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  • An online kit for digital emergencies

    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...

  • Brazil Proclaims Permissionless Innovation As Fundamental

    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...

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

    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...

  • OSI Announces New Board

    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...

  • New Risks From Data Retention Directive

    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...

  • A New Dynamic for Europe

    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...

  • FFII Lampoons OIN - ROFL

    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...

  • An End-Run Around Your Rights

    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...

  • Parody and Quotation To Be Legalised

    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...

  • Making Document Freedom Freer

    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...

  • Who Speaks For Peer Creators?

    My daughter is a prolific writer in a world which, until recently, I did not know existed. She has written an introduction to this world, where strangers collaborate to create extensive new works of fiction together. It raises interesting issues...

  • Patent Trolling is an Art

    My French colleague Alexandra Combes is dismayed: 'France, Mother of Arts...' wrote XVIth century poet Joachim du Bellay in the collection 'The Regrets'. If Patent trolling is an Art, we can indeed only regret to see France coming in first...

  • LibreOffice Gets Fresh and Stable

    I've noticed a certain confusion in some quarters that borders on FUD about the quality of LibreOffice releases. But the developers have now embarked on a new naming policy that I think will go a long way to clearing that up, which appears in...

  • Internet Governance : engaging the geek community

    My colleague Alexandra Combes writes: After Germany refused asylum to digital rights hero Edward Snowden (whose physical resemblance with my cousin could only lead to an increased empathy from my side), I must confess that I was darkly amused...

  • Surveillance, innovation and user trust

    My colleague Alexandra Combes writes: Some time ago I learnt that my long lost friend Jeremie Zimmermann would no longer be a spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net, a French organisation defending citizen rights on the Internet. I got to know...

  • Open Standards Still Need Your Vote

    You may have thought that the battle to ring-fence its effective monopoly had passed, but in a call-to-arms for their Partner Network this week, Microsoft asked them to comment against the proposal by the Cabinet Office to mandate Open Document...

  • Copyright: Are EU Institutions Making Fun Of Us?

    My colleague Alexandra Combes writes: It’s hardly believable. Last week we expressed concerns about the European Commission true intentions with regards to the copyright consultation, the deadline for which has been extended to March 5th...

  • Take Charities Seriously, Nominet

    The UK's domain naming authority Nominet responded to my post last week criticising them for discriminating against UK charities. Much of the response by their CEO Lesley Cowley was to my throwaway remark about the need for more domains at all....

  • I had a dream... Of a Copyright Reform

    My colleague Alexandra Combes writes: Once upon a time, the 1886 Berne Convention was the only text governing copyright legislation both at International and European scale. In 1991 however the WIPO authorities decided that the convention should...

  • UK Charities Second Class To Domain Squatters

    Rules for acquisition of second-level domains newly on sale for the .uk domain turn out to discriminate against the most worthy causes. A Twitter discussion involving charity employee Ben Furber has discovered that rules associated with the...

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