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Who in Congress Supports SOPA and PIPA/PROTECT-IP?

Who in Congress Supports SOPA and PIPA/PROTECT-IP?
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Tents, Camping Equipment & Outdoor Clothing - Yeomans Computer Fraud And Abuse Act 2013: New CFAA Draft Aims To Expand, Not Reform, The ‘Worst Law In Technology’ “The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is the most outrageous criminal law you’ve never heard of,” Tim Wu, a Columbia law professor and pioneer of network neutrality, wrote in the New Yorker. “It bans ‘unauthorized access’ of computers, but no one really knows what those words mean.” Despite the enormous reach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as it currently stands – it was the same law used by prosecutors to torment late Internet activist Aaron Swartz prior to his suicide on Jan. 11 -- the House Judiciary Committee has actually proposed a number of expansions to the law in a new draft, which Tech Dirt says will be “rushed” to Congress during its “cyber week” in the middle of April. You can read the proposed Computer Fraud and Abuse Act draft in its entirety here. Among many additions, the new CFAA draft expands the number of ways a person could be prosecuted by punishing anyone who “conspires to commit” violations just like those that have already “completed” the offense.

DC Kids Count Data Tools | DC Action for Children We measured the presence of six assets: high levels of homeownership, low levels of violent crime, high levels of youth (age 16-24) employment and the presence of recreation centers, libraries and grocery stores. (Not all of these are mapped here.) Nearly every neighborhood cluster had at least one asset. High-asset neighborhoods are in every quadrant of the city. Neighborhoods with the highest concentrations of assets (all six asset indicators) are in the Northwest quadrant of the city. Notably, two neighborhoods clusters have none of the institutional assets (libraries, grocery stores and recreation center) in the analysis.

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US Trade Office Calls ACTA Back From the Dead and Canada Complies Major announcements from the US and Canada today give a clear indication that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is coming back with a vengeance. ACTA is an agreement negotiated and signed by 11 countries, carrying intellectual property (IP) provisions that would negatively impact digital rights and innovation by ratcheting up IP enforcement measures beyond existing international standards. It will not take effect until six countries ratify the agreement, and Japan is so far the only country to have done so. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) posted its 2013 Trade Policy Agenda and 2012 Trade Policy Report, which covers all of its ongoing negotiations over trade agreements. It reports that the US is working with Japan and other negotiating parties “to ensure that ACTA can come into force as soon as possible,” and encourages Canada “to meet its [ACTA] obligations.” Canada did not miss a beat to satisfy this demand.

Le Pariteur JAW How Europe's Fight with Google Over Privacy Ignores Real Privacy Last week the governments of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom fired a warning shot at Google and it appears they're reloading the gun with real ammunition. This past December, about a year after the Internet behemoth announced a new privacy policy, a working group of representatives from these countries called the policy grossly abusive of people's privacy and said Google had four months to bring itself into compliance with European law. Google dismissed the ultimatum: "Our privacy policy," it said, "respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services." These government/corporation tiffs are frequent and their rhetorical fire normally turns into quickly dissipated smoke. But there's something deeper here that transcends this conflict. Google Maps and Eric Schmidt That, however, is a corporate shell game.

The Apps|Code 4 Kenya GotToVote GotToVote! is an example of how open data can be useful to ordinary citizens. GotToVote! Website | Github The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin | Wired Magazine In November 1, 2008, a man named Satoshi Nakamoto posted a research paper to an obscure cryptography listserv describing his design for a new digital currency that he called bitcoin. None of the list’s veterans had heard of him, and what little information could be gleaned was murky and contradictory. In an online profile, he said he lived in Japan. His email address was from a free German service. Google searches for his name turned up no relevant information; it was clearly a pseudonym. One of the core challenges of designing a digital currency involves something called the double-spending problem. Bitcoin did away with the third party by publicly distributing the ledger, what Nakamoto called the “block chain.” When Nakamoto’s paper came out in 2008, trust in the ability of governments and banks to manage the economy and the money supply was at its nadir. Nakamoto himself mined the first 50 bitcoins—which came to be called the genesis block—on January 3, 2009. Bitcoin 101 Play Dough

Court Of Human Rights: Convictions For File-Sharing Violate Human Rights The European Court of Human Rights has declared that the copyright monopoly stands in direct conflict with fundamental Human Rights, as defined in the European Union and elsewhere. This means that as of today, nobody sharing culture in the EU may be convicted just for breaking the copyright monopoly law; the bar for convicting was raised considerably. This can be expected to have far-reaching implications, not just judicially, but in confirming that the copyright monopoly stands at odds with human rights. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is no dismissible small player. It is the court that oversees the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which is part of the Constitution of the European Union and of most European states. “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. However, this verdict doesn’t mean that people sharing culture can never be convicted. This means that people can no longer get convicted for violating the copyright monopoly alone.

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