California has updated its impersonation law to include online impersonation, or pretending to be someone else in email and social network sites. “Using a fake online profile or email address to harm others can lead to a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail,” the San Francisco Examiner reports. The Examiner cites the view of one law enforcement officer that, on the surface, the law looks good, but he doubts it’ll help investigators crack cases – imposter profile can be created so quickly and easily. Investigators should contact Ally Pfeiffer, the Connecticut student who did her own computer forensic work after being victimized by a cruel imposter profile (see my post on that).
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Adults spend 11 hour a day using electronic media
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems