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  • joly 3:55 am on 07/13/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    @nytimesbits on @rmack at #TEDGlobal – Internet due for a “Magna Carta moment?” #netfreedom 

    Rebecca MackinnonJennifer 8. Lee of the New York Times reports – A Call to Take Back the Internet From Corporations – on Rebecca Mackinnon’s preview of her forthcoming book Consent of the Networked at  TEDGlobal conferencein Edinburgh, asking “Is the Internet due for a “Magna Carta moment?” ”

    Rebecca says:

    “The sovereigns of the Internet are acting like they have a divine right to govern, they are in complete denial that there is something horrible they would ever do.”

    and, for the users to achieve public accountability:

    ”It’s going to require innovation that is not only going to need to focus on politics, on geopolitics, but is also going to need to deal with questions of business management, investor behavior and consumer choice”

    Ms. Lee concludes:

    Ms. MacKinnon predicts that no matter what it will ultimately look like, the process of pushing back on Internet companies is likely to take sustained decades-long political effort, similar to those movements that created environmental and child-labor laws. What is important right now is to open the conversation, she said. She threw out a question on stage: “How can we hold power accountable on the Internet?”

  • joly 3:40 am on 07/04/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    New York Times editorial on Free Speech and the Internet #netfreedom @nytimes 

    New York TimesToday, July 4, Independence Day in the USA the New York Times has chosen to speak out on the freedom on the Internet in an editorial entitled Free Speech and the Internet.

    Endorsing the recent UN rapporteur’s report, and noting heavy-handed moves like Chinese censorship,  Italy’s defamation case, data retention in Brazil,  three-strikes laws, & the United States’ dubiously legitimate domain seizures, the Times concludes:

    The U.N. has proposed sound guidelines to defend free expression: censorship of content online must be transparent and enforced only through the courts. Governments should not rely on private entities like service providers to censor content and should not hold them liable for user content. Counterterrorism should not be an excuse to bar expression, unless it is to prevent imminent threats.

    With few exceptions, governments should not adopt Internet registries that require users to reveal their identities. And defamation — so often used as a legal tool to repress political speech — should be decriminalized. Finally, nobody should be banned from the Internet. It is a fundamental tool for enabling free speech.

  • joly 10:32 pm on 10/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    NY Times hosts TimesOpen 2.0 series #opengov #open #nyc 

    NY Times Open

    Following up on a one day conference last year TimesOpen 2.0 is a series of events surveying the current landscape on a variety of topics, including Geolocation, Open Government, the Real-Time Web and Big Data. These free geek-oriented sessions are hosted on the 15th floor of the New York Times building with the added attendance inducement  of free beer.

    Third and next session is Nov 9 2010 – The Real-Time Web.

    The series will be capped off with a hack day in early December.

    • TechPresident report on session 2 – Open Government.
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