Saturday, 31 March 2012


If #ACTA Is So Great, Where Are All The Supporters Extolling Its Virtues? - well?

The right to information on Wikipedia - inspiring story about Indian Wikipedian

Researcher publishes specs for real #Linux-powered Star Trek tricorder - inevitable, really

80-year-old peer dusts off typewriter to pen 'think of the children' UK anti-porn net #censorship law - bad idea

EU opens to first citizens' initatives amid criticism - reboot needed

Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google et al. - cool

Universal Music Claims Piracy Justifies Monopoly, Wants Power To Control Digital Music Services - there are no limits

Common pesticide named as cause of bee decline - er, maybe we could stop using them...

The Smartphone Wars: Exit #Blackberry, pursued by a bear - "retreat upward never works": why do people forget this?

Can #Tunisia Become the Silicon Valley of the Arab World? - interesting idea (v @bdarcus)

Tell Morrisons you're off - #morrisons inviting backlash over #gm move

Banned on Facebook: Facing, Booking and Poking - facebook lets the mask slip

User uploads to #YouTube hit one hour per second - amazing stat, spot-on analysis

Jumping Urban #Drone - do not miss this further glimpse of our drone-filled future - amazing video

Georges Bizet: Complete Thematic Catalogue - composer of world's most popular opera... #spotify

VFat patent could be invalidated, thanks to Motorola and Torvalds - anything win for linus

Consumer groups demand GMO labeling, question food safety - extraordinary they even have to beg for this...

#Shell overcomes legal obstacles to Arctic drilling - a disaster waiting to happen

#Trademark Lawyers Push For Crazy New Domain Rules Making It Easy For Them To Take Away Others' Domains - bin #icann

Microsoft may be set to combat piracy with special Chinese edition of Windows 8 - but will they switch from XP?

Meet TestPAC: An upstart political action committee that calls Reddit home - a trend for the future?

Hot, crowded, and running out of fuel: Earth of 2050 a scary place - all thanks to greed & stupidity


#TPP vs. #ACTA – compared Line by Line - brilliant idea

#ACTA: socialists meeting in Brussels, 12 April - looks promising: "whose rights does it protect?" (v @agonarch)

EU Parliament Will Vote on #ACTA Without Delay! - good news

Cameron Neylon to Join #PLoS as Director of Advocacy - great news for #openaccess & #openscience (v @Newmanlk)

Death of a data haven: cypherpunks, WikiLeaks, and the world's smallest nation - amazing story

#ACTA "dit 'on ne change pas les lois nationales', mais il passe au-dessus." - this is key #extrajudicial

Kostenloskultur gegen #ACTA – oder so - die hessischen #Grünen show themselves clueless

Hacking IT systems to become a criminal offence - idiotic not to have a research exemption (v @asteris)#security

Red Hat Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results - officially 1st billion-dollar #opensource company

Reykjavík Digital Freedoms Conference - it's the happening place (well, for me today...) #is

Red Hat Rubs Its Billion-Dollar Year In Bill Gates' Face - strange she missed out I wrote "Red Hat stands a chance"

European Parliament defends itself and democracy from #ACTA - great (and upbeat) analysis

It’s not about piracy, it’s about a failure to adapt - good to see more people trying to get copyright cos. to get this


#Copyright Monopoly Lobby Sues Professor for Saying they're A Monopoly - good analysis of ridiculous situation

#TSA Freaks Out, Gets Longtime Critic Bruce Schneier Kicked Off Of Oversight Hearing - frightened of Uncle Brucie

Google should be forced to censor search results, say MPs - shame on them for even thinking about #censorship

Urgent: Defend a Balanced UK Approach to #Copyright - sorry, yet more letter writing required

MT @FakeElsevier Just got a trademark violation notice from Twitter (thanks, #Elsevier! You stay classy!)>>indeed (v @chiefoldmist)

UK Publishers Association Outraged It Wasn't Consulted Ahead Of Public Over #OpenAccess To Publicly-Funded Research –

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Microsoft Censors Pirate Bay Links in Windows Live Messenger - really, #microsoft? #censorship

