Friday, 31 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130529 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

EFF Makes Formal Objection to #DRM in #HTML5 - nice move; sad to see @timberners_lee on the wrong side of this

Afghanistan war has cost Britain more than £37bn, new book claims - for nothing; imagine it spent on A&E depts...

Reporters Tell Attorney General Eric Holder They Won't Agree To 'Off The Record' Meeting - quite right

RT @NeelieKroesEU:"you saved their right to access the open internet, by guaranteeing #netneutrality" - but how?

EU Clinical trials: clearer rules, better protection - looks like progress is being made towards #opendata

Number of ambulances turned away from A&E increases by 24% - people are probably dying because of this collapse #NHS

New #dataprotection rules at risk, EU watchdog warns - some MEPs betraying their constituents

EU ministers approve crackdown on over-fishing - I hope so - we can't go on like this

EU agrees workable deal on fisheries reform to recover fish stocks - wow,@GreenpeaceEU approves (v @jonworth)

Imprisoned CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Pens “Letter from Loretto” - well-written, fascinating

#Baidu announces new version of maps that allows friends 2 chat & share their real-time location - chinese innovation

Innovators, Public Interest Groups & #OpenAccess Supporters Pull Out Of Talks On EU #Copyright In Protest -

EU citizens demand #transparency and independent science on GMOs - why we must have #opendata from #EFSA

#Taiwan's #Copyright Proposals Would Combine SOPA With A Dash Of The Great Firewall Of #China - not good

Sources: no Digital Economy Act copyright warning letters until 2016 at earliest - useful update (v @copyrightgirl)

why investor-state dispute resolution could sabotage national health efforts on smoking - big threat (v @PCGTW)#TPP

Witnesses at US Trade Hearing Offer Opinions (& Warnings) on Intellectual Property in Upcoming Negotiations with EU -

Non-GM demand rocketing in US - interesting if confirmed #gmlabelling

China to study joining #TPP - since TPP is anti-#china, that would be surprising, to say the least

EU, Canada’s differences over financial services holding up free trade pact: documents - grinding on #CETA

Theresa May betrays our values by banning extremists from airwaves - pathetic kneejerk reaction (v @PoliceStateUK)

Massive Growth In Independent Musicians & Singers Over The Past Decade - great analysis

Announcing the Financial #Transparency Coalition - welcome move

#Ubuntu declares bug #1 -- '#Microsoft has a majority market share' -- closed - what a jester

Latin American Civil Liberties groups urge MEPs to protect #privacy - knock-on benefits: just do it #dataprotection

Snooper's charter is threat to Net freedom, web 5 warn May - kudos to Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo! & Twitter

Computer Scientists Urge Court 2 Block Copyright Claims in Oracle v. Google API Fight - (c) for APIs mad (v @webmink)

#CBS Tells Court: No One Could Possibly Read Our Statements 'We Will Sue Aereo' To Mean We Will Sue Aereo - hilarious

Thursday, 30 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130528 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

US-EU Trade Deal In Trouble Before It Even Starts? - will swivel-eyed loons change world history? #TAFTA/#TTIP

BSA-Piraterie-Studie: Leerstelle freie Software - further musings thereon #opensource

When the facts don’t fit your argument for snooping, just make them up - great rebuttal of stupid comments

Il tribunale del riesame di Roma  annulla il decreto di sequestro del  Cyberlocker mondiale  Rapidgator -

“Licences4Europe” has not accepted “The Right to Read is the Right to Mine” - great polemic #openaccess #textmining

[RT]  Genachowski: Exit Interview - "The outgoing FCC boss on net neutrality, political polarization, & free speech"

RSA: National Recordal System for Indigenous Knowledge launched - interesting move

City of #Munich: "Migration to sustainable desktop completed successfully" - hugely important project - kudos to all

Could Crowdfunding Help Build Cities? - intriguing

Free David Byrne/St Vincent EP - fab

Wild lynx to be brought back to British countryside - can't wait for wolves & bears too (v @Protohedgehog @edyong209)

Toronto cops hospitalize hotel guest who recorded them arresting another guest - luckily, they were recorded

Testimony Prepared for the USTR Hearing on #TAFTA/#TTIP - good analysis

Danish Police Admit That #DataRetention Hasn't Helped At All - great: now we have a data point we can point to #dk

How Long Before A Patent Kills A Hundred Million People? - worth thinking about #genepatents #influenza

