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Simon Phipps

With a focus on open source and digital rights, Simon is a director of the UK's Open Rights Group and president of the Open Source Initiative. He is also managing director of UK consulting firm Meshed Insights Ltd.

An online kit for digital emergencies

A new EFF resource helps non-technical people deal with malware, intrusions and losses.

by Simon Phipps

My colleague Alexandra Combes writes: A remarkable resource has been created by the Digital Defenders in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access and a group of human rights NGOs with the release of the Digital First...

July 22, 2014 5:27:14 PM Read Full Post

Brazil Proclaims Permissionless Innovation As Fundamental

Despite seeming a mere political gesture, a recent summit in Brazil has actually produced a valuable contribution to the discussion of Internet freedoms.

by Simon Phipps

My colleague Alexandra Combes writes: Was anybody seriously expecting major changes from the São Paulo NETmundial Summit at the end of April? Not really: if multi-stakeholder meetings on Internet governance were leading to anything concrete...

May 13, 2014 3:40:30 PM Read Full Post

...and the filters don't work/they just make it worse

Default content filtering by UK ISP's is such a bad idea that people are rushing to fund a campaign against it.

by Simon Phipps

A crowdfunding campaign by the Open Rights Group to make a video explaining the issues raised by default ISP filtering raised half its goal in 24 hours. Why is "protecting the children" such a controversial issue?  The UK government has...

April 16, 2014 10:50:45 AM Read Full Post

OSI Announces New Board

Line-up includes new directors from Europe.

by Simon Phipps

The Open Source Initiative has announced the results of a ballot by its members to select new directors for its board. The outcome sees more diversity and strong community skills introduced, signalling new horizons for the 15 year old...

April 11, 2014 5:38:06 PM Read Full Post

New Risks From Data Retention Directive

The striking-down of the European Data Retention Directives creates issues for government and commercial bodies and raises the spectre of the re-animation of the Snoopers' Charter.

by Simon Phipps

In a decision issued yesterday, the European Court of Justice - CJEU - declared the Data Retention Directive to be in breach of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - namely: respect for private life (article 7) and protection of...

April 09, 2014 4:21:40 PM Read Full Post

A New Dynamic for Europe

There's a new pan-European political party, one created by and for the continent's geeks.

by Simon Phipps

My colleague Alexandra Combes writes: Recently our team was invited to Brussels for the official launch of the PPEU - the European Pirate Party. MEP Amelia Andersdotter hosted the event, and coordinated the arrival of delegations and...

April 07, 2014 5:37:37 PM Read Full Post

FFII Lampoons OIN - ROFL

An entertaining April Fool seems more serious in the light of an amicus brief filed by IBM in the US Supreme Court

by Simon Phipps

My colleague Alexandra Combes writes: In a communication released yesterday April 1st, the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure(FFII) lampooned the Open Invention Network (OIN) and its declared objective to defend the Linux kernel...

April 02, 2014 5:02:38 PM Read Full Post

An End-Run Around Your Rights

Those new copyright freedoms you're getting? You probably already signed them away.

by Simon Phipps

As part of the package of copyright law improvements published yesterday, the Open Rights Group is celebrating the publication of copyright exceptions finally legalising in the United Kingdom what we all do anyway with copyrights -- format...

March 28, 2014 11:36:37 AM Read Full Post

Parody and Quotation To Be Legalised

From June it will finally be legal to create parodies under UK copyright law.

by Simon Phipps

Draft regulations have been published in Britain that will finally end the anomaly where quotation, parody, caricature and pastiche are considered breaches of copyright. If approved by Parliament, they will come into force on June 1st, finally...

March 27, 2014 2:44:52 PM Read Full Post

Making Document Freedom Freer

A crowdfunding project in Germany will make LibreOffice better for us all -- what a great example for Document Freedom Day!

by Simon Phipps

Today March 26th is Document Freedom Day. It's today that we put the focus on the benefits of using open standards for the documents we use at work and home for spreadsheets, word processing and the like. As Apple demonstrated recently with...

March 26, 2014 12:51:18 PM Read Full Post


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