Thursday, 28 February 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130226 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Supreme Court Effectively Says There's No Way To Challenge Warrantless Wiretapping - where are you going, America?

Change to UK Patents Act Removes Infringement For Use Of #ClinicalTrialData - small but welcome change

Downloads don't matter - saith "Game of Thrones" film director David Petrarca #piracy

"immediately make all [#ACTA] documents available to the public." - (v @Act_on_Acta @PostActa)#EU

Variety doubles down on digital — drops #paywall in what it calls “end of an error” - interesting #publishing

Cabinet Office’s procurement reforms start to pay off - slowly #uk

#ITU Sees Busy Year Ahead, Hopes To Overcome Divisions - right; so how's that gonna work?

Father Recreates Classic Paintings With Daughter’s Portraits - charming stuff to start the day with

RT @Stunning_Earth Very rare 'roll' cloud seen in Australia #stunningearth - >>dramatic (v @Asher_Wolf)#meteorology

Maybe there's hope for the music industry yet - there's always been hope: problem was obstinacy in face of change

EU fish discards deal welcomed by UK - let's hope it's enough & not too late... #fish

RT @klang67 Affluence is sick. Swedish library burns old books instead of donating them via @juliapennlert>>shameful

WTO: LDCs To Press For Extension For TRIPS, Plain Packaging Back - #DominicanRepublic wants to kill more people

Massenabmahner DigiProtect ist pleite - one down, many to go #copyright

Piracy Doesn’t Hurt Game of Thrones, Director Says - more background on this

Mozilla VP talks Firefox OS, the threat from Tizen and low-quality HTML5 apps - some good points, esp. re Tizen

Junge Abgeordnete der Koalition gegen Leistungsschutzrecht - good to see #lsr

US court brands whale activists 'pirates' - nothing compared to #Japan's crime here (v @kaatje36 @4Animals_Nature)

Top German Police Officer: 'Anyone On The Internet Has Left The Private Sphere' - worrying #privacy #surveillance

Digital Colonialism: #Africa's new communication dimension - @elmyra rightly sceptical of #PAIPO

Banned, blacklisted and embattled - the man who dared to take on energy giants - kudos, brave bloke (v @Asher_Wolf)

Stop Calling Electronic Espionage Cyberwar - "Cyberwar never changes, mostly because it has never existed." yup

China must brace for impact of possible EU-US #TAFTA-"promote FTA negotiations according to its own agenda"

European Union launches CKAN data portal - #opendata,#opensource

The Persecution of Bradley Manning - good analysis

Freescale's Insanely Tiny #ARM Chip Will Put the Internet of Things Inside Your Body - presumably running #Linux?

Parltrack needs money to keep on turning PDFs and DOCs into usable data - dosh still needed #EU

Will Firefox OS Smartphones Have Adoption Success In #China? - seems that online banking a problem, as for Korea

"#tobacco industry also says that pictorial warnings do not deter potential consumers" - so why are they fighting it?

'Data-Entry Error' Led Military to Falsely Claim Taliban Attacks Are Down - yes, numbers are so hard to add up

#Biofuels Policy Helping Destroy U.S. Grasslands At Fastest Rate Since 1930s, Boosting Threat of Dust-Bowlification -

Amazon Releases Cloud Player Music App Optimized To The iPad - the cloud spreads its, er, tentacles..or something

Geneticists Estimate Publication Date Of The 'Iliad' -"Languages behave just extraordinarily like genes" (v @BoraZ)

Pilot badger culls set 2 go ahead - slow moves on neonicotinoid pesticides; Patterson is Anti-environment secretary

Will #openscience be web-based? - might make sense#opensource #mozilla

Ehemaliger Chef der Monopolkommission: Leistungsschutzrecht gefährdet Blogger - you bet #lsr

Publishers do not manage peer-review, either. We do. -"confusion" over this struck me, too #openaccess (v @BoraZ)

Not-for-profit site openDemocracy appeals for £26K to avoid closure - (v @PaulLewis @asteris) 

Reflecting on Public Access - interesting points about#openaccess use in different domains 

Content-mining: EU MUST legitimize it - & must stop bullying researchers into accepting solutions based on licensing

#donottrack is still being hijacked & perverted by the ad industry. this thread shows @alexanderhanff fighting back:

Rijksmuseum releases 111,000 high quality images to the public domain - kudos (v @klang67 @arkland_swe)#pd

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130225 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

British Politician Tells Local Paper It Can't Quote Him Because He Dislikes Its Readers' Comments - contempt much?

Parmesan cheese: Thorn in US-EU free-trade agreement? - & hormones in meat stumbling blocks #opendrafts #TAFTA

“It would be inappropriate to try to alter U.S. labor law through the back door” - unlike copyright #IPout #TAFTA

Fish discards ban 'may be diluted' - #France#Spain et al. determined to destroy fishing stocks through greed

Local authorities network to focus on #openstandards and #interoperability - nice move 

#ICANN allows hundreds of new Internet domain suffixes - spammers and trolls worldwide rejoice #stupid

The CCIA & RIM Tell the FTC Banning Injunctions for FRAND Patents Can Make Smartphone Wars Worse - just abolish them

Looking Back from Deep Space - lovely meditation

[RT] Early Lessons From New Zealand's 'Three Strikes' Punishments - and they're not good #justice #nz

#OpenData Is Not Just For Governments Anymore... - interesting examples (v @remixtures)

#Sony jumps on the #Mozilla bandwagon, will launch #Firefox OS device in 2014 - another big vote of confidence

Freitag: Demonstrieren gegen das Leistungsschutzrecht - on, #Germany, this is madness #lsr

“Don’t Fear the Internet”: Exceptions to #Copyright in #Chile - a welcome but tiny victory for public (v @asteris)

Chinese pollution study 'blocked on grounds of state secrecy' - but only good secrets, you understand... #china

#Database Right: Joint Tortfeasor Fear - another reason we must repeal this idiotic directive (v @copyrightgirl)

Letter in response to text & data mining for scientific research purposes workshop - bad stuff here (v @eikoku)#tdm

How to Save a Dying Language: #Aramaic - fascinating & melancholy tale (v @Carmilla5 @Asher_Wolf)#linguistics

Chinese Junk Patents Flood Into #Australia, Allowing Chinese Companies To Strategically Block Innovation - #china

#Leistungsschutzrecht ohne Snippets? - huh??? #lsw

France Considers Operating System-Level Filtering - yeah, that'll work...oh, wait #opensource #hadopi #pricing

EU Water privatisation push - #water must be a #commons(v @olivierhoedeman @right2water)

"I helped these people get in power. And then they drove the man I loved to suicide" - read, get angry (v @Glinner)

#Hillsborough disaster: police chief apologises for 'ill-judged' email - "ill-judged" as in "I got found out"...

We Paid for the Research, So Let’s See It - (v @howardknopf)#noembargo #openaccess

#RioTinto faces war crimes allegations - "her abdomen was then cut open to remove the foetus" (v @Asher_Wolf @JLLLOW)

Trans-Atlantic Rifts: EU Activists Could Thwart US-EU Trade Deal - the coming battle over #GM, GI, #IPout of #TAFTA

Royal Pharmaceutical Society to play active role in AllTrials campaign - #good news #opendata (v @bengoldacre)

Document Freedom Day: 2013 Event registration now open - just a month away #opensource #openstandards #dfd2013

Survey: Most Developers Now Prefer #HTML5 For Cross-Platform Development - great news for #firefoxOS

The US Department of Justice and USPTO call for compulsory licenses on thousands of "standards-essential" patents -

French Politicians Worry That Free Creative Commons Works Devalue 'Legal' Offers - er, what? #cc #france

Major news orgs file amicus brief in AP’s #Meltwater case - all over again (v @mathewi)

#OpenData Institute Training & Learning - interesting, welcome move (v @kcorrick @jonworth)#odi

Indian Music Industry Exec Says The Unthinkable: 'Internet Piracy Is A Good Thing' - well done #india

Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors Use Bogus (c) Takedown To Block Publication Of Federally Mandated Stdrds -

Illegal P2P music sharing declined 17% in 2012 as Internet users turn 2 free, legal streaming services - as predicted

Twitter Announces App for Firefox OS - important vote of confidence

Google's Andy Rubin on Firefox OS: "In General, I Feel Friendly" - "open is good"

How many unique English tweets are possible? How long for population of the world to read them all out loud? - brill

No Microsoft certificate support in Linux kernel says Torvalds - & in no uncertain terms...