Ireland to introduce plain cigarette packets - kudos; pity #cameron lacks the guts to follow suit #tobacco

#Australia government goes with #ODF document standard - great move #openstandards

More Than 500 Million Photos Are Shared Every Day - we live in the Age of #Sharing #opensource

VP8 cross-license draft compatible with FOSS #licensing - hmmm... (v @cdaffara)

Treaty for the #Blind in Jeopardy, #Copyright Zealots to Blame - but hey, #monopolies before #mercy (v @xpectro)

The Aftermath Of Napster: Letting Incumbents Veto Innovation Slows Down Innovation Drastically - good points

Boris Johnson unveils plan for £1bn Chinese business district - bonkers - I like it... (v @ChinaBizWatch)#london

#Assange: latest interviews - not dull, at least

First Crowdfunded #Space Telescope Open to the World - lovely idea

Cambridge University Linguists Use Twitter To Study How #Welsh Language Use Is Changing - fascinating #linguistics

EU Ombudsman: EFSA fails on conflict of interests - #EFSA must be reformed if it is to be credible

Dänemark: Internetüberwachung ist unbrauchbar zur Strafverfolgung - important admision #dk

White House Makes It Impossible For The Blind To Sign Petition Supporting Copyright Treaty For The Blind -

Days to stop the #whale massacre - how could any decent human being kill these animals for dogfood? #epetition

Wednesday, 29 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130527 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Jaron Lanier: Sell your data to save the economy and your future - actually interesting for a change (v @Rchards)

Baby in China saved from sewer pipe - what a desperately sad story

Britain doesn’t need a #Snooping Act, or another new terrorism committee - excellent analysis (v @NO2ID @glynwintle)

CIMMYT: Bill Gates Invests $25 Million In Controversial GM Crop Center - easy: abolish gene patents (v @DrRimmer)

Will the EU-US trade deal encourage attacks on the public interest? - you bet; good to see this conference #TAFTA

Abstimmung über Vorratsdatenspeicherung von Reisedaten in zwei Wochen - contact your MEPs

Soybeanland Stands Up to #Monsanto - " “Mothers of Ituzaingó” fighting against spraying of pesticide #Roundup"

#Alibaba launches new project, backed by $16.3b funding, to improve goods delivery in #China - big getting bigger

El #TPP, nuevo acuerdo comercial, amenaza la libertad en Internet - getting the word out (v @carobotero)

#Mozilla teams up with Foxconn to debut a #Firefox OS #tablet? - that would be fun

Jailbreaking the PDF; a wonderful hackathon and a community leap forward for freedom - great work

First Video Broadcast From Mt. Everest Peak Outrages Tourist Ministry of Nepal - </sigh>

The Zombie Bill Is Back - let's hope not...# snooping

#BSA Study Demonstrates #OpenSource's Economic Advantage - some of you might find this rather entertaining... #piracy

NBC Universal and Warner Bros. have asked Google to de-list Mega from its search results - disproportionate as ever

Jailbreaking the PDF – 2; Technical aspects (Glyph processing) - interesting stuff

#BBC iPlayer will allow radio content to be downloaded for offline access from 2014 - more #DRM stupidity

The Politics of Security in a Democracy - wise and depressing

Toronto mayor: homicide detectives search mayor's office after tip on crack-smoking video; top staffers quit - #ca

PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug - this reminds me why I hate #paypal

Fear Mongering Report Suggests 'IP Theft From China' One Of The Biggest Problems America Faces - great debunking

Do established economic models apply to data, and will they spread wealth, or is Jaron Lanier wrong? - good analysis

#Chile’s Recent Lead Negotiator on #TPP Warns It Could Be a “Threat to Our Countries” - & he should know

How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331” - fantastic piece - do read (v @manhack)#security

UK: Tories are floating plans to cap the number of times we are allowed to visit our GP - #epetition to stop it #NHS

Meat from endangered #whales used for dog treats in Japan - sickening; caught in #iceland

AllTrials campaign writes to every MEP on ENVI committee before the vote on the clinical trial regulation tomorrow -

Two die after H7N9 bird flu virus resists treatment - confirmation that #tamiflu is officially useless

Europe Continues To Allow Vegetable Patent Despite Being Told To Stop - #EPO goes rogue

Pirate Bay Founder Denies Hacking Charges in Court - the saga continues

How Technology Is and Isn't Helping Fight #Corruption in #India - fascinating perspective

#Kickstarter passes 100,000 launched projects, 44% funded successfully thanks to $535m in crowdsourcing - impressive

Why Are UK Police Allowing Entertainment Industry Employees To Arrest And Interrogate People With Their Help? - why?

