The typical patent troll scheme goes like this: Buy silly patent; find big company using tech similar to patent; sue big company; get nice payout from big company that doesn't want to waste time fighting a dumb patent case; repeat.
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For the sake of an open internet, it's generally believed that objectionable and offensive content is acceptable - and perhaps even necessary - up to a certain point. Internet companies still haven't charted exactly where that point is. During an event this week, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince argued that they probably shouldn't.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Internet companies typically take a hands-off approach to offensive content on their networks, erring on the side of maintaining an open internet. But this approach sometimes ends in PR disaster. For Twitter, the debate has bubbled up in the form of rampant harassment, and the company has responded by slowly, grudgingly blocking high-profile harassers from its platform. For YouTube, the debate has focused on ISIS propaganda and other extremist videos. After a violent weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia that ended with a protester being killed, that fight has focused on GoDaddy, Cloudflare, and other companies that provide web hosting and DDoS protection for neo-Nazi websites such as The Daily Stormer.
It's been a tumultuous week for America's leading neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer. Several web hosting companies have kicked Daily Stormer off their services, and now it appears that Cloudflare, the company that has long protected The Daily Stormer from DDoS attacks, has ended its business with the website too.
Huge security disasters like Cloudbleed are never fun. However, as more information about the newly reported vulnerability becomes available, we can understand how dangerous bugs stand to screw up the internet. Luckily, in the case of Cloudbleed, it's not as bad as it could have been. But it's not good, either.