As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations round their final curve, we need to prevent another round of global copyright term extensions that could harm innovation and creativity online.
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Can you go to jail for learning encryption? In Ethiopia, you can. Here's why this is so problematic and so messed up:
Article by Sarah Myers West for EFF
The simple act of taking steps to protect oneself online is enough to send a journalist to jail, according to charges issued by Ethiopian prosecutors in several cases to be heard this week. An Ethiopian court will soon hand down verdicts in a number of cases where criminal charges could be assessed for attending or applying to attend Internet security training.
A little over a week ago we saw the final vote on a report on copyright that has been winding through European Parliament for the last 6 months. So, what was the outcome?
Well, the final decision mirrored what Internet users have been telling us throughout our work on the Save the Link project: we have a right to link, and any regulations that restrict this right will be met with fierce opposition.
The Internet was never meant to be a tool for governments to spy on the private lives of everybody. Let's hope more courts agree with that.
Article by James Welch for the Huffington Post
Last year, despite the shadow of the Snowden revelations looming large, the Coalition Government opted to pave the way for yet more unchecked surveillance, by rushing so-called "emergency" legislation into law inside a matter of days.
Although there's a long way to go in the UK, this shows the government can and will respond to public pressure demanding individuals' privacy be respected.
Article by Julia Powles for The Guardian
Less than 5% of nearly 220,000 individual requests made to Google to selectively remove links to online information concern criminals, politicians and high-profile public figures, the Guardian has learned, with more than 95% of requests coming from everyday members of the public.
The Internet market is evolving to the point where cities are now considering bringing their residents gigabit-speed internet connections. This approach is also a great opportunity to help drag the traditional ISPs out of the status quo.