Cyberwar for real this time?
Troops and sanctions and accusations are coming thick and fast in Ukraine as we record the podcast. Michael Ellis draws on his past experience at the National Security Council (NSC) to guess how things are going at the White House, and we both speculate on whether the conflict will turn into a cyberwar that draws the United States in. Neither of us thinks so, though for different reasons.
Meanwhile, Nick Weaver reports, the Justice Department is gearing up for a fight with cryptocurrency criminals. Nick thinks it couldn’t happen to a nicer industry. Michael and I contrast the launching of this initiative with the slow death of the China initiative due to a few botched prosecutions and a whole lot of anti-American racial political correctness.
Speaking of political correctness, Michael and I do a roundup of news (all bad) for face recognition technology. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman (ND IL) gets our prize for least persuasive first amendment analysis of the year — in an opinion holding that collecting and disclosing people’s public images can be punished with massive civil liability even if no damages have been shown. After all, the judge declares in an analysis that covers a full page and a half (double-spaced!), the Illinois law imposing liability “does not restrict a particular viewpoint nor target public discussion of an entire topic.” Well, that settles that.
But if you’re a first amendment fan, don’t worry; the amendment is bound to get a heavy defense in the next big face recognition lawsuit – the Texas Attorney Gener
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