Julius Genachowski: Exit Interview - "The outgoing FCC boss on net neutrality, political polarization, & free speech"

Woolwich attacks - MI5 refuses to back ‘snooper’s charter’ - if so, kudos to them (v @spyblog @glynwintle)

Lion Meat Tacos (You Read That Right) Are the Latest Threat to #Conservation - just sick (v @BoraZ)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130526 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Britain resists EU bid to set new target on renewable energy - stupid old tories strike again

Updated: "Final" version of the text for the CEWG "Decisions Point" - is this good or bad?

Xiaomi’s Daring Plan to Let Fans Design the Phone - v interesting approach #android #china

Google Glass Comes To Android Phones Unofficially - interesting

Hablando del #TPP en PuntoEdu - getting the message out

#TPP & TSA will undermine sovereignty - of course - that's the point

Obama's trade reps and the MPAA are killing a copyright treaty that gives rights to disabled people - shameful

#Opensource, cross-platform office suite Joeffice was created in just 30 days - anyone tried this?

Stakeholders from research sector, SMEs and #openaccess publishers withdraw from Licences for Europe - (v @MaelB)#EU

'The Sumatran rainforest will mostly disappear within 20 years' - shame on #indonesia, shame on western companies

Despite High Court Intervention, Copyright Trolls Continue Where ACS:Law Left Off - will they ever stop?

Verhandlungsstand der Datenschutzreform im Ministerrat – Minister schützen Markt, aber keine Daten - what a betrayal

Bio-Hackers, Get Ready - exciting stuff, but all closed-source as far as I can see...

Book launch of ”The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture”, Brussels, June 18th - important project

How #Drones With Facial Recognition Technology Will End #Anonymity, Everywhere - that's a pity (v @jackschofield)

#Fairphone: social values with smart, radically open design that considers full lifecycle of the product - #android

Intellectual property in the time of crowdfunding - why the latter renders intellectual monopolies superfluous

Neutralité des réseaux : quelles solutions pour quelle transparence ? - Bruxelles 06 juin #netneutrality (v @MaelB)

Italiens 5-Sterne-Bewegung kommt nach Deutschland - wow: Grillchen im Deutschland (v @Liberationtech @EthanZ)#de

#TPP: Japón estará en próxima ronda de negociación - then the fun begins (v @derechosdigital @fifarahman)#japan

EU exit would put US trade deal at risk, Britain warned - wow, #UKIP might kill #TAFTA/#TTIP

Another Reason Why #OpenSource Wins: Fairness - enter the #Fairphone #android #bloodminerals

Sensationsfund: Porträt von Georg #Büchner auf Dachboden entdeckt  - exciting; one of my favourite writers

Italian prosecutor may put Facebook staff under investigation after suicide over 'bullying' - (v @LifeinSicily)

Woolwich murder — the “why?” should be obvious - yup: Blair's ridiculous line actions abroad have no consequences

Dear #WordPress - nicely done - & happy birthday (v @mathewi)

Culls risk illegally exterminating #badgers, animal expert warns - after bees, another #paterson fiasco: resign now

My manifesto for rewilding the world - intriguing idea

Matt Mullenweg on how #opensource is democratising the web - looking back on 10 years of #wordpress

Monday, 27 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130525 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Hackney GPs to challenge out-of-hours bid bombshell - #TAFTA/#TTIP will make this happen everywhere #nhs

Why Drummer Rigby’s slaughter should haunt Clegg - cynical & ignorant piece about #snooperscharter

Tories look at limiting GP visits - after that, just go & die in the corner without troubling the rich any more #nhs

Spying on citizens is criminal - people start asking questions in #zambia (v @JulieOwono)#surveillance

Who owns Superman? The Man of Steel fights #trademark law - interesting point about #fanfic

With European Elections One Year Out, Pirate Representation Expected To Triple - let's hope #EU

How Religious Corporations Are Gobbling Up Healthcare Facilities - "subject to a set of theological agreements"

USians: How You Can Help Create a Better Farm Bill - "support for labeling of foods with GM ingredients"

How Corporations Are Subverting Attempts to Rein in Their Power - the biggest threat in #TAFTA/#TTIP - pl. read