Secrecy by default - the issue with the #NHS risk register - scandalous: where's that openness, Dave? (v @webmink)

Why accelerate discovery? reasons why we need #openaccess now - indeed: we don't have the luxury of time

#China Unblocks Sensitive Keywords - interesting times in the Middle Kingdom #censorship

#eircom Wants Country-Wide Three-Strikes Piracy Response - serving your customers (on a plate), huh? (v @copyrightgirl)

Pierre Boulez as Composer & Mahler Conductor - nice & light for a monday morning </cough> #spotify

[updated URL] Battleship trailer to raise copyright awareness - "you wouldn't steal a battleship..."

Kickstarter to fund development of #Arduino-based, browser-controlled open source hardware automated gardening dome –

Prometheus bound: An important precedent for the next software patent case - upbeat assessment #swpats

Is #Xbox the new center of the #Microsoft universe? - obviously: it's the only part that isn't moribund

The Department For #ACTA - come on, #australia - you've got to fight this (and #tpp)

Don't Steal Ideas, It Is Discouraging - au contraire, it's the basis of civilisation: not re-inventing the wheel

#RaspberryPi designer hints at future version - exciting

Mapping the Republic of Letters - cool: epistolary graph theory

Pirate Party Wins in Saarland Elections, Enters Parliament - political landscape continues to shift dramatically

Nature Publishing Group - When are you going to live up to your promises about "free" genome papers? - shoddy #opengate

#Google ordered to close search autocomplete feature in #Japan over privacy complaint - overreaction much?

Promusicae me denuncia por infracción a su honor - honor??? (v @SinkDeep)

Big Brother Watch is looking for an "intern" (do we have such things in the UK?) - #privacy #civilliberties

Disarm the Gallery - is the National Gallery in bed with arms dealers? oh, the nobility of art...

Letter to European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee on #ACTA - good stuff

Open Digital Policy Organisation needs sponsors - for work on standardised personal data licences (v @lilianedwards)

UK hackers hack together job site for UK hackers - excellent idea #jobs

Music Industry Can See The Light After ‘Least Negative’ Sales Since 2004 - but can they see the reality?

Dörings Tyrannei-Vergleich empört die Piraten - it's called democracy: maybe you should try it #tyranneidermasse

a brownie point goes to the UK #GreenParty for being the first to respond to my email about #ACTA - and positively #INTA

RT @MsLods Judgment in Golden Eye's Norwich Pharmacal Order application; ISPs to provide users' details - important

RT @MsLods Judgment in Golden Eye's Norwich Pharmacal Order application; ISPs to provide users' details - important

Google to patch Android DoS exploit using fixes provided by Italian researchers that found it - joys of #opensource

Indian Ministry blames Bt cotton for farmer suicides - important statement #india #gm

Kim Dotcom: The US Government is Wrong, Here’s Why - looks like it could really be fun to watch this one

MPs try to overturn 'God can heal' ad ban - all politicians should be sent on compulsory statistics course...

Not a Normal Killing - utterly depressing tale about #poaching; #china & #vietnam mainly to blame, it seems (v @BoraZ)

#ACTA: "What does “endeavour to promote cooperative efforts" mean? [pdf] - good analysis of bad idea (v @netzpolitik)

Entertainment Industry Was Eager to Work With Megaupload - curioser & curioser

Spain's anti-piracy law may already be obsolete - Internet evolution (v @copyrightgirl @CopyrightReport)#sinde

Save the #Amazon - it needs our help #epetition

Why Patent Lawyers Are Clueless About the Software Industry - yup: lots of good point #swpats

How Monopolies Strangle Innovation: Record Label Demands Making Investors Nervous About Spotify - hating the new

How Piracy Created The Massive Movie Industry Success Of Nollywood - fascinating #nigeria

Questions for News Corp over rival's collapse - not due to #piracy, as claimed?

