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PBS Digital Studios Presents “Is the LEGO Movie Anti-Copyright?”

I love this channel. It’s a bit quick and full of jump cuts for folks who prefers longer attention span things, but I really like the topics and the majority of the presentations. Very well thought through.

Posted in Wednesday: Current Issues.

On Preventing Doxxing

In unfortunate relevance to my previous post, here is a great post about protecting yourself against “doxxing” or having your personal information posted online without your approval or influence.

There are far too many websites that gather publicly available information and make it available to anyone willing to pay a bit of money for the details, but the post (linked above) also has some great tips about not making it easy for internet attackers to get your location by things that you yourself have made available online.

Tips as simple as not posting photos of your neighborhood on public forums, or commenting on public pages about your physical address in relation to their fixed structure. In Washington state, for instance, attorneys are required to provide a publicly available address, and as a result, I became the second person in my family to be the proud owner of a PO Box. At the time I was sworn in, I wasn’t attached to a law firm, and didn’t have an office to list instead. This year the bar required a publicly visible phone number as well, and I provided a Google voice placeholder.

At some point, I may become comfortable sharing my contact information online, having my personal Facebook page be more publicly visible, or even taking part in Google +. Until people stop being horrible online, though, I’m likely to continue on as I am. Relatively cautious, and continually adapting to “the new normal”.

Posted in Wednesday: Current Issues.

To Slander – To Make False and Damaging Statements About Someone

I am not going to say much about “GamerGate”. If you don’t know the term, please don’t go looking for it. It is an appalling microcosm of some of the most vicious and hypocritical online harassment that I have seen in my relatively short lifetime.

I’m not a huge fan of Felicia Day in general. She’s reasonably cool, but she doesn’t speak for me as a female gamer, and I tend to shy away from spokesperson movements in general. Today she posted about her personal experiences and I recognized myself in her unwillingness to engage.

Now, she’s famous and popular (not always the same thing), so public response to her thoughts is going to be vastly different than my own. The saddest thing about this hopefully short event in gaming history is the pervasive culture of fear it has enforced.

Anita Sarkeesian cancelled a lecture after receiving credible death threats and not receiving assistance from law enforcement to prevent guns from entering the venue.

Felicia Day crossed the street to avoid two unknown gamers in black t-shirts.

And a lot of the rest of us are ignoring it because we would just like it to go away. Don’t speak up, and you won’t be a target. And that makes me sad about humanity in general.

I’m not linking to any of the memes or most of the discussion around this. It’s been covered very well by mainstream media, and the people I’d like to support are included above.

Just remember, the legal defense for libel is that the person speaking out is speaking the truth. Not the truth as they see it, or the “truth” as they have been coached to repeat by an embittered ex. Gamergate is not defensible by “truth” because it is not libel, it is slander and harassment and fear-mongering. Sometimes I wish more gamers were able to play well with others.

Posted in Wednesday: Current Issues.