I'll post a full entry this evening, but the short version is that Jerry Buell posted his reaction to the news that New York had legalized gay marriage on his Facebook page. It was rude, it was insensitive, but apparently not the kind of thing he normally posted. Unfortunately for Jerry, he is a high school teacher, and it got him into trouble.
More this evening.
Is access to social media a right or a priveledge? That's the question asked by Matthew Ingram at Gigaom. It's a legitimate question now that the UK is talking about killing Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry messaging if possible violence (rioting) is suspected and San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) cut off cell service to a section of the subway to prevent UK style rioting in the transit system.
Toby Roberts reports on imperfectparent.com that teachers in Missouri are frustrated by a new law that prohibits contact between teachers and students using Facebook, email, or online means. Teachers complain it limits the ways they can engage students. That's probably true, but the purpose of the law is to prevent the development of inappropriate relationships between students and teachers.
After days of riots the British Parliament met in emergency session to discuss the riots and how to prevent anything like that happening again. British Prime Minister David Cameron had several suggestions to make Britain safe from the threat of mob violence in the future.
Here is a live blog of the session. At the 12.01 point it lists the suggestions for preventing future riots. The first is the most troubling:
Jaikumar Vijayan reports on Computerworld.com that at the Black Hat hackers conference security researcher Alessandro Acquisti presented a disturbing paper on facial recognition, social sites like Facebook, and privacy.
Karl Bode at dslreports.com reports that ISP's in the U.S. are hijacking our searches and redirecting them to a company called Paxfire. Paxfire is more than just a redirect service for ISP's, it's a revenue generator:
Matthew Lasar at Ars Technica reports that, despite pseudonyms, anonymous proxy servers and encryption, the Justice Department has indicted 72 members of an online child pornography community, Dreamboard. All but 20 of them have been arrested.
Timothy B. Lee reports on Ars Technica that the British government has pledged to make significant changes in UK copyright law.
It looks like Facebook is learning the lesson Walmart learned when it comes to doing business in Germany. Germany is not the U.S. Matthew Shaer reports in the Christian Science Monitor that Facebooks facial recognition 'feature' has been declared illegal in Germany.