#Eircom admits user disconnection is illegal; wants other Irish ISPs to do it anyway - wow

Building a #GSM network with #opensource - neat stuff

The Grammar of Happiness: An Interview with Daniel Everett - "the Pirahã language is like the Basque of the Amazon"

Sunday, 25 March 2012


Finding Success In A Wasteland By Being Open, Human And Awesome - nice story

Of genies and bottles and wishing for shoehorns - & let's not forget #SOPA and #ACTA

ISOC Hires #MPAA Executive Paul Beringer - #ISOC just lost any credibility it may have had

"What's an open standard?" says ISO - #ISO is a joke (v @jwildeboer)#openstandards

Tomorrow, March 25, Germany votes Pirate again - will be an interesting test for them #de

Surveillance System Can Recognize a Face From 36 Million Others in One Second - this will end in tears

ValCom sues Megaupload for up to $900 million in damages - based on #copyright maths, of course#

How will the government promote rights online? - assuming "promote" can take negative values...

Saturday, 24 March 2012


#ACTA On Hold, But The Protests Continue In Serbia - go, plucky #serbia

We need to redefine what 'copy' means - wonderfully lucid exposition of #copyright's central problem by #patry

ICANN Ethical Conflicts Are Worse Than They Seem - #icann rotten to the core; throw it away and start again (v +Internet Freedom Movement)

Document Freedom Day March 28 - "You change telephone companies, and can’t access your address book any more."

Corporate perk or monopolist bribery? - European Parliament behaving badly; #microsoft up to its old tricks #eu

nice interview with Sir Colin Davis - still wonderfully pugnacious at 85

Chinese Theatrical Market Booms, But Real Action May Be In Video On Demand - seems piracy isn't a problem there either

Drug resistant #malaria takes new ground, raising fears of global spread - gack, not good

Programming the #RaspberryPi webinar with Eben, April 4 - hope they have plenty of bandwidth...Scope, not scale - thoughtful stuff from @mbauwens

Another Boost For #Generics: Brazilian Judge Annuls Patent On Key AIDS Drug - #TPP wants to go in opposite direction

Releasing #Smithsonian collection metadata on GitHub - #cc0 too (v @edsu @candtalan)

Judge Orders FDA to Examine Safety of Agricultural Antibiotic Drugs - potentially big; about time

Building Ecology of Libraries – Interview with Brewster Kahle - "really valuable thing about libraries are librarians"

Francis Maude reforms by saying “no” – a “massive” number of times - kudos to him for doing so (v @ntouk)#uk

UK Planning Application Alerts: first fruits - another great #opendata project from @CountCulture

#ACTA treaty mauled in #au hearings - great work by @drrimmer&@kim_weatherall- kudos (v @technollama)

Why is #Firefox - and #OpenSource - a Disaster in #China? - what's the problem?

Should There Be A Right To #Copyright Exceptions? - lots of countries seem to think so

question: any UK people know whether a council tender for schools can specify brands like this? - thanks

PS avança com novo projecto da cópia privada para evitar chumbo - stupid levy averted in #pt - for the moment...

Artists Against #Copyright - they have existed, and still do (v @ninapaley)

Mercedes has gullwing replica crushed - all for the love of #copyright... (v @iknowjoseph)

Colombian government attempts to implement copyright reform in 3 weeks! - what could possibly go wrong? (v @xpectro)

Wanted: The Truck Driver Who Lost His Job Due To File Sharing - ha!

Kazakh gold medallist is played Borat anthem in Kuwait - you can't make this stuff up (v @The Mormegil)

#China's Twitter-Spam War Against Pro-#Tibet Activists - interesting analysis

Free-textbooks project helps South Africa - great development

Friday, 23 March 2012


Falkvinge at TEDx Observer - in full flight on the origins of the #PirateParty

#Ebooks #VAT should be slashed to zero in 2012 budget, say publishers - quite right too: absurd anomaly

#Amazon Taps #Eucalyptus as Private Cloud Partner - important point about #openstack (v @swardley)

Saarländische Piraten: Abhängigkeit und restriktive Lizenzen sind “gutes Recht” - #Pirateparty drinking too much rum?

