Friday, April 23, 2010

It's a good thing they get lifetime appointments...

Because maybe that will give them a few decades to catch up with early 21st Century technology. Seriously, we don't know whether to be amused or downright petrified about this article concerning the bewilderment of what should be the leading legal minds in our country over simple technology that most of us use everyday.

The article concerns oral argument before the court yesterday in City of Ontario v. Quon. That case concerns issues around whether police officers have expectations of privacy over text messages sent on pagers supplied to them by the City.

The first sign was about midway through the argument, when Chief Justice John G.
Roberts, Jr. - who is known to write out his opinions in long hand with pen and
paper instead of a computer - asked what the difference was “between email and a

Isn't it just a bit worrisome that the people who will be tasked over the next several decades with ruling on important issues concerning the net, digital media and other issues in the digital world we all love and are growing ever-more dependent on, seem to have absolutely no clue about it?

Hattip Laurin Manning.

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