Beppe Grillo's antics may yet shake the whole European system - interesting analysis

Brilliant Robot Scraps Can Form Selves Into Anything - intriguing #4dprinting

Cyber-warfare: The new Red Scare - yup

"i risultati della ricerca prodotta con fondi pubblici debbano essere liberamente disponibili" - (v @ghirardinicola) 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130224 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

#Mozilla Unlocks the Power of the Web on Mobile with Firefox OS - official blog post on launch

No celebrations here: why the White House public access policy sucks - not so good (v @McDawg)#openaccess #oa

EU-US trade deal: Creating a new world order - more breathless #TAFTA rhetoric #opendrafts

Kantar Worldpanel: Android And Verizon Back On Top In U.S. Smartphone Sales, Android At Nearly 50% Of Sales -

Tamiz v Google – Google’s liability for defamatory content - Australian perspective (v @clarinette02)#au

Yandex deals Google a one-two punch, debuts alternative Android app store and 3D interface - interesting move

Popular to pariah... how Lord #Puttnam killed the historic Defamation Bill - this is how he will be remembered #shame

#Nigeria To Launch $15m Venture Capital Fund For Software Developers - hope some's #opensource (v @africatechie)

The FT’s digital subscriptions exceeded print circulation for the first time in 2012 - a milestone, but limited

Roko's Basilisk wants YOU - "Those whacky extropian types have been hitting the nightmare sauce again"

Keith Jarrett is coming to town - fascinating profile of a great artist #music

MT @MLBrook Regarding data we need to start looking at standards. interoperability is key #OAintheUK >>must mean #openstandards #opendata

#Firefox vs Cookies - poses some important questions about forthcoming #mozilla move on #privacy

Public back #privacy law action on Google - pity the European Parliament is gutting #dataprotection at the moment...

NASCAR Abuses DMCA To Try To Delete Fan Videos Of Daytona Crash - gosh, that kind of thing has never happened before

4 Ways Google Has Already Appeased Big #Copyright - I predict #google will become the new #Microsoft soon...

The Secret Sharing History of Monopoly - wow, extraordinary: advanced version of game was really about the #commons

rushkoff: Why I'm quitting Facebook - "exploits our social interactions way a Tupperware party does" (v @Asher_Wolf)

#Censorship is alive and well in #Canada – just ask government scientists - shocking & disappointing (v @schestowitz)

So Open It Hurts: What the Internet did to Aaron Swartz - load of clichéd piffle (v @BiellaColeman @wearpants)

API, PNR, threat assessments, & data-mining: Member States push 4 access to travellers' personal data - not on

Chinese comments on future work of WIPO patent committee (L&Es, patent quality and #patents and health) - #china

Early Lessons From New Zealand's 'Three Strikes' Punishments - and they're not good #justice #nz

#Mozilla to the Rescue, Again? - #firefoxOS off to a better-than-expected start #openweb #opensource

DOJ Admits It Had To Put Aaron Swartz In Jail To Save Face Over The Arrest - pathetic

Will @edfenergy become the Barbra Streisand of climate protest? - you bet...

#UNC Rape Victim May Be Expelled For Speaking About Her Case - so why would anyone now study there? (v @sivavaid) 

The Pirate Bay Departs #Sweden And Sets Sail For #Norway and #Spain - & so it goes on...

NJ Gubenatorial Candidate Speaks Out Against Six Strikes: ISP Shouldn't Decide What You Can Download - good to see

Monday, 25 February 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130223 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Killer robots must be stopped - too right; but will other killer robot - the military-industrial complex - let us?

Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote - can't make this stuff up #us

Fifty years ago today I met John Cleese - evocative piece from Eric Idle on the roots of #MontyPython (v @Eaterofsun)

UK's top cardinal accused of 'inappropriate acts' by priests -, just in time for the papal enclave #hypocrisy

NASCAR blocks eyewitness video of Daytona crash, but YouTube reverses the takedown - don't miss #nascar's "excuse"

RT @TransformDrugs Teenage sports star hanged himself over 50p worth of cannabis: The Sun >>*legalise* it now

Motorola Surprises Microsoft - The Germany-Seattle-FTC FRAND Saga Continues - what a soap opera

Presse-LSR scheitert wohl an EU-Orchideenrecht - looks potentially significant #lsr

U.S. wants Wikileaks shut down - will recruit hackers for help - playing with fire here, chaps

Malware on oil rig computers raises security fears - well, stop just using Windows, & diversify computing environment

Dead Megaupload Still Has Millions of Visitors - amazing example of digital momentum

