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'Obama Vs. Romney' Could End Up Being A Lot Like 'Mac Vs. PC'

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The juxtaposition between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama couldn’t have been starker. Romney delivered a solid, if perfunctory, victory speech. Later in the night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon. One one hand, this was not remarkable. Even Richard Nixon appeared on “Laugh In.” And Romney was on the ballot in five states — of course he was going...
'Obama Vs. Romney' Could End Up Being A Lot Like 'Mac Vs. PC'

Obama touts the success of tech giants in campaign speech – welcome to the next 6 months

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The massive success of US technology companies is a common enough theme in political speech, but President Obama took it to new lengths, albeit quite respectfully, last night in a speech given in Seattle, GeekWire reports. The President, who has long been noted for his use of technology (his 2008...
Obama touts the success of tech giants in campaign speech – welcome to the next 6 months

Texas Municipal Officials Fight 'Open Meeting Act,' Get Shot Down By Fifth Circuit Court

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There's been a whole lot of talk about openness in government, but so far, very little action. Many vague statements and unkept promises have raised the public's expectation of actually being involved, but when push comes to shove, legislators seem much more comfortable doing things the old, closed-door way. The...
Texas Municipal Officials Fight 'Open Meeting Act,' Get Shot Down By Fifth Circuit Court

Lawrence Lessig: "A Dose of Realism"? How About This for "Realism": We Need Leadership

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Larry Tribe criticizes my February 15 post, which itself had criticized the Democratic Leadership's planned response to Citizens United as not good enough. He agrees that the Leadership's response is "incomplete," but, he argues, it at least has "the virtue of being potentially attainable." More importantly, he believes that the...
Lawrence Lessig: "A Dose of Realism"? How About This for "Realism": We Need Leadership

Google's Most Active Big Brother Is the U.S. Government

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What’s the nation most likely to ask Google to take down user content or hand over user data? The United States, and increasingly so. The U.S. government asked Google to hand over user data 6,321 times in the second half of 2011, an increase of 37 percent from the same...
Google's Most Active Big Brother Is the U.S. Government

24 Hours

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There are crazy days and then there are days like yesterday. Kickstarter has experienced some frantic hours but nothing like what happened in the 24-hour span between Wednesday at 6:54pm and Thursday at 6:44pm. Two million-dollar projects, a major political speech involving Kickstarter, an amazing band launching a project for...
24 Hours
Google executive arrested in Brazil as the company resists orders to freeze political speech on YouTube

Google's Latest Transparency Report Shows Increased Censorship From Governments Not Normally Known For Censorship

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Google has continued to update its big "Transparency Report" with new data on specific content takedown requests from government agencies. With this latest update, Google has put out a blog post warning people that governments -- including those not normally associated with censorship -- are increasingly seeking to shut down...
Google's Latest Transparency Report Shows Increased Censorship From Governments Not Normally Known For Censorship

Google Getting More Requests From Democracies to Censor

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Google said it received over 1,000 requests from governments around the globe to remove content or turn over data about its users. It complied with over half those requests. The company said it was alarmed by the number of requests it received to censor political speech, and not just from...
Google Getting More Requests From Democracies to Censor

Does A 'Don't Mess With The Internet' Billboard Violate Texas' Trademark?

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We recently covered a plan, hatched at SXSW, to crowdfund a billboard in Lamar Smith's home district, with the statement "Don't Mess With The Internet" on it -- in response to Smith's sponsorship of a series of anti-internet bills, most notably, SOPA. First the good news: the crowdfunding campaign reached...
Does A 'Don't Mess With The Internet' Billboard Violate Texas' Trademark?

Russia Confirms To The World That It's Not A Fan Of Free Speech: Pussy Riot Gets Two Years In Jail

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Hopefully, many of you have been following the legal fight in Russia over the band/collective Pussy Riot, who performed an anti-Putin song inside a key Moscow cathedral. If so, then you know that, today, the band was sentenced to two years in jail. The sentence could have been worse, but...
Russia Confirms To The World That It's Not A Fan Of Free Speech: Pussy Riot Gets Two Years In Jail

The Hypocrisy Of Congress: As Big A Threat To The Internet As The UN They're Condemning

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While it's great to see Congress continue to speak out against the UN's dangerous efforts to tax and track the internet to help out governments and local telco monopolies, it's pretty ridiculous for Congress to pretend that it's declaring "hands off the internet" when it has its own hands all...
The Hypocrisy Of Congress: As Big A Threat To The Internet As The UN They're Condemning

Ron Paul Doesn't Win RonPaul.com And Is Guilty Of Reverse Domain Hijacking

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We found it odd back in February to see Ron Paul try to use the domain dispute process to take over RonPaul.com, a domain that was held by some of his biggest supporters. The folks who had the domain had even offered Paul the RonPaul.org domain for free, since they...
Ron Paul Doesn't Win RonPaul.com And Is Guilty Of Reverse Domain Hijacking

Department Of Homeland Security Tells Congress Why It's Monitoring Facebook, Twitter, Blogs

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The House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Intelligence was not pleased. (Insert "angry" emoticon here.)At a Congressional hearing this morning that veered into contentious arguments and cringe-worthy moments, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spilled the beans on their social media monitoring project. DHS Chief Privacy Office Mary Ellen...
Department Of Homeland Security Tells Congress Why It's Monitoring Facebook, Twitter, Blogs

More transparency into government requests

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About two years ago, we launched our interactive Transparency Report. We started by disclosing data about government requests. Since then, we’ve been steadily adding new features, like graphs showing traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services from different countries. And just a couple weeks ago, we launched a new section...
More transparency into government requests

Why Do So Many People Rely On Facebook For Communications, Given Its Arbitrary Removal Process?

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The Washington Post has an interesting story about Facebook's admission that it erroneously took down a widely shared image posted by an anti-Obama group over the weekend. The somewhat viral image (which, as the article notes, isn't exactly the most truthful of images -- but perhaps par for the course...
Why Do So Many People Rely On Facebook For Communications, Given Its Arbitrary Removal Process?

Andrew Dubber's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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My criteria for "favorite Techdirt blog posts of the week" are necessarily shaped by what I do for a living. As the leader of an MA in Music Industries at Birmingham City University, it's important for me to understand the key issues shaping the sector in the digital age. Especially...
Andrew Dubber's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week
How Naval Ravikant went to Washington and changed the law
Google Transparency Report: U.S. Content Removal Requests Increased 103%
UN doesn't want to take over Internet, does want to help telcos profit

Just As Ecuador Grants Asylum To Assange, It Prepares To Extradite Blogger For Exposing Corruption

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We just wrote about hypocrisy from Russia, condemning the UK over the Julian Assange situation at the same time that it was putting Pussy Riot in jail for political speech. As someone pointed out in our comments, there's plenty of hypocrisy to go around, including with Ecuador, who, at the...
Just As Ecuador Grants Asylum To Assange, It Prepares To Extradite Blogger For Exposing Corruption

Overreacting To Anonymous Is A Greater Threat To Freedom, Innovation & Creativity Than Any Of Their Attacks

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We've noted the disturbing trend by the press and politicians to totally overreact or to pump up the actual impact and/or threat of various Anonymous hacking attacks. We've also noted multiple times that such attacks can be incredibly counterproductive -- and the press and politician backlash is part of what...
Overreacting To Anonymous Is A Greater Threat To Freedom, Innovation & Creativity Than Any Of Their Attacks
Google’s Transparency Report: A Good And Troubling Thing
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