Совместный перевод Open Data Handbook на русский язык - good cause needs help #opendata #ru

Australian Gov't: Not In The Public Interest For The Public To Be Interested In Secret Anti-#Piracy Negotiations –

Demand a robust lobbying register - one with teeth #uk

Pirate drones? An alternative ... - nice: "I believe the Pirate Bay should be looking down at the sewers"

#Iceland: Haven of Openness? - first the #IMMI, now this #opensource move for government

MT @MetalSamurai If publishers want equivalence, then perhaps they should allow eBooks to be property & not a restrictive, unfair licence.

Can the #NSA Break #AES? - the 1024-bit question: Uncle Brucie says "no", er, "maybe"...

#TPP talks wrap up without American dairy offer - "the balance is subtly shifting against the US position."

response to #Hargreaves on #copyright reform: #datamining - important stuff from @petermurrayrust

Google condamné à désindexer le passé d’une ex-actrice porno - "right to be forgotten"? (v @JustinBrookman @klang67)

The numbers behind the #Copyright Math - lots of great links backing up the nos.

Ed Vaizey denies Comms Bill green paper delayed till post-Olympics - watch out for the ideas from #SOPA - then protest

MT ‏@jamie_love For the blind, International Publishers Association (IPA) wants to delete this: "at prices affordable in that market" >>scum

Thursday, 22 March 2012


reading tea leaves on AMP v Myriad in the Mayo v. Prometheus decision by SCOTUS - upbeat assessment of implications

The time bomb called #H264 is set to explode in 2015. Are you watching? - that's when the bill becomes due #patents

Karimovs Cash In - how we've really screwed up in #uzbekistan

#FRPAA featured in Congressional Briefing, 24 Bipartisan Co-sponsors add their Support - good news for #openaccess

Consumers in the Information Society: Access, Fairness and Representation - interesting essays; free #ebook #a2k

re #h264,@Codepope points out that licence fees are being waived for free web streaming services –

UK internet economy to represent 12.4 percent of GDP by 2016 - good reason to repeal #DEAct before it does damage

De Gucht goes rogue again - democracy? who needs it? #ACTA

Why we should oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership - US farmer's perspective #tpp

Security versus freedom, open versus closed - key axes for the online world & beyond

Christian Carey's Sixty Postwar Pieces to Study on #Spotify - not as heavy as it sounds...

German Gov't Uses Anger Over Lack Of #ACTA #Transparency To Justify Further Lack Of Transparency - that'll work #de

#Vevo CEO: The war on #piracy is like the war on drugs…’unwinnable' - good to hear more admitting this

All of Iceland's public administrations moving towards #opensource - great move; who's next?

US Copyright Office wants you to answer 5 qs about #copyright - hmmm (v @copyrightgirl)

Home Office replies to ORG about RIchard #ODwyer extradition - summary: "we bent over" #uk

Sea-level rise will cost $2 trillion - not worst-case: so much for economic arguments against tackling #climatechange

Fear-Induced Foolishness: Entertainment Industry Thinks Controls On New TLDs Will Actually Impact Piracy - clueless

BVDW spricht sich für Nachbesserungen bei #ACTA aus - more voices of sanity

In Grand DeceiveFest, Swedish Parliament Just voted for Data Retention - rightly angry piece about #sweden's betrayal

Don't let Mitt Romney's anti-gay billionaire backer whitewash his intimidation of critics - no, don't

MPs will push Google on bad links - aka #censorship

Justice for Forests - depressing tales of corruption and deforestation

#China Now Leading Source Of iOS, Android Activations - no surprise there #smartphones

MPAA Wants Megaupload User Data Retained for Lawsuits - would be a very stupid move

#Bach Works Catalogue (Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis) on #Spotify - 170 hours of pure genius

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


Liberating America's secret, for-pay laws - more #copyright insanity

Samsung launches its first online store in #India, strengthening its bid to overtake Nokia - more bad news for #nokia

Oz billionaire says CIA backs Greenpeace - conclusive proof that money makes you stupid

Waive VAT on #RaspberryPi - interesting #epetition UK people might care to sign

#Google Steps In To Defend #Hotfile From “Overbroad And Ill-Conceived” MPAA Lawsuit - interesting move

#Amazon to Buy #Robot Maker for $775 Million - intriguing: to use or to sell?

