Freeing Locked Down Public Data, Protecting Your Anonymous Online Speech, and More

  • Another suggestion of minimizing IP to foster reform
    Mike Masnick at Techdirt points to a piece by “Against Intellectual Monopoly” co-author David Levine. It is the first in a series of posts by Levine and his co-author Boldren on The Huffington Post. Not surprisingly, while his opinion is well substantiated, it is pretty radical. I am eager to see any reduction in intellectual property to see how well reality would match these very optimistic predictions of the economic good doing so might cause.
  • FCC hearing will reveal whether it can stand by its principles
    Public Knowledge’s Art Bordsky lays out the challenges the FCC must surpass in an upcoming general hearing. At issue is whether the commissioners will stand firm on network neutrality, stemming from Obama’s campaign promise penned by the FCC chair himself of an open internet. Failure to do so will invite industry to continue to make self interested communications policy largely unopposed.
  • How the apology to Turing came about
    A nice O’Reilly Radar post from the very person responsible for the key petition. It also demonstrates how activism can unfold differently in the UK than other places, like here in the US.
  • How to get yourself unmasked online
    At Ars, Jacqui Cheung explores recently failures of anonymous speech through cases and procedures. Counter to the articles title, there is some good advice here if you are interested in preserving the anonymity of your postings online.
  • Pleading for an online, machine readable “The Constitution Annotated”
    The Sunlight Foundation is petitioning the Government Printing Office to produce a full, XML formatted, electronic version of an extraordinary living document that contains analysis of nearly 8,000 US Supreme Court cases. Much like pleas for similar publication of the up-to-date body of our legal code, this seems reasonable and long overdue.
  • Wikileaks posts British postal-code database
    More than just the news of Wikileaks latest data acquisition, Cory gives a fair grounding in what publicly funded information is typically locked up in the UK and how access is controlled through steep licensing fees. He also considers how unusual this sort of institutional double dipping is compared to other models for funding such data entry and processing projects.
  • Massachusetts court allows secret, GPS tracking of vehicles
    This is nowhere near as scary as it seems on first blush. A warrant is still required in a manner that seems consistent with traditional wire tapping. The judges’ ruling also included comments on working to protect citizens’ privacy rights for the sort of ubiquitous, constant surveillance many might fear from granting law enforces this capability.

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