links for 2010-02-28

  • At a recent debate in the House of Lords on the Digital Economy Bill, a number of amendments designed to ensure citizen rights (as opposed to most terms of the DEB that limit citizen rights in defence on corporate rights) were rejected by the UK governmnet on the basis they would upset the delicate balance of UK law. Yet here we see the very same Bill seriously disrupting the delicate balance of rights voters already enjoy. You'll no longer be able to offer your guests easy wifi access, ruining evolving and desirable modes of work and interaction in order to shore up the 20th century monopolies of Lord Mandelson's media friends. I've not heard nearly enough from the opposition parties on this stuff, making me fear they will just do more of the same - not a surprise, it's advance preparation for ACTA ratification. It's election time; we need to make sure the politicians know we care about this stuff.
  • UK citizens can sign this petition to the UK government calling for transparency.
  • Useful summary from Michael Geist - worth asking your representatives why your government hates transparency if you're in one of the countries opposing it.
  • Peter Tribble documents some of the comments made by Oracle's representative in theOpenSolaris annual meeting. Net: Oracle intends to keep going with OpenSolaris.
Comments:

I used to think Australia was the biggest democratic "global village idiot" with censorship and the like, but the UK is sailing up quickly as a real contender. This free wifi-ban-thing is one think and they also have a law in the works (or maybe already on the books by now, I don't know) that makes it illegal to photograph police officers.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Ah well.

Posted by Croft on March 02, 2010 at 07:27 AM PST #

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