Tory MP warned of powerful paedophile ring 30 years ago - (v @LifeinSicily @Seville_Writer“@tom_watson)#uk

WebRTC – Ringing A Mobile Phone Near You - "WebRTC goes beyond VoIP and video conferencing, with no plugins" #mozilla

Will Spotify build the copyright star? - will the music industry finally get it? (v @remixtures @Copytwilight)

US Reps Start Intellectual Property Caucus - 'cos everyone know #copyright & #patents are underprotected #maximalism

Only Gandalf can protect Europe from the Unitary Patent - trifle long, but lots of interesting stuff #swpats #eu

What price freedom with Labour's stance on #libel? - shame shame shame on #Labour (v @martaruco @asteris) 

BitTorrent Site Admin Hits Out at UK Music Industry Site Blocking Demand - kudos: he's quoting #Tacitus

#Zambia: Chinese Experts to Monitor Internet? - worrying, although the West isn't much better #surveillance #china

#Hitler 'Downfall' parodies removed from YouTube - where#copyright inevitably leads (v @davewiner @jeffjarvis)

The trouble with #TED talks - fine, justified take-down of a format whose time has gone (if it ever came) (v @McDawg)

No celebrations here: why the White House public access policy sucks - what he said (v @McDawg)#openaccess

Urgent! Help Stop The Destruction Of Bulgarian Nature - it's gone, it's gone (v ‏@mkpetkova @asteris)#bulgaria

Blaze Your Own Path: #FirefoxOS partners site - an impressive start: can it build on it? (v @storming)

Euro-deputies weaken data protection law - good analysis (v @futureidentity @alexanderhanff @clarinette02)#privacy

Πολλές μικρές ACTA απειλούν την ελευθερία στο Διαδίκτυο - good summary of main threats (v @YBoyio)#TAFTA#CETA #TPP

White House Press Sec. Told Not To Acknowledge Drone Program Exists - people just imagined getting killed (v @drones)

We should aspire to a Global Knowledge #Commons - no: demand it... 

Global allies give #Mozilla's #Firefox OS a mobile foothold - good, detailed report #smartphones

"shape global intellectual property, Internet commerce in ways that work to advantage of UUS companies" - #TAFTA #TPP

#HP switches to Android for $169 Slate 7, phones planned too - pretty significant moves

Tell @edfenergy 2 drop legal action against No Dash 4 Gas activists - maybe it prefers PR disaster (v @GeorgeMonbiot)

EPA Contaminated by Conflict of Interest - "borrowed from the Big Tobacco playbook, using science to create doubt"

#AU Public servants baulk at #FOI changes - hello? public servants as in serving the public? (v @piecritic)

#TPP: a gateway to GE? - of course, and resistance will be impossible thanks to investor-state provisions #NZ

Sunday, 24 February 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130222 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

“Physically Together”: Here’s the Internal Yahoo No-Work-From-Home Memo for Remote Workers - #yahoo still clueless

Aaron Swartz and the Criminalization of Digital Dissent - disturbing trend

Video: Throwing and catching an inverted pendulum – with quadrocopters - further proof we are in trouble #drones

[corrected] Aussie hacker busted for new Xbox leak gag - ridiculous bullying (v @Asher_Wolf)#au

Meat here? Hunting for data about the food supply chain - use of #opendata to dig deeper into news stories

Media group says #Zimbabwe police ban on hand-cranked, solar radios illegal ahead of polling - police state much?

Huge Grillo rally rounds off Italy election campaign - on, #Italy, play the joker... (v @LifeinSicily)

House of Lords wants "to avoid damaging "complex ecology" of research communication" - what, like 30% profit margins?

Our Right to Poison: Lessons from the Failed War on #Drugs - superb journalism; #decriminalisation is only solution

#Firefox maker #Mozilla to launch smartphone operating system - #freesw + chinese hardware = win (v @charlesarthur)

"Pagella Politica fact-checks campaign assertions and then ranks them on a scale" - great move (v @LifeinSicily)#it

Big pharma's excuses for the monopolies on medicine won't wash - drug patents kill millions (v @DrRimmer @fitbmovie)

News International looks to Amazon cloud to save up to £10m - "collapsing down" servers: hmm (v @andyo @swardley)

Our garbage - "I just want to say one word to you. Plastics. There's a great future in plastics." (v @chalkaholm)

RT @OpenFoodFacts @jgbarah @glynmoody we are creating an open database of food products here:  #opendata #food

