Thursday, 29 January 2015

150128


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150127 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.de/2015/01/150127.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

#TPP Issue-by-Issue Information Center - https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/trans-pacific-partnership/tpp-issue-issue-negotiating-objectives the US government's cant & half-truths here are sickening

EU counter-terror plan involves blanket collection of passengers’ data - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/28/european-commission-blanket-collection-passenger-data without a scrap of evidence it's needed

Follow your convictions – this could be the end of the politics of fear - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/28/convictions-politics-fear-syriza-podemos-snp-green "neoliberal consensus is collapsing"

Asio has never destroyed any web or phone data collected on Australians - http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/28/asio-has-never-destroyed-any-web-or-phone-data-collected-on-australians got that #AU? ready to be used against you

Calls for ISPs to filter content could be illegal, EU council documents suggest - http://www.pcworld.com/article/2873232/calls-for-isps-to-filter-content-could-be-illegal-eu-council-documents-suggest.html so don't do it

#iPhone 6: 85% of the estimated 95 kg of CO2 emitted during its entire lifecycle occurs at the manufacturing stage - http://therestartproject.org/consumption/the-footprint-of-those-iphones/

Israeli rights group questions legality of targeting Gaza homes in war - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/28/israel-policy-targeting-gaza-homes-human-rights kudos to them

Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/28/caredata_optouts_mean_no_cancer_screening_invites_nhs/ callous & shameful blackmail (v @superglaze)

#TTIP: Regulations Handcuffed - http://corporateeurope.org/international-trade/2015/01/ttip-regulations-handcuffed hugely important leak about #TTIP's core assault on democracy; worse than #ISDS

#TTIP Update XLIX - http://www.computerworlduk.com/blogs/open-enterprise/ttip-update-xlix-3595732/ 2 important leaks show how transatlantic regulatory bodies will undermine EU/national sovereignty

 The Guardian completes its relaunch with global release of redesigned site - http://thenextweb.com/media/2015/01/28/guardian-completes-relaunch-global-release-redesigned-site/ and it's really horrible...

in fact, new @guardian design looks like something from GeoCities...

NHS renationalisation: "As under UK law, in such cases, compensation would be required" - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-and-ttip-letter-from-eu-trade-commissioner-which is why we don't need #ISDS


"a majority in European Parliament also opposes the [#TTIP] agreement" - http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/eu-fears-ttif-free-trade-agreement-could-spur-litigation-a-1015013.html good piece: understands key issues on #ISDS


Whose Side is the European Union On? - http://www.martinwhitlock.co.uk/2015/01/whose-side-is-eu-on.html?spref=tw great, wide-ranging analysis of implications of #ISDS consultation & #TTIP


"Dem Report zufolge würde die Streichung von #ISDS Gegenreaktionen provozieren" - http://wirtschaftsblatt.at/home/nachrichten/europa/4649396/Autobosse-machen-Druck-fur-Freihandelsabkommen-TTIP IOW,@EU_Commission lacks spine


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

150127


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150126 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.de/2015/01/150126.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

#TPP is a good idea but if it is not worked out soon it may be time to move on - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11392095 not even a good idea...

#TTIP: USA sollen bei EU-Gesetzen mitreden - http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/freihandelsabkommen-ttip-usa-sollen-bei-eu-gesetzen-mitreden-duerfen-a-1015117.html *this* is how #TTIP will undermine national/EU sovereignty

Amerika soll bei unseren Gesetzen mitreden - http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/ttip-und-freihandel/ttip-amerika-soll-bei-unseren-gesetzen-mitreden-13391816.html more one-sided rights for corporations, nothiing for public #TTIP

Prince William – Please Ask #Japan to Stop the #Taiji Dolphin Death Drives - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/404/488/627/prince-william-please-ask-japan-to-stop-the-taiji-dolphin-death-drives/ time to stop this barbaric slaughter

#TTIP's Regulatory Cooperation Body - http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/ttip-und-freihandel/ttip-amerika-soll-bei-unseren-gesetzen-mitreden-13391816.html I thought @TimmermansEU was to reduce red tape - this will increase it

The future of the NHS at stake in 2015 election, says Ed Miliband - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/26/labour-nhs-election-pledge-36000-more-staff Labour starts to get a clue - well, here at least

Chinese police alleged to have eaten endangered giant salamander at banquet - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/27/chinese-police-eaten-endangered-giant-salamander-banquet #china's continuing shame

