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Internet grandee Dave Winer has posted at his blog a call to push for more decentralization of the Internet.
Wikipedia may black out its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced on Twitter Monday that the popular community-based online encyclopedia will shut down its English versions for 24 hours in protest. Users of the site have discussed for more than a month whether it should react to the legislation and in the past few days, tried to decide how.
The foundation behind the site, Wikimedia, says it is still collecting input from users and expects to make its final decision later Monday evening on the details of the protest based on that feedback. However, a large-scale blackout is expected at this time.
Article in the Washington Post
The harm that does to ordinary, non-infringing users is best described via a hypothetical user: Abe. Abe has never even so much as breathed on a company’s copyright but he does many of the things typical of Internet users today. He stores the photos of his children, now three and six years old, online at PickUpShelf* so that he doesn’t have to worry about maintaining backups. He is a teacher and keeps copies of his classes accessible for his students via another service called SunStream that makes streaming audio and video easy. He engages frequently in conversation in several online communities and has developed a hard-won reputation and following on a discussion host called SpeakFree. And, of course, he has a blog called “Abe’s Truths” that is hosted on a site called NewLeaflet. He has never infringed on any copyright and each of the entities charged with enforcing SOPA know that he hasn’t.
mobile and control
A future where most people have a mobile device as their main or only web browsing computer seems quite plausible. If the iOS ‘closed-shop’ platform model becomes prevalent (as also seems quite plausible, as it’s been quite succesful — and I wouldn’t be shocked to see larger form factor non-mobile OSs adopt this model too, perhaps the Apple desktop app store is an exploratory shot) — This could be the end of the era where computer owners have the freedom to install whatever they want on their computers, and the beginning of an era where computer owners can only install what the platform vendors say they can install. And their permission to install will be subject to their own business models and interests, and the business models and interests of their business partners. This is not a welcome course.
Controversial online piracy bill shelved until 'consensus' is found
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said early Saturday morning that Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promised him the House will not vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) unless there is consensus on the bill.
"While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House," Issa said in a statement. "Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote."
This week's episode brings a segment-sized version of the infamous Tech for Techies as well as an essay looking at the legislative steps for the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and how there may yet be other points at which the bill could be killed.
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What's in a Domain Name? $185,000 for Starters
The nonprofit organization that oversees the Internet’s address system is bracing for a wave of lawsuits as a result of a controversial program that may add hundreds of top-level domains such as .apple and .nyc.
Dirty Little Secrets: The Trouble With Social Search
When Google launched Search plus Your World on Tuesday, we expected the Google+-aided personalized search engine to draw serious criticism on many fronts: privacy, security, antitrust concerns, the fate of Facebook and Google+, whether G+ results would steal traffic from news sites, and even whether it would strengthen the “filter bubble” or (by giving users the choice to opt out of personalized search) open the possibility of popping it.
We didn’t guess Search Plus would be swiftly, categorically and publicly denounced by a former Google partner now turned social media and social news competitor: Twitter.
Getting serious about SOPA – what librarians need to do
Jessamyn West: "So, I think we need to do a few things: understand how this bill is supposed to work, be clear in our opposition to it as a profession, work with other people to inform and educate others so that people can make their own informed choices. Here is a short list of links to get you started."
Internet is indeed a human right
"Vint Cerf (former Founding Father of the Internet, and current Google lobbyist) says that the Internet access is not a human right. The gist of his argument is that the Internet is just technology. It’s how we use this technology (for things like speech) that is the human right, not the technology itself. That’s the wrong way to look at it. New technology adds new complications that require clarification. Eugene Volokh has a great discussion of this here (summarized here). Samuel Johnson's 1755 dictionary makes no mention of the newspaper industry when defining "press". It wasn't until after the First Ammendment was written that "press" started to be used for "newspaper industry"."