2011-06-08 [Press Release] Sexting and Privacy Expert Available to Discuss Rep. Weiner Incident

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Sexting and Privacy Expert Available to Discuss Rep. Weiner Incident

For Immediate Release

Cybertraps for the Young



Jeff Link

(312) 423-5693


Frederick Lane

(802) 318-4604


One wrong click can ruin a life . . .


As House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi calls for an ethics investigation into Representative Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) recent admission that he sent lewd messages to multiple women, including a 21-year-old, several important questions arise: What are the legal implications of his actions? Just how big a problem has sexting become?

Frederick Lane, attorney, computer forensics expert, former Burlington (VT) School Board president and the author of the soon-to-be-released Cybertraps for the Young is one of the nation’s leading legal experts on sexting and sextortion. Lane says that the rise of social media and camera technology has made sexting a far bigger problem than once imagined, especially among youth.

In September 2009, the Associated Press and MTV combined on a study that interviewed roughly 1, 200 people between the ages of fourteen and twenty-four. Among the significant results:

  • 24 percent of teens aged fourteen to nineteen said they’d been involved in some form of naked sexting, either as a sender or receiver
  • Almost a third (29 percent) of children sent sexts to people they knew online
  • 24 percent sent sexts to people they wanted to date or “hook up” with

In an interview, Lane can discuss:

  • Potential criminal charges Weiner could face
  • Why lewd online exchanges have become increasingly common
  • How computer forensics could affect a potential congressional ethics investigation
  • How children view and react to unethical behavior by public officials, athletes, celebrities, and other role models
  • How parents can use the Weiner incident as a “teachable moment,” illustrating the risks of sexting to their children

For more information about Frederick Lane and Cybertraps for the Young, please visit www.FrederickLane.com. Cybertraps for the Young will be available on ntiupstream.com or www.amazon.com.


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About the Author

Lane is an author, attorney, lecturer and expert witness in the field of computer forensics. He is the author of five previous books and over the last decade have appeared as guest on a variety of national media programs, including Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” ABC’s “Nightline,” CBS’s “60 Minutes” and “Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and numerous regional and local radio programs. Lane lectures frequently at colleges and universities on topics ranging from First Amendment issues to student privacy in the digital age. From 2001 to 2011, he served on the Burlington School Board, including the last two years as Chair of the Board. Lane graduated from Amherst College in 1985 with a degree in classics and American studies, and from Boston College Law School in 1988. Additional information is available on his Web site, www.FrederickLane.com.

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Frederick Lane

Frederick S. Lane

Expert Witness

Upcoming Lectures:

June 16, 2011
“Computer Forensics 101”

Public Defender Conference, Glade Springs, WV

June 21, 2011

“Judicial Trends in Search and Seizure of Mobile Devices”

Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Burlington, VT

June 23, 2011

“Privacy, Anonymity, and Intellectual Freedom in the Facebook Era”

Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock, AK

June 30, 2011

“Fast and Free Online Legal Research for Your Legal Practice”

National Business Institute, Burlington, VT

July 7, 2011

“LINUX and Privacy”

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Linux Users Group, Dartmouth, NH

August 4, 2011

“Cybertraps for the Young”

Vermont Principals Association 2011 Leadership Academy, Killington, VT

September 16, 2011

“Cybertraps for the Young”

Justice for Children Conference, Lake Morey Resort, Fairley, VT

October 2011

“Computer Forensics 101”

Office of the Federal Defender [S.D. Ala.], Mobile, AL

October 19, 2011

Keynote Address: “Cybertraps for the Young”

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Professional Practices Institute, Little Rock, AK

October 21, 2011

“Computer Forensics 101”

Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Middlebury, VT

November 2, 2011

“Mobile Search and Seizure and the 4th Amendment”

Office of the Federal Defender [N.D. NY], Albany, NY

Previous Books:

American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right;

The Court and Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court;

The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture;

The Naked Employee: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy; and

Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age.

Frederick S. Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, expert witness, and lecturer who has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He is past chairman of the Burlington (VT) School Board. His sixth book, “Cybertraps for the Young,” is now available from NTI Upstream. Visit www.FrederickLane.com for additional information.

Contact information:
802-318-4604 | fslane3@gmail.com | www.FrederickLane.com | www.ComputerForensicsDigest.com

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