In a move that some Silicon Valley insiders had anticipated might happen, Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly has announced his exploratory bid for the elected post as attorney general of California.
"Over the past year, many people I respect have asked me to run for California Attorney General in 2010. Today, after much consideration, I am announcing that I've launched a committee to further explore the race," Kelly, who is … Read more
Editors' note: This is a guest post. See Michael Songer's bio below.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, we have seen a number of well-known legal disputes: legality of peer-to-peer services such as Napster and Grokster, cybersquatting, laws (trying) to regulate porn, even "veejay" Adam Curry trying to use the MTV domain name.
As we head into 2010 and beyond, here are some legal issues that are likely to careen through cyberspace in the next few years.
In the wake of the murder of Craigslist-advertising masseuse Julissa Brisman, and the arrest of Philip Markoff, Craig Newmark and Jim Buckmaster of Craigslist gave interviews Friday to Martin Bashir of ABC's Nightline.
Their attitude was both defiant and a little uncomfortable.
Bashir asked Newmark whether he was a law-abiding citizen of America, to which the Craigslist founder said he was "very consistent" about that.
As the interviewer read out a few Craigslist ads and asked him if he thought they were ads for prostitution, Newmark replied: "Probably." He said that if there are ads … Read more
The Erotic Services section of Craigslist Boston is still full of advertisers vying for attention with exclamation points, heart symbols, stars, and even percentage signs.
However, one ad, posted late Thursday, offered a sober reminder of what happened in Boston over the previous week.
Headlined: "Were You Attacked or Robbed by a Client? (Boston)", the ad asks for further potential victims of the alleged killer who preyed on women through Craigslist to come forward.
Even though Philip Markoff, 22, has been arrested in connection with a murder and an assault in Boston hotels, he is not named in … Read more
Swedes tend to be charming.
They try to live a decent life. They try to consider the good of society. And they have really committed themselves to producing great male and female golfers.
Which is why I find the bubbling kerfuffle over the verdict in the Pirate Bay case rather disturbing.
It's not that I think the verdict was especially right or wrong. Neither side seems especially winning. However, I was fairly turned to puree by the words of the judge in question, Tomas Nordstrom, as reported by CNET's Mats Lewan.
Judge Nordstrom declared: "Every time I … Read more
Buses aren't safe. Night clubs aren't safe. Neither is Craigslist.
Every time we put ourselves into any kind of public arena, there will always be risks.
Some would see it as unfortunate that Craigslist is linked with any felony that might happen through the medium of its pages, such as the latest case of the alleged Craigslist killer in Boston, the third murder allegedly linked to the site.
But the fact is that Craigslist is such an open marketplace that some are questioning whether the site has enough security measures in place.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says … Read more
Philip Markoff, suspected of killing a woman he met through Craigslist at a Boston hotel, appeared in court Thursday to face charges of murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping.
As he did, Boston police began to reveal more details of a crime that seems to have shocked many for the very sad reason that Mr. Markoff doesn't conform to the supposed image of what a killer should be and look like.
District Attorney Daniel Conley said Tuesday: "He probably thought he was going to get away with it. He thought he was too smart for us."
Police have … Read more
(Updated 08.20 PST with quotes from the accused's fiancee)
On Friday, I wrote about the killer who appeared to be using Craigslist to meet masseuses.
Police said they believe he is responsible for the murder of Julissa Brisman, at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, as well as several other incidents at Boston hotels.
On Monday, police announced that they have arrested Philip H. Markoff, 22, in connection with the murder. He is a premed student at Boston University, a school spokesman confirmed to the Boston Herald.
Markoff has been charged with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, … Read more
This is a public-service announcement: please be very careful what you do when the cable guy comes around.
I make this announcement because I have just learned from the redoubtable Livingston Daily (the Livingston in Michigan, not the Scottish one, where Susan Boyle had her singing lessons) that a man is to stand trial for revealing a little too much of himself to Comcast.
No, not in a social-networking sense, though I know that Comcast is extremely active in this area.
Instead, Chris Philip Trikes, 45, of Howell, Mich., allegedly exposed his central nether regions to a Comcast chappy who … Read more