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Thursday May 18, 2017

Your Government Knows Better than You

This is a bit of a roundup on things buzzing today about how the government is getting involved in what you see on the web and what you are "allowed" to show others on the web.

The State of Ohio passed a law last year that states, "no person shall knowingly post a text or audio statement or an image on an internet web site or web page for the purpose of abusing, threatening or harassing another person." Ignoring the questionable lack of Oxford Comma usage by the law authors, you can see where interpretation of what constitutes abuse, a threat, or harassment is a slippery slope. The lawsuit that has been filed i s specific to political speech. (I will see my Ohio peeps tomorrow at RoTR!)

The suit, filed by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh and Cleveland attorney Raymond Vasvari, says the law "criminalizes speech about an unwilling subject."

And here in the Great State of Texas, we are going all Minority Report on sports streaming websites.

Texas Court Orders Sports Streaming Sites To Be Blocked In Anticipation Of Piracy.

And across the pond, the BBC is tired of you dogging other folks on its websites, and is going to tell Mom on you for being a meany.

Offensive or inappropriate content on BBC websites - If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on or to BBC websites or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on any BBC service, the BBC may use your personal information to stop such behaviour. Where the BBC reasonably believes that you are or may be in breach of any applicable laws (e.g. because content you have posted may be defamatory), the BBC may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your employer, school email/internet provider or law enforcement agencies about the content and your behaviour.