Triple-nested Klein bottle - now that's nice

How Corporations use Global Investment Rules to Undermine A Sustainable Future - detailed report on investor-state disputes

ARM In Supercomputers — 'Get Ready For the Change' - more good news for #linux

British broadcaster BSkyB has all of its Android apps hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army - careless

Is This Kickstarter Project the Future of #Blogging? - #opensource and ambitious - great combination

ProjectLibre edges in on Microsoft Project dominance - we really need this #opensource #projectplanning

Introducing - "an organized system of post-publication review"; interesting project

Tizen running on a Intel UltraBook at the Tizen Conference 2013 - so is #tizen finally taking off? #linux

Will Irish courts take phone hacking seriously? - weird stuff

Research sector, SMEs, civil society groups & #oa publishers withdraw from Licences for EU re text & data mining -

Five Undercover Police Cars Sent To Arrest Single Alleged Movie Pirate - absurd overreaction & waste of police time

Taking the privacy message to MEPs - we need to do this much more often to counter #lobbying #EU

Schedule of Witness Testimony at #TAFTA/#TTIP Hearing Next Week - so it begins

RIAA: The #Copyright Reform We Need Is To Make Everyone Else Copyright Cops - destroy the Net rather than change

Chevron calls for strong investor rights chapter in US-EU trade deal - "be able to challenge European fracking bans"

RIAA Makes Drastic Employee Cuts as Revenue Plummets - time to bin it

Greek Gene Bank’s Struggle Indicative Of Changing Times - why we can't risk depending on seedbanks

Is "Licences for Europe" already falling apart? The case of text and data mining - the whole project was a disgrace

Millions march against #Monsanto - so what next? (v @WarOnWant @olivierhoedeman)

Mass surveillance wouldn't have saved the life of Drummer Rigby - spot on; this is just "cynical opportunism": shame

#Copyright Amendment Will Bring Web Filter System to Taiwan - foolish move (v @avilarenata)#censorship #sopa

EU Hackathon 2013: Visualisieren, wie Behörden auf private Online-Kommunikation zugreifen und gewinnen - sehr cool

Cap on number of GP visits being considered by Tories - appalling idea (v @BellaPagan @BendyGirl @cstross)#nhs

WHO Should Have The Evidence? Ben Goldacre Refutes WHO Director’s Claim - yay, go @bengoldacre

Police Confiscate Food And Sleeping Bags From Homeless In Ilford - what kind of heartless swine would do that?

Neelie Kroes responds: Old mantras and political uncertainty 4 net neutrality in Europe - look it's easy: just do it

Cheap shale gas bubble 'will burst within 2-4 years': Expert - so let's not even go there #fracking

Kim Dotcom to Google, Twitter, Facebook: I Own Security Patent, Work With Me - how to lose credibility

Cops Go Undercover at High School to Bust Special-Needs Kid for Pot - how pathetic can you get? #bullies

Theresa May lines up new measures to combat terrorism - she should just resign now #surveillance

Google defends its use of proprietary tech in Hangouts - good luck with that, #evil #Google (v @jackschofield)

[RT] How Corporations Are Subverting Attempts to Rein in Their Power - the biggest threat in #TAFTA/#TTIP - pl. read

[RT] good report on investor-state dispute resolution - how they undermine national sovereignty #TPP #TAFTA/#TTIP

Why should Canadians care about investor-state treaties? - they override national sovereignty (v @DrRimmer @CeOlivet)

Double heart and lung transplant dies nine days after she has benefits stopped - this is tories' UK (v @Asher_Wolf)

last story: worth noting it was privatised #Atos assessors that said she was "fit to work" days before she died - our future, UK #compassion

Leading scientist attacks university over 'outrageous' IVF treatment patent - more idiotic US patents on nature

needless to say, #BBC news has not one iota about the 2 million people marching against #monsanto yesterday; the mega-fail continues... #sad

Türkei: Religiöse greifen Kuss-Protest an - kiss-in: lovely idea

Tory-Labour pact could save #snooping bill, says Michael Howard - wow, coalition of control freaks: shame on #labour

 "sharp rise in malformations mirrored v closely increase in cultivation of GMO soya" - #glyphosate likely culprit

I always wondered why Microsoft chose "bing" - "pile built of accumulated spoil - the overburden or other waste rock"

Virginia Republicans Nominate Anti-Science Candidate for Governor - contemptuous of science, dreadful news

Luftüberwachung: Deutsche Bahn setzt Drohnen gegen Graffiti-Sprüher ein - wow, probably just the start #drones

"would prevent #TPP governments  from requiring companies to disclose proprietary formulas for  their products" -

#Iceland campaigns to restrict internet porn - only way to do that is to shut down the Net... #is

Is the #TPP a Waste of Time and Energy? - good analysis of US hypocrisy (v @limweywen @fifarahman)

At trade talks, US, EU ready for fight on genetically modified crops -  will the European Commission cave on this?

