There is no doubt that technological change has hit newspaper publishers as well as other copyright owners. But a backward-looking law that penalizes innovators and threatens free speech on the Internet is not the solution.
Article by Joe Mullin for Arstechnica
A study commissioned by Spanish publishers has found that a new intellectual property law passed in Spain last year, which charges news aggregators like Google for showing snippets and linking to news stories, has done substantial damage to the Spanish news industry.
A two-tiered Internet? We can do better. At the end of the day, Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial Internet[dot]org service only offers a slice of the internet, undermines security and privacy, and raises serious questions about how the program will impact local innovation. Speak out at NoFakeInternet.org/
No Big Industry interests were harmed in the making of this agreement.
Article by Jordan Pearson at Motherboard
At a luxury hotel in Maui, representatives from the 12 countries participating in the highly controversial and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal are negotiatingbehind closed doors. Thanks to a secret letter from a 2013 meeting, released today by WikiLeaks, we now have a clearer idea of what they’re discussing.
The US government will have big-brother spy powers over the entire web. Our friends at Fight For The Future came up with an ingenious #faxbigbrother campaign. Check out this Time coverage and speak out at FaxBigBrother.com like in the '80s! #FaxBigBrother#StopCISA
Article by Nolan Freeney for Time Magazine
"We figured we’d use some 80s technology to try to get our point across"
The Indian government is in the middle of determining whether or not it will allow Big Telecom giants to create slow lanes for Internet users online, and has come out against Mark Zuckerberg's controversial Internet[dot]org service. You can learn more below, and speak out against Facebook's fake Internet service at NoFakeInternet.org
We’ve been hearing it repeated again and again over the previous weeks and months: it’s coming to a close, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is in its ‘endgame’. And as negotiators and Trade Ministers meet in Maui this week, opposition continues to grow louder.
Late last month, US Congress approved Fast Track legislation, which was vaunted as a ‘key procedural hurdle’ that had to be conquered before the 12 nations negotiating the mammoth agreement would be able to move forward with locking the specifics in place.
But heading into what the US Trade Representative wants us and its partners to believe is the final round, there is still much to be discussed.
Pakistan has banned Blackberry messaging, as it moves to ban all encryption and gain ability to intercept as much communication as possible.
Blackberry in particular is such a strong business tool, that it's really easy to see how these kinds of surveillance mechanisms put businesses and economies at risk; not just personal privacy.
Article by Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
Pakistan has banned BlackBerry’s enterprise server and its internet and messaging services “for security reasons” in a crackdown on privacy.