What’s the Big Idea?
The CFAA was originally passed in 1984 as a response to computer hacking, and while many things have changed since then, the alterations currently being proposed by the House Judiciary Committee could transform the way many people, not just minors, use the Internet. In a 2012 decision on employee rights concerning workplace Internet use, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Alex Kozinski wrote that, despite the likelihood that most cases wouldn’t be prosecuted, “seldom-prosecuted crimes invite arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.” Organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation are suggesting CFAA alternatives and encouraging people to contact their elected congressman.
With the slow death of “appointment television” comes an increasing tendency for spoilers to pop up in unexpected places. Writer Sean T. Collins discusses fans’ and critics’ attempts to preserve the suspense.