Online Defamation and Internet Intermediaries

Turkey internet ban protest 2011

Turkey internet ban protest 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What are Internet intermediaries?
‘Who is legally liable for content that is available online? Authors of offensive content are typically seen as primarily liable. But should intermediaries such as search engines also be held liable for content created by others?

‘This last question raises a very specific, procedural question: Which intermediaries will be the subjects of scrutiny and viewed as liable in these types of situations? To answer this question, we must distinguish between intermediaries that provide Internet access (e.g. Internet service providers) and intermediaries that host content or offer content search functions. But what exactly is an ‘intermediary’? And how do we evaluate where an intermediary’s responsibility lies? It is also important to distinguish those intermediaries which simply connect individuals to the Internet from those that offer different services.

‘What kind of liability might an intermediary carry?…’

This next is worse than defamation

Universities in uproar over ‘Rate Your Shag’ Facebook pages
Both the social network and the students posting information about sexual partners could face legal action, lawyers say

‘Facebook pages that encourage students to rate the performance of their sexual partners have provoked uproar on university campuses across the country and may leave the social networking giant open to legal action.

‘“Rate Your Shag” pages have rapidly spread to scores of UK universities. Users are exhorted to “name them, shame them and if you must, praise them”. Sexual partners are rated out of 10 with added “comments and gossip”. While some posts are humorous, others include the names of individuals apparently unaware their performances are being publicly rated…’

What’s New in Digital Scholarship
‘Teen sharing on Facebook, how Al Jazeera uses metrics, and the tie between better cellphone coverage and violence

‘Twitter as a public diary, flipping pages vs. clicking links, and when bots do interviews: all that and more in this month’s roundup of the academic literature…’
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Do-It-Yourself farm hacking
I wonder how long before Monsanto conspires against this movement

‘Steve Spence, an amateur organic farmer in Andrew, South Carolina, has a smart way of irrigating his vegetables. He uses water from his pond and the fish waste to fertilize his plants, a technique known as aquaponics. But the critical balance between the makeup of the water and soil means Spence has to know exactly what’s going on in both. Real-time information about the pond’s make up is imperative to know he’s giving his veggies the best drink of water.

‘Sensors are commercially available, but Spence found them too expensive and not nearly as flexible as he needed — ”they can only do the function you purchased them for.” So he decided to customize his own. Now he monitors the water’s pH, temperature and ammonia levels, along with soil temperature, moisture levels and barometric pressure, all from a system he built himself — on the cheap…’


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