky_chemist
cranky_chemist (1592441) writes "Megan O'Neil has published a story on the Chronicle of Higher Education's website noting some unusual language in the license agreement between authors and Nature Publishing Group.

"Faculty authors who contract to write for the publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and many other journals should know that they could be signing away more than just the economic rights to their work, according to the director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University.

Kevin Smith, the Duke official, said he stumbled across a clause in the Nature Publishing Group’s license agreement last week that states that authors waive or agree not to assert "any and all moral rights they may now or in the future hold" related to their work. In the context of scholarly publishing, "moral rights" include the right of the author always to have his or her name associated with the work and the right to have the integrity of the work protected such that it is not changed in a way that could result in reputational harm."

Nature Publishing Group claims the waivers are required to ensure the journal's ability to publish formal retractions and/or corrections.

However, the story further notes that Nature Publishing Group is requiring authors at institutions with open-access policies to sign waivers that exempt their work from such policies."

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+ - Dropbox's new policy of scanning files for DMCA issues->

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "This weekend, though, a small corner of the Internet exploded with concern that Dropbox was going too far, actually scanning users' private and directly peer-shared files for potential copyright issues. What's actually going on is a little more complicated than that, but shows that sharing a file on Dropbox isn't always the same as sharing that file directly from your hard drive over something like e-mail or instant messenger. The whole kerfuffle started yesterday evening, when one Darrell Whitelaw tweeted a picture of an error he received when trying to share a link to a Dropbox file with a friend via IM. The Dropbox web page warned him and his friend that "certain files in this folder can't be shared due to a takedown request in accordance with the DMCA.""
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+ - Full Disclosure List Reborn Under New Operator->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Less than a week after announcing that it would suspended service indefinitely due to a conflict with an unnamed security researcher and ongoing legal threats, The Full Disclosure mailing list is coming back.

Gordon Lyon (aka Fyodor), who operates several Internet security resources and other mailing lists, has created a replacement list with the blessing of John Cartwright, one of of the creators of Full Disclosure, which served as a forum for the discussion of vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques and other security topics.

Because the list is getting a fresh start and no previous subscriber information appears to be headed to Lyon, interested users will have to manually subscribe which can be done here.

"Some have argued that we no longer need a Full Disclosure list, or even that mailing lists as a concept are obsolete," Lyon said. "I disagree. Mailing lists create a much more permanent record and their decentralized nature makes them harder to censor or quietly alter in the future.""

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+ - New Dropbox Terms of Use Adds Arbitration Requirement, Prohibits Class Action

Submitted by memnock
memnock (466995) writes "The Legal Genealogist has this story about Dropbox, the cloud storage company:
'... The second key change is one that has a number of Dropbox users up in arms. It’s putting in a binding arbitration section to its terms of use and a blanket bar on class action lawsuits...
... Even if you do opt out of the arbitration clause, you won’t be able to join forces with other users to sue as a group in what’s called a class action lawsuit. And you’d have to file any suit you do bring as an individual in California.'"

+ - Moving Towards a Police State ..->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We're basically building a police state here. We're going to be allowing, basically, unauthorized wiretapping, which we didn't even know about, the warrantless wiretapping. What they already had done was so bad that we came out against it."
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+ - Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads, Organic Search Results->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "For years, paid links returned from Google search queries have been set off from 'real' search results by their placement on the page and by a colored background. But some users have begun to see a different format for these ads: a tiny yellow button that reads 'AD' at the end of the link is the only distinguishing feature. Google is notoriously close-mouthed about this sort of thing, but it may begin rolling the new format out to more users soon. 'Does Google want to increase its click-through rates as much as possible? Yes,' said a VP at one digital marketing agency.""
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+ - The paranoid's survival guide: Protect your privacy on social, mobile

Submitted by rlinke
rlinke (3398697) writes "Is privacy dead? Not by a long shot. While you can't control everything that's out there about you, there's quite a bit you can do to reduce your data footprint — or at least avoid adding to it. For this series, Computerworld asked nine privacy experts for tips and tricks they use for keeping their own personal data profiles on the down low.

Whether your goal is avoiding tracking by marketers, ensuring your personal safety or protecting yourself from government surveillance, there are steps you can take to minimize your exposure both online and off, these professionals say."

Comment: Found an explanation (Score 1) 5

by newbie_fantod (#46465537) Attached to: Slashboxes Are Not Updating

by Soulskill (1459) Works for SlashdotAlter Relationship on Monday March 03, 2014 @01:52AM (#46385795) Homepage

We had to disable updates to most of the Slashboxes, including 'This Day on Slashdot' in order to fix an underlying issue in the code. The work should be completed soon, at which point we'll re-enable everything. Apologies for the inconvenience!

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+ - The Ukraine-Russia Cyberwar Has Already Begun ->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Ground troops may be flexing their muscles in Crimea while they await marching orders, but cyber and information attacks between Russia and Ukraine are already underway.

Friday, a group of unidentified men took control of a series of communication centers in Crimea. Maintained by Ukrtelecom JSC, Ukraine's telecom provider, the facilities are essential to linking Crimea with the rest of Ukraine. With the hubs knocked out, landline, mobile, and internet services were severed, with almost no coverage available. It is unclear exactly who was responsible for these attacks, but considering their sophisticated and clandestine nature, it is reasonable to assume they were carried out by professionals.

On the other side of the border, RT—the news channel formerly known as Russia Today and funded by the state—had its website hacked on Sunday morning, with the word 'Nazi' not so stealthily slipped into headlines. Highlights included “Russian senators vote to use stabilizing Nazi forces on Ukrainian territory,” and “Putin: Nazi citizens, troops threatened in Ukraine, need armed forces' protection.” RT was quick to notice the hack, and the wordplay only lasted about 20 minutes."

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+ - Oldest Piece of Earth Discovered-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "At 4.4 billion years old, geologists have discovered the oldest piece of Earth—a zircon crystal. The microscopic gem was found on a sheep farm in Australia and is about twice the diameter of a human hair. The finding, reported this week in Nature Geoscience, suggests that Earth’s crust formed much earlier than thought and supports the hypothesis of a “cool early Earth” that could sustain oceans and, perhaps, even life shortly after forming."
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+ - FCC To Establish New Net Neutrality Rules->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "The FCC won't seek further judicial review of a January court ruling that struck down the agency's net neutrality regulations, but it does plan to issue a new set of rules covering ISPs. The FCC will use the agency's existing authority to regulate broadband providers, establishing 'new rules of the road' to prevent ISPs from charging some companies more for network access, the agency said Wednesday in a media briefing, which was followed by the release of a statement from agency Commissioner Tom Wheeler. The appeals court 'invited the Commission to act to preserve a free and open Internet,' the statement said. 'I intend to accept that invitation by proposing rules that will meet the court's test for preventing improper blocking of and discrimination among Internet traffic, ensuring genuine transparency in how Internet service providers manage traffic, and enhancing competition.'"
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