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On Courtney Love’s ‘Twibel’ Lawsuit

New media is still new to many, including the law: In a landmark case that will set a major precedent for online speech, Courtney Love has become the first person ever in the United States to go to trial over a libelous tweet and be cleared by a jury. This is a particularly noteworthy case…

Six-Thirty for 1.22.14

Good morning. Another: Officials: A second chemical leaked into West Virginia water http://t.co/K4WF47vqT4 — Al Jazeera America (@ajam) January 22, 2014 More: Govt retaining documents thought to detail unknown NSA programs http://t.co/OlBCb1tU3K — RT America (@RT_America) January 22, 2014 Opportunity for redemption: Can @ChrisChristie end New Jersey's war on drugs? http://t.co/R3e7S0epRe — Kevin D. Williamson…

SIx-Thirty for 9.22.13

Good morning. Iran: Iran parades long-range missiles http://t.co/57BFk3l3rm — Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) September 22, 2013 NSA: Pakistan: Blast at Pakistan church kills 25 http://t.co/HvqAEVaV4L — CNN International (@cnni) September 22, 2013 Cat: The Story of Sir Stuffington, The Internet's Favorite One-Eyed Pirate Cat http://t.co/rnV299csFX… — Mother Jones (@MotherJones) September 22, 2013 Bitcoin: Germany: Bitcoin…

Retweets as Crimes

Say you are a Shanghai-based economist and doubt the veracity of China’s latest trade data. You put out a research report to that effect, one that creates buzz on the Internet and exposes you to something far worse than making a bad call: prison. Or say you are a photographer in Chongqing and circulate images…

Recent Tweets, 9.8 to 9.14

The Creative, Cheesy Solution to Icy Roads | FREE WHITEWATER http://t.co/ciTUnGqjJv — John Adams (@DailyAdams) September 14, 2013 "A shield law for journalists might seem like a good idea, but it isn’t — it’s actually a terrible idea" http://t.co/L8SiYAuxfv — John Adams (@DailyAdams) September 13, 2013 "Why The NSA Must Be Reined In — For…

Recent Tweets, 9.1 to 9.7

Senators for Syria strike rolling in defense industry dough | The Daily Caller http://t.co/7VNzAp6zQL — John Adams (@DailyAdams) September 7, 2013 China on verge of worst economic crisis in decades – http://t.co/PQYcuD3jnn http://t.co/QzcjEjDXPa — John Adams (@DailyAdams) September 7, 2013 Liberal's case against: As a #Democrat, I am disgusted with President #Obama http://t.co/kGw30WIEJR http://t.co/rrjnakaUkw —…

Recent Tweets, 8.25-8.31

'Mexico's war on drugs is one big lie' | World news | The Observer http://t.co/L7OdjcYrvb — John Adams (@DailyAdams) September 1, 2013 U.S. spy agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, docs show – Washington Post http://t.co/H3SwP0fzc6 — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 31, 2013 Don’t pawn your work laptop (or the US Marshals will hunt…

Recent Tweets: 8.18 to 8.24

Guardian partners with New York Times over Snowden GCHQ files | UK news | The Guardian http://t.co/TADlQVOo9V — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 24, 2013 NSA Officers Sometimes Spy on Love Interests – Washington Wire – WSJ http://t.co/rro5h9EU5D — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 24, 2013 Obama’s reported “outside experts” surveillance review panel has deep ties to…

Recent Tweets, 8.11 to 8.17

Nanny state, Part 1,728,619 “@LibertarianView: MPs banned from eating 'dangerous' scrambled eggs http://t.co/ZzZIFRnPFG — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 18, 2013 NSA privacy violations: “@normative: Remember, 2776 "incidents." Any of those could involve thousands of communications” — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 17, 2013 Milk as a Crime: “@LibertarianCiti: Raw Milk Provider Found Guilty on Five Charges…

Twitter’s Abuse-Reporting Button Gets Abused

Inevitability, it becomes an I-don’t-like-opinions-other-than-my-own button: Unfortunately, some of the negative effects of a report abuse button that people have feared seem already to have happened. Shortly after the function became available on certain smartphone apps, accounts like @transphobes – which retweets the kinds of violent threats and hate trans women and men get online,…

Recent Tweets, 8.4 to 8.10

Edward Snowden, patriot http://t.co/h7t2KNaMAR — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 10, 2013 Wisconsin DOT official likens illegal immigrants to Satan http://t.co/wZ2WzJ6phM — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 9, 2013 Security video shows Iowa cops beating mother in front of infant daughter during mall shoplifting bust (VIDEO) http://t.co/TVXlPmt1NZ — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 9, 2013 Friday Catblogging: #Cat…