Paris and Berlin call for review of EU-Canada trade deal - http://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/paris-and-berlin-call-review-eu-canada-trade-deal-311570 we must fix #CETA as well as #TTIP

#TTIPleaks: Finanzmärkte sollen demokratischer Kontrolle wieder entzogen werden - https://www.reimon.net/2015/01/27/ttipleaks-finanzmarktregulierung/ important details revealed

"wir würden ein Gremium schaffen, dessen Arbeitsweise wir nicht kennen & dessen Ergebnisse wir erst 1 Jahr später erfahren" - #TTIP

"Jede/r Abgeordnete, die oder der diesem Vorschlag zustimmt, gibt sein unabhängiges Mandat auf." - https://www.reimon.net/2015/01/27/ttipleaks-finanzmarktregulierung/ #TTIP

"Das Dokument wurde dem Rat zugestellt und mit seiner Zustimmung den US Verhandlern übermittelt. Unsere Regierungen wissen Bescheid." #TTIP



EU lobby register: still failing to deliver real #transparency - http://www.alter-eu.org/press-releases/2015/01/27 important work on glaring problems


DRM Destroys Value: Why Years Old, But #DRM Free, Devices Sell For Twice The Price Of New Devices - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150123/13364529795/drm-devalues-products-jailbroken-apple-tvs-selling-twice-price-latest-model.shtml

Internet of things needs global #privacy push, says UK regulator - https://gigaom.com/2015/01/27/internet-of-things-needs-global-privacy-push-says-uk-regulator/ indeed; unlikely to get it, though #IoT

so when will fans of #SnoopersCharter start pushing for all the #InternetOfThings metadata too? because it's not "content", so must be OK...

Embankment Cycle Superhighway Gets Green Light - http://londonist.com/2015/01/embankment-cycle-superhighway-gets-green-light.php exciting...

logistics "companies expect #TTIP to have almost no positive effects on employment and financial development" - http://www.bilaterals.org/?new-study-on-preferential

#TTIP: USA wollen Mitspracherecht in der Gesetzgebung von EU, Staaten und Bundesländern bekommen - https://netzpolitik.org/2015/ttip-usa-wollen-mitspracherecht-in-der-gesetzgebung-von-eu-staaten-und-bundeslaendern-bekommen/

Report: U.S. drops bid to end Japanese import rules - http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/2015/01/26/us-japanese-import-rules/22363591/ US getting desperate, perhaps? #TPP

Public health, union, and church groups slam #TPP trade deal - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1501/S00087/public-health-union-and-church-groups-slam-tpp-trade-deal.htm quite right too - it'll be a disaster for public

#CETA appears "wobbly" with provincial dispute, but #ISDS lurks on the horizon - http://canadians.org/blog/ceta-appears-wobbly-provincial-dispute-isds-lurks-horizon watch out, Provincial premiers #CA

Labour’s NHS election crusade a pale imitation of 1992 campaign – Milburn - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/27/labour-pale-imitation-1992-election-campaign-nhs-milburn these Blairites are pure venom...

"Pro-#TTIP people are winning debate." - http://www.ecipe.org/blog/eu-isds-failed-consultation/ no, they are coasting on the lack of real debate, of which there is none

"A remarkably high share of pro-#TTIP people involved in debate that I meet feel they are on losing side." - http://www.ecipe.org/blog/eu-isds-failed-consultation/ they are

France Announces Plans To Hold The Internet Responsible For Terrorism - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150127/10302029829/france-announces-plans-to-hold-internet-responsible-terrorism.shtml well put


"IG Metall, however, said key clauses of the #TTIP are unacceptable in particular, the #ISDS mechanism" - http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/27/autos-ttip-workers-idUSL6N0V626420150127 #germany


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

150126


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150125 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/150125.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Osborne urges ministers to fast-track #fracking measures in leaked letter - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/26/george-osborne-ministers-fast-track-fracking blatant & shabby collusion against public

Cameron sees tax cuts worth £7bn as a ‘reward for sacrifice’ - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/26/david-cameron-tax-cuts-reward-for-sacrifice i.e. rewarding the rich for sacrificing the poor

Lib Dems will block any attempt to revive controversial snooper’s charter - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/26/liberal-democratss-to-block-any-snoopers-charter-revival well, that's good if they do

