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Post-Megaupload, Unrest Over ACTA, and a Call for Something Better

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 26 2012

The Megaupload case lends further urgency to what many agree is a much-needed, global overhaul of how we understand intellectual property in the Internet age. The chief disagreement here is over who should get the most preferential treatment — old-guard companies seeking control of distribution methods on the Internet as a means of protecting their property, consumers, or new-age content creators who need the ability to remix, reuse and share in order to build the information economy. But there's another issue at stake that Megaupload has brought to the fore: the United States' position as a champion of Hollywood's intellectual property rights around the globe, and the asymmetry of that relationship with respect to other countries' own expectations around content. Read More

Should The U.S. Government Be Able to Ban "Terrorists" from Twitter?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, December 20 2011

Glenn Greenwald watches the New York Times conflate accused terrorists using Twitter with "Twitter terrorism," on the occasion of an account connected with the militant Islamist Somali organization Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahedeen making an appearance in the Gray Lady; nameless government officials assert that they have the right to force Twitter to shut such accounts down; and really nobody (except him) question that assertion. Read More

North Korea's Antediluvian Change of Power

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 19 2011

Reuters notes that North Korea's dearth of mobile phones and Internet connections played a role in the two-day gap between Kim Jong-Il's death and its public announcement. Read More

The "Internet in a Suitcase" Goes Alpha in Occupy D.C.

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, December 15 2011

Sascha Meinrath's "Internet in a Suitcase" project gets a test-drive in Occupy D.C. and a write-up on Wired.com. Read More

With Internet Companies In the Fight, Battle Over SOPA Legislation Continues This Week

BY Miranda Neubauer and Nick Judd | Monday, December 12 2011

Photo: ToGa Wanderings / Flickr

After a coalition of advocacy groups and Internet companies worked together to raise awareness about the Stop Online Piracy Act beginning Nov. 16, they are now gearing up for another push to online action this week as the House Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the bill on Thursday.

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Greenwald: Hillary Clinton is Internet-Freedom-washing U.S. Policy

BY Nick Judd | Friday, December 9 2011

Glenn Greenwald thinks Hillary Clinton's recent Internet freedom speech at the Hague is all hot air. Read More

BART's Board OKs New Cell Phone Service Interruption Policy

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, December 1 2011

Photo: Lissette Alvarez/ Flickr The board of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District voted unanimously Thursday to adopt a new policy explicitly authorizing the district to disrupt cell phone service, in ... Read More

Tomorrow, a Hearing On Who Should Be Allowed to Disconnect Some of the Internet's Tubes

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 15 2011

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill that would institutionalize measures the Department of Justice has supported in the name of stopping copyright ... Read More

In Mexico, Struggle Between Digital Citizens and Drug Cartels Claims Another Victim

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, November 10 2011

The struggle between citizens of the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo and the gangsters of drug cartels has claimed another victim, the Associated Press reports: The decapitated body of a man was left Wednesday at the ... Read More

Missouri Lawmakers Take a Step Back on 'Facebook Law'

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, September 13 2011

The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a revision of that state's so-called "Facebook Law" that rolls back a measure prohibiting teachers from having private online communications with students, the Associated ... Read More

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