Friday, August 13, 2010

LawPundit Now Open to (Sensible) Comments: Blogger Integrates Google Spam Filtering Technologies in its Comment System

Blogger has integrated Google spam filtering technologies in its "Comment System": see Blogger Buzz: New Comments System on Blogger. In addition, unwanted comments can now either be deleted in full or their content removed.

Previously, if a blogger at Blogger opened up his comments to the world, it was not possible to delete illegal, potentially illegal or offensive comments or spam. A blogger had only the remedy of deleting the entire posting -- including comments -- and then reposting the original posting without comments, a tedious process.

The other alternatives were to reduce commenters to those who had Google accounts, to moderate all comments one by one and to reduce comment spam via a Captcha control. In recent months, the latter Captcha control was not keeping out masses of Chinese language comments and commenters that somehow were evading the Blogger Captcha control. (We have visions of thousands of Chinese sitting in giant computer halls and spamming the world.)

Hence, we at LawPundit had stopped the comment function entirely for any reader who was not a member of the blog, i.e. except for us, that meant everyone else was excluded from commenting -- not really a desirable solution, as the ability to comment is something that some readers wish to have, even if they do not make much use of it. It is still a certain exercise of freedom, which is important.

Thus, we are hopeful that the new comment system works and we are going to try it here and there to see IF it works as we would wish.

Oracle Sues Google Over Android Operating System — GigaLaw.com Daily News

Oracle Sues Google Over Android Operating System — GigaLaw.com Daily News

The Website as an Expense viz. Investment In Law Practice

Carey at the RealPractice.com Company Blog discusses An Expense vs. An Investment In Your Practice - The Website.

For All the Golfers Out There: The 2010 PGA Championship via the Danny Balin Diary: A PGA Professional’s view of the PGA Championship

Danny Balin, age 28, PGA Club Professional, Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, is playing his first PGA Championship and reports about his experiences at The 2010 PGA Championship - Balin Diary: A PGA Professional’s view of the PGA Championship

Defining Internet Freedom : eJournal USA at America.gov: The Enigma, Intellectual Property and the Copyright System, Internet Censorship

Defining Internet Freedom at America.gov (How do countries' values and political systems shape citizens' access to online content?) is the most recent issue found at eJournal USA, a freely downloadable .pdf eJournal which features the following articles (U.S. Department of State / June 2010, Volume 15 / Number 6, http://www.america.gov/publications/ejournalusa.html):

About This Issue

DIFFERENT NATIONS, DIFFERENT FREEDOMS?

The Enigma of Internet Freedom
by Derek Bambauer, Assistant Professor of Internet Law and Intellectual Property, Brooklyn Law School

Promoting Internet Freedom Through the Copyright System
by Peter K. Yu, Director, Intellectual Property Law Center, Drake University

Who’s Right? Debating Internet Censorship
by Derek Bambauer, Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School, and Richard A. Epstein, Professor of Law, University of Chicago

E BOUNDARIES

Freedom on the ‘Net: A Global Assessment
by Daniel Calingaert, Deputy Director of Programs, Freedom House and Sarah Cook, Research Analyst, Freedom House 

Phones Boost ‘Net Access for South Africans

Estonia Becomes E-stonia

INTERNET FREEDOM ISSUES

Don’t Blame the Messenger: Intermediary Liability and Protecting Internet Platforms
by Cynthia Wong, Attorney, Center for Democracy and Technology

The Global Broadband Divide:

Dancing Baby Tests Internet Law
by Karen A. Frenkel, Science and Technology Writer

Google Video Slapped with Privacy Violation in Italy
by Karen A. Frenkel, Science and Technology Writer

Public Librarians Help Define Internet Freedom
by Barbara Jones, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association (ALA)

Industry Players Take a Stand for Online Freedom
by Karen A. Frenkel, Science and Technology Writer

Breaking Online Barriers
by Karen A. Frenkel, Science and Technology Writer

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