Europe Pulls Welcome Mat for U.S. Tech Companies - http://www.wsj.com/articles/europe-pulls-welcome-mat-for-u-s-tech-companies-1421963904 ridiculous framing of EU #dataprotection concerns (v @AdV007)

Digital Democracy? - Yes, Please; but Not Online Voting - http://www.computerworlduk.com/blogs/open-enterprise/open-government-3595567/ some good ideas - & a very bad one

Cameron rejects call for #fracking ban - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/26/david-cameron-rejects-fracking-ban-shale-gas this is pure dogma-based policy

EFF’s Game Plan for Ending Global Mass #Surveillance - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/effs-game-plan-ending-global-mass-surveillance this looks good: let's do it

#CETA: Trading away democracy - http://corporateeurope.org/international-trade/2014/11/ceta-trading-away-democracy from late last year, but really good in case you missed it #ISDS #TTIP

YouTubers Got To Interview The President Because They're More Legitimate Than Traditional News - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150126/07225829820/youtubers-got-to-interview-president-because-theyre-more-legitimate-than-traditional-news.shtml 'fraid so

#Mozilla Participation Plan (draft) - https://commonspace.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/participationplan/ sounds like a good idea... #community

Sunday, 25 January 2015

150125


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150124 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/150124.html yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

High-stakes election may put #Greece on collision course with European Union - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/25/greece-election-vote-austerity-leftwing-syriza-eu maybe EU should change direction, then

Murdoch and the police treat journalists like terrorists - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/25/journalists-not-terrorists-leveson-rupert-murdoch terrible development for UK

#TTIP – more “foreign” judges criticising “our” laws? - http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2015/01/23/ttip-more-foreign-judges-criticising-our-laws/ great piece on UK gov hypocrisy re #ISDS & #HRA

Internet filters block websites of sex abuse charities - http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/24/internet-filters-block-sex-abuse-charities #overblocking, just as we all predicted #censorship


Overcrowded hospitals ‘killed 500’ last year, claims top A&E doctor - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/24/overcrowded-hospitals-deaths it's simple: privatisation kills #NHS

Across 100 Miles of Ocean - http://blogs.umb.edu/joinercenter/2012/05/29/across-100-miles-of-ocean/ long but interesting meditation on, well, everything; nice graphs at end

Urgent: Please Help Stop Underhand Attempt to Sneak in Snooper's Charter - http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2015/01/urgent-please-help-stop-underhand.html here's what I'm sending to random Lords

A conflict of interest – the Saudi state and the UK’s Ministry of Justice - http://jackofkent.com/2015/01/a-conflict-of-interest-the-saudi-state-and-the-uks-ministry-of-justice/ hugely troubling development #UK

EU Parliament EPP group in favour of #ISDS - http://acta.ffii.org/?p=2297 good analysis of bad move; if protection needed, let cos. take insurance

#ISDS is just another example of privatising the benefits and socialising the costs, since we pick up the bill #TTIP #CETA


150124


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150123 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/01/150123.html yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In The #PublicDomain... And Why That Needs To Change - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150123/15564629797/why-we-still-cant-really-put-anything-public-domain-why-that-needs-to-change.shtml we must nurture PD

Bruce Schneier and Edward Snowden @ Harvard Data Privacy Symposium 1/23/15 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ui3tLbzIgQ&feature=youtu.be good stuff: key pt - "encryption works"

Lars Andersen: a new level of archery - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEG-ly9tQGk&feature=youtu.be that's...quite impressive

Urgent: Please Help Stop Underhand Attempt to Sneak in Snooper's Charter - http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2015/01/urgent-please-help-stop-underhand.html here's what I'm sending to random Lords

The great sprawl of #China - http://www.economist.com/news/china/21640396-how-fix-chinese-cities-great-sprawl-china "China’s megacities are less dense than equivalents elsewhere in the world"; fascinating

Why is global poverty so intractable? - https://agenda.weforum.org/2015/01/why-is-global-poverty-so-intractable/ well, maybe because world’s 50 richest people have $1.5 trillion

"ISIS is moral kryptonite... built specifically to kill Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" - http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2015/01/the-wahhabi-wet-dream.html extremism feeds its own fall

Is Greece about to call time on 5 punishing years of austerity? - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/24/austerity-greece-election-syriza-party-alexis-tsipras useful background to tomorrow's historic election

