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You can file this under 'absurd' or 'absolutely 100% not true' – your choice.

Article by Rusell Brandom for The Verge

In a remarkable feat, internet providers have apparently succeeded in making the net neutrality fight about terrorism. In a newly-published letter delivered to the Federal Communications Commission in May, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) raised concerns that the new net neutrality rules might be used to shield terrorists. In particular, Feinstein was concerned that Dzhokar Tsarnaev had studied bomb-making materials on the internet — specifically, online copies of AQAP's Inspire magazine — and that many broadband providers had complained to her that net neutrality rules would prevent them from honoring any orders to block that content.

The #TPP is going to hurt Japanese creators and hand power over to Big Media companies around the world. Does that sound like a fair deal to you? Speak out against the TPP's Internet censorship plan at https://StopTheSecrecy.net/?src=fba

The following is a guest post from Martin Frid, Policy Expert at the Consumers Union of Japan.

Japan's entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will see a wide range of changes sweeping the economy and the community, in areas as diverse as food safety/food security, country of origin labeling rules, and copyright. As a staff member of Consumers Union of Japan, I am concerned about all of these issues—but I'm writing here about the copyright changes, which unlike in many other TPP countries have sparked national attention.

Last week Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its Privacy Badger 1.0 -- a browser add-on that algorithmically detects and blocks online trackers. Your OpenMedia team is now extra secured :)

Article by Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today released Privacy Badger 1.0, a browser extension that blocks some of the sneakiest trackers that try to spy on your Web browsing habits.

More than a quarter of a million users have already installed the alpha and beta releases of Privacy Badger. The new Privacy Badger 1.0 includes blocking of certain kinds of super-cookies and browser fingerprinting—the latest ways that some parts of the online tracking industry try to follow Internet users from site to site.

With government spying on Facebook on the rise, it’s a good time to tighten up those privacy settings.

Article by Gordon Gottesegen for Wired

DESPITE SITTING ON vast gold mines of users’ personal data, Facebook tries to be transparent in how much of your information it shares. However, Facebook is still in the business of data collection, and it’s not going to stop anytime soon.

Today, we’re asking you to take part in our annual community survey, where we’ll be asking you about the digital rights issues you care most about.

OpenMedia is based on shared values of collaborative decision-making, openness, and community-driven positive change. Our best ideas come from our incredible community members. This August, we want to hear about what matters to you. Have your say right here - it will only take a few minutes of your time.

Decision-makers at the U.S. FCC are set to examine whether Americans are getting the quality Internet they pay top dollar for. It's one of a number of steps taken recently by the FCC to safeguard customers from Big Telecom's poor service.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

The Federal Communications Commission annual analysis of the state of the country's broadband market may undergo a shift, with an added emphasis on quality. Proposed changes to the analysis include looking at pricing and data caps and new focuses on connection quality and mobile data.

Public rights are not such a big deal in the TPP deal.

Article by Techdirt

We've already written a few stories about the newly leaked IP chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and how the US is pushing back against any attempt to punish abusers or to support the public domain. But in going through the documents, another key fact strikes me. Throughout the document it's designed to absolutely require strict copyright laws and enforcement. But when it gets to the public's rights, the so-called "limitations and exceptions," the agreement tosses up a big fat "meh, that one's voluntary." 

Protect your face! Or you could be the target of street surveillance and customized ads. Would you buy these?

Article by Emiko Jozuka for Motherboard

We might soon be living in a world where advertisers exploit facial recognition technology to target us with customized ads in streets. Or, according to the researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII), where our photographs are snapped by surveillance or smartphone cameras equipped with facial recognition, and leaked onto public social networks for all to see.

Article by Anne Quito for Quartz

What would you do with a million free images?

In keeping with its ambition to become the world’s most openinstitution of its kind, the British Library has released over a million public domain illustrations and other images to the public through Flickr for anyone to reuse, remix or repurpose. So far, these images, which range from Restoration-era cartoons to colonial explorers’ early photographs, have been used on rugs, album covers, gift tags, a mapping project, and an art installation at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, among other things.

Article by Glen Greenwald for the Intercept

As we all know ever since the inspiring parade in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo attack, “free speech” is a cherished and sacred right in the west even for the most provocative and controversial views (of course, if “free speech” does not allow expression of the most provocative and controversial views, then, by definition, it does not exist). But yesterday in the UK, the British-born Muslim extremist Anjem Choudary, who has a long history of spouting noxious views, was arrested on charges of “inviting support” for ISIS based on statements he made in “individual lectures which were subsequently published online.”

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