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[Forbes] Android Barcode Scanner App Detects If A Product's Maker Supports SOPA

Corporate lobbyists be warned. Push a bill like the Stop Online Piracy Act that threatens broad restrictions on the tech industry, and you’ll face some very clever coders focusing all their innovation on fighting back. [...]

Chris Thompson, one of the students who created No More SOPA, says he hopes the program could help solidify the widespread anger around SOPA, which aims to block access to foreign copyright-infringing websites, into well-defined boycotts of the companies who have pushed the bill [...]

[...] this is going to destroy the entire tech industry as we know it, so it will affect us too,” he says. “So we’re doing what we can.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/01/09/android-barcode-sca...

[Guardian] Sopa and Pipa: don't let big business break the internet

The lesson is that new technologies that look like threats can become glorious opportunities. But there's still no evidence that media moguls have grasped that simple idea.

Which brings us to the internet and the Sopa opera currently playing to packed audiences in the US Congress. The initials stand for the "Stop Online Piracy Act" and it is currently before the House of Representatives, which for these purposes is a fully paid-up branch of the movie industry.[...]

What's wrong with Sopa? Well, for starters it probably violates the US constitution and would certainly curtail free speech, threaten whistleblowers and undermine human rights. If implemented, it could put the US government on the same side of the line as China [...]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/08/online-piracy-challenge...

[TorrentFreak] US Threatened To Blacklist Spain For Not Implementing Site Blocking Law

In a leaked letter sent to Spain’s outgoing President, the US ambassador to the country warned that as punishment for not passing a SOPA-style file-sharing site blocking law, Spain risked being put on a United States trade blacklist . Inclusion would have left Spain open to a range of “retaliatory options” but already the US was working with the incoming government to reach its goals.

[...] Zapatero’s government left office without passing the law, but the incoming Partido Popular (People’s Party) were quickly pressured by the US to take the necessary action.

https://torrentfreak.com/us-threatened-to-blacklist-spain-for-not-implem...

[NYTimes] Internet Access Is Not a Human Right

FROM the streets of Tunis to Tahrir Square and beyond, protests around the world last year were built on the Internet and the many devices that interact with it. Though the demonstrations thrived because thousands of people turned out to participate, they could never have happened as they did without the ability that the Internet offers to communicate, organize and publicize everywhere, instantaneously.

[...] The Internet has introduced an enormously accessible and egalitarian platform for creating, sharing and obtaining information on a global scale. As a result, we have new ways to allow people to exercise their human and civil rights.

Improving the Internet is just one means, albeit an important one, by which to improve the human condition. It must be done with an appreciation for the civil and human rights that deserve protection — without pretending that access itself is such a right.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/opinion/internet-access-is-not-a-human...

[TorrentFreak] How SOPA Can Kill Reddit and Many Other US Sites

Supporters of SOPA and PIPA, two bills that aim to deter piracy, claim that they will only affect foreign sites and businesses. However, this view is not shared by a wide range of opponents, including the people behind the popular Reddit community. But how exactly can SOPA and PIPA threaten sites like Reddit? Leading First Amendment lawyer and Internet policy expert Marvin Ammori explains.

The former law professor says that thousands of US businesses, large and small, may be hit by the bills if they pass Congress. Ammori explains his views in a recent article where he lists three scenarios under which American websites could be targeted.

Reading the above it’s clear that the current language of the bills could indeed have far-reaching consequences. [...] Perhaps even for TorrentFreak, should we report on how people are making tools that can circumvent SOPA and PIPA.

http://torrentfreak.com/how-sopa-can-kill-reddit-and-many-other-us-sites...

[TechRadar] Bristol's community-built wireless network

[...] much of the equipment is homemade, it encourages learning and hacking, and it embodies the spirit of Freedom 2 of the Free Software definition - the freedom to share so you can help your neighbour.

Their first piece of equipment was a series of 'cantennas'. These ingenious devices, otherwise known as 'tin can waveguide antennas', can significantly extend the range of a Wi-Fi connection for virtually no cost.

This all took place in Bristol Wireless's first few years and now the project is rapidly approaching its 10th birthday, so what's happened in between?

http://www.techradar.com/news/networking/wi-fi/bristol-s-community-built...

[Guardian] Voice-over-internet companies win EU backing in dispute with mobile carriers

EU ministers call for checks on telecom operators that penalise the smooth functioning of services such as Skype […]

Voice-over-internet companies complaining that mobile and landline internet providers penalise the smooth functioning of their services got backing from EU ministers on Tuesday, who called for the European Commission and regulators to check on telecom operators that do so. […]

The regulator, BEREC, says infringements of "net neutrality" – in which some internet traffic such as voice calls is blocked in favour of other data – are infrequent, but ministers are concerned that some services are being throttled. […]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/dec/13/voice-over-internet-com...

[NYTimes] O.E.C.D. Calls on Members to Defend Internet Freedoms

PARIS — As a rising tide of digital dissent raises alarms in many capitals around the world, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Tuesday called on member countries to “promote and protect the global free flow of information” online. […]

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/technology/oecd-calls-on-members-to-de...

[BoingBoing] Young people's idea of copyright vs. the law

Andy Baio looks at youngsters' persistent misapprehensions about copyright law, which is stricter than many realize.[...]

[...] I'd wager the vast majority people under 25 see nothing wrong with non-commercial sharing and remixing, or think it's legal already.

People don't stop respecting copyright until they see how little the claimed principles have to do with the reality of enforcement—especially when it's used to condem their own creative expressions as a form of theft.

http://boingboing.net/2011/12/09/young-people-instinctively-und.html

[NetworkWorld] EU foreign ministers stick up for Wikileaks

The European Union's foreign ministers issued a statement on Thursday reiterating the rights of whistleblowing websites such as Wikileaks.

The committee is concerned that politically motivated pressure on Internet platforms and online service providers could undermine the rights to freedom of expression and association that are guaranteed under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The committee also expressed concern about the threat to these rights caused by cyberattacks against such websites.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/120811-eu-foreign-ministers-stick-...

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