Network Privacy Best Practices
0 view | +0 today
Follow
Network Privacy Best Practices
Legitimizing the use of online privacy tools.
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Deborah Lambert from Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream
Scoop.it!

Damaging The Internet Is Not Acceptable Collateral Damage In The Copyright Wars | Techdirt

Damaging The Internet Is Not Acceptable Collateral Damage In The Copyright Wars | Techdirt | Network Privacy Best Practices | Scoop.it

Cory Doctorow has a fantastic opinion piece over in the Guardian in which he talks about how unfortunate it is that people seem to think that it's okay to damage the internet in any and all attempts to stop copyright infringement. The whole thing is absolutely worth reading, so here are a few snippets should whet your appetite.

 

The internet is important, but the copyright wars treat it as a triviality: like cable TV 2.0; like the second coming of the telephone; like the world's greatest pornography distribution system. Laws such as the Digital Economy Act provide for disconnecting whole families from the internet without due process because someone in the vicinity is accused of watching TV the wrong way. That would be bad enough, if the internet were merely a conduit for delivering entertainment products. But the internet is a lifeline for families, and giving some offshore entertainment companies the right to take it away because they suspect you of doing them wrong is like giving Brita the power to turn off your family's water if they think you've been abusing your filter; like giving KitchenAid the power to take away your home's mains power if they think you've been using your mixer in an unapproved way.

 

And, of course, like me, Cory makes his money by producing content. But we realize that the internet is much more important to us than stopping any kind of infringement of our content.

 

Click headline to read more--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Deborah Lambert from Flash Design News
Scoop.it!

Fox Shuts Down Cory Doctorow's Homeland Book In Overzealous DMCA Shutdown

Fox Shuts Down Cory Doctorow's Homeland Book In Overzealous DMCA Shutdown | Network Privacy Best Practices | Scoop.it
TorrentFreak is reporting that links to Cory Doctorow’s book, Homeland, are being shut down after a DMCA request by Fox. Why is Cory’s Creative Commons licensed book that is available for free being attacked?

Via EA
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Deborah Lambert from Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream
Scoop.it!

The Shorthorn: Activist Cory Doctorow: Computers magnify freedom

The Shorthorn: Activist Cory Doctorow: Computers magnify freedom | Network Privacy Best Practices | Scoop.it

Technology activist Cory Doctorow sees the world in terms of computers, the Internet and policy. There is nothing else, he said.

 

Televisions, dishwashers, hearing aids and many other items people would find in their home or on their person fall into that category, added Doctorow, also a science fiction novelist and blogger. He spoke Monday as part of the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series about how such pieces of technology connect to the Internet and how it shouldn’t be monitored or regulated.

 

“Computers have the power to magnify freedom,” Doctorow said. “Computers have the power to magnify tyranny.”

 

American lawmakers have considered legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act, which both aim to reform how information is re-used on the Internet. Doctorow said such laws would be destructive not only because it could limit the First Amendment but also because of the limitations it would have on the sharing of information. Businesses, particularly the entertainment industry and media companies, have led the effort for such legislation. Doctorow said such entities are primarily concerned with getting paid by others that use their copyrighted content.

 

Engineering assistant dean Carter Tiernan described Doctorow’s talk as awesome. Tiernan said some people don’t know the threat to privacy that current and proposed legislation pose. Tiernan said people who support the anti-online piracy legislation that Doctorow mentioned, unknowingly or not, could be supporting an initiative that might snowball into grave privacy issues.

 

Click headline to read more--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
more...
No comment yet.