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Note:  In the aftermath of the Isla Vista tragedy, I started to write this post to tell people about Mental Hygiene Warrants  — the procedure for temporarily hospitalizing somebody involuntarily if they are an extreme risk to themselves or others.  It’s a last-resort legal tool to get somebody treated and temporarily remove them from the community.  The post took an unexpected turn,

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[Published March 12, 2015 Reprinted with permission of Warren Communications News.  800-771-9202 and www.washingtoninternetdaily.com May not be further reprinted or redistributed without permission from Warren.]
By Katie Rucke
 
Minors aren’t immune from becoming victims of revenge porn, opponents of websites that release intimate videos and photos without the subjects’ permission said in interviews this week.

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L-R  Carrie Goldberg, Esq. Theresa Payton (Founder of Fortalice Solutions and former White House Chief Information Officer), Meredith Vieira, revenge porn victim advocate Nikki Rettelle, and Elisa D’Amico, Esq. (K&L Gates Partner and mastermind behind Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project)
There’s a lotta brain in that picture.

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Today Instagram clarified its ban on revenge porn.  It joins three other social media behemoths (Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit) which have made similar announcements in the last two months. Shouts to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and particularly our Exec Director, Holly Jacobs, and our Tech and Legislative Policy guru,

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SEE YA IN 2033, BOLLAERT

April 6, 2015

In the past few days I’ve received numerous “ICYMI” emails from family and friends relating to the sentencing of YouGotPosted revenge porn operator, Kevin Bollaert.  No, I didn’t miss it.  Some have expressed incredulity about his eighteen year sentence.  They ask, isn’t eighteen years excessive for revenge porn?
To that I have two responses.

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Yesterday the Audrie Pott wrongful death suit settled.
Background:  When Audrie was fifteen, she went to a high school house party and drank too much vodka and gatorade.  She retired to an upstairs bedroom and fell asleep.  When she awoke, she was half-naked with messages scrawled on her body.  Three boys had sexually assaulted her.

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FTC X CCRI X WMC

March 12, 2015

Here’s a link to the Federal Trade Commission comment I wrote which was jointly submitted to the FTC by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, Inc. and Without My Consent, Inc.
It relates to The Matter of Craig Brittain.  Brittain operated the now defunct revenge porn site IsAnybodyDown.com. The FTC accused him of engaging in false and deceptive business practices for tricking women into giving him nudes and for general operation of a business that peddled in nonconsensual pornography.

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Yesterday was Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s symposium about privacy and data security:  “Practicing Law in the Age of Surveillance and Hackers.”
I presented, but not on what you might think.  About the cyber-security practices a Joe Schmoe small-fry law practice can adopt.  I stopped short of describing some of my more outlandish pre-tech,

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The New York City Bar DV Committee will be voting on revenge porn legislation at its next meeting with the goal of expressing a recommendation to our state lawmakers.  I was asked to present the issue.  Below is my advice.
To:        New York City Bar Domestic Violence Committee
From:   Carrie A.

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It’s fUKly.
Frequently we talk about how the term “revenge porn” is a misnomer and that the real issue we must legislate is “nonconsensual porn.”  That’s because the distribution isn’t always motivated by revenge. Sometimes it’s for money, entertainment, gossip, bragging, out of boredom, for the “lulz,” or for no reason at all.

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