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Has the time finally come for the driverless car?

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The driverless car is one of those rare innovations that have quickly gained the support of just about everyone. Futurists love them for their potential to radically transform the future of transportation. Transportation planners love them for their ability to reduce congestion and gridlock. Safety advocates love them for...
Has the time finally come for the driverless car?

Police Censor Google, Facebook and 8,000 Other Sites by Accident

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Censorship online is an emotive issue. Some people believe that all information should be free and as adults it should be our right to be able to make our own choices in deciding what to view. In other countries that is not an option since oppressive regimes take control in...
Police Censor Google, Facebook and 8,000 Other Sites by Accident
Fighting 'censorship', 3D-printed gun designs find a new home

Cambodian Activists Explain Why The EU-India FTA Is A Matter Of Life And Death

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One of the many problems with the secretive nature of trade agreements is that it insulates negotiators from the real-world consequences of their actions. That's particularly true for the FTA talks between the EU and India, currently taking place behind closed doors. One of the key issues for the...
Cambodian Activists Explain Why The EU-India FTA Is A Matter Of Life And Death
No surprise: British ISP's block on Pirate Bay isn't curbing piracy
So long, Julius: FCC chair lauded by industry, blasted by activists

Oracle-Google ruling 'eviscerates' protection for software, says former U.S. copyright chief

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A week after Oracle filed the opening brief in its appeal of a district court's ruling on the Android-Java copyright infringement case, amicus curiae briefs were submitted by technology industry leaders (three different briefs), organizations representing creatives, academics, and a former U.S. copyright chief. In a request for more time...
Oracle-Google ruling 'eviscerates' protection for software, says former U.S. copyright chief

Should Open Web Advocates Stay Independent?

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When it was revealed Wednesday that developer and noted open web champion Tantek Celik was joining the Mozilla Foundation, a wave of congratulations swept across Twitter and the blogosphere. But not everyone was happy to learn that Celik — the former chief technologist at Technorati and before that an...
Should Open Web Advocates Stay Independent?

The Carr-Benkler wager and the peer-powered economy

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When you look around at the web and the state of the online economy, does it look like it has been colonized by large corporations for their own purposes, or do you see a world that is powered primarily by peer-to-peer networks? That’s the question behind one of the...
The Carr-Benkler wager and the peer-powered economy

The Pacific free trade deal that's anything but free | Dean Baker

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The draft TPP deal may grant new patent privileges and restrict net freedom, but it's secret - unless you're a multinational CEO"Free trade" is a sacred mantra in Washington. If anything is labeled as being "free trade", then everyone in the Washington establishment is required to bow down and support...
The Pacific free trade deal that's anything but free | Dean Baker

New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

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President Obama has nominated Michael Froman to be the new USTR, to take over for Ron Kirk who stepped down recently. Most of the stories on Froman note that he's well known in this space and has been a key player in a number of trade agreements -- including with...
New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

From Russia With Bots: Finding The Source Of Cyber Attacks

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While media and government source continue to allude to China as the biggest source of cyber attacks hitting innocent servers on the Internet, recent evidence instead suggests it's the Russian Federation that's king of the cyber attack mountain. The evidence comes from German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom (DT), which has...
From Russia With Bots: Finding The Source Of Cyber Attacks

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

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President Obama has nominated Michael Froman to be the new USTR, to take over for Ron Kirk who stepped down recently. Most of the stories on Froman note that he's well known in this space and has been a key player in a number of trade agreements -- including with...
New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

Olympics Controversy Culminates in a Shamefaced Apology from Twitter

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Mmmm, Orwellian. (Photo: flickr.com/revstan) Twitter has not had a great 48 hours. After spending years developing a reputation as an especially open and free-speech-friendly platform, suddenly the company looks an enthusiastic handmaiden to corporate interests. And so it’s none too surprising to see a lengthy exegesis of corporate policy, complete with apology,...
Olympics Controversy Culminates in a Shamefaced Apology from Twitter
The Harlem Shake and the corporate interests that fueled it

The Information Super-Sewer: Will the Internet be Hijacked by Corporate Interests

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The Information Super-Sewer: Will the Internet be Hijacked by Corporate Interests

Crony Capitalism: Big Companies Sponsor Fancy Dinner For TPP Negotiators

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We've talked about the ridiculous Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations, which are being held with incredible levels of secrecy, and which appear to include a wishlist of every copyright reform change that Hollywood wants, with little to no public scrutiny. The USTR, who's in charge of negotiating the agreement...
Crony Capitalism: Big Companies Sponsor Fancy Dinner For TPP Negotiators

