Monday, 22 September 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140920 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Why big data evangelists should be sent 2 re-education camps - excellent post: do read (v @BernardKeane @__Marijana_)

Stories Of A Wounded Land - deeply disturbing pix of Argentinians blighted by agrochemicals

America’s chicken industry is putting us all in danger - incredible greed & stupidity (v @pharmagossip)#TTIP

Shanghai's new London-style black cabs will actually be gold - well, naturally #china

Urgent Call for Protection and Preservation of Tibetan Language - how chinese is driving linguistic genocide #tibet

Terry Gilliam: "Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame is 15 megabytes of fame" - wise chap; nice interview

"No industry gets to dismantle civil liberties with poor excuse that they can’t make money otherwise." - #copyright

Looming #London transport crisis 'risks sparking riots', says TfL chief - this needs to be taken seriously

Sunday, 21 September 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140919 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

"Philip Morris’ intention was to make an example out of #Uruguay.” - bullying scum #tobacco

After Brussels rejection, #TTIP fight could go to ECJ - indeed, it should

Humanity: Peter Sunde Attends Funeral Without Handcuffs - wow, what a concession...

Beyond Borders: Fighting Data Protectionism - alas, the "low-friction Internet" is dead & gone, thanks to the #NSA

SPD einigt sich auf Position zum #TTIP - "Es dürfe keine Sondergerichte geben" (v @TeraEuro @Netz4ktivisten)#ISDS

Academy chain accused of '#privatisation by stealth' over plan to outsource jobs - oh look: just like the #NHS

New Zealand election: John Key leads National to overwhelming victory - #NZ, I'm disappointed...

Saturday, 20 September 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140918 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

#Known, the #Indieweb, and one possible future for your digital life - this looks an interesting new project

Nothing wrong with chlorine-washed chicken, say German backers of #TTIP - good luck with that re-branding #yumyum

Levin says plenty of work left on Asia-Pacific trade deal - #TPP ain't there yet

.@EUombudsman launches public consultation on the #transparency of #TTIP negotiations - great news: let's get writing

"We reject @EU_Commission’s attempt to silence us & will carry out our European Citizens’ Initiative anyway" - #TTIP

#TISA: the threat to public services by the backdoor - and to much more

Rewilding Britain: bringing wolves, bears and beavers back to the land - don't forget the bison too...

"virtually ignored a major source of #antibiotic resistance in US: drugs in agriculture" - pathetic cop-out

New Zealand Whistleblower Reveals He Was Told To 'Bury' Unflattering Info About The Gov't Spying On @KimDotcom - #NZ

Europeans descended from at least 3, not 2, groups of ancient humans - don't you just love palaeo-genomics?

On the 11th of October 2014 join the decentralised European day of action to stop #TTIP, #CETA & #TiSA! -

Top Intelligence Officials, Both Of Whom Admitted To Lying In Past, Now Try To Rewrite History And Deny The Lies -

#Arduino and Bruce Sterling Launching an #OpenSource Apartment - looks fascinating

#Alibaba Market Cap Tops $225 Billion on IPO Debut, Passing Facebook - sign of the times... #china

Stricter rules will thwart Japan's whaling attempts - great news for the #whale #commons #Japan wants to plunder

A Closed Future for Mathematics? - #ESR is spot on: this is why I never use #mathematica #openknowledge #opensource

U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music' - double yawn

Google, NewsCorp Slapped With Lawsuit Over MySpace Sale - ah, yes, #myspace...

AP EXCLUSIVE: #CIA Halts Spying in Europe - yeah, riiiight #flyingpigs (v @JesselynRadack)

Could Fighting Global Warming Be Cheap and Free? - nicely upbeat column from #paulkrugman

#TTIP and #TiSA: big pressure to trade away privacy - "Data protection is not red tape or a tariff"

Pharmaceutical CEO: Controversial #TTIP Will Be Great for Us…And You (Trust Us) - no, it will be bad 4 the public

'Piracy' That Creates Amazing New Music - no, really amazing: pl. do listen...

