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Für Normalverbraucher: Wie gefährlich ist ACTA? | Netzpolitik | futurezone.at: Technology-News

Für Normalverbraucher: Wie gefährlich ist ACTA? | Netzpolitik | futurezone.at: Technology-News | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Das Anti-Piraterieabkommen ACTA, mit dem Produktpiraterie und Urheberrechtsverletzungen bekämpft werden sollen, hat in den vergangenen Wochen für Aufregung gesorgt.
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AntiActa Petition for EU Parliament members

AntiActa Petition for EU Parliament members | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
A new global treaty could allow corporations to police what we do on the Internet. Last week we successfully pushed back the US censorship bills -- if we act now, we can get the EU Parliament to bury this new threat -- add your voice now!

 

Protest doesn't any get easier than this - you just need to sign!

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Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place
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Short term thinking will come back to bite you in the a§§ every time.

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The Guardian view on Theresa May’s censorship plan: pointless and unprincipled | Editorial

The Guardian view on Theresa May’s censorship plan: pointless and unprincipled | Editorial | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Editorial: The home secretary’s suggestion of asking Ofcom to vet programmes involving ‘extremism’ beggars belief. It tramples on free speech and would do nothing to defeat the terrorists
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So much for free speech in the UK.

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Merkel appeals to Germans to back trade pact ahead of G7 meeting

Merkel appeals to Germans to back trade pact ahead of G7 meeting | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to drum up support in Germany for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) ahead of the G7 summit she is hosting in June, saying in an
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... and I believe in the tooth fairy as well...

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TTIP: EU-Abgeordnete stimmen für Investoren-Schiedsgerichte

TTIP: EU-Abgeordnete stimmen für Investoren-Schiedsgerichte | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Der Handelsausschuss des EU-Parlaments unterstützt die Linie der Kommissarin Cecilia Malmström, wonach die umstrittenen Schiedsstellen für Investoren im geplanten transatlantischen Handelsabkommen eingehegt werden sollen.
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Austrian chancellor calls for ISDS to be removed from CETA | The Council of Canadians

Austrian chancellor calls for ISDS to be removed from CETA | The Council of Canadians | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann wants the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to be renegotiated given his concerns about the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision. Faymann, who is also the chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), has been the country's chancellor since October 2008.
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Sometimes I am proud of our government, this is one of those times.

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US Says 'No' To Corporate Sovereignty Reform; Hungary Says 'No' To Corporate Sovereignty | Techdirt

US Says 'No' To Corporate Sovereignty Reform; Hungary Says 'No' To Corporate Sovereignty | Techdirt | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Last week we wrote about an attempt by the EU's Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, to "save" the corporate sovereignty chapter in TAFTA/TTIP as more people wake up to its dangers, and resist its inclusion. Along with...
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This is actually good news.

The more the American side insists on ISDS in its present form, the more opposition will come from European grass roots. And now that the commission has started to try a reform of ISDS, they can hardly back down.

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TTIP falters after Senate blocks Obama on free-trade initiative

TTIP falters after Senate blocks Obama on free-trade initiative | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
US Senate Democrats dealt a clear setback to Barack Obama on Tuesday (12 May), blocking a measure that would have given the president a free hand to swiftly negotiate trade accords.
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Skepticism about TTIP not only in the EU - good to see!

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UN calls for suspension of TTIP talks over fears of human rights abuses

UN calls for suspension of TTIP talks over fears of human rights abuses | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
UN lawyer says tactics used by multinationals in courts outside of public jurisdiction would undermine democracy and law
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When even the UN voices concerns ....

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- Commission scrambles to hold on to ISDS, as never-ending “consultation process” set to continue.

- Commission scrambles to hold on to ISDS, as never-ending “consultation process” set to continue. | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
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Lipstick on a Pig indeed

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TTIP: Schiedsgerichte laut BUND-Gutachten verfassungswidrig - SPIEGEL ONLINE

TTIP: Schiedsgerichte laut BUND-Gutachten verfassungswidrig - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Die Schiedsgerichte beim geplanten Freihandelsabkommen TTIP sind nicht nur umstritten - sondern laut einem Gutachten auch verfassungswidrig.
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BUND gewinnt vor Gericht gegen Bayer: Sieg für Bienen und Meinungsfreiheit

BUND gewinnt vor Gericht gegen Bayer: Sieg für Bienen und Meinungsfreiheit | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Die Naturschützer vom BUND dürfen Bayer-Pestizide als „bienengefährlich“ bezeichnen. Das Unternehmen wird das Urteil wohl anfechten.
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A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More

A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.
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- Distorted facts, blatant lies: business group's big push to get ISDS through

- Distorted facts, blatant lies: business group's big push to get ISDS through | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Distorted facts, blatant lies: business group's big push to get ISDS through

Emails by lobby firm BUSINESSEUROPE to MEPs sowing disinformation ahead of crucial TTIP vote

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Talk about selective memory: the head of the European Lobbygroup BusinessEurope does not remember salient facts in a letter to the head of the S&D. He claims that no Committee has officially urged to drop ISDS, when it is so easy to prove otherwise.

