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Evil Google and Adelaide


First of all, I’m off to Adelaide South Australia for a few days. Me no blog no more. Well, not until I get back. I’ll be popping in to see David N Wallace this afternoon. Adelaide will never recover! And yes, Davo, I got the maps and the directions thank you! My preferred drink is – water. Or grapefruit juice. I’m driving. And my dears… don’t worry: I’m practicing safe internet hookup. By tell y’all about it! (joking, I’ve met DNW in real life before).

In time honored tradition, a straight copy and paste from TechRepublic:

Google hands over blogger’s IP address

Google has released information that will result in the identification of an Israeli blogger who used its Blogger.com platform to allegedly slander Shaarei Tikva council members running for re-election….
….While libel can be a civil offense in the United States, it is not a crime. However, the legal situation in Israel is such that it can be tantamount to criminal defamation. In such a scenario, the details of a surfer may be disclosed.

So what really happened? Did Google really set a world precedent by its actions?

Remember when, (I think AOL), censored swear words in your email with a **** ? They soon stopped it when they realised that, legally, they were no longer simply the “postal” service and became liable as the “editors”. Google needs to stop collecting IP addresses, then they can’t hand ’em over. Or we should all start using proxy services.

In 2002, I watched an online community take the material in question and copy and paste it everywhere they could. That stopped a defamation suit in its tracks. Imagine the power if that was done today. But I think this particular story will be on our news radar for some time to come. I hope so anyway.

Be good *waves* I’ll be back before you know it! (I love the way I got Evil, Google and Adelaide in the title, don’t you? )

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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