Michael sez, "On August 1st, Boing Boing featured an article about the efforts of my summer intern, Emily Hesaltine, to improve on the Department of Homeland Security's website Ready.gov. Her website, launched by the Federation of American Scientists, is called reallyready.org.
Now the Department of Homelnad Security is coming after us because they believe we have infringed on their 'intellectual property.'
Specifically, they take issue with our use of a green check mark over the word Ready. I have posted their letter to us and our response. For the record, it cost them more money in lawyer time to write the letter then it did for us to create the entire website."
Federal agencies aren't allowed to assert a copyright in their works, but they are allowed to use trademark law. But silencing political criticism isn't what trademark law is for -- nor is it for censoring genuinely useful information about disaster-preparedness.
A really bad new law in Australia gives police the right to force companies like Apple to ‘backdoor’, or create encryption circumvention alternatives, in all their products. The issue has been controversial in the U.S. for a long time, and spiked in 2016 after the mass shooting in San Bernardino.
“A single suicide by an Uber investigator who posts that they could not ‘take’ the job demands any longer will be fodder for the national if not international news media,” the memo said.
“A new Twitter is coming,” tweeted Twitter today. “Some of you got an opt-in to try it now. Check out the emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, upgraded trends, advanced search, and more. Let us know your thoughts!”
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