And perhaps a more serious student threat ...

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    ... with strong emphasis on the word perhaps. This kid had some issues. Bullying might have been the problem, but I'll reserve judgement.

    However even this cases raises problems:

    So basically what we now have is:

    your internet browsing history + someone else's fanciful imagination = evidence in your criminal trial​

    Hearsay generally is inadmissible in criminal cases. A witness can't testify to what your were rumored to say. But apparently they can look at your browsing history and reconstruct your thoughts at the time. :td:

    The internet is a fascinating place. I will often run across something that intrigues me and spend hours going from link to link absorbing into. I can only imagine what kind of sicko they might imagine me to be, depending on the browsing subject du jour.
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  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself--anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face . . . was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime . . . ."
    -George Orwell, 1984
  3. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I see Lisa has uncovered the BDO creed...
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  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    That's more appropriate for the other example -- the girl in NJ.

    Here there are no facial expressions, no thoughts -- just someone's imagination as to what you were thinking based on what was read on your computer. With hearsay at least there's a change that someone in the chain of people involved actually heard what you're reported to have said. Here they get to construct the entire contents of your mind and admit it as evidence.

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