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Candidate Obama Debating President Obama On Civil Liberties vs. Government Surveillance

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We recently had a video showing then Senator Joe Biden, from seven years ago, "debating" the current President Obama on government surveillance. I hadn't seen this until now, but someone else has put together a much better video showing Presidential candidate Obama in 2008 vs. President Obama in 2013. The...
Candidate Obama Debating President Obama On Civil Liberties vs. Government Surveillance

What the ...?

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Dear Google users— You may be aware of press reports alleging that Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers. As Google’s CEO and Chief Legal Officer, we wanted you to have the facts. First, we...
What the ...?

12 things to consider when deciding where to start up

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Entrepreneurship has an attractive set of freedoms: create any kind of business, set your own hours and manifest an ever changing job description, one free of geographical bounds. Thanks to the Internet, you can choose to start up anywhere in the world that you want to. But just like selecting...
12 things to consider when deciding where to start up
Every Company Named In NSA Spying Case Has Now Denied Knowledge Of It

Saudi Arabia blocks Viber messaging

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The head of the messaging application Viber says people in Saudi Arabia have had freedoms curtailed, after his service was blocked there....
Saudi Arabia blocks Viber messaging

Swedish Pirate Party Sues Banks For 'Discriminating' Against Wikileaks

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Earlier this year, we noted that a court in Iceland had ordered Visa to start accepting donations to Wikileaks again. There's been some cat and mouse games as the various payment processors, under pressure from US officials, cut off the site a while back. The latest, however is that the...
Swedish Pirate Party Sues Banks For 'Discriminating' Against Wikileaks

Google and Facebook insist they did not know of Prism surveillance program

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Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg sharply deny knowledge of Prism until Thursday even as Obama confirms program's existenceAmerica's tech giants continued to deny any knowledge of a giant government surveillance programme called Prism, even as president Barack Obama confirmed the scheme's existence Friday.In a blogpost titled 'What the...?' Google co-founder...
Google and Facebook insist they did not know of Prism surveillance program

The surveillance state: growing under a coalition that pledged to reverse it | James Ball

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Proposals for real-time monitoring of email and social media show the government has caved in to the security servicesIf the government were to suggest monitoring every building that each person in the UK visits, and making a note of every conversation they had, the policy would be seen as electoral...
The surveillance state: growing under a coalition that pledged to reverse it | James Ball

Record Labels "Correct" Dotcom: Only Way to Stop Piracy is Suing File-Sharers

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It was a single (re)Tweet on January 7 echoing the words of dozens of other digital observers this century. The advice from Dotcom was viewed by many as the key to solving a decade-long entertainment industry battle that began with an effort to force pirates offline and back into bricks-and-mortar...
Record Labels "Correct" Dotcom: Only Way to Stop Piracy is Suing File-Sharers

Turntable Gets Labels On Board, International Launches Coming Over Next Few Months

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One of Turntable.fm's earliest proponents was a music blog in Germany that helped send the music sharing game viral. However, the startup soon discovered that the licensing and rights rules abroad were more complicated than the rules at home, and had to pull the service down outside the U.S. The announcement...
Turntable Gets Labels On Board, International Launches Coming Over Next Few Months

4 members of European Parliament stand up for freedoms against the ACTA, ask for EU to publicize all rel negotiation d http://bit.ly/bgKSg5

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4 members of European Parliament stand up for freedoms against the ACTA, ask for EU to publicize all rel negotiation d http://bit.ly/bgKSg5

Czech, Slovak governments backing away from ACTA, too

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My wife, who is professionally interested in the politics of the Czech Republic, doesn't usually find ways to connect her work and mine. So she was surprised to see this week that the European protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have now reached the highest levels of the...
Czech, Slovak governments backing away from ACTA, too

Help translate the Declaration of Internet Freedom by taking part in the 'Translathon'

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As stated in an earlier report, TNW supports the Declaration of Internet Freedom, and you should too. If you missed it, the declaration is a document that points out the things that all residents of the Internet should hold close to their hearts. Imagine the Internet without the following freedoms:...
Help translate the Declaration of Internet Freedom by taking part in the 'Translathon'

The UN calls for individuals to have the same rights online as off

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Today, in a vote of the Human Rights Council, the United Nations passed a resolution that calls for individuals to have the same rights online as off. The resolution could have a lasting impact on how the Internet is controlled, and censored, the world around. As quoted by RawStory, the...
The UN calls for individuals to have the same rights online as off

Who Protects Freedom Of Speech When It Isn't Profitable To Do So?