Friday, 19 September 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140917 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

CBS Loses Lawsuit Brought By Podcast Patent Troll, But It's Not Over Yet - really needs stamping out

#Poland's carbon emissions billions to be spent on coal, cutting budget deficit - shameful; #tusk clearly a disaster

 Abkommen #TTIP: Widerstand in der SPD gegen Gabriels Freihandels-Kurs - Gabriel has clearly lost the plot

DGB vollzieht Kehrtwende bei Freihandelsvertrag - they clearly don't understand it, then #TTIP (v @erikwesselius)

ISO/IEC JTC1 Approves #ODF 1.2 PAS Ballot - ever onward and upward #openstandards

EU's Highest Court Allows Libraries To Digitize Books Without Rightholder's Permission - outbreak of common sense

News Corp labels Google a 'platform 4 piracy' - @newscorp: look how you screwed up Delphi, MySpace; you don't get it

Horrific Terror Plot In #AU: Beheadings Of Random Members of Public Planned -  maybe; but convenient timing, no?

Canada’s secretive treaty with China further diminishes aboriginal rights - #FIPA is just awful

MEPs still divided over EU-Canada trade deal - @XHNews providing better coverage than Western media... #CETA

Approval for #CETA no done deal for European Parliament - excellent summary of EP's view on CETA (v @zielwasser)

SimplySecure - Security’s got to be easy and intuitive, or it won’t work - interesting, more info needed #opensource

The Really Good Friends of Transnational Corporations Agreement - the best intro to horrors of #TISA: do read, pl.

Why are we prosecuting students for sharing knowledge? - why indeed? #openaccess

Rigged Rules: A Rogue Corporation in the World Bank’s Rogue Tribunal - more #ISDS injustice #elsalvador

#Turkey announces EU accession strategy - that's a bit of a surprise (well, to me...)

Announcing a Leadership Update at Open Knowledge -

Why Juncker should backtrack and keep pharma policy in the health portfolio - indeed, awful move #alltrials

 Freihandelsabkommen: Gabriel stemmt sich gegen TTIP-Schlappe - disappointing #TTIP

“Scan-to-email” patent troll loses its lawsuit against FTC - yay

Larry Ellison steps down as #Oracle CEO, but stays with the company - long overdue

Report Brands Dotcom’s Mega a Piracy Haven - ridiculously "exact" figures despite poor methodology: "83.7%" riiight

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140916 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Another Case Against #GCHQ Filed At The European Court Of Human Rights; Could Overturn UK's Main Snooping Law -

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You - things look bad - literally & metaphorically (v @superglaze)#climate

Osborne's #patent box tax break policy likely to divide G20 - bin it: yet more market distortion

British music industry added £3.8bn to the UK economy in 2013 - growth driven by live music sales: up 20% to £789m

Freedom Not Fear 2014/Schedule - FWIW, I'll be talking there about #TTIP and #ISDS on 27 September

Marie Arena interpelle la Commission à propos de certains pans de #CETA - NB: says there is regulatory committee here

CoreOS: #OpenSource Future of Enterprise Computing? - what can #Linux conquer next? #docker

#CETA: "Article X.6: Role and Composition of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum" seems very open-ended (v @bitsoffreedom)

#CETA regulatory forum "shall: (a) adopt its own terms of reference, procedures and work­plan" - own terms of reference??? unlimited???

Open edX: Why we’re relicensing XBlock API under #Apache - interesting

civil society on global alliance for climate-smart #agriculture - "climate-smart": talk about rebranding...