 

Does Mr. Beyrer suffer from memory lapses, confusion, false information from underlings, or could he be, <gasp> simply lying?

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TTIP-Abstimmung im EU-Parlament steht auf der Kippe

TTIP-Abstimmung im EU-Parlament steht auf der Kippe | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Die Abstimmung im Europaparlament zum Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA (TTIP) in der kommenden Woche steht in Frage: Die Sozialdemokraten (S&D) wollen von einer Absprache über das Investor-Staat-Streitschlichtungsverfahren (ISDS) mit der Europäischen Volkspartei (EVP) nichts mehr wissen. EurActiv Brüssel berichtet.
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Hoffenbtlich fällt S&D nicht wieder um.

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Arguments for TPP don’t make sense - The Boston Globe

Arguments for TPP don’t make sense - The Boston Globe | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Washington is making circular arguments (and bad bets) in favor of the Pacific trade deal.
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You wonder how much of this also applies to TTIP.

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Free Trade: The hidden costs of trade treaties

Free Trade: The hidden costs of trade treaties | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
The free trade treaties are not threatening European standards. Yet environmental and food safety regulations have already been weakened.
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"Trust us.." they said

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EU dropped plans for safer pesticides because of TTIP and pressure from US

EU dropped plans for safer pesticides because of TTIP and pressure from US | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Despite repeated promises that the US trade agreement would not lower EU standards.
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Obviously, we don't even have to wait for TTIP to see how regulations are influenced by industry and lobbies.

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Nepal School System Left Shattered in Aftermath of Quake

Nepal School System Left Shattered in Aftermath of Quake | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Officials say that thousands of schools have been destroyed and that tens of thousands of classrooms need replacing, even as aftershocks continue.
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unbelievable, 1 million children now without schools!

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The secret corporate takeover of trade agreements

The secret corporate takeover of trade agreements | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Terms such as ‘investor’ and ‘partner’ are taking on new meanings as multinationals manipulate deals to take legal action against sovereign states
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Given the choice, I trust Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz above our lobbyist indoctrinated EU commission any day.

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US rejects EU proposal for investment court, insists on retaining ISDS

US rejects EU proposal for investment court, insists on retaining ISDS | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
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Personally, if the US and EU cannot agree, that's fine with me. Of course the supposed 'improvements' the EU is asking for are not sufficient, but if even that is too much or the US and they insist on more, I think that's great.

Because it decreases the chances that any of this will be agreed on.

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Europa-Parlament: Zähne zeigen gegen TTIP!

Europa-Parlament: Zähne zeigen gegen TTIP! | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Aktion: Zähne zeigen gegen TTIP! Schreibt jetzt Eure Europa-Abgeordneten an, damit die Resolution des Europa-Parlaments zu TTIP kein zahnloser Papiertiger wird.
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Hier ist eine Gelegenheit die eigene Stimme zu erheben, bei den Österreichischen oder Deutschen EU Abgeordneten. Geht ganz einfach, kurz und schmerzlos.

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Netflix CEO: Europe needs strong net neutrality rules

Netflix CEO: Europe needs strong net neutrality rules | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Speaking in Berlin on Tuesday (5 May), Netflix CEO Reed Hastings argued that Europe needs a strong law guaranteeing net neutrality. The European Commission’s Digital Market plans, he explained, fall in line with his firm's goals.
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TTIP: Konzerne reden bei nationalen Gesetzen mit - fm4.ORF.at

TTIP: Konzerne reden bei nationalen Gesetzen mit - fm4.ORF.at | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
Alle handelsrelevanten, nationalen Gesetzespläne - Umwelt, Gesundheit, Arbeitsrecht - sollen künftig meldepflichtig sein und vorab auf ihre TTIP-Kompatibilität geprüft werden.
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Der neue Artikel 11 eröffnet die Möglichkeit, dass nicht nur zukünftige, sondern auch bestehende Nationale Standards zur Diskussion stehen.

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Electronic book lovers beware, your e-reader is watching you: Devices track which novels you read and what time you put it down to go to sleep 

Electronic book lovers beware, your e-reader is watching you: Devices track which novels you read and what time you put it down to go to sleep  | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
The information collected is used to boost sales and grow the UK's e-book market, suppliers say. But a privacy campaign group called it 'alarming' to think that while you're reading your device is reading you.
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It should come as no surprise to anyone who uses e-book readers that offer features such as cloud services or synchronization, that the providers track what you are reading.

 

What does seem strange is the intrusive level of data about reading habits that is being tracked.  All the more reason to:

- read a book on only one device

- turn off synchronization, or better yet, wifi,  while you are reading

 

or better yet, use an e-book reader without cloud services.

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‘Stop TTIP’: Global Day of Action Draws Tens of Thousands | Firedoglake

‘Stop TTIP’: Global Day of Action Draws Tens of Thousands | Firedoglake | Offene Gesellschaft - Open Society | Scoop.it
‘Rising anti-American sentiment linked to revelations of U.S.
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While I don't agree with the "anti-American" sentiment, it it is still good to see that people all over the world care enough about free society and the forces that threaten it to protest.

 

And yes, I was at two protests myself.

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