Tuesday, 31 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150330 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150330.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Few Australian Businesses Use Or Know About Trade Agreements: So Why Make Big Concessions To Sign Up To #TPP? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150327/10075030463/few-australian-businesses-use-know-about-trade-agreements-so-why-make-big-concessions-to-sign-up-to-tpp.shtml

Is democracy threatened if companies can sue countries? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32116587 wow:@BBCNews finally wakes up to #ISDS in #TTIP

Seattle City Council opposes fast track for Pacific Rim trade pact - http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/city-council-opposes-fast-track-for-pacific-rim-trade-pact/ who's next? #TPP #TPA

Witnesses, Who Say Police Killed Activist, Are to Be Charged in #Egypt - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/world/middleeast/witnesses-who-say-police-killed-activist-areto-be-charged-in-egypt.html unbelievable (v @KenRoth @AdV007)

Deutsch-französische Erklärung zum Urheberrecht unterzeichnet - http://www.bmjv.de/SharedDocs/Kurzmeldungen/DE/2015/20150331-Erklaerung-zum-Urheberrecht.html this is exactly wrong (v @Ansip_EU @HeikoMaas)

Bundesverband für mittelständische Wirtschaft gegen Paralleljustiz in #TTIP und #CETA - http://www.mehr-demokratie.de/bvmw_gegen_isds.html #SMEs do not want #ISDS

Top UK doctors call for ban on “inherently risky” #fracking - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/top-uk-doctors-call-for-ban-on-inherently-risky-fracking/ "Health & enviro arguments against are "overwhelming."

#NL Parliament: "#TTIP may not contain dispute resolution prejudices national legal system & democratic decision" - https://www.vrijschrift.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/179-Dutch-Parliament-resolution-on-ISDS.html

CNBC Worries About Poor, Helpless Multinational Corporations Who Are Being 'Cyberbullied' - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150330/09363830485/can-you-cyberbully-corporation.shtml poor diddums...

Report: #Facebook tracks all visitors, even if you’re not a user and opted out - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/report-facebook-tracks-all-visitors-even-if-youre-not-a-user-and-opted-out/ this won't go down well in #EU

#China's Great Firewall Turned Around: Why China Wants To Censor Global Internet - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150331/07002030498/chinas-great-firewall-turned-around-why-china-wants-to-censor-global-internet.shtml living in interesting times

Born Red - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/04/06/born-red excellent, in-depth portrait of the unexpected rise and rise of Xi Jinping #china

Monday, 30 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150329 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150329.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Australia's climate change policy on course for 'disastrous' 4C warming - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/30/australias-climate-change-policy-on-course-for-disastrous-4c-warming let's sue #AU now for damage it will cause

#OpenSource Mandatory for Indian Government Projects - http://www.computerworlduk.com/blogs/open-enterprise/india-oss-3605745/ great news, could have big impact #india

E-mail autofill blunder leaks personal details of G20 leaders - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/e-mail-autofill-blunder-leaks-personal-details-of-g20-world-leaders/ how can we trust #AU government with #dataretention?

Europe’s law enforcement chief joins in #crypto panic - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/europes-law-enforcement-chief-joins-in-crypto-panic/ is a forced move to targeted #surveillance such a bad thing?

#TPP "is too secretive and potentially too damaging to be rushed through Congress via “fast track” authority" - http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/237227-broken-promises-on-trade #TPA

Ridiculous Ruling In #Ireland Requires ISP To Kick Those Accused (Not Convicted) Of File Sharing Off The Internet - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150328/06520230467/ridiculous-ruling-ireland-requires-isp-to-kick-those-accused-not-convicted-file-sharing-off-internet.shtml

Anglican church must divest fossil fuels to cope with climate crisis, bishops say - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/30/anglican-church-divest-fossil-fuels-bishops-say-climate-crisis too right #divestment

How The #TPP Agreement Could Be Used To Undermine Free Speech And Fair Use In The US - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150328/07314930468/how-tpp-agreement-could-be-used-to-undermine-free-speech-fair-use-us.shtml this is serious #copyright