The Cobweb - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/26/cobweb nice piece about  Internet Archive, whose cultural importance is still vastly underestimated (v @jjn1)


Saturday, 24 January 2015

150123


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150122 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2015/01/150122.html yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Supreme Court Smacks Down CAFC Yet Again: But This Time It May Help The Patent Trolls - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150121/17472829773/supreme-court-smacks-down-cafc-yet-again-this-time-it-may-help-patent-trolls.shtml unfortunate

Germany's Infamous #Copyright Warning Letters May Be Reined In -- In A Few Years' Time - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150116/09480429720/germanys-infamous-copyright-warning-letters-may-be-reined-few-years-time.shtml grinding slowly

Who are the Just Net Coalition and what can we expect from the Internet Social Forum? - http://igfwatch.org/discussion-board/who-are-the-just-net-coalition-and-what-can-we-expect-from-the-internet-social-forum useful background info

Australian town hit with ridiculously hot temperatures - http://mashable.com/2015/01/23/small-australian-town-ridiculously-hot/ sorry, #Australia, this is your future; still like coal?

Waste laws will be binned, despite protests - http://www.euractiv.com/sections/sustainable-dev/waste-laws-will-be-binned-despite-protests-311508 @EU_Commission as high-handed as ever

so Lord Deben condemns “innuendos and insinuations” about Brittan, but then engages in ad hominem attack on Dickens - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/23/lord-brittan-child-abuse-allegations-wicked

would be shrewd move for new Saudi king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to begin his reign by granting a pardon to Saudi blogger #RaifBadawi

#Syriza stretches Greek poll lead - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/23/syriza-poll-lead-greek-elections-alexis-tsipras-antonis-samaras "anti-austerians were poised to challenge the old order across the continent."

Campaigners Slam Anti-Democratic #TTIP - https://realfare.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/campaigners-slam-anti-democratic-tory-trade-deal/ "blatant attempt by corporations to ransack public resources"; great pic

Huckabee: God's Blessing Would Help Me as President to Stop 'Secular Theocracy' - http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/huckabee-gods-blessing-would-help-me-president-stop-secular-theocracy 'Secular Theocracy'? </facepalm>

Encryption will lead to ‘ethically worse’ behaviour by spies, says former #GCHQ chief - http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/01/23/encryption-will-lead-to-ethically-worse-behaviour-by-spies-says-former-gchq-chief/ break crypto, or we get nasty

Top US privacy bod: EU should STOP appeasing whiny consumers - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/23/us_law_enforcement_commish_slams_eu_data_protection_bodies/ the mask slips: do as we say - just destroy privacy


It's Windows 10, Because It's 10 Years Behind #OpenSource - http://www.computerworlduk.com/blogs/open-enterprise/windows-10-3595262/ And aeons behind in security, trust and privacy

#TPP & #TTIP: Partners in Crime - http://www.rosalux-L nyc.org/en/tpp-and-ttip-partners-in-crime/ "Fighting the Corporate “Trade” Agenda in the United States"

Autonomous Bot Seized For Illegal Purchases: Who's Liable When A Bot Breaks The Law? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150118/06453429734/autonomous-bot-seized-illegal-purchases-whos-liable-when-bot-breaks-law.shtml

Defending #encryption doesn’t mean opposing targeted #surveillance - https://gigaom.com/2015/01/23/defending-encryption-doesnt-mean-opposing-targeted-surveillance/ exactly: this needs to be emphasised

MT @Davos You cannot have democracies based on NGOs. Democracies need political parties - Moisés Naím #wef15 hahaha (v @RyanHeathWriter)

"warum sie #ISDS angesichts der scheinbar klaren Ablehnung des Investorenschutzes überhaupt noch weiterverfolgt." http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/europaeische-union/gegner-des-ttip-nutzen-internet-als-kampagnenmaschine-13385487.html

‘working document’ a showcase of S&D’s #TTIP stance - http://www.ttip2014.eu/blog-detail/blog/INTA%20TTIP%20ISDS.html falling for trick that unnecessary #ISDS can be "saved"?