How The #Copyright Industry Drives A Big Brother Dystopia - look at the facts, look at the pattern

USians: Take Action: ISPs Selling Out Customers, Pushing Backdoor SOPA - remember #SOPA? (v @petermurrayrust)

Welcome to the #OpenData User Group - more good moves by the UK gov on this front #community

torrentblocking by dutch university to be illegal/against #netneutrality says Verhagen - quite (v @adV007)#nl

Citizen #Surveillance and the Coming Challenge for Public Institutions - yup #privacy

British National Arts Program Aims To Rob Thousands Of Kids Of Their #Copyrights - shows (c) is too hard to understand

Free 3D-Printable Kit To Connect Different Toy Construction Sets Released -- But Partially Blocked Due To Patents –

UK #Copyright Industries Suddenly Become Fans Of #Evidence-Based Policy Making - on the road to Damascus...?

Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR - interesting analysis #bbc #tv #iplayer

Internet Accounts for 4.7% of the U.S. Economy [STUDY] - maybe we shouldn't mess it up with #ACTA et al.

EU commission admits mistake on #Acta - still obsessing about #socialnws (v @jerezim)

Supreme Court saves medical profession from diagnostic #patents - a good win, but not very broad

Bad Idea: Internet Service Providers Should Assume Most Digital Locker Content Is 'Illegal' - #censorship here we come

Unanimous Supreme Court decision invalidates Prometheus diagnostic test patents - good, detailed analysis #brca

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


The Pirate Bay Attacks #Censorship With Low Orbit Server #Drones - this is getting interesting #tpb

Holding up the sky - "Today hackers are, in fact, among the unacknowledged maintainers of civilization."

#Opensource culture can rescue ICT from #Microsoft's iron grip - nice piece (v @schestowitz)#monoculture

Video, user experience and our mission - the lizard wrangler speaks of encumbered video technologies #mozilla

New #steganography technique relies on letter shapes - quite clever

Imminent "six strikes" #Copyright Alert System needs antitrust scrutiny - interesting points

Private data on British drivers will be stored offshore - #IBM decides to join UK gov in the Evil Club #privacy

Urgent: Please Reply to UK #Copyright Consultation - only 3 days left - don't lose this chance

Student arrested for filming buildings wins police payout - stupid acts of officialdom (v @newsbrooke)

Demand Swift Rejection of #ACTA - don't let the European Commission wriggle out of this one

Combined UK digital economy dwarfs creative sector, time for governments to marginalise copyright lobbyists - key point

Community calls for free open data in consultation - interesting moves on the uk #opendata front

INPI abre consulta pública sobre exame de patente que inclui programa de computador - important #swpats #brazil

Teacher Suspended For Reading 'Ender's Game' To Middle School Students - idiot parent: "it's pornographic"

Summit Entertainment Claims To Own The Date November 20, 2009; Issues Takedown On Art Created On That Day - riiight

Monday, 19 March 2012


Bloggers say #ACTA is threat to basic freedoms in #Serbia - interesting situation here (v @_NetFreedom_)

Collected Personal Data Will Always Be Used Agaisnt the Citizens - points worth thinking about #surveillance

Police court order Dotwrong - Kim dotcom may get his assets back (v @jwildeboer)#nz #megaupload

Wikimedia Research Newsletter completes first volume, introduces new features - a respectable academic field, it seems

The internet: citizen scientists demonstrate power of collaboration - which is why #ACTA is so dangerous (v @karounos)

Sunday, 18 March 2012


#Schubert forever! Or at least, a whole week on BBC Radio 3 - hooray, I can listen to complete works again

The Power of Open - el lanzamiento de la versión en español del libro #es #openness

Britain’s original (17th century) information revolution - fascinating tale, well told

Maine Demands That The US Be More Open And Transparent In #TPP & Other International Trade Negotiations - good for them

Lessig, Doctorow, Seltzer - #ORGCon 2012 tickets selling fast! - the place to be next week #london

Bundesregierung: #ACTA-Transparenz gefährdet Öffentliche Sicherheit - doubtful; and if so, only because of secrecy

