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Benjamin Wright,

Member since: Sep 8th, 2007

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Recent Comments:

Google responds to privacy concerns, kills Buzz autofollow feature (Download Squad)

Feb 14th 2010 10:21AM Google Buzz is better suited than FB or Twitter for official corporate or government communications -- such as a product recall or county emergency response. For such an application, part of the answer to the privacy issue is for the enterprise PR department to open a dedicated gmail account and proclaim that all communications through it (buzz, e-mail) are open public record. My Buzz on this topic:

Facebook Poses Greatest Social Networking Threat to Corporate Security, Study Says (Switched)

Feb 2nd 2010 12:19PM Recent law case shows employers need to be cautious before they look at an employee's social media page. Privacy.

Teen 'Botnet' Leader Arrested in New Zealand (Switched)

Jan 17th 2010 11:50AM A cyber investigator is wise to read the legal terms posted on web pages. --Ben

From Azeroth to Canada: Tracking down a fugitive in World of Warcraft (Massively)

Jan 2nd 2010 10:59AM Technology is changing law enforcement. Technology is a two-way street. Just as county government can use legal process to access electronic records against an adversary like Hightower, the county's legal adversaries can demand from the county extensive records about activities like police investigations. Experience shows that if the county does a poor job retaining its records, the county can suffer in court. See for example

Accused Child Kidnapper Kept Creepy Blog (Switched)

Aug 31st 2009 4:03PM Law enforcement authorities are already looking to social media to catch crooks, such as welfare and tax cheats. --Ben

REPORT: Winnipeg police outed for manipulating red-light camera accident data. Again. (Autoblog)

Jul 8th 2009 11:02PM A voter referendum to ban red-light cameras is advancing to the ballot in College Station, Texas. Rally to be held July 16. --Ben

Dennis Kozlowski's appeal rejected by Supreme Court (BloggingStocks)

Jun 30th 2009 6:38PM The Tyco International scandal shows why the use of electronic archival systems is making more and more sense. --Ben

Obama wades into regulation of derivatives (DailyFinance)

May 13th 2009 7:00PM Treasury Secretary Geithner is calling for new record-keeping requirements for what he calls "non-standard" derivatives. Part of the issue with the recordation of derivatives is that technology (e-mail, text message and so on) has made the formation of legally-binding contracts (such as derivatives) very cheap and easy. Efforts to promote better documenation on derivatives will provoke massive new campaigns to capture, archive and comprehend electronic financial records. See Details: --Ben

Confirmed: Obama Gets to Keep His BlackBerry (Switched)

Jan 23rd 2009 1:32PM Similar issues apply in state government. On account of Open Records Acts, state governments are wise to insist that employees (including governors) route all business e-mail through a central e-mail archive and to encourage employees to take all personal e-mail to personal accounts or separate devices. Detail: --Ben

Your Online Reputation Is More Important Than You Think (Switched)

Jan 12th 2009 8:43PM To legally prevent an employer from using info from a social networking site, one might post terms of use that forbid such use. -Ben [The idea is not legal advice, but it is something to think about.]