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Striking against SOPA

I know I'm a little late getting the word out, but if you own a website, you should be striking against SOPA today. It's pretty easy to set up, just add a JavaScript snippet to your homepage and it will do the right thing both today (striking) and tomorrow (when it's over)... see the link for details on what to do.

Wikipedia (which, by the way, is striking by making all pages except two unavailable today) has more about SOPA and what it is.

Maintaining privacy when crossing borders with your digital data

Most border crossings are uneventful, but if you have sensitive data on your electronic devices, you may be in for some surprises if you assume the data is private:

For now, a border agent has the legal authority to search your electronic devices at the border even if she has no reason to think that you’ve done anything wrong.

The EFF has a great guide for maintaining your privacy:

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Europe rejects 'Protect IP'-type law

I recently posted about Protect IP, a law that would make it possible for the government to force search engines and other internet utilities to block results related to companies believed to be in violation of copyright law. This is a bad idea on many levels, primarily because it won't actually stop the very thing it is intended to address.

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The problem with selective enforcement

In a world where everybody speeds and nobody gets ticketed for minor infractions of the limit, the police have a unique power: they can choose who to pull over by any criteria they want (including biases such as racism) under the guise of enforcing the speed limit. This results in our effective laws (those that are enforced, rather than those on the books) being defined by the police themselves:

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