Bruce Springsteen, Another Pirate Remixer! - they all are, but only some admit it

Dog mess could be subjected to DNA testing under plans being considered - you can see where this is going (v @cstross)

Global Censorship Monitoring System - looks interesting

Greece develops cashless, Euro-free currency in tight economy - our future? (v @mbauwens)

Saturday, 17 March 2012


#Drone Attack: How We Might Willingly Embrace The #Surveillance Society - coming to a street near you

St. Patrick's Day Playlist: W.B. Yeats In Music - fascinating stuff #spotify

19,000+ episodes of Indian TV on YouTube Shows - wonderful #india

#London air #pollution at record high - disgraceful

As Data Grows, So Grows Linux - #bigdata means big opportunities for #opensource (hint: it scales in all senses)

Webversteher und andere Helden gesucht in Brüssel - more views on the #FRAND vs #RF battle in EU

Conference on "Enforcement of intellectual property rights: review of #IPRED" - hope public will be represented #eu

Is #OpenScience Open Enough? - good review of topic (v @CameronNeylon)

SOPA masala: 387 Indian ISPs must block 104 piratical websites - dangerous move #india #censorship

Al Jazeera to broadcast Syria documentary filmed entirely on iPhone - the future (v @asteris @NatashaTynes)

Why software patents are evil - just in case you needed reminding #swpats

New Ruling In Old Righthaven Case Makes Two Important Points: Protecting Fair Use And Secondary Liability - yup

Scientists say massive palm oil plantation will "cut the heart out" of Cameroon's rainforest - (v @carlzimmer @Yale360)

Strange: Vote Against Freeing Up Orphan Works Achieves 113% Turnout In EU Committee - not fishy at all #copyright

Lemmings of Democracy or rebalancing? – MEPs about to axe Council question time - less transparency – nice...

Court Orders RapidShare to Filter User Uploads - even though that's impossible to do

The BSA's "nauseating" anti-piracy tactics - such lovely people

behold, the sun - as we've never seen it before

Join Us for a Discussion on Open Sourcing the Global Integrity Report - sounds good

#IPRED+ would be delivered by September - put in your diaries: it's gonna be a hot autumn

‘Piracy’ is not affecting Hollywood’s bottom line - who'da thunk?

Poderopedia, a data journalism project to map the Chilean elite - nice transparency project #chile

Friday, 16 March 2012


Spotify Finally Launches In #Germany -- And Immediately Hits Data Protection Problems - poor old #spotify

Wirtschaftsdialog zum Urheberrecht: Über aber ohne Nutzer?! - as usual... #ACTA

Everywhere I’ve Been: Data Portraits Powered by 3.5 years of data and 2.5 million GPS Points - nice

#Serbia to adopt #ACTA for EU membership: Official - not good, but probably inevitable

Assad emails reveal a close watch on social media – and the need for Twitter to clarify some of its policies - quite

#Pfizer says Europe undermining drug innovation - has gall to complain about freeloading: cf. #TPP (v @jamie_love)

Public sector IT chiefs given go-ahead to use #opensource systems for security - still needs saying? (v @czajkowski)

Microsoft's Open Standards Fairy Tale - will MS promise to be #opensource's Fairy Godmother? #FRAND #RF

#TPP Talks Deadlocked; Still No #Transparency - some grounds for hope? #generics

A golden age of #opensource #innovation? - you be the judge

#Slovenia's Big Pay 'Wall' Has Made €26,000 - a bit footling, no?

