If I’m applying the First Amendment, I have to apply it to a world where there’s an internet, and there’s Facebook. And there are movies like The Social Network, which I couldn’t even understand.

Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer (via maxistentialist)

Our scotus, ladies and gentlemen!

If I’m applying the First Amendment, I have to apply it to a world where there’s an internet, and there’s Facebook. And there are movies like The Social Network, which I couldn’t even understand.

Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer (via maxistentialist)

Our scotus, ladies and gentlemen!

Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.

Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana, by Clifford Stoll. 1995-02-26

This is some golden 1995 writing.  The Dot Com bubble was just starting to inflate, Amazon was still a dumb idea, and nobody had a laptop.

This seems like something out of the Onion! Look at that dude’s hair!  Look at his state of the art Windows 95 desktop with TWO crt monitors!

Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.

Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana, by Clifford Stoll. 1995-02-26

This is some golden 1995 writing.  The Dot Com bubble was just starting to inflate, Amazon was still a dumb idea, and nobody had a laptop.

This seems like something out of the Onion! Look at that dude’s hair!  Look at his state of the art Windows 95 desktop with TWO crt monitors!

Snooping on your kids: If the NSA’s tools were available, I probably would have used them — Tech News and Analysis

Snooping on your kids: If the NSA’s tools were available, I probably would have used them — Tech News and Analysis

Snooping on your kids: If the NSA’s tools were available, I probably would have used them — Tech News and Analysis

Snooping on your kids: If the NSA’s tools were available, I probably would have used them — Tech News and Analysis

Reading this article brought me to a few conclusions about my child raising philosophy and/or ethical quandaries therein:

  • Kids need some level of privacy.
  • There is no guaranteed long-term/permanent privacy on the internet. All things have the potential to leak.
  • Just like I don’t want to let my kids run around willy nilly in meatspace without having a general idea of where they are, I want to have a general idea of where my children are when they’re online.
  • Keeping track of childrens’ online doings may be ultimately impossible, even using unethical/draconian processes.
  • The idea of snooping on my kids’ online activities without their knowledge is not appealing to me.
  • What is or is not “online” is changing daily. Smartphones and tablets may only have a few more years before the technology landscape shifts to favor something we’ve never seen before. (The iPad was released in 2010. Think about that. Three years to tablet domination. THREE YEARS. )