Friday, 31 October 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 141029 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

EU’s leading plant scientists call for urgent action to defend GM research - no mention of risks of #patents for food

"full disclosure [of text] likely to lead [#TPP] to go immediately into public debate on an ill-informed basis" - #NZ

#China's Xiaomi surges to become world's third largest smartphone vendor - this was bound to happen

#Copyright reform: weak research will produce bad policy - TERA study flawed as usual... (v @IanBrownOII)

Germany may cut coal-fired energy to protect climate - good stuff

Gottfrid Svartholm Found Guilty in Hacking Trial - pour encourager les autres...

No fast track in lame duck - big implications for #TPP, #TAFTA/#TTIP...

urgent:@EUombudsman public consultation in relation to the #transparency of the TTIP negotiations - closes tomorrow

"If you generate renewable electricity, use Open Utility to find the best price for your export power" - #opendata

Warning of dearer drugs if  #TPP deal agreed - not just likely, but guaranteed as part of the "deal" #NZ

How are international trade treaties enabling corporations to undermine democracy? - warning: may contain nuts (me)

Government to release details of secret policy on #surveillance of privileged communications - welcome, tiny, steps..

#Japan Can’t Ratify the #TPP This Year - so now it's 2015, if ever...

MPAA & Movie Theaters Issue A Ban On Google Glass, 'cos They 'Have Long History Of Welcoming Tech Advances' -

"Papers in Nature journals should make computer code accessible where possible" - yes: as #opensource (v @brembs)

Germany Turning Sour on #TTIP - "one of tricks of negotiators is to create a sense of inevitability" (v @TTIPBeware)

Secret Manuals Show the Spyware Sold to Despots and Cops Worldwide - seems to use #ubuntu to control #spyware...

Singapore: The Commission to Request a Court of Justice Opinion on the trade deal - well, well, well (v @snlester)

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions - #TPP

Tell @CocaCola to stop funding anti-labeling campaigns - spending so much, it clearly has something bad to hide...

#TTIP: The science of the US-European trade megadeal - well done @newscientist for tackling this; but...

#TTIP: Europe will still be safe – but more sensible - no: hopelessly naive about the real intentions of US industry

TTIP: Beware the treaty's empty economic promises - good summary of outright lies being spread by pro-#TTIP camp

.@Newsweek:"[TTIP] would mean adjusting many European regulations to the lower standards imposed by the US" -

Calls to Ban Toxic Chemicals Fall on Deaf Ears Around the World - how the @EU_Commission is betraying the EU public

Cameron stands firm against drugs legalisation despite Lib Dem pressure - not standing firm, stupidly dogmatic

Brandis: "It is “almost inconceivable” that a journalist would go to jail." - "almost" = possible = inevitable #AU

Vermont's Automatic License Plate Readers: 7.9 Million Plates Captured, Five Crimes Solved - says it all

Spain Passes Much-Debated Intellectual Property Law  - just stupid #copyright

Thursday, 30 October 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 141028 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Why support #TPP when it will let foreign corporations take our democracies to court? - excellent piece on #ISDS #AU

Reimon zu TTIP: Malmström soll Notbremse ziehen - "Vertrauen in Kommissionsaussagen zu TTIP erreicht neuen Tiefpunkt"

France to Modify its Intellectual Property Code - absurd extension: "performers rarely, if ever, retain their rights"

Building Libraries Together: New Tools for a New Direction - "Let’s work together to save all human knowledge." let's

Street Demonstrations Against #Hungary's Plan To Tax Internet Data Lead To A Partial Climbdown By Government - next?

Apply for a licence to use an #orphanwork in UK - new scheme now running #copyright

Digital rights, online #privacy and the EU-US free trade agreement - me in @EC_magazine #TTIP #ISDS

Budapest autumn: hollowing out democracy on the edge of Europe - good report, frightening situation #hungary

.@WSJ: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Looks as Far Off as Ever - despite what they would have us believe #TPP

'Camouflaged' internet concerns the Australian Federal Police - the attack on #VPNs intensifies (v @AdV007)

movement against #TTIP-#TAFTA on Twitter - interesting graphical analysis of nodes; NB absence of MSM (v @campact)

Free Software (and Freedom) in #Kosovo - fighting surveillance with #freesw & #strongcrypto #sfk14

UK's #GCHQ Can Get Warrantless Access To Bulk #NSA Data - another reason why #RIPA must be revised #surveillance

