Re-introduced Cybersecurity Bill, Clarifying Wikipedia’s Flagged Edits, and More

I did manage to bookmark a few links over the long weekend. Here are a few news stories with comments from last week. I am continuing to experiment with the format for these daily (or near daily) posts. My goal is to come up with a title that hints at the links. Having distinct titles should also make the posts a bit easier to refer to conversationally.

  • Problematic cybersecurity bill returns with little noticeable change
    The EFF calls attention to the minor, cosmetic changes in the new draft of the bill. They also point out how the revisions were worked on behind closed doors. There is a link in their post to some additional coverage of what is most troubling privacy wise in both versions of the bill.
  • Experts sought by fed to develop voting standards
    This Wired article discusses four new openings for the EAC’s advisory body for electronic voting. There have been some excellent inclusions in past members from the tech and academic world. The application deadline is past so we should hear soon who has filled the open positions.
  • Clarification on Wikipedia’s flagged edits
    Cory has a very clear, brief explanation of the intent and mechanism provided by flagged revisions. The goal seems to be more as an aid to verifying trusted revisions when rolling back is required, rather than an external signal of trust-worthiness as it first appeared to me.
  • Constitutionality of CRB to be tested
    Mike Masnick explains at Techdirt that the problem stems from some procedural changes that could invalidate appointees to the board. More critically, in the wake of several passed opportunities to test this potential problem, now a suit is being pressed specifically on this issue.
  • Flickr changes policy after Obama pic takedown
    RWW continues their excellent coverage of this odd story. The compromise, of removing only a contested image but leaving its page and attendant data in place, seems like a reasonable compromise. It doesn’t mean that Flickr will back off at all, though, on how quickly the react to controversial images.
  • Opera enables Unite feature in latest alpha, given more a chance to try it
    RWW has a decent review of the features enabled by Unite, basically a web server embedded in the browser. While some of the ideas seem neat, overall it still seems rather “meh”-worthy.

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