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Why SOPA might pass -- and why it shouldn't

Ottawa

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is being debated in the US House of Representatives today. Wildly unpopular, this bill is the latest in a series of extreme and reactionary legislation that seek a heavy-handed approach to dealing with copyright infringement online. If passed, SOPA would grant broad powers to censor and restrict content on the Internet.

Notes from the Sida conference on Internet Activism

Ottawa

The recent conference on internet activism, put on by the Swedish International Development Agency, was particularly enlightening.

APC member May First/People Link sets new standard for transparency

Ottawa

The cooperatively-owned internet service provider May First/People Link has set a new standard for transparency. It has set up a wiki space which includes details on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the threats it poses to activists:

“The impact of this law is devastating for activists.

AWID launches FRIDA Young Feminist Fund

Recently, the FRIDA Young Feminist Fund launched its website with the goal of helping young feminists gain access to the resources that are critical to their work.

The fund was born out of an initiative of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and subsequently the Central American Women’s Fund, with the belief that “Supporting young

Egypt's Supreme Council goes "old school" on Egyptian blogger

The retrial of jailed Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad was postponed this week, sparking anger and protest.

Maikel has been imprisoned since 28 March for his criticism of the military government, however, his original sentencing was overturned on appeal.

Google+ to allow pseudonyms

Ottawa

Recently, Google exec Vic Gundotra hinted that Google+ would soon be abandoning its strict ‘common names’ policy and would start supporting pseudonyms.

This has been a controversial issue, with both Google+ and Facebook banning users registered under nicknames.

France to disconnect citizens for file-sharing

France has started to disconnect its first users under its new three strikes system.

That is, if you are caught file-sharing, you are sent an angry letter telling you to stop. If you persist, you get an angrier letter. Three strikes, and you lose your internet connection for six months.

APC is going to be busy at the IGF

APC is organising a series of events in the context of the next IGF in Nairobi.

Does free speech apply to the internet?

Guy Berger, head of the school of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, comments on UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression Frank La Rue’s latest report on the New Media Lab blog.

Armenian women's rights group hosts flash mob

The women’s rights NGO, “Society Without Violence”, will be hosting a flash mob on July 27th in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

You know, in case you’re passing through.

Society Without Violence is part of a network of NGOs in the caucasus advocating greater aw

Four special representatives for the price of one!

Four special representatives from major intergovernmental agencies have signed a joint statement on international mechanisms for promoting freedom of expression.

The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media, the Organization o

Parents use Facebook to spy on their kids

A recent study found that over half of parents use social networking sites to spy on their children. In most cases this included monitoring their status updates, looking at their wall and even creeping their pictures.

Uncool, dad.

Internet and social media a tool of the affluent

According a recent report from the University of California, the internet, and social media in particular, is dominated by the rich and educated.

So who are these monocled media masters? These bourgeois bloggers?

Show your support for internet rights

APC is calling on governments to follow up on their recent commitments to freedom of expression.

Google takes on sex (workers)

Google, Lord of the internet, has been the centre of some controversy of late. Well, of always. But I digress.

The internet hegemon recently removed “Turn off the Blue Light” from AdWords, claiming the site represented an egregious violation of its terms of service.

Pakistan blocks sex, drugs AND rock and roll

Thanks to an anonymous source in Pakistan, this blogger author has learned of the country’s determined efforts to win an Orwell award.

European Court of Human Rights: Case law

MONTEVIDEO

The European Court of Human Rights publishes factsheets on its case law, organized by theme. Each case has a short introduction and is linked to the decision.

How to use Skype safely

ICTD Asia has released a detailed guide for activists on how to use Skype safely. Like all good sources of knowledge, it’s in wiki format, so I encourage readers to add their own ideas. And of course, flame anyone who disagrees with you.

(Wikipedia and I have a…

Join the letter writing campaign to free Malaysian activists

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the on-going denial of rights of expression.

The Dutch have done it again

From the people who brought you legal marijuana, freaky sex clubs and pickled herring comes the craziest thing yet.

Of course, I’m talking about the net neutrality law that just passed through Dutch parliament.

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