Who was awarded compensation in past #ISDS awards? - https://gusvanharten.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/140/ *not* SMEs, as @EU_Commission claims (v @pia_eberhardt)#TTIP

Investor-State Attacks on Public Interest Policies: Access to Medicines - http://www.citizen.org/documents/tpp-investment-chapter-and-access-to-medicines.pdf "threats to public health policies" #TPP

Publishers Actively Monitoring Testing Students' Social Media Posts For Possible Cheating - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150321/16310630398/publishers-actively-monitoring-testing-students-social-media-posts-possible-cheating.shtml not nice

Green solidarity on the U.S.Europe trade deal - http://www.foe.org/news/blog/2015-03-interview-green-solidarity-on-the-us-europe-trade-deal why anti-#TTIP is not anti-US

#TTIP: How would the secret deal affect US? - https://www.foe.co.uk/page/ttip-american-dream Gwen Buck interviews Bill Waren of Friends of the Earth US

Sunday, 29 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150328 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150328.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

#TTIP: „Den politischen Preis in die Höhe treiben“ - http://www.carta.info/77870/ttip-den-politischen-preis-in-die-hoehe-treiben/ interview with @pia_eberhardt, excellent as ever #ISDS

"Für uns zeigt die [#TTIP] Werbekampagne vor allem, wie undemokratisch, arrogant und neoliberal die Technokraten in der EU-Kommission sind."

The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything review – self-pitying Nigel Farage - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/29/purple-revolution-nigel-farage-self-pity-nick-cohen splendidly written

"Farage is an attack dog who poses as an underdog. He’s the small-minded man who pretends he’s the friend of the little guy."

"Farage as a representative of the worst of England: the whining, hypocritical, know-nothing wing of the middle class"

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Grants Public Access to Data through Scientific “Data Warehouse” - http://www.natlawreview.com/article/european-food-safety-authority-efsa-grants-public-access-to-data-through-scientific- great news

Students Against #TTIP UK - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Students-Against-TTIP-UK/905229229497324 great to see student mobilising now - it's their democratic future being undermined here

The Emperor's New Clothes Trailer - A Russell Brand & Michael Winterbottom film - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4Geq8dM13k love him or loathe him, he tries

Hunt pledges extra £8bn for #NHS if Conservatives win election - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/29/jeremy-hunt-pledges-extra-8bn-for-nhs-if-conservatives-win-election but also wants £22bn "savings" = cuts; so 8-22 = -14

Tencent Announces Structural Adjustment Aimed At Animation And Film - http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/03/29/21525-tencent-announces-structural-adjustment-aimed-at-animation-and-film interesting move #china

MPAA Wanted Less Fair Use In #Copyright Curriculum - http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-wanted-less-fair-use-in-copyright-curriculum-150329/ what a surprise

Boycott Which? to stop #TTIP - https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/boycott-which-to-stop-ttip "We want 'Which?' to oppose TTIP"; strange it doesn't see the dangers to consumers

TTIP Updates - The Glyn Moody blogs - http://www.computerworlduk.com/blogs/open-enterprise/ttip-updates--the-glyn-moody-blogs-3569438/ … 50 posts giving the background of #TTIP, + info on #CETA, #TPP, #ISDS

#TTIP report shows very negative impacts for Irish beef sector - http://www.ifa.ie/ttip-report-shows-very-negative-impacts-for-beef-sector/ … model uses impossible CEPR assumptions #ie

IFA: "US imports must meet same animal health, welfare, traceability & environmental standards as EU producers." - http://www.ifa.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IFA-TTIP-Document-Final-March-2015.pdf

Irish Farmers' Association realises it is being sacrificed in #TTIP for illusory gains elsewhere - http://www.ifa.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IFA-TTIP-Document-Final-March-2015.pdf #ie (v @jhilary)

what is true for Ireland is true for all EU farmers with high animal welfare & environmental standards: can't compete against cheap US food

means EU farmers will go bankrupt, & their high-animal welfare produce replaced by cheaper low-animal welfare mega-factory US food #TTIP

that is the #TTIP "benefit" EU consumers are supposed to applaud: fewer EU jobs, lower animal welfare, compromised food standards; no thanks

