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Free speech fights are conflicts over the right to speak freely, particularly involving the Industrial Workers of the World (the "IWW", or "Wobblies'") efforts in the early twentieth century to organize workers and publicly speak about labor issues.
during #mediablackout do NOT scoop the wire : EvictionDay
“Just in time to spoil the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Pentagon Papers, the Obama Justice Department is trying to do what Richard Nixon couldn’t: indict a media organization . . . . Charging Julian Assange with ‘conspiracy to commit espionage’ would effectively be setting a precedent with a charge that more accurately could be characterized as ‘conspiracy to commit journalism ‘” — James Goodale, General Counsel of The New York Times during its Pentagon Papers fight with the Nixon administration, writing in The Daily Beast, June 12, 2011 . When, many years ago, I first read about the Nixon administration’s infamous break-in to the office of Daniel Ellberg’s psychiatrist as a means to discredit the Pentagon Papers leak, I was baffled by the motivation.
A Thesis by Charles Jerome Schoch Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington, 2008
The Indian government wants to censor the Internet without being seen to be censoring the Internet.
Hamburg - WikiLeaks kämpft in diesen Tagen an vielen Fronten. In London wehrt sich Gründer Julian Assange gegen seine Auslieferung nach Schweden - die allerdings nichts mit Enthüllungen zu tun hat, sondern mit dem Vorwurf der Vergewaltigung und sexuellen Nötigung. In Fort Meade, Maryland läuft seit Samstag die Anhörung , in der entschieden werden soll, ob Bradley Manning , angeblich die Quelle diverser großer Enthüllungen aus US-Geheiminformationen, vor ein Kriegsgericht kommt. Schon seit einiger Zeit mangelt es WikiLeaks an Geld , und ein neues sicheres Einreichnungssystem für neue Leaks ist noch immer nicht eingereichtet. Die kürzlich veröffentlichten "Spy Files" über die Praktiken und Produkte der internationalen Überwachungsbranche sind denn auch eher Dossier denn Enthüllung im engeren Sinne. Da käme ein bisschen mehr Unterstützung gerade recht.
* Article: Liquid Information Leaks . By Nathan Jurgenson and PJ Rey. Summary
Among the treasure troves of recently released WikiLeaks cables, we find one whose significance has bypassed Swedish media.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a press conference in London, 27 February 2012, about the release of more than 5m emails from private intelligence firm Stratfor. Photograph: Kerim Okten/EPA
Larry McDonald (1935–1983), often attributed as the author of the meme
As I watch the legislative abominations named SOPA, PIPA, and NDAA follow the lead of the DMCA and the Patriot Act in the United States, I realize that the worst possible scenario for civil liberties appears to actually be materializing. The internal talk within the Swedish Pirate Party has long been that it’s our job to prevent Europe from descending into totalitarian fascism.
Can you imagine a world without Google or Facebook? If plans to protest the potential passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act ( SOPA ) come to fruition, you won’t need to; those sites, along with many other well-known online destinations, will go temporarily offline as a taste of what we could expect from a post-SOPA Internet.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by Texan Republican Representative Lamar Smith and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill, which we describe in great detail here , could signal the end of the Internet as we know it.
<img src="http://timenerdworld.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/anonymous.jpg?w=480&h=320&crop=1" alt="Anonymous" title="Anonymous"/> The government debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act may have taken a break for the holidays, with the hearings in the House of Representatives apparently delayed until an unspecified date next year, but just in case you thought the debate online might calm down, Anonymous has entered the fray.
The anti-SOPA movement has been gathering pace , helped by online campaigns to boycott supporting companies by hitting them where it hurts — their bank accounts.
SOPA / PIPA
The SOPA/PIPA blackout today by Wikipedia, Mozilla, WordPress.com and many other sites is (I hope) drawing attention to proposed legislation that is considered a threat to "Internet freedom." That's fine, admirable, and (with any luck) will be effective at curbing SOPA/PIPA for at least another legislative season. The backgrounders I've read so far by Wikipedia and others explain pretty well why SOPA/PIPA shouldn't pass. What they don't say is that SOPA/PIPA are business as usual , and the protest is a last-ditch effort necessary because the legislative system and mainstream media are fundamentally broken. The blackout and other protests today are the result of a long, sustained, full-court press against legislation that's being pushed through despite widespread opposition.
SOPA PIPA Internet Censorship
Hacktivism/Digital Activism/Online Privacy, Security,Anonymity