Samsung invests $25 million to open its first US-based patent business - the madness spreads

US (c) industry: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, spyware,  ransomware and trojans to attack pirates! - nuts

Government-backed logging 'pushing rare possum towards extinction' - nice pice for launch of #Guardian #Australia

Sunday, 26 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130524 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's family are, variously, a drug kingpin, a gangster, & affiliated with KKK - read, wonder

How the U.S. Government Hacks the World - & undermines its ability to criticise #china (v @AnnieMachon)

The National Health Action Party calls for immediate release of the #NHS Risk Register - something to hide, UK gov?

#Peru funded illegal Amazon rainforest road, claims Global Witness - need to spread word, keep up pressure on this

Saturday, 25 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130523 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Modernising african agriculture: who benefits? - moving away from industrial agriculture #seedpatents #africa

#TAFTA: First Step Towards a Super-#ACTA - serious failure by European Parliament #TTIP

Don't Believe the Publishers' Hype: Support Open Access - more #FUD from publishers #oa

EPO Still Granting Patents On Conventional Vegetables; ‘Just Following Rules’ - #EPO still out of control

GPs threaten to quit commissioning to concentrate on patients - this is their job, not profit maximisation

EU Parliament Backs Start Of Transatlantic #TAFTA Negotiations - a couple  of stakeholders meetings not transparency

EU Commissioner De Gucht says no to transparent #TTIP negotiations - doesn't want another #ACTA, but he'll get it

Urheberrecht in der Schweiz: Forderung nach Netzsperren, Überwachung und Zensur - wrong moves

Novartis Acknowledges Employees Participated In 'Independent' Trials - more tricks

#EFSA resistance to two-year cancer study on GM feed - so how does this protect our health?

Academia should not wait for publishers to make the rules; WE should make them - quite right

Chaos Computer Club "befreit" das Grundgesetz - nice

Thursday, 23 May 2013


How Low Can #Drones Go? - your views?

CSS Tube map - oooh, that's clever

Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority - very wise

Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Proposal to Ban Special 301 Adjudication - interesting; can't see it happening

EU Vote on Clinical Trials Data - Please Contact MEPs Now - important, pl. do this if you can #opendata

Chevron calls for strong investor rights chapter in US-EU trade deal - wow, read this, and be afraid #tafta/#ttip

Reporters Find Exposed Personal Data Via Google, Threatened With CFAA Charges - absurd

Patent troll that wants $1,000 per worker gets sued by Vermont A-G - sounds fair

Why Italy Needs a Proper Freedom of Information Law - indispensable

Scientists from Brazil's GMO regulatory agency protest dismissal of Seralini study - interesting

Chronology of the Canadian Conservative government's war on science - chronicle of shame #canada

In China, controversy over bear bile farming as Asia's animal rights movement grows - at last: appalling suffering

NZNO – Public Health Will Be A Major Loser Under the TPPA - and how #pharmac #nz

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130520 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

'Intellectual Property' Mess Holding Up The #TPP - and how

Pesticide firms compete to showcase bee-protection programmes - expect a crescendo of #FUD from #monsanto et al.

Nicht ACTA, aber genau so wichtig: Entscheidung über EU-Datenschutzreform fällt jetzt - why are MEPs selling out?

At chicken plants, chemicals blamed for health ailments are poised to proliferate - #TAFTA will bring this stuff 2 EU

Top A&E doctors warn: 'We cannot guarantee safe care for patients anymore' - #NHS collapse continues

EU may consider 'hack-back' legislation - idiotic idea (v @kyrah)

Report From Outside the #TPP Negotiating Venue in Lima, Peru - useful update from the scene of the crime

Joint Letter to the 66th World Health Assembly: Follow-up of the report of CEWG - not that they'll take any notice

The "Biggest, Most Destructive Tornado in History" - just as climate scientists predicted would happen, & will happen

Slash education budget by a fifth, says think-tank - others boost education, UK's swivel-eyed loons want to cut it

