netwit 2.01

The future of internet freedom left in the dark



The future of internet freedom left in the dark
Opponents of the US web regulations that inspired the Wikipedia blackout have some pretty illiberal tendencies, too.


Nathalie Rothschild, Spiked Magazine, 18 January 2012

SOPA and PIPA are indeed anathema to the age of Web 2.0, which is characterised by user-generated content. A site like Wikipedia, for instance, relies on users uploading, editing and monitoring content and the site’s creation and success would have been far less likely if SOPA/PIPA had been in place. In that sense, the 24-hour internet strike sends a powerful message about what would happen if the pro-SOPA/PIPA lobby got their way: sections of the web would simply black out, disappear from view.



But:


….the acceptance of the concept of a ‘rogue’ website indicates that the tech giants do not oppose, in principle, the rolling out of government clampdowns on the web.


…Other SOPA opponents have taken the liberty to shut down websites that they don’t like in the name of stopping the government from shutting down websites it doesn’t approve of.



January 25, 2012 Posted by | PIPA, SOPA | Leave a comment

Greens MP fears phone was hacked in WikiLeaks exchange



Greens MP fears phone was hacked in WikiLeaks exchange


Andrew Crook, Crikey.co.au, 24 january 2004

West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says his iPhone may have been hacked by the federal government so it could keep tabs on an internet activist.

Ludlam told Crikey from New Zealand this morning that his iPhone had been exhibiting strange behaviour consistent with external interception when he escorted former WikiLeaks spokesman Jacob Appelbaum from Ballarat to Melbourne last Friday.




January 24, 2012 Posted by | ASIO, Bernard Keane, Jacob Appelbaum, National Open Source Intelligence Centre, Scott Ludham, Suelette Dreyfus, Telecommunications Interceptions and Access Act, Tor, Tor Project | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Glad-handing government dishing us up to US copyright bullies



Glad-handing government dishing us up to US copyright bullies


Myles Peterson, smh.co.au, January 24, 2012



January 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

War on the internet: it’s all about power



War on the internet: it’s all about power


By Stilgherrian, ZDNet.com.au on January 23rd, 2012


Patch Monday podcast : Scott Ludlam, Jacob Appelbaum, Julian Assange, Bernard Keane, Suelette Dreyfus



January 24, 2012 Posted by | Assange, Bernard Keane, cyber warfare, Jacob Appelbaum, Scott Ludlam, Suelette Dreyfus | , , , , | Leave a comment

MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren’t Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought



MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren’t Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought


Mike Masnick, Techdirt, 20 January 2010


link from Mike’s article to his earlier one on Chris Dodd:


Why Chris Dodd Failed With His SOPA/PIPA Strategy


Mike Masnick, Techdirt, 20 January, 2012

January 22, 2012 Posted by | Chris Dodd, MPAA, PIPA, SOPA | , | Leave a comment

Rick Falkvinge: the Swedish radical leading the fight over web freedoms



Rick Falkvinge: the Swedish radical leading the fight over web freedoms


The tech entrepreneur launched the Pirate party to fight online censorship. Now, it is Europe’s fastest growing political group


Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer, Sunday 22 January 2012



January 22, 2012 Posted by | PIPA, SOPA | , | Leave a comment

The ‘Boycott Sopa’ app and the informed consumer-citizen



The ‘Boycott Sopa’ app and the informed consumer-citizen


An app created by two computer-science students is a ground-breaking example of how technology can empower our choices



January 22, 2012 Posted by | PIPA, SOPA | Leave a comment

Sopa and Pipa would create a consumption-only internet [Clay Shirkey]



Sopa and Pipa would create a consumption-only internet


You may not care about the US bills aimed at censoring the net but you should – they could stop you participating online again



January 22, 2012 Posted by | PIPA, SOPA | Leave a comment

Twitter: To log or not to log: Is that the question?



Twitter: To log or not to log: Is that the question?


by Zachary Wolff in LogRhythm blog Dialog


Includes Wikileaks suggestion in Twitter:

Given that police are increasingly issuing subpoenas to Twitter, join us in requesting twitter change their data retention policy. #NOLOGS

and a reiteration of what data Twitter says it logs:

Our servers automatically record information (“Log Data”) created by your use of the Services. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, the referring domain, pages visited, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, and search terms. Other actions, such as interactions with our website, applications and advertisements, may also be included in Log Data. If we haven’t already deleted the Log Data earlier, we will either delete it or remove any common account identifiers, such as your username, full IP address, or email address, after 18 months.

and its policy on law and harm:

We may preserve or disclose your information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect Twitter’s rights or property.




January 11, 2012 Posted by | Twitter, Twitter data logs, Twitter No Logs campaign, WikiLeaks | | Leave a comment

WordPress asks its 60 millions users to help stop SOPA and PIPA



WordPress asks its 60 millions users to help stop SOPA and PIPA


The Next Web, January 2012


Includes a short but precise video made by FightForTheFuture.org (which labels itself a tech policy non-profit) with more details on PIPA and its downsides.



January 11, 2012 Posted by | PIPA | , | Leave a comment