Over the past few weeks, there’s been a lot of news about ComputerCop, a piece of software, usually distributed by the police, or other law enforcement agency. The problem isn’t that ComputerCop doesn’t do what it says it’ll do. Instead the problem is that what it does, it does very very badly.
I’ve been aware of the revelations about ComputerCop since mid-August. Back then, Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation found out about the Online Family Safety panel I was going to do at DragonCon, and asked to be on it. Since one of my main reasons for having the panel was ‘Nanny-ware doesn’t work’, I think it’s a great idea. And so those that came to the panel on August 30th, got a first look at the research that went public October 1st.