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Why the Stop Online Piracy Act might pass -- and why it shouldn't

OTTAWA 15 December 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

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.

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New Publication by the Canadian Journal of Communication - Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters

Canada

The Canadian Journal of Communication has published a special issue titled Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters, V36 #1/2011.

As Dr Roberta G.

A vision for transformational global communication that heals inside and out

The movement building skills and ability of the Occupy Wall Street Protesters have been a ray of hope for people around the globe. This movement is building in every major city in America, and the mainstream media outlets are finally mentioning the protests.

Big Brother comes of age

Ottawa

Not to be outdone by their neighbours to the south, Canada is now a late entry to the Big Brother Awards.

Dear Librarian in Denver: Why are you filtering the internet?

ROSARIO 1 August 2011 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

Controlling what users can and can’t see on computers using filtering software is standard in US libraries. APC questions the Denver Public Library on their filtering policy and practices in a fictional exchange that tackles very real questions of freedom of information.

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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?

This means war?

The Pentagon announced recently in its first formal cyber strategy that cyber attacks constitute an act of war — and could merit a traditional military response.

Never mind the problem of attributing cyber attacks to a single, definitive source; even if the perpetrators can be traced to a specific co

User-generated content and social networking in the Arab spring and beyond

By Alex Comninos (May 2011, APC )
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US Senate debates reforms to Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Senator Patrick Leahy, author of the original 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, has proposed several amendments to the ECPA in order to “keep pace with new technologies and new threats to our security”.

United States goes for the high score


According to the Justice Department, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the oversight body established to approve or deny surveillance requests in the United States — “approved 100% of such requests”:http://arstechnica.com/

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