Asylum granted to Assange, More blows to copyright trolls… A cyberculture roundup

Asylum Granted by Ecuador to Julian Assange …

Civil rights implications of Big Data

by Cory Doctorow
An excellent editorial by Alistair Croll on the civil rights implications of Big Data contains a number of points I hadn’t considered before, as well as great analysis of the way that the Big Data situation arrived:

France’s batshit HADOPI copyright law on life-support; three strikes is dying

by Cory Doctorow
Hadopi was the jewel in the Sarkozy regime’s crown of shitty copyright policy: a rule that said if you lived in the same house as someone who’d been accused of copyright infringement, you would lose your Internet access. Heavily lobbied for by the entertainment industry and hailed as a success thanks to dodgy, misleading studies, Hadopi is now on the outs. The agency that administers it has had its budget zeroed out. Next up: outright cancellation? EFF hopes so:

Former MPAA CTO who switched sides explains to the White House why SOPA is stupid

by Cory Doctorow
You may remember Paul Brigner, the geek who quit his job as CTO of the MPAA to work for its arch-rival net-freedom advocates at the Internet Society, who manage the .ORG top-level domain. He has just filed comments with the White House’s IP Czar rubbishing the techniques proposed in SOPA, which contemplated censoring the Internet by tinkering with the domain-name service in the hopes of reducing copyright infringement. At the time that Brigner left the MPAA for ISOC, a lot of us were worried that he’d officially endorsed SOPA and argued in favor of it at Congress. Brigner and ISOC both assured us that he’d had a genuine change of heart, and these comments are the proof in the pudding. As Mike Masnick notes, Brigner was a pretty half-hearted, ineffective SOPA advocate, but he’s a rip-snortin’, ass-kicking critic of it.


Al Jazeera on the copyfight: it’s about control over sharing without boundaries or regulations

by Cory Doctorow
James from the New America Foundation sez,
The latest Fault Lines documentary from Al Jazeera English is a must see. The piece argues that Internet policy debates – from copyright to cybersecurity – are about centralized control versus “the ability to share information across the world without traditional boundries or regulations.”


Email Smackdown: vs. Gmail

from Mashable! by Peter Pachal


Why Wozniak is Right and Wrong About the Cloud

from Wired Top Stories by Rob May
“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” ?Jack Welch What things in your personal life would you turn over to someone else to manage? Would you put someone else in charge of all the photos from your wedding and pictures of your kids? At work would you put your sensitive corporate data like email and .


34 Social Media Truths in a Nut Shell

from social media vb by PamMoore
Remember, social media is not about the next best thing. It is not a band-aid for a broken business. The only way you are going to see results is if you align the investment in social media to real business goals and objectives.

Wikipedia’s list of infamous software glitches

by Maggie Koerth-Baker

Worth noting, especially if you read my piece last Friday about problems with America’s electric infrastructure:Wikipedia’s list of infamous software glitches includes the problems with General Electric Energy’s XA/21 monitoring software that helped make the 2003 East Coast Blackout happen. (Via Kyle McDonald)

MPAA / RIAA Want U.S. to Help Quash The Pirate Bay

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto

The U.S. Government is constantly evaluating and updating its copyright enforcement policies. To this end, Copyright Czar Victoria Espinel recently asked ?the public? to come up with recommendations for the future strategy.


Samsung Bites Back in Apple v. Samsung Day 4

by Christina Bonnington
In day four of Apple v. Samsung trial proceedings, Samsung defended itself against Apple’s claims that the Korean company is a design thief. Samsung questioned witnesses to show that its product strategy focuses on “the democratization of the smartphone,” that no consumer in their right mind could really get confused between a Samsung and an Apple product, and that the iPhone’s shape isn’t original, anyway.

Judge Urges Out-of-Court Settlement in Apple v. Samsung Case

by Christina Bonnington
With witness testimony finishing up late this week and closing statements expected to begin Tuesday, the “patent case of the century,” Apple v. Samsung, is getting into crunch time. The federal judge presiding over the case, Lucy Koh, is giving executives on both sides one last chance to try to hash out a solution on their own before the jurors begin deliberating next week.

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