TTIP & the Jobs Question - get facts on job creation - don't believe facile "answers" wheeled out by @EU_Commission

URGENT: Call the FCC every day from now until they make their decision on #netneutrality - we can't afford to lose

US #GMO Approval Process FINALLY Being Scrutinized - well, that's interesting

"The reason solar-power generation will increasingly dominate: it’s a technology, not a fuel." - huge point

"Monday is my first day at #Adobe, where I'll be heading up mobile strategy for Adobe's digital marketing business" -

"There are lots of people who want to do us harm" -  Cameron sounds like a playground weed, not a PM: what a #whiner

BBC refuses to include Green party in election TV leader debates - @BBC should rename itself UK gov propaganda dept.

"Israeli sunbathers casually discussing how Israeli Army should deal with residents of Gaza — “Just kill them all” -

#TPP deal keeps disappearing down rabbit hole - "agreement will soon face problem of momentum as well as credibility"

"@MPAA stress that they welcome technological innovations" - hahahahahahahahaha #copyright

#AU #metadata retention: "cheapest cost option, which would be cloud storage hosted out of China" - ha! #privacy

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 141027 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

#NZ Health professionals call to give #TPP trade deal a health check - it's dead, Jim...

UK government just declared war on the British people over #fracking - happy with that? if not, pl. sign here...

#China Orders Replacement of Microsoft's OS On Government Computers - we keep hearing this, will it happen?

UK to build biggest weather supercomputer - runs #linux, of course;@newscientist fails to mention it, of course

Pläne für EU-Urheberrechtsabgabe: Oettinger will Netznutzer für geistiges Eigentum zahlen lassen - clueless as feared

Today’s Britain: where poor are forced to steal or beg from food banks - what a word: "immiseration" (v @raycorrigan)

During Cold War, CIA And FBI Hired Over 1,000 Nazis As Spies, Limited Investigations Of Those Nazis - lovely

#Singapore concerned by #ISDS debate, asks investment be “decoupled” from EU deal - serious doubts spreading

#Kazakhstan Court Awards Massive Damages over Same-Sex Kiss Poster - risible

Expert: With #TTIP, not everybody is going to be happy, but that’s normal - IOW, rich will be happy, screw the poor

FFII submission to Ombudsman consultation on openness in #TTIP negotiations - #transparency

Simon Stevens must come clean on #TTIP that threatens the NHS - "make privatisation of the #NHS irreversible"

Mathematica rechnet falsch - that's the trouble with black boxes; don't use them #opensource

#RIAA "suggesting that the right to protect one’s #copyrights trumps freedom of expression" - riiight

More Cops Investigate More Teens 'Sexting.' Now What? - & find it commonplace...

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


AFTINET  slams possible shameful trade-offs and calls for release of #TPP text - selling basic rights for what?

back from a great time in Prishtina at Software Freedom Kosova 2014 - thanks for the invitation... #sfk14

Australia shouldn’t sacrifice food safety standards for free trade - now should EU #TTIP #TPP

AMA wants assurance #TPP deal won’t push up medicine prices - See more at: won't get it: TPP's aim is to boost pharma

#china is world’s largest industrial robot market - another straw in the wind

Leaked universal credit memo shows jobcentre staff struggling with rollout - underlines why we need whistleblowers

#TTIP Update XLI - more wrangling over #ISDS, & the UK government resorts to desperate measures #TAFTA

Police Officers' Suing DOJ For Violating Their 'Right' To Deploy Force Without Restrictions Shot Down By Judge -

The Micula case: When ISDS messes with EU law - #ISDS madness at its worst: read & weep #ro #TTIP

US Solicitor General, Verrilli, Tells Supreme Court That Of Course You Can Infringe On An Invalid Patent - insanity

'Imprisoned' Killer Whales Spark Outcry in Moscow - shame on #russia for allowing this (v @HMeresman @tom_watson)

Anti-#TTIP Front condemns government for supporting free trade proposal - people of #malta join the fight

Using Cash and Pressure, China Builds Its Chip Industry - significant, & partly inspired by Mr #snowden

Payment Wars: How Merchants And Carriers Are Trying To Block Payment Systems They Can't Track - important issue

Legalise online protests to safeguard democracy - @OddLetters is absolutely right

NGOs: Farmers’ Rights Should Be Safeguarded In Activities Of Plant Treaty, WIPO, UPOV - important area

Trade Secrecy and #TPP: Secret Lawmaking Meets Criminalization - v worrying development

Structured Commons project launches in Berlin - " make multimedia data easier to use on Wikimedia Commons"

Feds Want To Keep A Big Part Of Their Argument Against Lawsuit Over Internet Spying A Total Secret -

The US Intelligence Community has a Third Leaker - … not just two.... #snowden #nsa

Groser has big concerns about dairy in #TPP - IOW, #NZ is giving a lot, and getting little

Trans Pacific trade ministers’ declaration suggests no breakthrough for #TPP  - See more at: but they plod on...