EU report: "#TTIP could have serious adverse consequences for the suckler cows sector. Ethanol, poultry & cereals" - http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2014/514007/AGRI_IPOL_STU%282014%29514007_EN.pdf

UK Poultry council expresses #TTIP fears - http://www.meatinfo.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/17960/Poultry_council_expresses_TTIP_fears.html "minimum American welfare standards are lower than they are in Europe"

"companies may use #ISDS to challenge patent provisions, such as compulsory licensing and India’s patent law" - http://patentlyo.com/patent/2015/03/million-limiting-canceling.html

The New York Times Soft-Pedals the Dangers of the #TPP - http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/03/joe-firestone-new-york-times-soft-pedals-dangers-tpp.html long but thorough dismantling of #ISDS (v @paulstpancras)


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150327 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150327.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Belgian municipalities mobilise against the #TTIP - http://www.equaltimes.org/belgium-municipalities-mobilise-15978?lang=en things really beginning to move in #Belgium
want to know why #TTIP would be a nightmare? look what just happened in #Canada - http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/blog/2015/mar/25/if-you-want-know-why-ttip-would-be-nightmare-look-what-just-happened-canada & no, #CETA's changes won't help

Putrajaya okay with investor-state dispute clause in trade pact, says DAP lawmaker - http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/putrajaya-okay-with-invester-state-dispute-clause-in-trade-pact-says-dap-la that's unwise #malaysia #ISDS

'This is not right': Former SeaWorld trainer recalls killer whale treatment - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/28/seaworld-trainer-john-hargrove-killer-whale-treatment #boycott @SeaWorld now, everywhere

Lords accuse Tories of ‘burying’ review that cleared EU of interference - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/28/lords-accuse-tories-burying-eu-powers-review well, that's awkward #GE2015

Saturday, 28 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150326 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150326.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

#TPP Leak: Extraordinary New Powers for Foreign Firms to Challenge US Policies & Demand Taxpayer Compensation - http://www.citizen.org/documents/tpp-investment-leak-2015-release.pdf #ISDS

#NZ Govt must be more transparent on investor state clauses - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1503/S00408/govt-must-be-more-transparent-on-investor-state-clauses.htm actually, just bin them #ISDS #TPP

French Intelligence Bill: Everyone Under Surveillance - https://www.laquadrature.net/en/french-intelligence-bill-everyone-under-surveillance pas good...

Convention on online advertising: increased circumvention of law in the name of fighting piracy - https://www.laquadrature.net/en/convention-on-online-advertising-increased-circumvention-of-the-law-in-the-name-of-fighting-piracy worse than #ACTA

UK first country in world where half of all ad spend is on digital media - http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/mar/27/half-ad-spend-digital-media time for the UK government to take note

Large fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of over 8% last year - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/26/large-fall-in-uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-of-over-8-last-year v welcome, much more needed

Embedded Linux Keeps on Growing, IoT Next Big Win - http://www.computerworlduk.com/blogs/open-enterprise/embedded-3605044/ even Android can't compete with vanilla #Linux

EU announces plans to banish geo-blocking, modernize #copyright law - http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/03/eu-announces-plans-to-banish-geo-blocking-modernize-copyright-law/ great in theory, but just wait for the lobbying

Chinese leaders push for "greenization" - http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/24/c_134094125.htm horrible word, great idea #china

World's largest hydropower project planned for Tibetan Plateau - https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/6781-World-s-largest-hydropower-project-planned-for-Tibetan-Plateau this is madness #tibet #china

Britain's first titan-sized prison gets green light - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/27/britains-first-titan-sized-prison-gets-green-light "includes punitive penalty clauses" #shameful

#NAFTA increased mass migration to the United States - http://www.bilaterals.org/?nafta-increased-mass-migration-to will #TPP makes things even worse?