Investitionsschutz bei Freihandelsabkommen #TTIP und #CETA untergräbt Demokratie & Rechtsstaat! - too right #ISDS

Proposal Would Let FBI Hack Into Computers Overseas w/ Little Oversight - would legitimise other countries doing it

#ISDS dominates #CETA debate in Strasbourg - good report on MEPS' growing doubts

Watch Out, Obama: Only Israelis Believe Trade Will Cut Prices for Consumers - #TPP, #TTIP are dinosaurs

Prompted by Drought, California Will Regulate Groundwater for First Time - we must stop squandering precious resource

Dutch court refers questions to CJEU on e-lending and digital exhaustion - important stuff #copyright

Copyright Holders Want Netflix to Ban VPN Users - the war on #VPNs is serious: post Snowden we need to use VPNs

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140915 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Japan leads opposition to establishing marine sanctuary for whales - sheer selfishness; history will judge it harshly

European Commission Denies EU Public Right To Express Views On TAFTA/#TTIP And CETA - staggering contempt for public

cheetah robot can run and jump, untethered, across grass - if this doesn't terrify you, you're not paying attention

Government ‘ignoring’ plea not to sign EU-Colombia trade deal - pure neocolonialism

#Alibaba's Massive IPO Just Got Even Bigger - Western companies take note... #china

Mailpile enters beta—It’s like Gmail, but you run it on your own computer - looks really exciting #crypto #PGP

New position opening: #TTIP campaigner with Corporate Europe Observatory - help shape the future of EU

Technology Isn't Designed to Fit Women - astonishing (v @Reynolds)

TTIPing us out of the frying pan, into the fire - implications for tackling #climatechange must be considered too

New Zealand PM Releases Documents... That Don't Actually Discuss GCSB Mass Surveillance - oh, surprise #NZ

Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change - dangerous fools

#ISDS: The devil in the trade deal - full transcript has some amazing quotes (eg Philip Morris) - well-worth reading

Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Graphic Cigarette Packaging - such scum. this is how #ISDS can kill #TTIP #TPP

Intellectual Property Maximalist Lobbying Group Proposes A New Trademark SOPA (Plus Girl Scout Badges...) -

PSI Special Report: The Really Good Friends of Transnational Corporations Agreement - useful report on #TISA

Public services unions open new trade agreements to public debate - since @EU_Commission refuses to do so... #TTIP

Conan Doyle Estate Asks Supreme Court To Put Sherlock Holmes Back Under #Copyright - enough is never enough...

Schools Acquire Grenade Launchers, MRAPs and Other Military Equipment -- What Could Possibly Go Wrong? -

"#CETA agreement directly addresses all the [#ISDS] concerns that have emerged so far" - dream on, Karel, dream on

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140914 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Assessment of #AU Proposals to Address Internet Piracy - apparently says costs outweigh benefits (v @MsLods)

'#TTIP will allow private companies to sue govt. for millions’ - oh, that was me, apparently #ISDS

#snowden: "NZ prime minister’s claim “there is no and there never has been any mass surveillance” is false" - wow

don't miss #snowden's explanation of “Five Eyes Defeat" - hugely important (v @Asher_Wolf @SenatorLudlam)#NZ

Ask MEPs to exempt #ISDS from #CETA *today*; Live Debate 16 Sep - you can use to find your MEP

ISDS: The devil in the trade deal - excellent, approachable introduction to threat of #ISDS in #TTIP, #TPP

urgent: Please Write to MEPs Now to Keep #ISDS Out of #CETA - not much time, lots at stake

EU-US trade deal could harm farming & food safety - " regulatory convergence could result in high stds being lowered"

The many business dealings of Commissioner-designate Miguel Arias Cañete - #climate

Wikileaks Releases Spyware The German Government Used To Hack Journalists And Dissidents -

is @GOettingerEU about to destroy #netneutrality in #EU? - let's hope he understands what's at stake...

FixMyDocument and Global Legislative Openness - #openness is breaking out everwhere; let's support it

#Microsoft Acquires #Minecraft Developer Mojang For $2.5 Billion - I wonder how that's going to go down...

Trade Deals Set Their Sights On Public Workers - yup: transnationals gain at expense of the public... #TTIP #TPP

Dropbox reveals government requests for user information - no surprise; but then we've dropped Dropbox, haven't we?

Turin steigt von Windows XP auf Linux um - yay, another good move for #opensource #it