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Barely a week passes without yet another website being taken down because somebody objected to its existence. This would have been conceptually unthinkable two decades ago, but the copyright monopoly has encroached on civil liberties to a degree many haven’t realized. Let’s return to the idea of the analog letter....
Who Protects Freedom Of Speech When It Isn't Profitable To Do So?
Anonymous leaks a bunch of Defense Department documents, but they're mostly a snooze

PornFeud: Sex.com Claims Pinterest Is Banning Racy Pins

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There’s trouble brewing in Pinterest land. Sex.com [SFW] (a site that can be arguably described as a Pinterest with yoo yoos and ha has) has been banned as a source for user pins, thereby reducing the freedoms of every man and woman who feels it is their god given right...
PornFeud: Sex.com Claims Pinterest Is Banning Racy Pins

EU to vote on porn ban, calls for Internet enforcement

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In what could be one of the greatest threats to online freedoms, the European Parliament is set to vote in the next week on "a ban on all forms of pornography in the media." [Read more]...
EU to vote on porn ban, calls for Internet enforcement

Well, I Certainly Never Thought I'd See Pot And Gay Marriage Legalized

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The right to smoke pot and marry whomever you want have always seemed like basic common-sense liberties to me. After all, given that every city block has  retail shops that sell perfectly legal drugs that are arguably more dangerous and lethal than marijuana, it always seemed ludicrous that pot was...
Well, I Certainly Never Thought I'd See Pot And Gay Marriage Legalized

Hey runners – Here’s a set of Bluetooth headphones you’ll actually want to use

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I’m constantly on the search for the perfect Bluetooth headset and headphones. While the $99 Freedom model from Jaybird isn’t flawless, it’s one of the closest that I’ve seen. It’s a stereo headset, so you can use it for music listening, but it’s lightweight and stable enough that you can...
Hey runners – Here’s a set of Bluetooth headphones you’ll actually want to use

NSFWCORP Gets Banned By Vegas Distributors. Maybe This Is Why Print Is Dying

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About three minutes ago, our lead developer flipped the switch (pushed the button? I’m not entirely sure how technology works) to begin selling subscriptions to the Print Edition of NSFWCORP. As I wrote last week, the move into print is a huge step for us — possibly the most important...
NSFWCORP Gets Banned By Vegas Distributors. Maybe This Is Why Print Is Dying

Singapore to require operating licenses for Yahoo, other select news sites starting June 1st

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Singapore isn't necessarily known for its generous media freedoms, but the Southeast Asian city-state is planning to tighten the reigns even further next month. Beginning June 1st, any online news outlet with more than 50,000 unique monthly visitors within Singapore that also reports on the country at least once...
Singapore to require operating licenses for Yahoo, other select news sites starting June 1st

New Anti-Piracy Group Will Monitor File-Sharers and Block All Major Torrent Sites

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For years the online environment in Norway has been tipped in the favor of file-sharers. There have been barriers to rightsholders monitoring alleged pirates and torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay have been accessible to all. In May 2011, things began to change when the Ministry of Culture announced...
New Anti-Piracy Group Will Monitor File-Sharers and Block All Major Torrent Sites

Review: Create stunning websites in minutes for free with Tackk

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Every once in a while, I come across a service that leaves me speechless. This is exactly what happened when I first started using Tackk: It took my breath away. Tackk is a free website maker currently in beta, and will help you create any single-page website (or Tackks)...
Review: Create stunning websites in minutes for free with Tackk

How Would Twitter Handle A Crackdown On Free Speech In Saudi Arabia?

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Twitter has put itself out there as being a strong defender of free speech, arguing that it's not just a principled stand, but one that provides the company with a competitive advantage. Standing up for free speech is good -- not just for people, but for Twitter too. There was...
How Would Twitter Handle A Crackdown On Free Speech In Saudi Arabia?

Ahead Of ITU Summit, Google Wants You To Help Preserve A Free And Open Internet With New Campaign

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Today, Google announced a new initiative to support an open and free Internet called “Take Action.” The company has set up a website with materials to help educate you on what your rights are and what changes with laws could do to impact the freedoms you enjoy today on the...
Ahead Of ITU Summit, Google Wants You To Help Preserve A Free And Open Internet With New Campaign

Sex offenders fight in court to overturn social network bans

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Registered sex offenders banned from using social networks are asking courts to lift the restrictions. Blocks on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ help protect its users from potential abuse according to authorities, however the offenders claim such orders infringe their freedom of speech, the Chicago Tribune writes. The...
Sex offenders fight in court to overturn social network bans

Czech Government Suspends ACTA Ratification

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Following Poland's lead, the Czech Prime Minister, Petr Necas has announced that the government there will suspend the ACTA ratification process until the country has had more time to analyze the agreement. This follows a "wave of protests" across Europe, in which this agreement, that everyone assumed was going through...
Czech Government Suspends ACTA Ratification

Google on PRISM accusations 'WHAT THE ...'

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You don’t get any more tenacious denials than this. First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers. Indeed, the U.S. government does not have direct access or a “back door” to the information stored in our data centers. We...
Google on PRISM accusations 'WHAT THE ...'

The Law Against Unlocking Cellphones Is An Orwellian Invasion Of Our Liberty

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Since I called the Librarian of Congress's decision against unlocking cell phones "the most ridiculous law of 2013," legal experts, techies, and other readers have written to tell me they, too, consider the restriction an outrageous violation of property rights. In particular, several people asked, "No one would really get into trouble...
The Law Against Unlocking Cellphones Is An Orwellian Invasion Of Our Liberty
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