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Mike Masnick

Michael "Mike" Masnick (born December 8, 1974) is the CEO and founder of Techdirt, a weblog that focuses on technology news and tech-related issues. ... More »Michael "Mike" Masnick (born December 8, 1974) is the CEO and founder of Techdirt, a weblog that focuses on technology news and tech-related issues. Masnick is also the founder and CEO of the company Floor64 and a contributor at BusinessWeek's Business Exchange. Before founding Floor64, Masnick worked in business development and marketing at Release Software, an e-commerce startup, and in marketing at Intel. He has a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and an MBA, both from Cornell University. He coined the term "Streisand effect" on the Techdirt blog in January 2005, and was interviewed about it three years later on NPR's All Things Considered. [ Wikipedia ]

Outspoken Blog TechDirt Will Let Anyone Shut It Down For A Day

TechDirt is an outspoken blog founded by editor Mike Masnick that covers a lot of tech trends, with a heavy focus on copyright, patent reform and privacy issues. It's had a store that sells T-shirts and mugs for a while, but the site just expanded its paid options to includes some pretty ...

How the anti-piracy lobby like the Syrian Electronic Army

Blocking domain-name service -- which is one of the foundational technologies Not only is DNS blocking dangerous, it's also "laughably ineffective" for something like stopping piracy, says Mike Masnick of TechDirt. That's because blocking DNS doesn't actually knock a site offline -- it ...

Attorneys general target Backpage.com, threatening the Internet

As Mike Masnick of Techdirt notes, before Craigslist was pressured into dropping ads for prostitutes altogether, it was reliably helpful in helping law enforcement agencies track down and bust human traffickers. When Craigslist dropped the ads, that didn't make the advertisers disappear ...

Panic-Inducing Rumors Over Twitter During A Hurricane Should Be Illegal

The case against criminal charges was well-argued by TechDirt founder Mike Masnick in the beautifully titled, “Being A Jackass On Twitter Shouldn’t Be Illegal; Public Shame Should Be Enough.” Masnick argues that public shaming has clearly worked, and that legal action would ...

What you need to know about the court decision that just struck down net neutrality

By enforcing net neutrality, the court found, the agency was imposing rules that didn’t apply to carriers.” Techdirt founder Mike Masnick, who writes often about matters of policy relating to the open internet, said one of the problems with the decision isn’t just that it throws the net ...

How a Simple Press Release Reveals AT&T's Anti-Competition Hypocrisy

Mike Masnick is the CEO of Floor64. His insights into business, technology economics, and public policy inform his frequent posts to the award-winning Techdirt blog. Prior to founding Floor64, Masnick worked in business development at an e-commerce startup and in marketing at ...

The online copyright war: the day the internet hit back at big media

Mike Masnick, founder of TechDirt and one of Silicon Valley's most well-connected bloggers, remembers running through the corridors of the Senate in Washington, laptop open, desperately trying to find a Wi-Fi signal. Around him was chaos. Amid a cacophony of phones, political interns ...

A copyright proponent's wish for presidential debate (Q&A)

Since the publication last year of his book, "Free Ride: How the Internet is Destroying the Culture Business," which is now out on paperback, Levine has become the creative sector's answer to Mike Masnick, the noted publisher of Techdirt and a prominent critic of the entertainment ...

Where the Tea Party is right, and wrong, about tech policy

And Paul has discussed net neutrality before, as detailed here by TechDirt’s Mike Masnick. I’d argue they’re all flat wrong in the idea that government-mandated net neutrality will somehow stifle innovation and consumer choice more than will letting large carriers decide what data gets a ...

Verizon admits that governments request more customer information

“A single subpoena could, for example, request information oneveryone,” TechDirt blogger Mike Masnick wrote on Wednesday. “While that may be an extreme example, the point is that the number of requests doesn't really tell you very much overall.” Masnick went on to recall that a ...

Sorry for letting them snoop? Dell apologizes for ‘inconvenience’ caused by NSA backdoor

— Martijn Wismeijer (@twiet) December 30, 2013 TechDirt reporter Mike Masnick noticed early Tuesday that Dell’s official customer service Twitter account opted to issue a cookie-cutter response that drips of insincerity. “Thanks you for reaching out and regret the inconvenience,” the ...

DOJ ‘admits’ to targeting Aaron Swartz over his activism

Swartz's manifesto was “not quite as extreme as some make it out to be,” blogger Mike Masnick wrote on Techdirt. It mostly referred to material that is out of copyright, and talked about buying access to databases before releasing its contents online, he explained. “Apparently, the DOJ ...

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Techdirt and the value of the velvet rope approach to media

The site, which is run by founder Mike Masnick through a company called Floor 64 (Full disclosure: I consider Masnick a friend) has had an online store for some time now where readers and fans could come and buy the usual type of swag many publishers offer, including e-books based ...

The Pirate Bay, Kat.ph Among MPAA's Next Targets After Megaupload Shutdown 'Success'

The MPAA’s boasts of stopping the piracy giants are a bit of a surprise, though, according to what Mike Masnick wrote on TechDirt. “The whole bit of glee over Megaupload is fairly unseemly given a few key points. First off, the absolute disaster of the case against Megaupload so far,” ...

SOPA's Heart Beats On In New 'Notice and Staydown' Effort

" As Mike Masnick at Techdirt explores, the MPAA/RIAA really just want to place massive liability on ISPs and search engines, forcing them to spend money on new anti-piracy systems (with the costs passed on to you, of course) that will take the game of whac a mole to an entirely new and ...

Telco Astroturfers Use Fake Amazon Reviews To Suppress Criticism

After Tweeting my amusement at the bogus-looking reviews, Mike Masnick at Techdirt decided to do a full story on the obvious astroturfing. After doing some statistical analysis on the accounts and posts he comes to the same conclusion I came to from a quick glance: Basically, no matter ...

In Boston, a Week of Amateurs Ends in a Day to Thank Professionals

In an apologia for Reddit on Techcrunch, Mike Masnick points out that both the amateur sleuths and the professional journalists made errors. And that's true, especially on CNN (and others who claimed a suspect had been arrested on Thursday) and the New York Post (which published photos ...

Telcos Lobby for New CISPA With CNN's Help Privacy Eroding Bill Gives You More Privacy, Trust Us!

Mike Masnick at Techdirt does a fantastic job eviscerating the editorial point by point. As Masnick correctly notes, nobody is arguing that "experts" shouldn't be allowed to communicate, they're arguing that CISPA effectively gives these companies and the government total immunity ...

Prosecutors May Have Wanted Aaron Swartz In Jail 'To Justify Arresting Him In The First Place'

Mike Masnick of Techdirt highlights a potential reason for the aggressive prosecution of the 26-year-old RSS co-developer and Reddit co-founder: The Department of Justice (DoJ) felt like it needed to justify bringing charges in the first place. Some congressional staffers left the ...

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