Is Smart Making Us Dumb? - worrying: I agree with @evgenymorozov here: this is about who's in control

great news:@dracos live tube map is now using #openstreetmap data - (v @bengoldacre)#opendata

It’s not you Facebook, it’s me — okay, it’s partly you: Why I unfriended almost everyone - many will do this, I think

Six Strikes Officially Begins On Monday - & so the pointless accusations begin

Wrongheaded #Copyright Claim Blocks Online Posting of Important Technical Standards - more ways (c) harms us

Non-Existent Bigger Than 7/7 Plot - "Convicting “terrorists” with no bombs, no parts, & no targets is shameful"

New Croatian FoIA – A Step Towards Open Government - stuff #croatia #transparency

EU #Transparency on Trial - read the pathetic arguments against transparency - & laugh

OpenSpending around the world - lots, all over the place#opendata #transparency

#Oscar-nominated shorts pulled from YouTube in response to #Hollywoodpressure - nicely-time stupidity (v @ninapaley)

Saturday, 23 February 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130221 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Select Committee Inquiry into Clinical Trials Data - urgent: deadline noon today; pl. submit if you can #opendata

#Roundup more toxic than officially declared - new study -, if confirmed #monsanto

Deutsche EU-Abgeordnete lobbyieren für Sicherheitsindustrie - too much #lobbying

Energy company wants audio of foul-mouthed executive removed from the web - yeah, good luck with that

To Argue That 'Copyright And The First Amendment Coexisted For 200 Years' Is To Ignore Reality - great rebuttal

Internet Archive Employees to be Paid in Bitcoin: Please Donate - wow, that's amazing

Blender 2.66 Adds New Modes, Physics, Hair Rendering - gets amazinger #opensource

Открытые данные Москвы - good news from #Russia#opendata

v impressed by @gleniswillmott at meeting on EU Clinical Trials Directive today; transparency & #opendata move a little closer #Euclinical

#Spotify - Large Scale, Low Latency, P2P Music-on-Demand Streaming - seems based on #linux & #hadoop (v @remixtures)

Stop The UK Fire Service Being Privatised - not content with gutting the #NHS, now this: let's fight it #epetition

EU/US push WIPO negotiations against human rights, 4 restrictions on exceptions - these people are disgusting #blind

Publishers Successfully Lobbying UK Lords Committee? - well, they have no arguments, so they have to use lobbying #oa

EU negotiator says Canada must give up more to get free-trade deal - let's see him do the same for #TAFTA #CETA

Abe readying to announce Japan’s entry into #TPP talks - thinks it can get exemption for rice & beef: ha!

EU-Russian cooperation needed to stop Baltic Sea becoming ‘green soup’ - too right

Bank of England close to yuan deal - significant in lots of ways #china #economics

RT @catlx My latest project: #OpenSource Technology Transfer - (v @openp2pdesign)#openhardware

Android Users Have Notably Lower Mobile Voice and SMS Consumption than iPhone Users - maybe they have real lives...

BBC Pollard inquiry: why is it so hard to search the documents? - maybe 'cos #BBC is clueless about technology?

al-Qaeda's 22 Tips and Tricks To Dodge rones - looks like we'll all be needing these, the way things are going...

Study: Online Courses May Be The Worst For Minorities And At-Risk Students - could be a problem; needs looking into

Google buildings in SV affected by toxic substances left behind by computer chip makers - </insert obvious comment>

Will Anyone Blink First? Canada - EU Trade Agreement Appears to Hit a Stalemate - good question #CETA

Orthography of Early Chinese Writing - amazing scholarship, now freely available - kudos #linguistics #language

MT @StephanShaxper Please take my 'Open Data' survey, helping me with my strategic Review of Public Sector Information. 

Open Data & My Data - #OKF "launching an Open Data & MyData Working Group"

How #opendata could transform the citizen-government relationship in #Uganda great initiative #transparency

Where Has the "Author" Gone in Copyright? - it has merged with the public: welcome to the age of expanding creativity

Oxford Dictionaries adds tweetable, dumbphone & FOSS to its latest editions - yay, #FOSS is respectable #lexicography

'Report on European Parliament's free software use is coming' - excellent - I look forward to reading it #EU #freesw

3D-Printed Suckers Make #Robot #Octopus a Terrifying Possibility - what could possibly go wrong?

Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible - hmm...

