Is Lying On The Internet Illegal?

Under a Department of Justice interpretation of existing law, it's possible for the government to bring charges against Internet users who for example lie about their weight on Match.com. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Fabrice Florin - Nov 15, 2011 - 5:28 PM PST
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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Nov. 16, 2011
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by Randy Morrow - Nov. 16, 2011

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Warrior Wheatman
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by Warrior Wheatman - Nov. 21, 2011

Trying to hairsplit when a law is breached Always leaves forgive-able circustances. Disreputable intentions, after fair warnings if there is doubt, should be ruled in the grey area - law or no law.

We need a registry of anonymity with which to purchase, assert, and ascent to truth. Any other avatar is just hearsay. Search-able by judicial decree, this would protect privacy on the web and off, in the marketplace and out in the real world. A registered face-mask allows a muslim woman to shop, the president to mix, like any other human; - 'tis a human need.

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Todd Couvillon
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by Todd Couvillon - Nov. 16, 2011

This is a good article, in that it reports the facts and is well sourced. It also explains the technical issues in plain terms.

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by Holly Hanbury-Brown - Jan. 18, 2012

This article addresses an issue of very high news value; all of the restrictions currently emerging concerning online piracy could affect us all very directly and drastically. Basically, if these new acts pass, then basically any lying online could be considered a crime, and you’d actually have to read those ‘Terms and Conditions’ boxes we automatically check and agree with, although we never read them. This blog post takes a complicated policy issue and puts it in words that everyone can understand. It breaks down this confusing issue and sums it up in a succinct and clear manner. This is good journalism in that it is very relevant to everyone today, and it’s an issue that many people should be informed about. This news ... More »

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Chris Mora
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by Chris Mora - Jan. 19, 2012

The primary news value of this story is the timeliness of the reporting. The topic of security, vs freedom on the internet has been of great debate in the past few months. The intent is worldwide platform where changes and restrictions such as these can affect people all around the world. With the recent Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) being argued in the House and the Senate online user freedom has been a hot button issue. The level of emotional appeal is also always raised when acts such as CFAA are considered to be infringing on constitutional liberties. The article doe provide good use on the online environment allowing for links to testimony and the hearings video footage. I believe that ... More »

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