Welcome to the website of the Digital Media Law Project. The DMLP was a project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society from 2007 to 2014. Due to popular demand the Berkman Klein Center is keeping the website online, but please note that the website and its contents are no longer being updated. Please check any information you find here for accuracy and completeness.
In August 2011, California adopted a statute making it a crime for jurors to use social media and the Internet to do research or
disseminate information about cases. Now, two years after the law went into effect, the state's Judicial Council has recommended that the statute be repealed.
The DMLP blog has been on an unplanned break for a while as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt. Like many in the Boston-Cambridge-Watertown area, we have had our past two weeks disrupted both with our personal attempts to come to terms with this senseless act of violence and by last Friday's "shelter-in-place" request by law enforcement.
There have several recent developments which mark a milestone in the
evolution of social media platforms: their acceptance as mainstream
forms of communication, on equal footing with older forms of
communicating official or "important" messages.
For me, thinking about one of the Obama administration's latest initiatives to keep us all safe online is like one of those pattern recognition puzzles (you know, like "What is the next term in this sequence: O, T, T, F, F, S, S, E, N, __?"). Here, the sequence is:
cyber bullies, scammers, gangs, sexual predators, ________?
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