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Court blocks security conference talk

A pair of students were blocked by a state court from presenting information at a Georgia security and hackers’ conference on how to break into and modify a university electronic transactions system. Washington D.C.-based education software company Blackboard successfully convinced a Georgia state court to block the students’ presentation, which was scheduled to be given at the Interz0ne conference in Atlanta last weekend. Blackboard argues that the restraining order blocked the publication of information gained illegally, which would have harmed the company’s commercial interests and those of its clients. But conference organizers contend that the students’ free speech rights were abridged. “The temporary restraining order pointed out that the irreparable injury to Blackboard, our intellectual property rights and clients far outweighed the commercial speech rights of the individuals in question,” said Michael Stanton, a Blackboard spokesman. Full Story

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