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Romanian Prime Minister Admits He Has No Idea Why Romania Signed ACTA

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Here's a bizarre one. With Poland putting ACTA ratification on hold, and Slovenia apparently regretting its signature, now we've got Romania's Prime Minister, Emil Boc, admitting that he doesn't understand why the country signed ACTA. It appears that opposing politicians are criticizing the government and promising that they will suspend...
Romanian Prime Minister Admits He Has No Idea Why Romania Signed ACTA

Indonesian authorities “study” Twitter, vow to crack down on abusive users

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Indonesia’s government has put its sights on Twitter after claiming that it is “studying” the microblogging site with a view to cracking down on users that it claims are behaving badly on the service. According to a report from the Jakarta Globe, Indonesia’s Communication Minister Tifatul Sembiring is looking to clean...
Indonesian authorities “study” Twitter, vow to crack down on abusive users

UK parliament to provide 650 iPads to MPs, costing $420,000

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As Britain’s economy enters a ‘double-dip’ recession (much to the dismay of its citizens), the Palace of Westminster has agreed to provide 650 members of parliament with iPads, replacing their old laptops at a cost of at least £260,000 (around $420,000) to the taxpayer. iPads will only be provided to...
UK parliament to provide 650 iPads to MPs, costing $420,000

UK Report Blames The Internet For Terrorism, Says ISPs Should Take Down Content

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It appears that technologically clueless, reactionary politicians blaming the internet for terrorism and demanding ways to censor content are not just limited to US Senators named Lieberman. Nope, it appears that some elected officials over in the UK have similarly allergic reactions to the internet. The Home Affairs Committee in...
UK Report Blames The Internet For Terrorism, Says ISPs Should Take Down Content
Google launches the “power of the internet” campaign

Campaign to speed up 4G roll-out

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Mobile firm Everything Everywhere has launched a campaign to pressure politicians to deliver the rollout of 4G services....
Campaign to speed up 4G roll-out

Life is tweet, says John Prescott, as Twitter reaches 10m milestone

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Twitter has helped shift the balance of media power from press barons to the people – a true champagne moment, writes John PrescottTuesday marked a turning point for the UK mainstream media. The combined total of people who buy daily national newspapers is 9,002,963. The number of people on Twitter...
Life is tweet, says John Prescott, as Twitter reaches 10m milestone

Is Lobbying Closer To Bribery... Or Extortion?

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We've certainly talked quite a bit about the institutional-level corruption of the way Congress and lobbying works, but a recent This American Life episode, done in partnership with the Planet Money team takes a much deeper dive into how lobbying works. You absolutely should listen to it. It's really fascinating,...
Is Lobbying Closer To Bribery... Or Extortion?
NASA scientist calls climate change a moral issue on par with slavery

This documentary on crowdfunding is seeking financing through, yup, crowdfunding

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“Capital C. How the crowd liberates itself” is a new documentary in the works about how crowdfunding is “no longer the nerdy pipe dream of a bunch of Internet geeks”. So naturally the project is on Kickstarter. The basis of the film is how crowdfunding has grown from a source...
This documentary on crowdfunding is seeking financing through, yup, crowdfunding

Did Congress Really Not Pay Attention To What Happened With SOPA? CISPA Ignorance Is Astounding

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We recently wrote about how HR 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act -- or CISPA -- is an incredibly bad bill that would basically make it much, much easier for the government to spy on all sorts of private communications. The bill already has over 100 sponsors, some...
Did Congress Really Not Pay Attention To What Happened With SOPA? CISPA Ignorance Is Astounding
First Look: OnTheAir’s Video Call-In Show Platform Makes Hangouts and Ustream Seem Static

Warm weather drives greater acceptance of the planet's rising temperatures

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One of the biggest problems with discussing climate change is that a substantial fraction of the US public can't agree on basic facts. All indications are that the planet has warmed over the last century, yet polls have shown that anywhere from a fifth to a third of US...
Warm weather drives greater acceptance of the planet's rising temperatures

The Fight Against Copyright Enforcement & The Fight For Civil Liberties Are The Same

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Before the net, if you wanted to send a copy of something that was protected under the copyright monopoly, it was an absolute given that you could do so. You would send that copy in the mail without a single thought of repercussions. You could send copies of drawings, you...
The Fight Against Copyright Enforcement & The Fight For Civil Liberties Are The Same