Germany worries about #TTIP’s impact on environmental standards - http://www.bilaterals.org/?germany-worries-about-ttip-s rightly so

Gemeinden dürfen sich bei #TTIP, #CETA und #TiSA keinen Maulkorb verpassen lassen! - http://www.mehr-demokratie.de/ttip-ceta-tisa-maulkorb.html richtig

Why a whiff of panic has entered America’s Pacific trade negotiations - http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21647330-why-whiff-panic-has-entered-americas-pacific-trade-negotiations-whats-big-deal?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/what_s_the_big_deal_ "talks are reaching point of no return" #TPP

Friday, 27 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150325 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150325.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Turning the Tide - http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2015/03/turning-the-tide Ending overfishing in north-western Europe

Bad Copyright Laws Scaring Off Necessary Investment In New Digital Platforms - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150324/17431930420/bad-copyright-laws-scaring-off-necessary-investment-new-digital-platforms.shtml not good

#AU government minister: Dodge new data retention law like this - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/australian-government-minister-dodge-new-data-retention-law-like-this/ Is first law to make warrant canaries illegal?

New York Legislators Seeking A 'Right To Repair' Law For Electronic Devices - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150322/15203730402/new-york-legislators-seeking-right-to-repair-law-electronic-devices.shtml nice

White House misinformation on #TPP investment - http://www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2015-03-wikileaks-exposes-white-house-misinformation-on-tpp "foreign investors’ substantive and procedural rights are sweeping"

Dangerously Underpowered NSA Begging Legislators For Permission To Go To Cyberwar - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150322/13335430401/dangerously-underpowered-nsa-begging-legislators-permission-to-go-to-cyberwar.shtml ha!

German pro basketball team relegated to lower division due to Windows update - http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/03/german-pro-basketball-team-relegated-to-lower-division-due-to-windows-update/ no, really

MT @NicholasBruneau "Every #European should be #digital"@NeelieKroesEU  by @WIRED http://buff.ly/18V4d0p >>they are: all DNA is digital

Jane Kelsey: Leaked #TPP text has all the dangers Govt promised to negotiate away - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11423728 & we can prove it #ISDS #NZ

MT @EU_Commission 3 yrs into the EU-South Korea FTA, EU exports up 35% to €41.5 bn. http://europa.eu/!CJ73CR >>yes - & no #ISDS in treaty

New #TPP Investment Leak Confirms #NZ Surrender to US - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1503/S00313/new-tppa-investment-leak-confirms-nz-surrender-to-us.htm #ISDS in all its awfulness

WikiLeaks reveals local health and environment rules under threat - http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/wikileaks-reveals-local-health-and-environment-rules-under-threat-20150326-1m7y8d.html wil  "galvanise resistance and opposition" #TPP

#TPP leaked chapter raises health, environment concerns - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-26/trans-pacific-partnership-leaked-chapter-raises-regulatory-conc/6350584 "Australian Government is using ISDS as a bargaining chip"

Thursday, 26 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150324 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150324.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/25/treating-soil-like-dirt-fatal-mistake-human-life insane; #NFU a real threat here

Open Letter To Key EU #Copyright Working Group Calls For 'Balanced Representation Of Views' - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150320/08544030384/open-letter-to-key-eu-copyright-group-calls-balanced-representation-views.shtml good luck with that

Demand a ban on pulse trawling now! - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/228/074/990/demand-a-ban-on-pulse-trawling-now/ insane approach to fishing

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you want to keep the NSA away from your data - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/eu-dont-use-facebook-if-you-want-to-keep-the-nsa-away-from-your-data/ #safeharbour on the way out? #dataprotection

BP pulls out of climate denial group even as execs support Sen. Inhofe - http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/03/bp-pulls-out-of-climate-denial-group-even-as-execs-support-sen-inhofe/ that's better

Latvia: EU, US 'likely' to miss year-end target for free trade deal - http://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/latvia-eu-us-likely-miss-year-end-target-free-trade-deal-313253 #TTIP officially stuck in the sand

Maximising inclusiveness and engagement through the use of #OpenStandards in the European Commission - http://fsfe.org/news/2015/news-20150325-01.html

#Mexico: NAFTA has not created jobs for us - http://www.bilaterals.org/?mexico-nafta-has-not-created-jobs hugely important when considering #TPP, #TTIP