The Open Data Institute opens up for applications to work with crime & justice data - great; let's add #clinicaldata

New Order From Seattle Judge in MS v. Motorola May Mean Good News for Motorola - we shall see

CoolShip #Android keyboard computer reminds us of the 80's - makes sense

São Paulo State Governor Vetoes Open Educational Resources Bill - really regrettable #OER #brazil

Hacking the Papal Election - detailed & fascinating. by @schneierblog 

Desperate data about desperate children - another reason why we need #opendata

AIDS Study Shows Fastest Life Expectancy Gains 'In the History of Public Health' - why withholding generics is murder

Blake Ross Leaving #Facebook - maybe he'd like to get back to making the world a better place again.... #firefox

Second shoe drops: new White House Directive mandates OA - full analysis from @petersuber#openaccess #us

Taking on real reform in a post-#SOPA world good to see @dkhanna11 moving forward here (v @doctorow)#IPout #TAFTA

UK's credit rating downgraded from AAA to AA1 by Moody's - great: so all the suffering was a waste of time...

#Brazil Supreme Court denies #Monsanto extension on GM soy patent - not the end, but getting there

Friday, 22 February 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130220 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Indie booksellers sue Amazon and big publishers over #DRM (but have no idea what "DRM" and "open source" mean) -

EP´s Industry committee debates clinical trial transparency; EC defends “small guys” - stupidity & obstructionism

MT @jamie_love EU is bulldozing the 3-step test language into blind treaty, in order to change WTO prudence>> not in my name: shame on #EU

What the Trans-Pacific Partnership Means for Intellectual Property - the usual #FUD from #phrma #tpp

EU, India Hoping to Clinch Trade Deal by April, Officials Say - still denying 1.7 billion people access to it

#NZ: Third person fined over internet piracy - and what does that achieve?

Save the Cameroonian rainforest -- stop the Herakles Farms' project - greed driving wanton destruction for #palmoil

Can your country be knocked out of the Internet? - issue

Dolphins Call Each Other By Name - did anyone think otherwise...?

Germans can’t see meteorite YouTube videos due to copyright dispute - "music playing from a Russian car radio." #GEMA

360-degree panorama of #London smashes world record with 320 gigapixels and 48,640 shots - bring on the terapixels

RIAA Still Can't Figure Out How To Use Google's DMCA Tools, Blames Google - what do you expect, intelligence?

MT @NeelieKroesEU EU phone, mobile & Internet users have new #EU rights: >>pity European Parliament destroying them

The #OpenData Census – Tracking the State of Open Data Around the World - great idea; help needed

European Monitoring Launched: The Transparency of Policing Protests - sad that we need this is in "democratic" lands

RT @jamie_love Sorry Europe, but you suck at WIPO this week>>proud of EU reps at WIPO kicking the blind in the teeth? I'm not... #shame

#Chrome OS Was Originally Based On......#Firefox? -

How to make #opendata more open? Close the gaps - worth thinking about #ogov

US says Japan must negotiate on rice 2 join trade talks - foretaste #TAFTA: US will want everything on table #Ipout

RT @jamie_love USA and EU just told negotiators here they "don't need a treaty" on copyright exceptions for the blind>>no: they aren't blind

MT ‏@jamie_love Get this. (c) lobby says 3-step test already applies to everything, but they will block treaty without expanding application

Europaparlamentarier verwässern Datenschutz weiter #EUDataP - proud of themselves for betraying the EU public?

Israel Grants Oil Rights in Syria to Murdoch & Rothschild -"drilling of new wells by an occupying power is illegal"

Five #Ubuntu Touch Facts - & where to find out more#tablets

Bizarre: Indian Government Orders #Censorship Of One Its Own Sites - weird #india

EU To Seek GIs In US FTA, But No New ACTA - some fairly significant statements; but we need #opendrafts (v @PostActa)

EU cyber laws should target IT suppliers' #security negligence - yup; been saying this for years (v @vendorprisey)

questionnaire about licence formalities in #opensource-type assignment contracts - help required... #cc

12 Questions about #TPP that Obama & Abe Do Not Want to Hear this Week - also relevant for #TAFTA #opendrafts #Ipout

TSA Agents Harass Three-Year-Old with Spina Bifida, Take Away Her Stuffed Animal - this makes my blood boil

#Canada to Push Opening U.S. Govt Procurement Contracts at #TPP - this is thin gruel