The Internet Never Forgets: Politwoops Saves The Tweets Your Politicians Tried To Delete

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Once something is on the Internet, it’s typically pretty hard to delete it. Unless somebody retweets a posting to Twitter, though, a deleted tweet is pretty much gone forever. With Politwoops, however, the Sunlight Foundation is now preserving some of these tweets for posterity. Politwoops follows all the 433 official...
The Internet Never Forgets: Politwoops Saves The Tweets Your Politicians Tried To Delete

Oops! Now You Can Track the Tweets Politicians Tried to Delete

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Remember that time John McCain mocked "Vlad" Putin? So does the Internet....
Oops! Now You Can Track the Tweets Politicians Tried to Delete

Obama, Clinton pay tribute to Steve Jobs at the Webbys

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Celebrities, politicians and tech luminaries paid tribute to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at today's Webby Awards show in New York. [Read more]...
Obama, Clinton pay tribute to Steve Jobs at the Webbys

Who Has Search Engine Marketers’ Backs? No One – We Need Lobbyists

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Did you know that Google spent $5 million to influence politicians just last quarter? And that was doubled from the quarter before and may double again this quarter. Facebook spent a boatload too, but not as much Google. Microsoft spent even more. Issues like the Stop Online Piracy Act, or...
Who Has Search Engine Marketers’ Backs? No One – We Need Lobbyists
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: ACTA struggles to pass in Europe

Hearst Castle, palace to the stars, still shines bright today

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Once the playground of Hollywood's most famous stars, journalists, and politicians, William Randolph Hearst's California mansion will always be worth the trip. [Read more]...
Hearst Castle, palace to the stars, still shines bright today

Airbnb Has Booked 10 Million Nights, Not All Of Them Legally

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Airbnb, the service which lets people rent out couches, rooms, or houses to strangers by the night, sounded like an unlikely sociological experiment to most. Now it's a genuine business phenomenon: The company is announcing today that it has booked a total of 10 million nights since it launched in...
Airbnb Has Booked 10 Million Nights, Not All Of Them Legally

ACTA Closer To Death: Remaining EU Supporters Contemplate Rejecting It

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Last week we saw the Socialists and Democrats, the second-largest bloc in the European Parliament, turn against ACTA. Combined with the stated position of the Green party there, that means ACTA is closer to being thrown out when the vote for ratification takes place in Brussels this summer. The deciding...
ACTA Closer To Death: Remaining EU Supporters Contemplate Rejecting It
NASA's 'Pursuit of Light' is a visually stunning mission statement
New iPhone app enables self-destructing sext messages

Obama’s techies hide Easter egg in campaign website code

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This one is just for fun. Put down that pitchfork and have a chuckle. The Obama tech team, as spotted by the inimitable BuzzFeed, have put together a rather decent Easter egg in the code of their own website. First, the well-known Obama image: And now, the lovely ASCII version from the site:...
Obama’s techies hide Easter egg in campaign website code

European Commission Suggests ACTA's Opponents Don't Have 'Democratic Intentions'

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Last week, we had a story about the IFPI (the international equivalent of the RIAA) saying that the ACTA protests were trying to "silence the democratic process". You might have thought that was bad enough, but here's worse. Netzpolitik.org points us to leaked internal minutes of a meeting of the...
European Commission Suggests ACTA's Opponents Don't Have 'Democratic Intentions'

Fearmongering About Cyberwar And Cybersecurity Is Working: American Public Very, Very Afraid

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Well, it looks like all the fearmongering about hackers shutting down electrical grids and making planes fall from the sky is working. No matter that there's no evidence of any actual risk, or that the only real issue is if anyone is stupid enough to actually connect such critical infrastructure...
Fearmongering About Cyberwar And Cybersecurity Is Working: American Public Very, Very Afraid

Politicians, retailers push for new Internet sales taxes

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The halcyon days of tax-free Internet shopping may soon be over, if Congress approves a proposed federal law supported by Wal-Mart and other big box stores. [Read more]...
Politicians, retailers push for new Internet sales taxes

ACTA On Hold, But The Protests Continue In Serbia

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One reason the European Commission decided to refer ACTA to the European Court of Justice may have been in the hope that people would simply get bored and move on. It's certainly true that the cities of Europe aren't full of protesters as they were a couple of months ago,...
ACTA On Hold, But The Protests Continue In Serbia
Anonymous tops Time 100 public poll amid allegations of foul play
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