NAFTA ruling in Nova Scotia quarry case sparks fears for future settlements  - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/nafta-ruling-against-canada-sparks-fears-over-future-dispute-settlements/article23603613/ the #ISDS vampire strikes again

important: Secret draft for the Trans-Pacific Partnership - Investment Chapter https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/  #TPP #TTIP get digging #ISDS

#TPP Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against US - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/business/trans-pacific-partnership-seen-as-door-for-foreign-suits-against-us.html?ref=business&_r=0 "local policy changes could send government to a UN tribunal"

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150323 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150323.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

All Parties In Austrian Parliament Support Resolution Calling For Action Against NSA And GCHQ Spying - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150319/05323330364/all-parties-austrian-parliament-support-resolution-calling-action-against-nsa-gcha-spying.shtml #at

A Trip Down (Computer) Memory Lane - http://www.computerworlduk.com/blogs/open-enterprise/memory-3605042/ #GNU, symbolics.com, patent trolls, #Microsoft, #UEFI - & #SCO

#TTIP: Why the rest of the world should beware - http://www.tni.org/sites/www.tni.org/files/download/ttip_the_rest_of_the_world_should_be_aware.pdf good analysis of neglected dangers

EFF, other rights groups want to take ISP safe harbors worldwide - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/rights-groups-want-to-take-isp-safe-harbors-worldwide/ great move

FEMA to require state grant recipients plan for #climatechange - http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/03/fema-to-require-state-grant-recipients-plan-for-climate-change/ that will be awkward for #Florida...

How The Copyright Industry Wants To Undermine Anonymity & Free Speech: 'True Origin' Bills - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150324/07243230412/how-copyright-industry-wants-to-undermine-anonymity-free-speech-true-origin-bills.shtml nasty

Worldwide more than 50 events about #OpenStandards - https://fsfe.org/news/2015/news-20150324-01.en.html good news

World's leading zoo association accused of overlooking horrific cruelty - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/25/worlds-leading-zoo-association-overlooked-horrific-cruelty-to-animals reputable zoos must leave #WAZA now

Indian Supreme Court Strikes Down Censorship Law -- But Leaves Web Blocking - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150324/07015030411/indian-supreme-court-strikes-down-censorship-law-leaves-web-blocking.shtml great news, but pity about blocking

Could the #TTIP deal undo development gains? - http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/24/could-the-ttip-trade-deal-undo-development-gains?CMP=share_btn_tw you bet: this is an economic NATO remember - no prisoners taken...

Could #CETA mean genetically modified apples from Canada exported to Europe? - http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2015/03/could-ceta-mean-genetically-modified-apples-canada-exported-t test run for #TTIP

We know where you’ve been: Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/we-know-where-youve-been-ars-acquires-4-6m-license-plate-scans-from-the-cops/ insane

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150322 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150322.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

.@gatesfoundation Stop colluding with big business to push patented seeds on African farmers #freetheseeds; details - http://action.globaljustice.org.uk/ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=4022

Does #Patent Licensing by Patent Trolls - Or Anyone - Serve A Useful Purpose? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150320/10445230388/does-patent-licensing-patent-trolls-anyone-serve-useful-purpose.shtml warning: may be rhetorical question

US judge orders seizure of foreign domains owned by Chinese company - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/us-judge-orders-seizure-of-foreign-domains-owned-by-chinese-company/ long arm of the law... #copyright #law

#TPP cost-benefit report to be completed by July, says Mustapa – Bernama - http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/tppa-cost-benefit-report-to-be-completed-by-july-says-mustapa-bernama that will be interesting...

The top 10 myths about TTIP: Separating fact from fiction - http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2015/march/tradoc_153266.pdf these are utterly feeble; see next tweets...

