September 2006


In this story from New Zealand courts, an “ethical hacker” with multiple prior fraud convictions escapes punishment after an unauthorized audit of a bank’s computer system. The judge was influenced by the fact that the information was important to preserve customer privacy and security, that the defendant hadn’t been convicted of anything in quite a while, and that he only distributed the audit information to the bank and not to outsiders, though he did ask for money in return for his services.


Pointing at Me

Originally uploaded by Terry Stedman.

I love this picture. Its a typical party at my alma mater, New College in Sarasota, Florida.

In this story from New Zealand courts, an “ethical hacker” with multiple prior fraud convictions escapes punishment after an unauthorized audit of a bank’s computer system. The judge was influenced by the fact that the information was important to preserve customer privacy and security, that the defendant hadn’t been convicted of anything in quite a while, and that he only distributed the audit information to the bank and not to outsiders, though he did ask for money in return for his services.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been keeping this site up to date as I’ve been blogging on the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society site.  To that end, here are my most recent posts:

The Unintended Consequences of CISPA

New Cybersecurity Bill Available

Revised Cybersecurity Act Needs Amendments for Privacy, Security

Thanks for following along.

 
While I was looking away, the odometer on The Shout rolled over 100,000. Hooray!
This week on Wired News, I write about leaking secrets and jailing reporters in my Circuit Court column Love the Leak, Hate the Leaker?.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been keeping this site up to date as I’ve been blogging on the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society site.  To that end, here are my most recent posts:

The Unintended Consequences of CISPA

New Cybersecurity Bill Available

Revised Cybersecurity Act Needs Amendments for Privacy, Security

Thanks for following along.

 
While I was looking away, the odometer on The Shout rolled over 100,000. Hooray!

On Monday, I filed my response to CTIA and TracFone’s opposition to an exemption under the DMCA for cell phone unlocking. CTIA and TracFone argued that locking phones enables a prepaid business model. The DMCA isn’t about wireless business models, however. Its about protecting copyrighted works from infringement. CTIA also tried to argue than unlocked phones result in infringement, but they conflated the technological measures that lock phones to a particular network with other technological protection measures on the phone, the chip and the network. If you read their submission carefully, you see that neither party can say that an unlocked cell phone necessarily enables infringement. If it did, the industry probably wouldn’t sell or unlock any phones at all.

The filing
Exhibit A
Exhibit B
Exhibit C

Larry Gallagher’s latest column on the quirky people that make San Francisco such a cool and interesting place to live is about beer brewing savant Gregory William Miller Stein, owner of S.F. Brewcraft.

The ever talented Larry is also having a CD release party for his latest (second) album, Can I Go Now?, this Saturday night, the 30th, at the Capp Street Community Music Center. The album sounds great and is so funny. See you there.

My friend Alex Wellen is a finalist in the New Yorker Cartoon Contest. I think his is legitimately the funniest. If you agree, go ahead and vote.

Have you ever wondered just what exactly is the deal with that right wing real estate store in Noe Valley? Wonder no longer:CHARACTER STUDIES / The man behind the sign.

At the end of August, the Copyright Office sent questions to me and to the attorney for the copyright companies about my application for an exemption to the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA for cell phone unlocking. Our responses to those questions are here.

Interestingly, after sitting on the sidelines for the past eight months, CTIA representing the wireless trade and TracFone, the plaintiff in several cell phone unlocking cases, also filed responses. CTIA, TracFone.

I’m asking the Copyright Office to give me a chance to respond to these submissions. Does anyone have thoughts about TracFone providing a valuable service for their customers such that customers wanting to unlock the phones are only trying to “get something for nothing”? On whether there’s a difference between flashing and reprogramming the phone? On the “terrorism” connection? Any personal experiences with TracFone or unlocking? Thanks!

Brad’s latest, about his lovely Japanese cell phone, is here.

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