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Interviews: Ask Jennifer Granick What You Will 58

samzenpus (5) writes "Jennifer Granick was one of the primary crafters of a 2006 exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and served as the EFF's Civil Liberties Director. She has represented many high profile hackers during her career and was sought out by Aaron Swartz after his arrest. She currently serves as the Director of Civil Liberties for the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Jennifer has agreed to answer your questions about security, electronic surveillance, data protection, copyright, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please limit yourself to one question per post."
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Interviews: Ask Jennifer Granick What You Will

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 22, 2014 @11:44AM (#47066815)

    As pretty much anyone who has ever used YouTube (or any similar service) knows, the DMCA has a lot of issues. For one, there's the fact that individuals or companies who file false DMCA claims, which are supposedly punishable under the law, are never punished. Another would be the unfair application of the DMCA - partners and other monetized channels on YouTube will (almost) never have their videos taken down from a single DMCA claim, even if a video made under the same circumstances and containing similar content would be taken down on a non-partner channel if a DMCA notice was ever filed.

    Is the EFF planning to do anything lobbying-wise to fix the DMCA? If so, what in your opinion would be the way to go about fixing it?

  • by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @11:49AM (#47066867)
    What are your views on the European "right to be forgotten"? Is the recent court ruling that search engines should filter results to outdated or irrelevant information workable? Is freedom of speech more important than an individual's freedom not to be talked about?
  • by globaljustin ( 574257 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @11:50AM (#47066881) Journal

    Ms. Granick, thanks so much for taking the time, your expertise on this issue is very valuable!

    I was an intern on Capitol Hill and was able to sneak into the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on updates to the DCMA where Metallica and Shaun Fanning testified.

    My question: On issues of digital technology and freedom how can we, the people of the US, fight harder & win?

    What represents a "win" against the RIAA/MPAA or a "win" for net neutrality? If all we need is Congress to pass Common Carriage why is it so difficult to get done?

    Ever since I attend that Senate Judiciary hearing, and I learned the issues, I realized it's always the same groups opposing digital freedom. What do we have to do to fix these issues forever so we can move on to better problems?

  • by JohnnyComeLately ( 725958 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @12:12PM (#47067119) Homepage Journal

    Do you see free market innovation thriving with DMCA despite the apparent lack of innovation?

    Articulation of my question: When I buy a car, I can modify it. If people like my modification they can view it at my leisure and tinker themselves. GM doesn't sue me, and if I open a business to work on other GM cars to do similar GM vehicle modifications, then I have little legal exposure. However, with DMCA, GM can shut down a video if it's "suspected" I've infringed on a digital asset, and I can't legally sell modifications of their digital asset. This is why we see every new technology for digital streaming of data run a gauntlet of legal hurdles, which in turn stifles new innovation in the area of digital property.

  • Do Not Track? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 22, 2014 @12:15PM (#47067145)

    Hello, Ms. Granick.

    Just a few articles below this one is a story from Computerworld bemoaning the "shattered" state of the Do Not Track header. As I recall, the EFF was a proponent behind Do Not Track, and if I remember right participated in the initial creation of the standard. The EFF is quoted in the Computerworld article as saying that Do Not Track was too weak of a standard.

    My question is this: What would need to go into Do Not Track to make it widely acceptable, both by privacy groups like the EFF and by advertisers and web hosts, as well as effective in stopping tracking cookies as a means of surveillance?

  • by xavdeman ( 946931 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @12:22PM (#47067249)
    Hey Jennifer, I just thought of another question.

    What is your opinion on cyber bullying and litigation?
    E.g. a bully posts sensitive personal data about someone, and he or she wants that data to be "forgotten" by search engines, web hosts etc. (data processors).
    To obtain this result, he or she would have to go to a court, and because of the fact that most court proceedings are public and published (in the EU, at least, and let's assume this is concerning an adult, because in most countries, court cases involving minors are closed), this information would be even more widely broadcast, through the public records of the courts.
    Is this a legal catch 22, do you see any solutions for these kinds of victims?
  • by twocows ( 1216842 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @12:30PM (#47067349)
    I think most of us here agree with the EFF's mission, but we don't really know what to do aside from donate to the EFF to help. What would be the most important thing that we can do to help change things for the better?
  • by Noah Haders ( 3621429 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @12:38PM (#47067441)
    a follow on to this that is more personal. Without a doubt EFF has been owned 20 times over by NSA, not to mention anybody who works as a director of internet civil civil liberties. Personal stuff too. emails, bank records. Email accounts of your family, friends, and friends of friends (3 hops)! And unlike most NSA snooping which seems to be captured for the glee of capturing, your stuff is probably pretty closely monitored.

    do you think about this or worry about this? does it change your online behavior, or relationships with friends and family?
  • by OSULugan ( 3529543 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @12:40PM (#47067475)

    Slashdot has had a lot of discussion recently with regard to the (perception of the) Supreme Court justices (apparent) lack of technological savviness due to their age. This is pervasive throughout all of our government, from federal to local and throughout all three branches. Classically, this was desirable for the wisdom that comes with age, the prevention of coercion for the independent Supreme Court and/or the perks that could come from having a representative with seniority.

    How do you see evolution of our government in a future where technological advances come at an ever increasing pace?

    I.e., how does our government reconcile the need for wisdom in governance with the need for an understanding of the technology in the modern world, and the application of laws against it?

  • by Spyder ( 15137 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @12:56PM (#47067701)

    Ms Granick, I'd really appreciate your perspective of where you think the personal privacy equilibrium will be.

    What personal privacy protections do you believe will survive the next 20 years in the US?

    Do you believe that there will be individual control of personal information that will have suffice force of law to be functional meaningful in the US?

    Do you believe those protections will be useful if the information is stored outside the US?

    Thanks for the ./interview.

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