#Microsoft foresees chaos if Google v. Oracle result stands - "destabilize" entire sw industry: no, exactly wrong

HOWTO: effectively argue against Internet #censorship ideas - useful: good explanations, lots of sensible suggestions

text version of guide to arguing against #censorship - easier to read - worth looking at

WIPO Treaty For The Blind - disgusting attempt by (c) maximalists to take away more from the blind & poor, not give

No Nudity: Playboy's iPhone App To Test Men's 'For The Articles' Excuse - ha! nicely done

RT @jeremyscahill Aaron Swartz faced 50+ years in prison, but Blackwater execs get 4 months house arrest.>>my thought too (v @Glinner)

Beware of #NBC’s Hacked Website - good job I never go there #security

Thursday, 21 February 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130219 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

[RT] #monsanto: "to suggest that plants just grow themselves is preposterous" - says it all, really (v @Tgeigs)#GM

Transatlantic trade deal is Obama's chance for a legacy -, that's #climatechange, actually #IPout of #TAFTA

I Can't Let You Do That, Dave - great meditation on why#DRM must be extirpated

Kaptur Reintroduces Seed Replanting Bill But Supreme Court Decision Coming Soon - pointless; abolish #genepatents

E.ON lobbied for stiff sentences against Kingsnorth activists, papers show - "over-bearing, arrogant and illiberal"

Why do US & EU trade negotiators hate the Berne Copyright Limitations & Exceptions? - 'cos (c) maximalists are greedy

Η Open Data Day 2013 γιορτάζεται και στην Ελλάδα! -'s good (v @karounos)#opendata

Cardinal Favored to Become First Black Pope Blames Gay Priests for the Church’s Sexual Abuse Scandals - great

Investors running wild on land: the threats posed by international investment agreements - this will cause riots

Big Tobacco-Backed Lawmakers Take Down Oklahoma’s Anti-Smoking Bill - now share responsibility for deaths to come

WIPO Negotiations Over Changes To Copyright For Those With Disabilities Once Again Shrouded In Secrecy - lots to hide

The Continuing Disaster Of Open Government In Germany - come on, people, you can do better than this #opendata

#China to introduce carbon tax - leads the way (v @hamishNews @superglaze)

#Python Software Foundation: An Update on Our #Trademark Issue - things beginning to move? (v @webmink)

Transcript of Oral Argument in Bowman v. #Monsanto: Where's Patent Exhaustion for Self-Replicating Patented Seeds? -

EU Parliament: Will Liberals (ALDE) Weaken Privacy in Industry Committee? - that would be madness

anyone else finding #Firefox 19 a complete dog on Ubuntu? I've had to restart it 3 times so far to kill its 100% CPU hogging #fail #mozilla

Written questions: Self-regulation of online and digital services - good questions from @MarietjeD66 about bad trend

Photography industry shows mass opposition to government #copyrightchanges - + usual sense of entitlement #orphans

5 reasons to oppose the Government's Secret Courts plans - we musn't allow this shameful move (v @AnnieMachon)

Publishers Flip Out, Call Bill To Provide #OpenAccess To Federally Funded Works A 'Boondoggle' - that's rich

Armed #UK Police Raid House Over Facebook Picture Showing Toy Weapon In Background - because, er, #terrorism

Taking The Message Of Open Government To #Burma -"the golden thread of transparncy" #ogov

in 2007, Haliburton applies for patent on patent trolling - beyond parody (v @jwildeboer)

Insist That People Coexisted With Dinosaurs…Get an A in Science Class! - seriously stupid in #oklahoma (v @normative)

Resources Between the Stars - fascinating musings#space

EU-US Free Trade Agreement: End of the Asian Century? -, the pathetic fantasy of 2 declining powers... #TAFTA

Why You Won't Be Reading a New #Tolkien Biography - at its finest; JRR must be proud of his son (v @sjvn)

Sonar Project is to build a Linux operating system focused on accessibility - benefactor urgently needed (v @webmink)

Europäisches Parlament: Industrie-Ausschuss stimmt gegen Datenschutz - "Bürgerrechte gelten als Extremposition!"

