Internet of Junk

Episode 332 of the Cyberlaw Podcast

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It's a law-heavy tech news week, so this episode is all news. If you come for the interviews, though, do not fear.  We'll be releasing episode 333 tomorrow, and it's all interview, as I talk with David Ignatius about the tech issues in his latest spy novel, The Paladin.

To kick things off in episode 332, Matthew Heiman returns to the podcast; he analyzes a new decision of the Court of Justice of the EU. The CJEU claims in its headline holding to put limits on governments' mass collection of mobile and internet data, but both Matthew and I think the court's footnotes take away much of the doctrine the headlines proclaims – and maybe in a way that will help the US as it tries to work around the CJEU's foolhardy decision in Schrems II.

Sultan Meghji tells us that Trickbot has attracted the attention of both Cyber Command and Microsoft's lawyers.  Unfortunately, even that combination isn't proving fatal, and I wonder whether Microsoft's creative lawyering has gone a step too far.

The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee has released a blockbuster tech antitrust report. It's hardly news that Democrats and Republicans on this most partisan of committees disagree about the issue, but Matthew and I are struck by how modest the disagreements are.  In contrast, despite our conservative leanings, Matthew and I manage to disagree pretty profoundly on how antitrust principles should apply to Big Tech.

Sultan, meanwhile, draws the short straw and has to explain the mother of all metaphor bombs that exploded in the Supreme Court during oral argument in Google v. Oracle. It was a discouraging argument for those of us who admire the Justices, whose skills at finding apt metaphors completely failed them. I offer my past experience as a Supreme Court advocate to critique the argument and lay odds on the outcome. (Short version: Google has a nearly 50-50 chance of winning, and the Court has about the same chance of producing a respectable opinion.

Brian Egan joins us to talk about the Justice Department's sober report on how law enforcement can combat terrorist and criminal use of cryptocurrency.

I claim to have caught Twitter and Facebook in a clear example of improper suppression of conservative (or at least Trumpist) speech, as they suppress as misleading a Trump tweet that turns out to be, well, true.

Brian and I dig into the latest litigation over banning TikChat from US markets. Short version: the Justice Department has filed a strong brief seeking to overturn WeChat's first amendment protection from the ban. If you're looking for raw disagreement, listen for Brian coming out of his chair when I start comparing Silicon Valley and Chinese Communist Party net censorship regimes.

Matthew explains why Sweden and Switzerland are fighting over a crypto company widely reported to have been compromised by US and German intelligence fifty years ago.

And for our sensitive male listeners, this may be the point where you turn the podcast off, as I explain the dire consequences of combining bad IOT security and male chastity devices.  Though, come to think of it, an angle grinder would make a pretty effective chastity device by itself.

And more!

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  1. “I claim to have caught Twitter and Facebook in a clear example of improper suppression of conservative (or at least Trumpist) speech, as they suppress as misleading a Trump tweet that turns out to be, well, true.”

    That’s why they’re using the term misleading instead of false. By saying its misleading they’re leaving it open to being factually true, but they can claim by stating the fact you are misleading people from some greater “truth”. Mind you the fact they are stopping anything that goes against their greater “truth” really undermines the idea that the organization itself isn’t making the claim.

    1. It’s absolutely possible to be misleading without being false, the professional term for this is “spin”.

    2. This post is an illustration of how false and misleading work.

      1. Twitter didn’t “suppress a Trump tweet”, they attached a warning to it.
      2. The tweet claimed that the flu kills “sometimes over 100,000”, if you are counting worldwide deaths or you go back over half a century then you can argue it is true, but still misleading either way.

    3. To follow on VoR’s comment, there’s a difference between true and truth.

      One can say the car isn’t working because there’s no gas (which is true).

      However, the truth would be the car isn’t working because the motor isn’t working, it doesn’t have tires, the electrical system is shot, etc.

      That would be the truth.

      Rush Limbaugh is the absolute master of this.

      Everything he says is true, it’s just not the truth.

  2. But enough about Anthony Weiner.

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