Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SciFi is now: follow-ups on 21st Century crimes

It's time to check up on our science fiction times with two stories from KPBS via Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (California Drought Emergency) on Daily Kos.

First, an update on the story I began following in SciFi is now: Revenge porn, a 21st Century crime.

Alleged ‘Revenge Porn’ Website Opertator Pleads Not Guilty
By City News Service and Kelly Wheeler
Originally published January 17, 2014 at 7:28 a.m., updated January 17, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.
A San Diego man accused of posting thousands of explicit photos of women on a so-called "revenge porn" website without their consent, then extorting money from those who wanted the images removed, pleaded not guilty Friday to 31 felony charges of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion.

Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, -- who is out of custody on $50,000 bail -- was charged last month by the state Attorney General's Office. Judge David Szumowski scheduled a preliminary hearing for March 17.

In December 2012, Bollaert created a website called "," which allows people to create anonymous, public posts of private explicit photographs without their subjects' permission, according to court documents.
None of this surprises me.  I'll keep my readers posted on this continuing story.

On the other hand, one of the stories I included in 21st Century crime scenes from KPBS appears to be over.

San Diego Traffic Court Dismisses Google Glass Ticket
By City News Service
Thursday, January 16, 2014
In the first traffic case of its kind, a Temecula woman was found not guilty Thursday of watching television via a pair of computerized Google glasses while driving on a San Diego freeway.

Commissioner John Blair found at a hearing in San Diego that Cecilia Abadie was not actively using the Google Glass device when she was stopped.

A speeding ticket also was dismissed due to a lack of evidence.
Score one for Google Glass wearers, although I expect to read more articles like the above in the future.

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