Prof. Daniel J. Solove Esq.
- Homepage: http://www.danielsolove.com/
January 2011: 'Perhaps the most amazing statement is made by Daniel J. Solove when he declares that “the law is hampered because it overprotects free speech.” The conventional first-amendment wisdom is that free speech cannot be overprotected, but that wisdom is put on trial by these thinkers. Some years ago, I wrote a book titled “There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech and It’s a Good Thing, Too.” This book could be titled “There is Such a Thing as the Free Unregulated Internet and It’s a Bad Thing, Too.”'http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/anonymity-and-the-dark-side-of-the-internet/
February 2009: 'Daniel J. Solove, a professor at the George Washington University Law School, noted that marketers skim court records for personal data, and making records easier to troll will put even more data at risk. “It’s taking away this middle ground that offered a lot of protection, practically, and throwing it into this radically wide open box,” he said.'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/13/us/13records.html
July 2008: '"The internet isn't a radical-free zone where you can hurt people. But on the other hand, we can't have everyone rushing to the court, because the court is a blunt tool," Solove says. "We need something to help shape norms -- there needs to be some kind of push back against the notion that the internet is a place where you can say what you want and screw the consequences. That's not what free speech is about."'http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2008/07/autoadmit
February 2008: '"Anybody can become a celebrity or a worldwide villain in an instant," says Daniel Solove, a law professor at George Washington University and author of "The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet" (Yale). "Some people may revel in that. But others might say that's not the role they wanted to play in life."'http://www.newsweek.com/id/114535
February 2008: '“AutoAdmit is a site with a similar culture — numerous pseudonymous and anonymous individuals post comments to it that are defamatory or invasive of privacy. The site promotes such a culture of spreading gossip and rumor, wrapping itself in the vestments of free speech,” said Daniel J. Solove, a professor at George Washington University Law School and the author of The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (Yale University Press, 2007), via e-mail.'http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/02/08/juicy
November 2007: '"Internet shaming is done by people who want actually to enforce norms and to make people and society more orderly," says Daniel Solove, professor of law at George Washington University and author of The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet. "The problem is that internet shaming actually destroys social control and makes things more anarchic, and it becomes very hard to regulate and stop it."'http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2007/11/vigilante_justice
March 2007: Daniel J. Solove, an associate professor at George Washington University Law School, says that blame for identity theft is generally directed at criminals and victims who are lax with their personal data — not companies that fail to protect customer accounts. Direct reporting “brings attention to the fact that financial institutions contribute significantly to the problem, and it will make them more accountable,” he said.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/21/business/21identity.html
January 2006: '...Daniel J. Solove, a law professor at George Washington University. "In the information age," he said, "so much of our information is in the hands of third parties."'http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/26/technology/26privacy.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) George Washington University, The (GW) Organization Jan 27, 2006
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jan 03, 2011 Anonymity and the Dark Side of the Internet
QUOTE: What is remarkable about this volume is that the legal academics who make the arguments I have rehearsed are by and large strong free-speech advocates. Yet faced with the problems posed by the Internet, they start talking about “low value” speech (a concept strong first-amendment doctrine rejects) and saying things like “autonomy resides not in free choice per se but in choosing wisely” and “society needs not an absence of ‘chill,’ but an optimal level.”(In short, let’s figure out which forms of speech we should discourage.)
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 The Web Means the End of Forgetting
QUOTE: So much of what we say, and of what others say about us, goes into our permanent — and public — digital files. The fact that the Internet never seems to forget is threatening, at an almost existential level, our ability to control our identities; to preserve the option of reinventing ourselves and starting anew; to overcome our checkered pasts.
New York Times Jul 06, 2009 Social Security Numbers Deduced From Public Data
QUOTE: New research shows that Social Security numbers can be predicted from publicly available birth information with a surprising degree of accuracy.
Wired Feb 13, 2009 An Effort to Upgrade a Court Archive System to Free and Easy
QUOTE: Mr. Malamud, 49, has a long record of trying to balance openness with privacy, and has also pushed the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Patent and Trademark Office to put their records online free. But the issue is a thorny one with court documents, which often contain personal information.
New York Times Jul 30, 2008 Yale Students' Lawsuit Unmasks Anonymous Trolls, Opens Pandora's Box
QUOTE: AK-47 was one of a handful of students heaping misogynist scorn on women attending the nations' top law schools in 2007, in posts so vile they spurred a national debate on the limits of online anonymity, and an unprecedented federal lawsuit aimed at unmasking and punishing the posters...Both women tried in vain to persuade the administrators of the AutoAdmit.com site to remove the threads
Wired Feb 22, 2008 The Flip Side of Internet Fame: In the age of Google and YouTube, public shaming can turn anybody into a celebrity—or a fool.
QUOTE: "...the Internet is a loose cannon," says ethicist Jim Cohen...Online there are few checks and balances and no due process—and validating the credibility of a claim is difficult...So, then, what's to stop a person from posting whatever he wants about you, if he can do so anonymously and suffer no repercussions?
Newsweek Feb 08, 2008 Gossip and Slander at a Campus Near You
QUOTE: An anonymous Web site that’s caught the attention — and provoked the ire — of students across the country has already unleashed comments...in carefree, unregulated and sometimes vicious discussion threads that have raised privacy concerns and condemnations on several campuses.
Inside Higher Ed Nov 21, 2007 Cyberbullying Suicide Stokes the Internet Fury Machine
QUOTE: But the drive for social shaming -- to right a wrong and restore social balance -- can run amok and create paradoxical consequences, especially on the internet where people instigate mobs in ways they wouldn't do offline.
Wired Mar 21, 2007 To Fight Identity Theft, a Call for Banks to Disclose All Incidents
QUOTE: The hearing will revolve around two bills proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California. One would require companies to reveal when they have suffered a data breach — a measure modeled on a California law that has led to the disclosure of several prominent thefts of consumer information. The other bill would limit the use of Social Security numbers and establish criminal penalties for their misuse.
New York Times Apr 23, 2006 States rush to remove data on residents from websites
QUOTE: A federal judge last month approved a settlement forcing the removal of SSNs from financial documents posted on the Ohio Secretary of State's website. The settlement resolves a class-action lawsuit prompted by the disclosure, in February, that an unknown number of business filings on the state's website include the SSNs of filers.
USA TODAY Jan 26, 2006 News Analysis: In Case About Google's Secrets, Yours Are Safe
QUOTE: The Justice Department went to court last week to try to force Google, by far the world's largest Internet search engine, to turn over an entire week's worth of searches...But the case itself, according to people involved in it and scholars who are following it, has almost nothing to do with privacy. It will turn, instead, on serious but relatively routine questions about trade secrets and civil procedure.
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