One of the reasons why many people are opposed to various "site blocking" laws, is that inevitably such things get abused. And while the US successfully stopped SOPA's site blocking plan, plenty of other countries went ahead and implemented something similar -- including, apparently, Portugal. Show More Summary
My latest Guardian column, 'Poor internet for poor people': India's activists fight Facebook connection plan, tells the story of how India's amazing Internet activists have beaten back Facebook's bid to become gatekeeper to the Internet for the next billion users. (more…)
What’s the greatest threat to the Internet? Did you say the elimination of net neutrality? What about SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act? Or the Protect IP Act (PIPA)? The fact of the matter is that the greatest threat to the Internet doesn’t come from any kind of government agency. So again, what’s the greatest threat to the Internet? Sharks. Read More
El presentador de Univisión sirve su anticatolicismo hasta en la sopa.
Por David Bloomgarden y Guillermo Villacorta David Bloomgarden es el jefe interino de la Unidad de Acceso a Servicios Básicos y Crecimiento Verde y lidera el programa de Asociaciones Público-Privadas del FOMIN. Antes de unirse al FOMIN...Show More Summary
The Trans Pacific Partnership is the largest "trade deal" in history, negotiated in secret and encompassing many issues unrelated to trade, including rules that make the Internet less secure, easier to censor and spy on, and more subject to corporate dominance. (more…)
The internet is in a very sad state. Recent measures introduced by governments around the world, including C-51, TPP, and previous bills introduced such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), threaten the rights to a free and open internet. Show More Summary
While the opportunity for US-based copyright holders to easily block foreign 'pirate' sites was temporarily thwarted with the death of SOPA, the MPAA has been busy making other plans to achieve the same goals. However, following a Court of Appeals ruling handed down yesterday, one of those options now appears to be off the table. Show More Summary
A federal court ruled that “articles” don’t include internet downloads.
Last year, when the Sony emails leaked, and it was revealed that the MPAA was still totally focused on bringing SOPA back through alternative means, one of the strategies explored was getting the International Trade Commission (the ITC) to set up a sort of secret SOPA. Show More Summary
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on what sounds like a boring topic: "International Data Flows: Promoting Digital Trade in the 21st Century." However, as we've discussed, this seemingly boring topic can have a...Show More Summary
As you may have heard, earlier this week, the RIAA sued Aurous and its creator Andrew Sampson for creating an apparently easy to use software front-end for streaming music from some unauthorized repositories (mostly in Russia). For his...Show More Summary
When SOPA was imminent, Internet users expressed concerns that web blocking might "break the Internet". The legislation didn't pass, but according to data just published by a web-blocking watchdog in Russia, a similar law means that 2,800 of Cloudflare's IP addresses are now on the country's blocklist. Show More Summary
You may have heard recently that SOPA, the controversial anti-piracy legislation that was defeated in the house in 2011, has returned. Like most things on the Internet, this isn’t entirely true. The issue in question has very littleShow More Summary
The MPAA has been working on a number of tricks to find a SOPA through the backdoor in the last few months -- more on some of the many attempts coming soon -- but in one attempt, it's suddenly walking away. A few weeks ago, all of the major movie studios filed a lawsuit over the website MovieTube (actually a series of websites). Show More Summary
Our favorite way of preparing angel hair nests is a Mexican dish called “sopa seca de fideo”. It’s a lot like pilaf, but made with thin noodles instead of rice. The name “sopa seca de fideo” translates to “dry soup with noodles”. It’s...Show More Summary
Google, Facebook among those that say the film studios' suit against the MovieTube site aims to resurrect the wide powers that copyright holders would have had if SOPA had become law.
A recent effort to crack down on pirating sites that bears a striking resemblance to SOPA, a controversial anti piracy bill shot down in 2012, has drawn backlash from major tech companies Facebook, Google, Twitter, Tumblr, and Yahoo....Show More Summary
A broad coalition of global tech firms including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Yahoo are protesting a broad injunction that would require search engines, ISPs and hosting companies to stop linking to or offering services to MovieTube. Show More Summary
Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr file a brief with the MPAA in the film studios' lawsuit over MovieTube sites. read more