Ed-vise: Tech and the Court

A blustery GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, “blustery” is the word of the day. After a few inches of snow came wind. WIND! There is no WAY that this WINTER is EVER going to end!

Free For All Friday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s FRIDAY! OPEN MAT (Hopefully); PIZZA NIGHT!

There is a case being decided before the Supreme Court of Good Ol’ ‘Murica.

Go figure. I mean, that is what they do…decide cases…duh.

Gonzalez v. Google is the name of the case.

Some back story. The Gonzalez family daughter was killed in a terrorist attack in Paris a few years ago. She was blown up at a Paris Cafe by an extremist. The extremist had been watching HOURS of Youtube videos about ISIS and Jihad and all things associated with terrorism and bomb making. His Youtube feed was saturated with these type videos. These videos slowly recruited him and brainwashed him to conduct the attack.

The Gonzalez family sued Google (they own Youtube) for allowing the information on the Youtube platform and not taking it down. Youtube basically allowed the AI to continue to push the content to the extremist and did nothing to regulate or stop it.

The case challenges the immunity that tech companies enjoy by being the supplier of the platform and NOT the content that gets put on the platform.

What makes me smile is that you have nine people around the same age as our parents deciding a technology question.

Can you imagine trying to explain this to your parents? I remember how pissed off and frustrated I got when I was trying to help my mom with setting up an account with Charles Schwab. Then there was Pops who, despite being a big time tech guy for his career, jumped off the Information Super Highway and let technology pass him by.

In all actuality, you would be amazed at the breadth of stuff the Supreme Court looks at. Every area of regulation that the government has in place. EVERY! Each agency that generates rules related to a topic has the potential to end up in front of the court. In addition to all the usual court arguments regarding the Constitution, state law, maritime law and fights between states (original jurisdiction).

Oil, technology, computer programming, safety, biology and disease. Then, whenever some new thing gets patented, THAT could end up at the court as well.

When it comes to these cases, it’s not the lawyer that writes up a good argument or is a super tech savy person that will win the case. It’s the lawyer that can take the super complex and explain it to their mom and dad in a way they will understand that will win the day. And, I bet you dollars to donuts that NONE of the lawyers before the court rehearsed the argument in front of their parents.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Be the person a stranger will do CPR on. Check in on each other and remember a balanced diet is considered a…BEER IN BOTH HANDS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…all the food groups right there!


Published by edhlaw

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