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[TheInquirer] Reddit is ready for SOPA and PIPA protest

discussion web site Reddit will close down for one day this month to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA).

Discussions about the SOPA and PIPA legislation proposed in the US Congress have been popular on Reddit, and the web site's principals have made their opposition clear.

The web site will not go down, but rather than showing lively discussions it will show a message warning about SOPA as well as advice on what people can do if they want to oppose it.

[TechWeekEurope] Judge Denies Twitter Data Block Request

A federal judge has denied a request that would have temporarily blocked Twitter from turning over account data to United States prosecutors investigating the whistleblower site WikiLeaks and its publication of classified government documents. The request sought to prevent the transfer while a federal appeals court was considering the case.

The court is telling all users of online tools hosted in the US that the US government will have secret access to their data,” said Jonsdottir in a statement.

If the US were to pressure Twitter to censor tweets by organisations it opposes, even those on the terrorist lists, it would join the ranks of countries like India, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Syria, Uzbekistan, all of which have censored online speech in the name of ‘national security,’”[...]

[BoingBoing] Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing

[NDLQDN : 28C3 conference :]

General-purpose computers are astounding. They're so astounding that our society still struggles to come to grips with them, what they're for, how to accommodate them, and how to cope with them. This brings us back to something you might be sick of reading about: copyright.

In one famous incident—a gift to people who share this hypothesis—Sony loaded covert rootkit installers on 6 million audio CDs , which secretly executed programs that watched for attempts to read the sound files on CDs and terminated them. [...]

In fact, the Motion Picture Association of America, a SOPA proponent, circulated a memo citing research that SOPA might work because it uses the same measures as are used in Syria, China, and Uzbekistan. It argued that because these measures are effective in those countries, they would work in America, too!

[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.

[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 [...]

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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?

[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. […]

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