Sunday, 26 October 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 141023 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market - interesting

Google’s New Skybox For Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery To Non-Profits - that's laudable

DNA Sequence Analysis Shows Ebola Outbreak Naturally Ocurring, Not Engineered Virus - important point

"if Ukip are on the rise, I’ve got to support [the #Greens] as the anti-Ukip party." - more strange benefits of UKIP

The Republican Party’s Electoral Philosophy: Cheating Wins - blatant - & blatantly racist - abuse of system

Big Ag Spending Millions to Defeat GMO Labeling Campaigns - seems they really have a lot to hide...

Friday, 24 October 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 141023 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Ripping up the sea floor on behalf of royal profits - UK's failure in marine conservation a disgrace

CJEU: video framing not copyright infringement - well, obvs...

Why The FDA Ban On Providing Health Reports Based On Personal Genomes Won't Work - #DNA is digital

Malaysia may lose RM5 billion from the #TPP – S.M. Mohamed Idris - See more at: sounds like a bad deal to me

Copyright in the Trans-Pacific Partnership echoes past mistakes - maybe time to stop....

#Snowden's Motivation: What the Internet Was Like Before It Was Being Watched, and How We Can Get There Again -

This Post Is Not About GamerGate - "Ceci n'est pas une pipe"

Former NSA Official: Anyone Who 'Justified' Snowden's Leaks Shouldn't Be Allowed A Gov't Job - wow...

Thursday, 23 October 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 141022 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

"Cantonese is beginning to take on a central role in Hong Kong’s resistance to mainland China." - (v @seatrout)

Departing EU Digital Commissioner Warns Against 'Analogue Europe' Blocking Digital Innovation - you know who you are

UK needs "mature debate" on #opendata, says senior official - backtracking, IOW (v @psychemedia @owenboswarva)

#Abbott government 'intent on destroying renewable industry' I thought he was just stupid; turns out he's evil #AU

Does #CETA offer any real value to Canadian farmers? - er, no, actually...

Member states warn Juncker against #ISDS concessions - actually, pretty much just UK causing problems, as usual

Australia shouldn’t sacrifice food safety standards for free trade - which is what #TPP will do

Ottawa shootings: a spectacular failure for Canadian intelligence - & for #FiveEyes: Boston Marathon, ISIS, now this

major lie by pro-#ISDS EU ministers: #TTIP "will add over €100bn to EU GDP" - no: that's the max it might bring

"#TTIP will lead to a contraction of GDP and a loss of personal incomes and employment" - important new study

BBC Uses Anti-Terror Spy Powers to Track Down People Who Haven’t Paid Their License Fee - absurd #RIPA abuse

Going Dutch: the Netherlands Shares UK's #OpenSource Woes - time to meet up & swap experiences? #nl

German Publishers Grant Google A 'Free License' Google Never Needed To Post News Snippets - ORLY? #copyright

FoE launches legal action to stop capture of #beavers in Devon - @DefraGovUK's comments here insult our intelligence


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 141021 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Big Tobacco puts countries on trial as concerns over TTIP deals mount - coming 2 EU thanks to #TTIP if #ISDS stays in

Open Licenses And Freedom Of Panorama Recognized In Russian Law - good news from #russia for a change

#AU Telcos may no longer be required 2 pass on lists of metadata requests - how convenient (v @Asher_Wolf @FarrellPF)

Prepare For More Devastating Bushfires, Australian Climate Council Warns - good job Tony Abbott says it won't happen

The Future of the Internet - 20 Years Ago - do you remember day 1st beta of #Netscape Navigator appeared? #mozilla

#TTIP Student Paper Competition - desperate attempt to bribe students to write nice things about #TTIP (v @jhilary)

the fact that #TTIP Student Paper Competition won't allow students to write about its problems shows how scared they are of honest debate

Let's Pay for #OpenSource with a Closed-Source Software Levy - spread the word, make it happen... #osd

"There will be no #ISDS clause in #TTIP if Frans does not agree with it too" - oh, look, a squirrel

#Princes and #JohnWest: stop trashing our oceans - shame on these companies: get this sorted now #dirtytuna

 Ban of vulture-killing drug in India is working - EU must take note

UK government has ‘blood on its hands’ over failure to track foreign criminals - too busy spying on UK citizens...

