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Think the naming of your home WIFI network falls under freedom of speech?

by on Jan.20, 2012, under News

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Well think again…

Police in Teaneck, New Jersey, with apparently too much time on their hands, are investigating an offensive wireless network name. Although the police didn’t reveal the name, the New York Daily News reports that it was anti-Semitic and racist in nature. The incident is being investigated as a possible ‘bias crime.’ It’s definitely not what proper people do, but a ‘bias crime?

Sounds very Orwellian ’1984′ “thought-crime-ish”

Source: http://goo.gl/zn9EE

 

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Good Job Mozilla

by on May.05, 2011, under News

Many may have heard about I.C.E. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and their love of seizing domains without warrants. Recently they have contacted Mozilla with a request that they remove the MafiaaFire add-on from the Firefox addon site. The government is claiming that the add-on has violated the seizure orders it has obtained over the last year against a few hundred domain names accused of copyright and trademark infringement.

Because the government has seized only the domain names and not the actual servers, it’s very simpleĀ  for the server owners to register a new domain name with a non-US registrar and be back online. The MafiaaFire add-on for Firefox redirects users who type in the old site names to the new site names, making the government’s seizure process ineffective.

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