Category Archives: Media

Italy revolts over sneak return of ‘blog killer’ law | European technology news

Italian bloggers are up in arms after ministers secretly resurrected their attempts to introduce a new law dubbed the “blog killer” by critics.

The proposed legislation would force online publications, whether large or small, to amend information on their sites within 48 hours of a complaint — or face fines of €12,000 ($15,700). Continue reading…

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Save the Internet from the US | Avaaz

Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. Continue reading…

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Lamentable media coverage and state deception, the scandal of NHS legislation | openDemocracy

The Health and Social Care Bill has just passed through Parliament. A huge step towards privatising the NHS has been taken. The most cherished of UK public institutions is being dismantled and large private providers are already signing contracts. All this is against the wishes of a large majority of the public and an even larger majority of health-care professionals. Continue reading…

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Letter to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey urging him not to cooperate with censors | Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders has written to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey voicing deep concern about yesterday’s announcement that Twitter will introduce geolocated censorship – censorship varying according to the social network user’s country location – and urging him to reverse a policy that violates freedom of expression. Continue reading…

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If You Thought SOPA Was Bad, Just Wait Until You Meet ACTA | Forbes

Few people have heard of ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, but the provisions in the agreement appear quite similar to – and more expansive than – anything we saw in SOPA. Worse, the agreement spans virtually all of the countries in the developed world, including all of the EU, the United States, Switzerland and Japan. Continue reading…

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One to Another: the Occupy movement challenges the media | openDemocracy

The Occupy movement challenges the deflection tactics of current media circumambulations: social media and sheer numbers will eventually triumph over the current status quo.

The Occupy Movement confronts essentially two organizational problems: firstly, the inadequacy of one-to-another as a principal means of communication; secondly, the deflection tactics of a mass media that does not represent current concerns. Continue reading…

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Is new US pro-copyright Internet legislation the Trojan horse of a controlling state? | openDemocracy

SOPA – the US’s Stop Online Piracy Act – proposes to shift the balance of online power from technology and platform providers to traditional copyright holders. The dangers of this move are that it will limit innovation, silence free speech and put in place the machinery that is needed to censor the Internet. And it won’t stop piracy. So cui bono, and why? Continue reading…

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