Concentrated Power and Consequences - Clive Menzies 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday 28th October 2014 - #london

Ruled by Banks – The City in policy-making in the UK and beyond - "including international ‘trade’ policy (#TTIP)"

End the cage age for Europe’s rabbits - "unspeakable welfare conditions, the most barren environments imaginable"

Proposition de thèse en droit " L’accès à l’information en matière d’expertise sanitaire et environnementale" -

Very quietly, the coalition tries to dismantle judicial review - yet another attack on the public's right to object

#Malaysia to lose nearly RM5 billion every year in TPPA deal, warns group - so, why sign up to #TPP?

Treaty holds no attraction for #thailand - - many people will die because of #TPP

Victims of Domestic Violence Getting Longer Prison Sentences Than Their Childs' Abuser? - insane sentencing

Establishing Wikidata as the central hub for linked open life science data - excellent idea #genomics

Big win for an interoperable commons: BY-SA and FAL now compatible - that's good #cc

Who Needs to Be More Flexible in the #TPP talks? Hint: It’s Not Japan. - yes, hugely important point (v @burcuno)

"only be done with the support of local communities": strange how that only applies to #windpower, not to #fracking -

NY Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Latest To Complain About Phone Encryption - concerted attack on #encryption...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 141020 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

World Trade Organization veils meaty information - staggering interference in democratic decision-making #TTIP #TPP

"If ever there was an industry whose early decline could be confidently predicted it's steaming coal." - #AU #TPP

Protestors disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera - Adam's work is a compassionate & balanced masterpiece

#TTIP and #ISDS: The Obscure Trade Clause Threatening to Tear European Politics Apart - and how... (v @TTIPBeware)

Divest MPs' pension fund from fossil fuels, says Caroline Lucas - excellent idea: lead the way #divestment

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery - looks promising

How money from pro-Israel donors controls Westminster - amazing amount of money sloshing around here... #UK

Italian Parliament Publishes Draft Internet Bill Of Rights - after #Brazil, now #Italy picks up the baton

User Data Manifesto 2.0 - "Defining basic rights for people to control their own data in internet age" (v @hugoroyd)

Stop #TTIP and #CETA petition just passed 2/3rds of a million signatures - incredible...

This trade deal with America would have Churchill beaming - see how Boris tries to put lipstick on a pig #TTIP

on #TTIP, Boris trots out misleading best-case figures, claims they are good (they're actually close to zero in real terms) +empty rhetoric

Boris: UK should go it alone on trade deal with US if EU fails to sign - with no leverage, that means grovelling

Outgoing #GCHQ boss defends agency activities after #Snowden revelations - blatant, delusional attempt @ whitewashing

"of all communications out there globally only a small %age are within reach of our sensors" - yes, but all of UK's

European Commission proposes ratification of Marrakesh Treaty - even though they fought it tooth & nail #copyright

Wikileaks Exposes Trans-Pacific Partnership as Bad Trade Deal Again - "Enslaved through trade" #TPP

Trans-Pacific trade deal could bankrupt governments - corporations above nations #TPP

Copyright Maximalists And Lobbyists Insist 'Criminal Elements' Are Secretly Leading The Copyright Reform Effort -

Federal Trade Commission names Ashkan Soltani chief technologist - that's rather hopeful...

Honduras near ’failed state’ status due to free trade agreement - time to pull out of CAFTA-DR

Farage deal with Polish far-right party ‘raises serious questions’ say Jews - & that's putting it politely #ukip

Ministries of ICT, Education, & UNESCO join to formally launch School of Open #Africa - great move

‘Angry-looking grey men’ told they will lose campaign for UK to leave EU - good: #brexit utter disaster for UK

UK: Nurses warn over EU-US trade deal - rightly: #ISDS makes privatisation irreversible #TTIP

Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’ - nice

New Open Knowledge Initiative on the Future of #OpenAccess in the Humanities and Social Sciences - good move

Auf Wiedersehen, #Ukip - "immigration and economic prosperity go together"; good analysis

Is Peer-to-Peer Energy the Next Big Sharing Thing? - makes sense