streisand effect Archive

UC Davis Chancellor spent $400K+ to scrub her online reputation after pepper-spray incident

Back in April, we learned that UC David Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi had hired a sleazy “reputation-management” company to scrub her reputation and that of the university after the 2011 incident in which university police lieutenant John Pike hosed down peaceful protesters with pepper spray, jetting chemical irritant directly into their open mouths and eyes. The bill for that “scrubbing” was over $175,000. …

Censorship company drops bogus lawsuit against researchers who outed them

Netsweeper sells “internet filtering technology” — a tool that spies on users’ internet traffic and censors some of what they see — that is used by governments to control their populations, including the government of Yemen, which uses it to block its citizens’ access to material critical of its policies. In 2015, the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab (previously) published a characteristically excellent, …