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If my grandchildren ever ask me where I was when I realised the internet was over – they won't, of course, because they'll be too busy playing with the teleportation console – I'll be able to be quite specific: I was in a Mexican restaurant opposite a cemetery in Austin, Texas, halfway through eating a taco. It was the end of day two of South by Southwest Interactive, the world's highest-profile gathering of geeks and the venture capitalists who love them, and I'd been pursuing a policy of asking those I met, perhaps a little too aggressively, what it was exactly that they did. What is "user experience", really?
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said that public sector bodies must assess whether they could avoid disclosing some information about employees whilst still ensuring that "the legitimate interests" of those requesting the information are observed. "For example, could the legitimate interests be met by other means that interfere less with the employee’s rights and freedoms?" the ICO said in new guidance . (32-page / 155KB PDF) "Is it necessary to provide all of the information requested?
An opinion from the Advocate General (AG or GA) in the European Court of Justice today slams the door shut for the copyright industry’s strategy of suing people who share culture and knowledge.
How does this even pass as constitutional?
Egyptian activist faces trial for Tweet
We've been arguing for a while that attempts by various governments to shut down forms of communication during protests and riots only serves to make protesters and rioters angrier . Some new (quite timely) research, pointed out by Mathew Ingram , seems to agree that internet censorship tends to make such problems worse . The research is a quick read, and certainly goes further than efforts like L.
International hacktivists help Syrian citizens circumvent Internet censorship | Environment & Development | Deutsche Welle | 18.08.2011As the government cracks down on protesters in Syria, hacker groups from abroad are helping people to get access to the Web and to communicate safely despite surveillance and repression. Human rights groups and the international community are calling for an arms embargo and an end to government repression in Syria, which has resulted in almost 2,000 deaths since March. Like in Egypt and Tunisia earlier this year, Syria has responded to the uprising not only with violence, but also by putting its citizens under surveillance and censoring the internet.
11 August 2011 Last updated at 13:57 GMT
After several days of destructive riots throughout the UK, British Prime Minister David Cameron is practically tripping over himself in his eagerness to sacrifice liberty for security. In a speech before an emergency session of Parliament today, Cameron highlighted concern over rioters’ use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter: ...when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them.
Business, labor get deal on worker program 03.30.2013 8:40 PM ET WASHINGTON (AP) — Big business and labor have struck a deal on a new low-skilled worker program, removing the biggest hurdle to completion of sweeping immigration legislation allowing 11 million illegal immigrants eventual U.S. citizenship, labor and Senate officials said Saturday.
Hellzapoppin' in the world of intellectual property rights these days.
New York, NY - Long before Ron Suskind tangled with the media and the White House for telling truths or tales about the Obama administration, he was the hero of liberals.
Hosting a reception for members of New York City's Muslim communities in his mansion on Tuesday night, Mayor Michael Bloomberg eloquently described Muslims as an inalienable part of our great city's fabric.