“#TTIP will weaken strict EU standards that protect people and the planet” - no, it will create new structures that will do that

“Tariffs between the EU and US are already low. TTIP is just a pretext for dismantling EU regulations.” -  the EU admits tariffs are <4%

“TTIP would allow powerful US firms to sue governments at will.” - vague promises to "reform" #ISDS worthless; 1400 FTA figure is irrelevant

“TTIP will force EU governments to privatise public services we all rely on” - no, it will just make it prohibitively expensive to reverse

come on,@EU_Commission, can you really not come up with anything better than these re-heated half-truths? #TTIP #ISDS #pathetic

Does #Patent Licensing by Patent Trolls - Or Anyone - Serve A Useful Purpose? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150320/10445230388/does-patent-licensing-patent-trolls-anyone-serve-useful-purpose.shtml warning: may be rhetorical question

Germany pledges to stand firm in US-EU #TTIP trade talks - http://www.dw.de/germany-pledges-to-stand-firm-in-us-eu-ttip-trade-talks/a-18332349 Gabriel needs to make up his mind on #ISDS

International investment court plan threatens our democracy - https://blog.ffii.org/international-investment-court-plan-threatens-our-democracy/ not a solution - reject #ISDS in all forms #TTIP #CETA

European lawmakers say #Snowden should be allowed public interest defence - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/european-lawmakers-say-snowden-should-be-allowed-public-interest-defense/ good to see #EU

Blasting Off With The Copia Institute: Creative Solutions To Big Innovation Challenges - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150323/11223530405/blasting-off-with-copia-institute-creative-solutions-to-big-innovation-challenges.shtml interesting ideas...

UK Police Can't Confirm Or Deny Investigation Of Journalists It Publicly Confirmed In 2013 - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150320/12175530390/uk-police-cant-confirm-deny-investigation-journalists-it-publicly-confirmed-2013.shtml Mr Plod is ridiculous

"#Israel’s prime minister says it was ‘not his intention’ to cause offence" - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/23/netanyahu-apologises-arabs-israel-warning-voting-election what a comedian... #palestine

World's top zoo organisation accused of links to #Taiji dolphin slaughter in Japan - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/24/worlds-top-zoo-organisation-accused-of-links-to-taiji-dolphin-slaughter-in-japan shame on #waza

Monday, 23 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150321 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150321.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

corporate greed trumps environmental preservation - thanks again to #ISDS - http://canadians.org/blog/bilcon-wins-nafta-challenge-against-canada-over-gravel-quarry-expansion why it must go forever from all treaties

just incredible that some MEPs want to bring these kind of #ISDS decisions to EU through #TTIP, #CETA etc - what on earth are they thinking?

Global Day of Action against Free Trade and Investment regimes - https://www.globaltradeday.org/ more support needed #ISDS #TTIP #TPP

Sex worker to launch legal challenge against NI prostitution ban - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/22/sex-worker-to-launch-legal-challenge-against-ni-prostitution-ban interesting move

Climate-sceptic US senator given funds by BP political action committee - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/22/climate-sceptic-us-politician-jim-inhofe-bp-political-action-committee @BP_plc confirming its deeply evil nature

Shell oil driling in Arctic set to get US government permission - http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/mar/22/shell-oil-driling-in-arctic-set-to-get-us-government-permission with ultra-cheap oil, makes no economic sense

#TPP Trade deal 'involves cut to GST threshold' - http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/67473404/trade-deal-involves-cut-to-gst-threshold here's where the NZ pain begins; wait till they see the rest

Neue Lobbying-Welle für #TTIP rollt an - http://fm4.orf.at/stories/1755780/ good analysis; bring it on, says I - it's too late (v @Liese_Mueller)#ISDS

Sunday, 22 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150320 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2015/03/150320.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

UK Government Admits Intelligence Services Allowed To Break Into Any System, Anywhere, For Any Reason - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150320/04052830372/uk-government-admits-intelligence-services-allowed-to-break-into-any-system-anywhere-any-reason.shtml #privacy

urgent: EU-#Japan trade talks already at 9th round - http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1267&title=EU-Japan-9th-round-of-trade-talks-further-consolidates-negotiation-texts we are not on top of this: #ISDS is in there - let's get moving

help stop forests being erased - http://www.wwf.org.uk/how_you_can_help/campaign_with_us/forest_campaign/ we need trees - and not just for furniture...