Bundesregierung ist weiter für #ACTA - boo, hiss

Computer Aided Design the FLOSS way: An Interview with Franz Reiter, lead developer of gCAD3D - sounds rather good #cad

This is cool: An open data standard for food - weird, but good

Encyclopedias are like journalism: It’s better when they are open - but of course

U.S.-#Korea trade deal is bad for both countries - people waking up #tpp (v @PCGTW)

UK Scientists to be protected from #libel - can't come soon enough (v @kzelnio @BoraZ)

CSU-Netzrat legt 2. Positionspapier vor - surprisingly clueful, especially on #ACTA

#Copyright Math: a quantitative reasoning master class by Rob Reid - sharp analysis, hilarious video - don't miss

Trademark issue forces #KDE's "Spark" tablet renaming - </sigh>

MPAA Exec: Only We Can Make Content That People Want - incredible, just incredible #ugc #sopa

Keine Verzögerung: #ACTA jetzt im Europaparlament abstimmen! - maybe a good idea

Kevin Rose Will Join Google - but what will he do there? (v @davewiner @mpesce)

Bunnie Huang's open Geiger counter: design notes and reference - cool

Is Piracy the New Advertising? - well, obviously

2-Strikes im Wirtschaftsministerium gescheitert - "surveillance off the table" #de

Authenticated electricity: Sony power outlets will charge you for charging - what could possibly go wrong? #lockdown

Thursday, 15 March 2012


Value and benefits of #textmining - great #jisc report on this crucial new area (v @eikoku)

Reclaim the Internet in under a Minute - use OpenNIC

An “Internet of Things” Camera - rather cool; #arduino based (v @boingboing)

Gravity Announces Labs and #OpenSource Projects - good to see

The Staying Power of Guarani - amazing #paraguay

Stop Extradition - Fair UK Trial for Richard #ODwyer - probably pointless now, but worth signing as a protest

Crisis in Microsoft land - first encyclopedia britannica, now windows...? #endofanera

#OpenData Innovation Community - Francis Maude speech - nothing new, but good he says it (v @Rchards)

#Microsoft: Data protection undermines IP enforcement - such a warm, generous company #rights #intellectualmonopolies

Submission to UK Consultation on #Copyright: Exceptions - time is running out: pl. make your submission soon

The #OpenDesign definition - "collaborative, discussion-focused creation of an updated definition" (v @openp2pdesign)

38% of #China’s Internet population are mobile-only users, says report - it's the future

PrivateGSM - "to encrypt calls in a totally safe & legal way through VoIP"; cool (v @ioerror)#android

Use and transfer of Passenger Name Records to the United States breaches EU rights - say profs. (v @bendrath)

UK people may be interested in this group buying experiment - 185K have signed up, including me...

Save CBC Music Archives - destroying culture like this should be illegal #canada

Private copying levies on digital media make less sense today than ever - indeed

Harper's Publisher Presents Platonic Ideal Specimen Of 'I'm An Old Fogey Elitist Anti-Internet Luddite' Columns - epic

"Free Trade" is Not Free – Why We All Need to Oppose the TPP - more people concerned about #TPP

FBI, stumped by pimp's Android pattern lock, serves warrant on Google - nice ad for android's security - or fbi's fail

HBO Triggers an International #Copyright Fracas in #Chile - market failure, as usual

RetroShare: secure communications with friends - interesting #opensource project; needs more support (v @dtschmitz)

RIAA chief: ISPs to start fighting piracy by July 12 - what a waste of effort

Wednesday, 14 March 2012


Olympics 2012 security: welcome to lockdown London - obscene: let's just cancel the whole thing #london2012

TPP Talks Stall in Melbourne - people finally waking up to #TPP danger to #generics and Net (v @_NetFreedom_)#acta

Открытое правительство - #russia doing some interesting things with opening up writing of laws (v @mbauwens)

How Eurocrats see the world - I hoped this was a fake; people should be resigning over this #eu

Welcome to Spotify, Germany! And Happy 60th Birthday, Wolfgang Rihm - interesting choice

EU Blames Social Networks For #ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On #Copyright Enforcement –

Don't Let the European Parliament Freeze #ACTA! - hasn't it said it would do this for a while?