EU-US trade deal needs rules of engagement - "refuseniks more muted": you wait, mate #IPout of #TAFTA #opendrafts

#Obama golfed with oil giants during climate rally - how history should remember him... (v @Asher_Wolf @billmckibben)

#EDF Suing Climate Activists For £5 Million - Protesters Face Losing Homes - pure intimidation; remember #mclibel?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 130218 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Oilsands monitoring plan results not available yet - nothing to hide, of course (v @timbray)#tarsands #ca

National kicks for touch on plain packaging - sad to see #NZ gov's pusillanimity here; people will die as a result of this #smoking #tpp

Half of Chinese government officials fear microblogging services could cause social unrest: Survey - #china

EPSU is disappointed about Parliament’s vote on Concessions - EU must listen to public (v @erikwesselius)

Shale gas debate intensifies in Germany ahead of election - disappointingly pro-shale piece #renewables

Fujitsu Finally Enters Europe’s Smartphone Market With A Senior-Focused#Android Device With France Telecom -

Free trade deals delay #NZ public health initiative -  investor-state disputes a huge threat to people's lives #TPP

Information technology in #Africa - useful round-up of what's going on, by Economist

"investigation by detectives resulted in all 5 men being charged with creating a false belief" - (v @PeteDotAscian)

MT @stshank @Mandiant report on Chinese hacking (PDF): >>AFAICS all Windows-based; fascinating details

WIPO Special Session negotiations on treaty for blind, text - "USPTO held a 90 min. briefing for publishers" shame

ParlTrack - good background to important tool#transparency #EU

London court ruling could have grave consequences for free speech online - Index is rightly worried #censorship

Former File-Sharing Site Admin Fined 6.4 Million Euros - on the little people is easy... #italy

The Weird Youth of the Animal Kingdom (Slide Show) - are. insane. #evolution

#Bhutan's Government: Gross National Happiness, Yes; Sense Of Humor, Not So Much - not all sweetness & light

#Python #Trademark Filer Ignorant Of Python? - lots of fascinating background to this case

#WIPO provides limited access to observe informal negotiations, bans use of Internet social media - in 2013? pathetic

#EU Data Protection: Please Write to MEPs Now - & urgent: pl. send something today if you can #DP #privacy

Morgen Abstimmung im ITRE-Ausschuss des Europäischen Parlaments: Noch 24h um unseren Datenschutz zu retten - wichtig

Robert Scoble Is Switching To #Android - aaaaaand another one...

#Apple accounts for 20% of all 2012 US consumer technology sales revenue - impressive (v @jackschofield)

France Plans To Prohibit Cash Payments Over €1,000 - how long before others follow? #money

How #Vaccines Have Changed Our World In One Graphic - well, that's pretty unequivocal (v @BoraZ)

update for those who are waiting to write to your MEPs (hint hint hint): is now up again - take a look

Meet the fetish model who became an internet #privacy activist - interesting (v @aprica @netzpolitik)

European Commission puts 'big business' before citizens - issue for #TAFTA #opendrafts #Ipout

#Georgia Set to Execute Man with IQ of 70 Today - man is clearly ill; people condemning him are sick (v @normative)

California #tobacco control program cuts healthcare by $134 billion in 19 years - wow (not #OA) (v @TransformDrugs)

“Where is EU internet ambassador Zu Guttenberg?” asks @MarietjeD66- that's a very good question (v @Marcvanderham)

#Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in #trademark row - neither acceptable nor necessary

#Ubuntu for #tablets arriving on Nexus 7, Nexus 10 this week - choice is good

#Sweden Pirate Party Threatened with Law Suit - & the legal bullying continues (v @PostActa)

#HADOPI May Be Succeeding -- In Driving French Customers To Dotcom's#Mega - as we predicted...

Tough fight for medical clinical trial #transparency in European Parliament - this is a real mess (v @bengoldacre) 

Gestapo Courts - old but important piece about why secret courts aren't needed - by someone who knows #uk

Österreich auf dem Weg zum Transparenzgesetz - yay, great news #transparency #austria

#Canada’s futile quest to own postal codes: why governments should make data a public good - spot on #opendata

#monsanto: "to suggest that plants just grow themselves is preposterous" - says it all, really (v @Tgeigs)#GM

Early Lessons from #NZ Copyright Tribunal - important analysis of how trad justice is being subverted (v @PostActa)

Lobbyists Get Head Start on Potential EU Trade Accord - public already disadvantaged (v @erikwesselius)#IPout #TAFTA

Dirty Deeds: French National Library Privatizes Public Domain, Part 2 - don't miss the lovely sting in the tail

Symbolfoto: Bundesregierung erklärt ihre OpenData-Politik - - ja; #opendata - nein.... #de