USTR Claims TPP Has 'Unprecedented' Transparency, But It Won't Reveal The Details Unless You're A Big Industry Lobbyist

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You would think that after the response to SOPA as well as the ongoing (and growing) movement against ACTA, that the USTR would heed some of the warning signs, and stop pushing trade agreements negotiated in secret with the help of Hollywood. But, that's just not how the USTR works,...
USTR Claims TPP Has 'Unprecedented' Transparency, But It Won't Reveal The Details Unless You're A Big Industry Lobbyist

Cenk Uygur: Michael Moore: There's Going to be a Second Crash (And Glenn Beck Can F--k Off)

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We interviewed Michael Moore on The Young Turks today and he was not shy about sharing his opinions. Anyone surprised? He had very strong words for the Democratic Party, the state of our political system and Glenn Beck. What he thinks of Democrats and Republicans: You know, I tell you,...
Cenk Uygur: Michael Moore: There's Going to be a Second Crash (And Glenn Beck Can F--k Off)

US may consider military action, financial sanctions as repercussions for cyber attacks

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Today at the RSA cybersecurity conference, the White House’s cybersecurity leader Michael Daniel stated that the United States has a range of options under consideration for responding to cyber incursions. According to The Hill’s Jennifer Martinez, the list of possible actions includes “financial sanctions, visa restrictions and military action.” TNW parses that...
US may consider military action, financial sanctions as repercussions for cyber attacks

#OpPedoChat: Anonymous Tackles Pedophile Websites

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Websites devoted to positive discussion of pedophilia have long flouted the Internet’s love of “free speech” and provided backends for pedophiles to trade child pornography. Among those who study cyber crimes this isn’t a new phenomenon at all–what may be surprising is that it took this long for Anonymous to...
#OpPedoChat: Anonymous Tackles Pedophile Websites
EU data law proposal uses language--word-for-word--from US, EU corporations

The Philippines' New 'Cybercrime' Law Aims To 'Protect' Citizens By Going After Filesharing, Online Libel

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About a year ago, the Philippines pushed through a completely unneeded anti-counterfeiting bill at the behest of the WIPO (itself working at the behest of the US government). Despite the evidence that counterfeiting isn't a big problem, the bill was pushed through and defended with a bit of doublespeak by...
The Philippines' New 'Cybercrime' Law Aims To 'Protect' Citizens By Going After Filesharing, Online Libel

Once Again, Public Interest Groups Kicked Out When Trying To Present Concerns About TPP

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It's really quite astounding how terribly obnoxious supporters of the ridiculous TPP agreement have become. This Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is being negotiated entirely in secret -- even as the USTR lies and claims the process is transparent at an "unprecedented" level. Of course, it seems that transparency only extends...
Once Again, Public Interest Groups Kicked Out When Trying To Present Concerns About TPP

We've passed peak Apple: it's all downhill from here

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The decision to dump Google's maps for its own, and the changes at the top of the company to eject Scott Forstall and John Browett point to a subtle downward trajectoryThe story of Apple Incorporated is far from over. It is the most valuable company in the world, by a...
We've passed peak Apple: it's all downhill from here

USTR: By Making People Testify About TPP Text They Cannot See... We're Being Transparent

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Jamie Love has provided the testimony he gave at a USTR hearing concerning Mexico and Canada's entrance into the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) agreement. As you hopefully recall, the agreement is being negotiated in secret... unless you happen to be a high level lobbyist. Then you get widespread access, which...
USTR: By Making People Testify About TPP Text They Cannot See... We're Being Transparent

Megaupload Launches Frontal Attack on White House Corruption

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“The Truth will come out.” Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has been announcing it for months on his website and a white paper released today is the first big step towards that goal. Titled “The United States vs You (and Kim Dotcom)” and written by Megaupload lawyers Ira Rothken and Robert...
Megaupload Launches Frontal Attack on White House Corruption

Pirate Bay Co-Founder to Run For European Parliament

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Ever since the guilty verdict in the Pirate Bay case was made final last year, Peter Sunde has been fighting his looming incarceration. However, this hasn’t stopped him from looking ahead. Today the former Pirate Bay spokesman announces his next big move. Born in Sweden but with Finnish roots, Peter...
Pirate Bay Co-Founder to Run For European Parliament

Genachowski's FCC Tenure Featured Push to Open Wireless Spectrum (Video)

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As expected, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced on Friday his plans to step down. Genachowski will probably be best remembered for a tenure that included the commission’s opposition to AT&T’s planned merger with T-Mobile. He also pushed to open up more wireless spectrum via incentive auctions and through expanding availability...
Genachowski's FCC Tenure Featured Push to Open Wireless Spectrum (Video)
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