Category: Tech

Social Disease

The 1996 Law That Ruined the Internet;

In 1996, Congress passed the Communications Decency Act, a law meant to crack down on digital smut. From a decency perspective, the legal standard that had emerged from the CompuServe and Prodigy lawsuits seemed, well, perverse. Prodigy was liable because it had tried to do the right thing; CompuServe was immune because it had not. So Section 230 of the act stipulated that providers of internet forums would not be liable for user-posted speech, even if they selectively censored some material.
Much of the Communications Decency Act was quickly struck down by the Supreme Court, but Section 230 survived. It quietly reshaped our world. Courts interpreted the law as giving internet services a so-called safe harbor from liability for almost anything involving user-generated material. The Electronic Frontier Foundation describes Section 230 as “one of the most valuable tools for protecting freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet.” The internet predated the law. Yet the legal scholar Jeff Kosseff describes the core of Section 230 as “the twenty-six words that created the internet,” because without it, the firms that dominate the internet as we have come to know it could not exist. Maybe that would be a good thing.


@KimZetter Someone asked me to provide a simple description of what this SolarWinds hack is all about. So for anyone who is confused by the technical details, here’s a thread with a simplified explanation of what happened and what it means.

In a demonstration of corporate integrity, Solarwinds has pulled the page listing their customers.

Oh, and…

Margin Of Fraud

BINGO! Edward Solomon has figured out the voting machine Algorithm in Philly, explained in this video. Brilliant work.

Dominion uses a set of several different integer ratios, assigns each, such as 1:18 (1 T vote for 18 B), to two, three or four precincts. Then every time the citywide system has a global update, each of those ratios transfer to a different set of precincts, where the vote counts conform to the assigned ratios until the next global update, when the ratios transfer again to a new set of precincts. Then the votes from the new set conform to the assigned ratios until the next reset- and so on. Hard to catch but dominion is clearly applying an algorithm to adjust the votes, and is doing it by sliding the ratios from precinct to precinct over time.

Keep reading.

Related: What law firm is representing Dominion voting systems?

At Rebel News — Dominion Voting Systems shared office is INCUBATOR for radical left-wing organizations

Unconfirmed: Dominion may have vacated their Toronto offices.

Social Disease

Cruz vs Dorsey: Round 2

@HawleyMO: Under oath, Zuckerberg admits @Facebook DOES have “tools” to track its users across the internet, across platforms, across accounts – all without user knowledge. I ask how many times this tool has been used domestically against Americans. Zuck won’t say … A @Facebook whistleblower tells me it’s called Centra. Example below. Zuck said he couldn’t recall the name … he’s only the company CEO, after all


Break Them Up

The DOJ, along with a number of states have filed an antitrust suit against Google.

The federal suit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges Google violated the Sherman Act with its search monopoly. The DOJ is seeking to stop Google from engaging in the anticompetitive behavior that has resulted in “harmful effects,” and asks the court to “enter structural relief as needed to cure any anticompetitive harm” along with other potential remedies. On a press call Tuesday, Justice Department officials declined to detail what “structural relief” could mean in this case.

The document is here.

Speaking of Google…

“Don’t Throw Me In That Briar Patch, Br’er Twitter”

SO USA TODAY DIDN’T WANT TO RUN MY HUNTER BIDEN COLUMN THIS WEEK. My regular editor is on vacation, and I guess everyone else was afraid to touch it. — Glenn Reynolds

I wasn’t advising them — they tend not to ask me for my opinion — but I would have advised against such a blackout. There’s a longstanding Internet term called “the Streisand effect,” going back to when Barbara Streisand demanded that people stop sharing pictures of her beach house. Unsurprisingly, the result was a massive increase in the number of people posting pictures of her beach house. The Big Tech Blackout produced the same result: Now even people who didn’t care so much about Hunter Biden’s racket nonetheless became angry, and started talking about the story.

On the other hand, with friends like these