Concering Acidus, Virgil, and Blackboard:
Chilling Effects: Blackboard Erases Research Presentation with
by Jennifer Jenkins, Center for the Study of the Public Domain :
... (There is no indication that the students had the necessary resources to
negotiate a fair settlement, any more than they did to defend the original
The other terms of this settlement concentrated on preserving Blackboard’s
image and perpetuating the impression that its system was secure, and
preventing future research that might show otherwise. ...
In the end, Blackboard was able to use the law to ban two students from
speaking at a conference, conducting security research and publicly
criticizing its product. As long as such efforts prove effective, other
individuals and corporations will continue to misuse the law in order to
censor speech and other legitimate activities. Those concerned with chilling
effects should take note.
Interz0ne (on the pathetic settlement) :
"If Hoffman and Griffith's claims were "silly," why then the cease and desist
restraining order, and threats of charges for violating numerous state and
including the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, the Economic Espionage Act, the
Communications and Privacy Act, the Wiretap Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse
Act, the Lenham Act,
Georgia's Computer Systems Protection Act and the Georgia Trade Secrets Act?
"To conclude that Blackboard's transaction system is now secure, simply because
their lawyers have
silenced a couple of college-kid critics is... 'silly.'
"If Blackboard's system is truly secure, they would not have prevented Hoffman
and Griffith from
speaking. If Blackboard's system is truly secure, they would gladly allow
outside, independent and
public security audits."
Overcode's Excellent FAQ
Complaint: many news reports don't seem to have actually read this!
Blackboard demands that conference organizer prevent publication of security flaws
DMCA not part of...
If Interz0ne report is out...
Blackboard Campus IDs: Security Thru Cease & Desist
Crimson White (University of Alabama) : Opinion
The Technique (Georgia Tech)
Statement on Client System Security
"I looked at it and found the emperor has no clothes,
and now everyone's mad at me."