Reading Shakespeare: the Next Act of Open Data - what next?#opendata everywhere

Why Even Good Hospitals And Doctors Are An Obstacle To Better, Cheaper#Healthcare - perverse incentives

Git for Data Publishing - great idea #opendata

Europe cannot drill its way to a low-carbon economy, say climate justice groups - no easy solutions here

Berlusconi party proposes slashing penalty for a mafia crime -, why might it want to do that..? (v @LifeinSicily)

Duffy, the Government and the problem with “no-notes” meetings - more shabby behaviour by #canadian government

Plagiarism: Do we need a law? - nope: "the punishment for plagiarism is severe."

Surveillance and the Internet of Things - "In the longer term, the Internet of Things means ubiquitous surveillance."

"Precaution in EU has become a pretext for import protectionism under pretense of consumer safety" - #TAFTA/#TTIP

Happy 9th Birthday to the Open Knowledge Foundation! - how time flies when you're having fun #okf

Police Raid School Teacher for Uploading History Book for Students - absurd over-reaction

Data Expedition: Mapping the garment factories - great idea

Saving #India’s Musical Heritage, One Record at a Time - fab project #music

ePetition für gesetzliche Festschreibung der Netzneutralität - trying #netneutrality

Hollywood should not decide our #copyright laws - 


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130519 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Privatised service 'puts patients at risk' with lack of out-of-hours GPs - #NHS #privatisation harm evident

Hatching Europe's Unified Patent Court: who will pay for the chickens and eggs? - lots of delay likely

Is Lagos Home to an African Tech Movement? - nicely-written piece #africa

Will working families be hurt by a #TPP agreement? - you bet, especially as #pharmac is dismantled #NZ

NZ-born Fair Deal Coalition Gets Global Makeover - good news #tpp

Police retain #DNA from thousands of children - gross abuse and waste of resources; destroy all samples

former #Monsanto employee appointed “Associate Editor for biotechnology" on food journal - (v @kaatje36)

#EU Commission Sued For Refusing To Reveal Trade Agreement Documents They Shared With #Lobbyists - hardly fair

Why We Need #OpenSource: Three Cautionary Tales - and in unexpected places: #economics#science#government

#Google#Microsoft and #Yahoo are secret backers behind European Privacy Association - shabby (v @olivierhoedeman)

Bracing for another delay - open innovation at WHO? -"medicines are created as global public goods accessible 2 all"

In defence of digital freedom - sensible stuff from @MarietjeD66: enough with the cyber-FUD (v @sinanulgen1)

Sailfish OS phone “Jolla” debuts, available for preorders - nice, but a crowded market...

Book your tickets for ORGCon2013! - while you still can... Saturday 8 June #london

Colombian Government Presents Again Bill 1520 Without Citizen Participation - openness now

#Russia withdraws from #OpenGovernment Partnership. Too much transparency? - regrettable

Open Knowledge may yet come to medicine – let’s help make it happen - good post, important topic; big EU vote soon

The #Arduino #Robot is the first official Arduino on wheels - goes from strength to strength

Optical illusion: train moves both ways - those wonderful tube trains... #london

Day 1 of Launch Week: Join the Stop the #TPP Campaign - the word; keep up the pressure; kill the beast

Viruses in the gut protect from infection - amazing stuff we didn't know we didn't know 

Officially Entering “And Then They Fight” Phase of #OpenAccess - spot-on analysis:  "we’re gonna get hit hard"

TRIPS Exemption Opposed By Obama, Threatening Cost Spike For Drugs - heart of stone (v @Sean_Fiil_Flynn)#LDC

#TPP may be bad for consumers - guaranteed: investor-state arbitration overrides national health, food safety laws

Deciphering licensing in Project Open Data - important stuff 

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal unlikely this year - great: more time to make people aware of its dangers #TPP

Journalists need to tool up - take note, people, while you still can...

#TPP: IP Chapter Shows No Sign of Resolution, End of Negotiation in 2013 Highly Unlikely - (v @kim_weatherall)

Flickr Announces One Free Terabyte Of Storage Space Per User, Officially Beating Everyone - a milestone #storage

Monday, 20 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130518 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Report: Yahoo eager to close $1.1 billion cash deal for Tumblr by Sunday evening - good time to start tumblr clone...