Recent Tweets, 7.28 to 8.3

Sounding the alarm: Vocal NSA critic Sen. Ron Wyden | Ars Technica http://t.co/5VCwqiAH5I — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 2, 2013 FBI Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects – http://t.co/IUaAdAoWUG http://t.co/WNIBr6uPP1 — John Adams (@DailyAdams) August 2, 2013 "Traffic Camera Firms Crop Photos, Reposition Cameras to Make Appeals More Difficult" http://t.co/ZlN6S0dOxS — John Adams (@DailyAdams)…

Recent Tweets, 7.21 to 7.27

China at the Tipping Point? | ChinaFile http://t.co/nJ38a5KGU7 — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 27, 2013 U.S. Prison Populations Decline, Reflecting New Approach to Crime – http://t.co/JvhVPxbRi3 http://t.co/8zjeK8mL2g — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 27, 2013 Hawking cronyism: How You, Too, Can Be a Smooth-Talking, Super-Sophisticated Marketeer | FREE WHITEWATER http://t.co/hYjbKcGjFn — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 25,…

Recent Tweets, 7.14 to 7.20

Moving on: Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight Blog Is to Join ESPN Staff – http://t.co/JvhVPxbRi3 http://t.co/i4E45cnRHx — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 20, 2013 There's no magic number: How Much Slowdown Can Beijing Tolerate? | The Diplomat http://t.co/w2bfbmkUDA — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 20, 2013 China cannot go on as she has: Hitting China’s Wall – http://t.co/JvhVPxbRi3…

Recent Tweets, 7.7 to 7.13

Five myths about Wal-Mart – The Washington Post http://t.co/W91CzNRzrx — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 13, 2013 Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages | The Guardian http://t.co/Kp2Frxuvrl — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 12, 2013 "The Crazy-Wrong Argument on Taxes" There is no free public money | FREE WHITEWATER http://t.co/rv0TejYMEQ — John Adams…

Recent Tweets, 6.30 to 7.6

Scenes from Whitewater, WI's Independence Holiday Fireworks | FREE WHITEWATER http://t.co/l2TjHc2Nhz — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 6, 2013 Fighting for 4th Amendment | Restore the Fourth http://t.co/0x6JxDOU7b — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 6, 2013 Syfy #Sharknado Poll: Probable Masterpiece or Likely Travesty? http://t.co/uBnAnjpO2o http://t.co/3M8o1Jkcwc — John Adams (@DailyAdams) July 5, 2013 Scenes from Whitewater, Wisconsin's…

Recent Tweets, 6.23 to 6.29

Rejoice! Tour de France 2013 http://t.co/AWHu5lO6K3 — John Adams (@DailyAdams) June 29, 2013 What's Actually Inside An Average Cup of Coffee — YouTube http://t.co/afUhVcCmVO — John Adams (@DailyAdams) June 29, 2013 26 senators accuse government of using 'secret law' to collect Americans' data | http://t.co/Z1Za9g8Vmm http://t.co/7jloAJYyix — John Adams (@DailyAdams) June 28, 2013 Libertarian Party…

Six-Thirty for 6.24.13

Good morning. Monday — Support: Prestigious conservative mag National Review has supportive story on why Rand Paul was right to sup Edward Snowden! http://t.co/ijHzXZYKe8 — Nick Egoroff (@NickEgoroff) June 24, 2013 Caution: China "another reason why the U.S. Fed will go slow this fall; the tapering will be tepid." – Potomac Research, Don Kohn's firm…

Recent Tweets, 6.16 to 6.22

Slideshow: World’s Ugliest Dog Contest 2013 – Washington Post http://t.co/GE5s3Mjymi — John Adams (@DailyAdams) June 23, 2013 Five myths about the National Security Agency – Washington Post http://t.co/Jf1vfHaR4Z — John Adams (@DailyAdams) June 23, 2013 Wisconsin: Red River Land in the “Atlas of True Names,” http://t.co/zpHELHllxr — John Adams (@DailyAdams) June 22, 2013 Cashing in:…

Recent Tweets, 6.9 to 6.15

Inside 'Prism' Success: Even Bigger Data Seizure http://t.co/eo51RxLTm5 — John Adams (@DailyAdams) June 16, 2013 Another War: Obama Authorizes Sending Weapons To Syrian Rebels http://t.co/qkbS95frnX — John Adams (@DailyAdams) June 14, 2013 Fundamental rights: Five [govt] myths about privacy – Washington Post http://t.co/1m21ia9y2z — John Adams (@DailyAdams) June 14, 2013 Unhackable quantum cryptography can be…