Wirtschaftsdialog des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums bleibt Monolog hinter verschlossenen Türen - bad (v @netzpolitik)

#P2PFoundation Personal Support Fund - a worthy cause

EU Regulator Shows Operators Restrict Net Access, Deploy Intrusive Technologies - #netneutrality now

Music's Celestial Jukeboxes Square Off In Germany; Next Stop Asia-Pac - good summary of the streaming sector

Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group - wow, how hateful/hated does it want to be? (v @jeffjarvis)

Wirtschaftsdialog zum #Urheberrecht: Über aber ohne Nutzer?! - do they really want to get #SOPA'd? #de

Idealism vs. pragmatism: Mozilla debates supporting H.264 video playback - ah, yes, the old conundrum

Krautrocksampler: Julian Cope's 50 Kosmische Classics on Spotify - timely

More on #Pinterest and #copyright - plenty more where this came from

Secret trade deal threatens democracy - good summary of #TPP's key problems - and they are big ones

Automating Terrorism (the decline of the suicide bomber) - why moore's law may kill us

Stop innovating, please: Kaleidescape loses DVD ripping case - bad news #dmca

Guess What? Copying Still Isn't Stealing - </sigh>

Richard #ODwyer case: TVShack creator's US extradition approved - travesty of justice: shame on UK gov (v @SinkDeep)

Open Access, brick by brick - excellent, detailed piece on what's happening in #australia #oa

Encyclopedia Britannica halts print publication after 244 years - symbolic or what? #wikipedia

Review Of #Canada's Copyright Bill Concludes, Digital Locks Survive - not optimal, could have been worse

Tuesday, 13 March 2012


All agree with Karel de Gucht - of #ACTA and #TRIPS

10 ways big data changes everything - 10 case studies #bigdata

Jimmy Wales: #Wikipedia chief to advise Whitehall on policy - good news [citation needed] (v @Coadec)#uk

#OrphanWorks: Mapping the Possible Solution Spaces - hugely important problem

After years of intense competition and legal battle, Chinese online video giants #Youku and #Tudou merge - wow

Can big data fix a broken system for software patents? - nope; here's why #swpats

Newspapers moot dropping Doonesbury during transvaginal ultrasound plot - misogynists or just spineless?

Bundesregierung beantwortet kleine Anfrage zu #ACTA, #IPRED und Warnhinweisstudie - interesting snippets

India Controller General for Patents issues order granting Compulsory License in the matter of NATCO Vs. BAYER - good

Why Does An Unpatentable 'Abstract Idea' Becomes Patentable If You Add 'On The Internet'? - kill it, #SCOTUS

Why Does An Unpatentable 'Abstract Idea' Becomes Patentable If You Add 'On The Internet'? - kill it, #SCOTUS

National Libraries and a Museum open up their data using CC0 - others follow, please

EDPS opinion on the data protection reform package - useful analysis #privacy

Mary's Monday Metazoan: O Beautiful Salad - what a wonderful image

Warehouse Fire in Peru Destroys Educational Materials and 40,000 XOs - sad loss

Kontaktiert jetzt Eure Europaabgeordneten und stoppt das Fluggastdatenabkommen! - important stuff

Why #Monsanto Thought Weeds Would Never Defeat Roundup - incredible hubris

3D printer knocks out tiny objects - fast - as in grain of sand tiny; amazing #3dprinters

#TPP Reveals U.S.'s Unbridled Corporate Agenda - great analysis; non-US countries would be mad to sign

PirateBox Takes File-Sharing Off The Radar and Offline, For Next To Nothing - inevitable move

India Issues First Compulsory Licence - #msf on groundp-breaking move #generics #pharma

How #patent monopolies work in reality, outside of fairytale land - not about innovation, all about litigation

UK Gov issues DA notices over imminent #WikiLeaks leak - UK government still clueless (v @schestowitz)

#Afghanistan: Mainstream Media Awakes - let's hope: time to end this madness

Pepys Road: online story about Londoners weathering the crash - nice idea, but I'm a little disappointed by the book

'Don't Get SOPA'd' Is The New Mantra On Capitol Hill - great to see SOPA become such a toxic brand

#HTML5 = new world of hackable games - interesting idea

Kim Dotcom: Many #Megaupload Users at the US Government - well, naturally

#Kony 2012's Visible Funding: Invisible Children's anti-gay, creationist, Christian right donors - well, well, well

Putting Lives Before #Patents: #India Says Pricey Patented Cancer Drug Can Be Copied - good, detailed analysis