Grant Shapps faces legal action from constituent he threatened to sue - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/21/grant-shapps-dean-archer-legal-action-michael-green quite right too... #GE2015

Beyond Freedom Of Information Requests: Freedom Of Code Requests - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150313/04112330308/beyond-freedom-information-requests-freedom-code-requests.shtml great precedent #transparency

How #Transparency Will Change The World [Video] - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/transparency-how-transparency-will-change-the-world-video/ fascinating, insightful talk by @danieldennett

Saturday, 21 March 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150319 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/03/150319.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Wikimedia Foundation adopts #OpenAccess Policy to support free knowledge - https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/18/wikimedia-open-access-policy/ great move; good licences

OSHA denies petition for slower line speeds at meat plants - http://thehill.com/regulation/labor/236149-osha-denies-petition-for-slower-work-speeds-at-meat-and-poultry-plants 3 chickens killed a second - #TTIP will bring them to EU

Assurances that there’s nothing to fear for the NHS from #TTIP are quite empty says Dr Louise Irvine - https://nhaswsurrey.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/reassurances-that-theres-nothing-to-fear-for-the-nhs-from-ttip-are-quite-empty-says-drmarielouise/ good analysis

How #ISDS Provisions Could Undermine Anti-Trust Actions - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150318/03400930350/how-corporate-sovereignty-provisions-could-undermine-anti-trust-actions.shtml … could be a huge problem for #EU with #TTIP

Our campaign puts #climatechange where it should be – on the front page - http://www.theguardian.com/membership/2015/mar/19/campaign-climate-change-on-front-page-george-monbiot quite right

Using Open Data to Fight #Corruption in #Greece - http://www.computerworlduk.com/blogs/open-enterprise/greece-3601708/ great use of openness to solve real-life problems #gr

this is hugely significant: #EUDataP first, then build on that in #TTIP - http://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/brussels-makes-overture-data-flow-agreement-ttip-313080 (v @bverschelde @sdonnan)

"I don't think we have even begun to understand the long-term damage the NSA has done to the US tech industry." - https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2015/03/cisco_shipping_.html

bizarre way the U.S. regulates chemicals — letting them on the market first, then maybe studying them - http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/03/19/our-broken-congresss-latest-effort-to-fix-our-broken-toxic-chemicals-law/ #TTIP

Jerusalem at boiling point of polarisation and violence – EU report - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/20/jerusalem-at-boiling-point-of-polarisation-and-violence-eu-report is it any wonder... #israel #palestine

Florida employee 'punished for using phrase #climatechange' - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/19/florida-employee-forced-on-leave-climate-change denialist Republicans beyond absurd now

Refuse Abe ! 0322 Rally: Mar. 22, 13:00 Hibiya Open-air Concert Hall, 14:00 Petition Rally, Demo around Diet - http://abe-no.net/?page_id=174 #TPP

Cisco Shipping Hardware To Bogus Addresses To Throw Off #NSA Intercept-And-Implant Efforts - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150320/08335930383/cisco-shipping-hardware-to-bogus-addresses-to-throw-off-nsa-intercept-and-implant-efforts.shtml so it's come to this

Guardian appoints Katharine Viner as editor-in-chief - http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/mar/20/guardian-appoints-katharine-viner-new-editor-in-chief sounds good

statement may apply to current trade agreements, but not to TISA - http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2015/march/tradoc_153264.pdf #TISA has a ratchet that locks in privatisation

no place in the world has attracted more U.S. FDI than Europe - http://transatlanticrelations.org/sites/default/files/TE2015_CompleteBook.pdf proves #ISDS not needed in #TTIP (v @MarietjeSchaake)

urgent: EU-#Japan trade talks already at 9th round - http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1267&title=EU-Japan-9th-round-of-trade-talks-further-consolidates-negotiation-texts we are not on top of this: is #ISDS in there? let's get moving

#EU-#Japan FTA - 2014 open Letter to de Gucht about #ISDS - http://www.tni.org/article/eu-japan-fta-open-letter-commissioner-karel-de-gucht no transparnency then - and now? (v @Vrijschrift)

#TPP Talks Hung Up On Intellectual Property Issues: Maybe Just Drop That Section - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150317/04310430335/tpp-talks-hung-up-intellectual-property-issues-maybe-just-drop-that-section.shtml yeah, why not?