European Court makes important ruling on copyright jurisdiction - http://www.technollama.co.uk/european-court-makes-important-ruling-on-copyright-jurisdiction

#Chevron's Battered Image Over Ecuador Ecological Disaster Takes Another Hit in Davos - http://amazonwatch.org/news/2015/0123-chevrons-battered-image-over-ecuador-ecological-disaster-takes-another-hit-in-davos "2,000 died from cancer"

Will Senator Burr's Attempt To Bury CIA #Torture Report Actually Make It More Likely The Report Leaks? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150122/16464829783/will-senator-burrs-attempt-to-bury-cia-torture-report-actually-make-it-more-likely-report-leaks.shtml hope so

Move by peers to introduce a new ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ dubbed ‘ill-judged’ and ‘deeply regrettable’ - http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/01/23/snoopers-charter-house-lords-amendment-deeply-regrettable-ispa/ no, disgusting

#NetNeutrality: the Member States and Commission about to turn their back on the Parliament's Vote! - http://www.laquadrature.net/en/net-neutrality-the-member-states-and-commission-about-to-turn-their-back-on-the-parliaments-vote not good

Former Head of GCHQ Warns Of 'Ethically Worse' Kinds Of Spying If Unbreakable #Encryption Is Allowed - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150123/07461729791/former-head-gchq-warns-ethically-worse-kinds-spying-if-unbreakable-encryption-is-allowed.shtml go targeted

#TPP won't deliver jobs or curb China's power - http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-prestowitz-tpp-trade-pact-20150123-story.html Says Veteran of Reagan & Clinton Administrations



Friday, 23 January 2015

150122


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150121 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.de/2015/01/150121.html yesterday's tweets as a single Web page


Plain cigarette packaging: pro-smoking groups and #Ukip condemn move - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/22/plain-cigarette-packaging-pro-soking-ukip-condemn-move well, that sums up the Kippers...

#TTIP - facts, fiction and the future - http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/ukevents/forthcomingevents/ttip.html typically 1-sided event - shame on @Europarl_EN @MalmstromEU @davidmartinmep

evidently @Europarl_EN thinks case for #TTIP so weak it doesn't dare risk having any critical voices raised; pathetic cowardice

UN urges Burma to condemn monk who called envoy ‘bitch’ and ‘whore’ - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/22/un-urges-burma-leader-condemn-monk-envoy-bitch-whore now it's buddhists flying the flag for religion

Chinese Director's Film For Greenpeace Shows How #Smog Changes Everything - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/21/china-smog-film-greenpeace_n_6520454.html beautifully done #china

China to Begin Security Vetting of Foreign Technology This Year - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-21/china-to-begin-security-vetting-of-foreign-technology-this-year.html why #China must go open source

Why “Fast Track” is a Bad Idea - https://www.publicknowledge.org/news-blog/blogs/why-fast-track-is-a-bad-idea basically, it eviscerates democracy #TPP #TAFTA/#TTIP

Democrats Warn Obama They Don't Have His Back On Trade Plans - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/21/obama-trade-agreements-democrats_n_6518212.html not such a cakewalk... #TPA

If ‘plain’ packaging does not deter smokers, why was industry against it? - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/22/plain-packaging-not-deter-smokers-big-tobacco exactly

BBC and ITV set to expand party leader debates to include Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru - http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jan/22/bbc-and-itv-set-to-expand-party-leader-debates-to-include-greens-snp-and-plaid-cymru things start to move? #GE2015

Global Civil Society launches the Internet Social Forum - http://justnetcoalition.org/ISF potentially big: we need something like this

Lord Blair's circumvention of democracy by bringing in Snooper's Charter as "amendment" is a disgrace & an insult - http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2014-2015/0075/amend/su075-I-rev-b.pdf



Barrett Brown Sentenced To 63 Months In Jail For Daring To Do Journalism On Hacked Info - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150122/12112129780/barrett-brown-sentenced-to-63-months-jail-daring-to-do-journalism-hacked-info.shtml awful result

‘Snooper’s charter’: four Lords in bid to pass changed version before election - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/22/snoopers-charter-changed-version-pass-before-election shame on these arrogant old men

Ban fracking, says former Tory environment secretary Spelman - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/22/ban-fracking-says-former-tory-environment-secretary-caroline-spelman "could derail efforts to tackle climate change"

Farage says plain packaging plan is ‘appalling intrusion into consumer choice and the operation of the free market’ - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/22/plain-cigarette-packaging-pro-soking-ukip-condemn-move

"In a possible sign of the #Greens’ influence, Labour announced it was likely to back a moratorium on #fracking" - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/22/labour-radical-counter-greens-peter-hain