Shortened Links to Live On, New Supreme Court Case Database, and More

The reguar Friday happy hour at the the $employer tried to break my daily posting streak. I’m not having that.

  • Archiving of url shortened links
    If you wondered about the long term viability of shortened URLS, especially with the third party indexing of Twitter and other social messaging services, this is good news. The shuttering of tr.im initially raise some question though their decision to open source the data dodged the bullet eventually. The Archives cooperation eith bit.ly is a more sustainable solution that points the way, potentially, for other shortening services.
  • New Supreme Court database
    My good friend Kevin from the Life after Law School podcast sent me this link. This builds on some earlier work make the SCOTUS cases easier to search and more accessible for law geeks, well, like me. Further good news, though, in the general vein of access to the information that is critical to our open democracy.
  • New cookie consent law in the EU
    According to the WSJ, the law won’t ban cookies, rather requiring that there is an opt-out mechanism and clear notification. I have to agree with Felten whose view on this in the past is that browser cookies are the devil we know. If this law is indeed specific to cookies, it may encourage the use of less manageable ways of achieving the same end, like Flash cookies.
  • More to consider with Google’s SPDY protocol
    At Ars Iljitsch van Beijnum points out something I had largely overlooked with Google’s new protocol, that fact that it will require SSL. If that’s true, if this is not optional, he’s right. Encryption will interfere with content caching, definitely, and he’s definitely right in terms of less powerful devices like smart phones.
  • Call to restore a key oversight board
    This EFF post explains about a body that in the past has exercised critical oversight and could have headed off perhaps some of the worst abuses. Their petition here makes sense to rollback the re-organization that remove the effect of this board.
  • Verizon to test sending infringement letters to customers
    I am not sure I agree with Cecilia Kang’s extrapolation in this WaPo piece from Verizon’s pilot of what merely sounds like notices to the impending three strikes that may be forced via treaty with ACTA. Still that the carrier is considering cooperating with big content is itself a concern in terms of traction in their companion to deputize third parties.
  • EFF participating in global copyright database
    This is not a project originated with the EFF but clearly in keeping with their focus. I think this may be the first such effort so sweeping in its scope. It makes sense to not only leverage the participating of NGOs and academics, but also libraries which have a strong stake in the public access side of the copyright debate.

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