Too late to #openness - yup; why #blackberry is doomed

Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history - amazing story (v @tomstandage @harikunzru)

#Tarsands exploitation would mean game over for climate, warns leading scientist - great that he's speaking out more 

#Yahoo Board Approves #Tumblr Acquisition - this will end in tears

MPs could be in line for £10,000 pay rise - I agree: they need to be paid decent wage 2 discourage getting distracted

#HSBC in #Malaysia - this is not acceptable #logging #palmoil

Afghan law to protect women's rights blocked by opponents - stuff

How Cheap Genetic Testing Complicates Cancer Screening For Us All - important point about statistics

Welcome Arduino Yún – the first member of a series of wifi products combining#Arduino with #Linux - exciting

 Monsanto sofre nova derrota judicial em relação a patentes - setback for #monsanto

Patent lawyers: Help! The evil Makers won't let us apply for bullshit #3Dprintingpatents! - this is hilarious

People who oppose robust #copyright exceptions for #blind people (the Private Sector) - hall of shame #GE #Disney

Challenges Facing a Proposed #WIPO Treaty for Persons Who are #Blind or Print Disabled - great, detailed summary

Time To Shine A Light On Shady Deals - "#transparency is a key principle for an accountable #NHS"

#YouTube reveals users now upload more than 100 hours of video per minute, as the site turns eight - wow #ugc

The inconvenient truth about GM - interesting to see this in Telegraph, usually pretty pro big business

Artist finds inspiration in Canadian government's attempt to silence her - sad to see #canada become like this

Observing Run: Raw Data versus Finished Product - this is crying out for a new free software project 

Astroturfing und Plagiieren: Video beleuchtet Wirtschaftslobbying rund um EU-Datenschutzreform - #lobbying

How the Case for #Austerity Has Crumbled - cogent analysis (v @beckyfh: RT @hady_ba @Stephen_Curry)

Si on arrêtait d'utiliser les licences libres ? (au profit du domaine public) - par moi #pd

UNCTAD Figures Show Record World Trade In Creative Goods - tell me again why #piracy is such a problem?

Research council’s makeover leaves Canadian industry setting the agenda - the attack on science continues

A treaty too many - how investor-state disputes harm emerging economies #TPP #TAFTA/#TTIP

FTA with USA has harmed Colombia, Senator says - more will find the same

Government pleads with Labour to save gay marriage bill -"redefine marriage": what contemptible bigots they are #uk

Climate change meltdown unlikely but human disaster looms, claims new research - why a climate "pause" not enough

Why #China oh-so-desperately wants a claim to the Arctic Ocean - useful analysis

Chinese citizens are hijacking Xi Jinping’s latest propaganda tool - intriguing #china

Sunday, 19 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130517 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

RPiCluster: Another Raspberry Pi Cluster, With Neat Tricks - 

Zombie climate sceptic theories survive only in newspapers and on TV - good analysis (v @DrRimmer)

People are told EU migrants steal jobs; in truth bosses want cheap labour - UK outside EU is nothing (v @mikebutcher)

Dell's thumb PC, Project Ophelia, to ship in July - #android-based

6 New #Bitcoin Educational Resources - interesting stuff

AP's Attempt At #DRM'ing The News Shuts Down - good riddance to a rubbish idea

Western leaders study 'gamechanging' report on global #drugs trade - hugely important; let's hope things do change

good analysis of problems, wrong solution - correct answer is to abolish all patents (@AlexanderSpuntz @zoobab)

Sussex academy pays £100,000 to use 'patented' US school curriculum - idiotic: you can't "patent" a curriculum

Saturday, 18 May 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130516 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Investor State Dispute Settlement Provisions in the #TPP: Impact on Access to Knowledge [pdf] - this is a huge threat

#Blender dives into 3D printing industry - a marriage made in open source heaven #3Dprinting

Information Flow and Trade Agreements: History and Implications for Consumers’ Privacy [pdf] - useful analysis #TPP 

Jeff Merkley Pushes '#Monsanto Protection Act' Repeal - be good, but I'm not holding my breath (v @DrRimmer)

Saudi princes lose battle to keep court documents secret - up as a juicy courtroom battle

Large Corporations Seek U.S.–European #TAFTA/#TTIP to Further Global Dominance - long, sceptical (v @HeartPowered)

Just say no to impact factors - yes: the next big fight in#openscience (v @jameswilsdon @Stephen_Curry)

Publisher Threatens to Sue Blogger for $1-Billion -</facepalm> #openaccess (v @klang67)

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens online rights and freedoms - "we don't have a say in any of this" #TPP

#TPP Resources - including 3 excellent research papers

Some thoughts on the Shakespeare Review of Public Data - stuff #opendata

What Happens When the Food Industry Regulates Itself - this is what #TAFTA/#TTIP will try to bring to #EU #foodsafety

Whistleblowing & ICANN - #ICANN was, is, & probably always will be an utter disaster: bin it, start again (v @jmcest)

Digital coalition asks for a fair deal on #TPP #copyright provisions - hardly too much to ask...

Australian Scientists Develop Printable A3-Sized Solar Cells - sounds great #energy

How #Monsanto Is Using Cronies in Congress to Take Away States' Rights to Label Genetically Modified Foods - #choice?

How transnational corporations use trade & investment treaties as powerful tools in oil, mining, gas disputes [pdf] -

Risks of wiretap modifications to endpoints - FBI #FUD; in fact: "this seems to be a golden age of surveillance"

Why Was Hacker 'Weev' Put in Solitary Confinement? - persecution continues

#Australia's net filter sneaks into operation through back door - bad stuff happening surreptitiously

RT @mikebutcher Considering the huge roof area of Clapham Junction, it’s amazing not to see it covered in solar panels.>>great idea

The Importance of Being Attributed - kickstarter project to deal with issues of attribution #cc #licensing

Hunters incensed at Italian MEP’s call for sanctions on Malta - bravo Zanoni, shame on #malta (v @LifeinSicily)

Population growth and climate change explained by Hans Rosling – video - nicely done

Trans Atlantic free trade agreement could be a monster - waking up to risks of #TAFTA/#TTIP (v @PostActa)#foe

[correct URL] #Denmark: Infopaq-case decided after eight years - copyright for 11 words? come on.. (v @copyrightgirl)

Turkey seeks seat at US-EU trade table - as previously rumoured #TAFTA/#TTIP

Join us at ORGCon2013! - tickets going fast, sold out last year... #london #digitalrights

Banking Privacy More Important than Copyright Enforcement, Court Rules - important precedent

Lead the World on Internet Rights, Web Inventor urges #Brazil - great to see @timberners_lee support #marcocivil

Why are #Facebook#IBM#Microsoft & #Oracle Backing the Fight AgainstBlind? - should explain where they stand

European Parliament to Vote Green Light to Next #ACTA? - ACTA++

Saudi Religious Police: Anyone Using #Twitter 'Has Lost This World And His Afterlife' - </insert witticism here>

Nigeria announces national ID cards with electronic payment capability built in - it's a trick (v @africatechie)

A Framework For #Copyright Reform - useful summary of US meeting

Elsevier, NewsCorp, Facebook, and Yahoo join ignorant attack on #openaccess - thought #Yahoo was getting a clue? nope

#TPP Round 17: Lima, Peru - lots of articles and videos (in#spanish)

Corporate Power Unbound: Investor-State Arbitration of IP Monopolies on Medicines – Eli Lilly & #TPP - a must-read

"#TPP es una gran idea en proceso de desarrollo. Debemos transformarlo en oportunidad real para nuestras economías" -

Google's open video proposal closes door on software freedom - #google's backsliding very worrying

Global warming has not stalled, insists world's best-known climate scientist -  "diversionary tactic" from "deniers"

Big Pharma Firms Seeking .pharmacy Domain To Crowd Out Legitimate Foreign Pharmacies - why we must junk new domains

Three Months of Open Development - fascinating insights into the world of #ODI #opendata #opendevelopment

Turkey’s economy comes of age with a prized investment-grade rating - #turkey on the up, #UK on way down...

Lib Dem minister urges coalition to carry out plain cigarette packet plan - but #cameron happy for thousands to die

4 Inhumane Realities about Guantanamo Hunger Strike - "a practice that’s torture & in violation of international law"

Huge Rock Crashes Into Moon, Sparks Giant Explosion - exciting #science

Google Investing in #Drone Tech - I'd be shocked if they didn't

Mediocre Poison Eaters And The Imperfection of Evolution - that it's happened incredibly fast; fascinating

Spanish Wikipedia surpasses the 1 million article milestone - who says #Wikipedia is languishing...? #es

DDOS actions and the challenge of civil disobedience on the internet - interesting, important issues explored

New International Coalition to #TPP Negotiators: We Demand a Fair Deal for the Internet - fair's fair