Archive for 2012/02/06
If Google is really going to live up to its corporate mantra of “Don’t be evil,” then it should undo this latest move and support regulation that would stop other companies from making similar changes. Because, unlike lions on the savannah, a company’s worst impulses can be constrained.
But you can export them as PDFs if you want
Facebook and Google have removed content from Indian domain websites in response to a court order to get rid of “objectionable content”Posted: 2012/02/06 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Google, Jurisprudence, Public Policy
Says the foundation is knowingly and intentionally forcing companies to make payments which they know are in conflict with European laws. The foundation is twisting the truth when it says that those companies are to blame for the foundation not being able to distribute funds to artists, authors and composers.
Dutch language news article:
The Home Affairs Committee, which is appointed by the UK House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the governments Home Office, has today published the results of its “wide-ranging inquiry” into ‘The Roots of Violent Radicalisation‘ (i.e. Terrorism). The report calls upon ISPs to be “more active” and to develop a Code of Practice for the removal of related material (e.g. websites etc.).
The report claims that the internet played a part in most, if not all, cases of violent radicalisation and urges a crackdown.
The main incentive to update the Directive is that the internet and digital technologies have added a new dimension to enforcement of intellectual property rights
Yet Another Unprecedented Event In The Netherlands: Iraqi Fugitives Refused Asylum And Left Out In Freezing ColdPosted: 2012/02/06 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Family was refused asylum and ended up spending a week in the local train station of Zwolle, with their two-year-old son who is suffering from bad health. A concerned Dutch citizen has picked up the family and brought them to a sports centre where they can stay for a while.
Dutch language news article:
Unprecedented Event In The Netherlands: Two Judges Prosecuted For Perjury. Billion Euro Damage Claim At Stake
At every turn, Facebook has been pushing us to share more and more. Zuckerberg feels strongly that once we do this, we will not only like it, but we will realize the value that such sharing has for our lives and the world at large. You may disagree with his views, but you must understand them to know why Facebook does what it doesPosted: 2012/02/06 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports
After stating those principles, the letter takes an interesting turn, as Zuckerberg begins a rant about what he calls “The Hacker Way.”
I have to admit Zuckerberg’s treatment of hackers here is personally gratifying. Thirty years ago, I began writing a book about hackers, a subculture that most people did not know even existed. As I researched the book, I discovered a way of thinking, a way of being, shared among hackers of different generations. In my book Hackers, I codified this collective sense of values, calling it the Hacker Ethic. In many ways those implicit values are what basis of The Hacker Way that Zuckerberg describes in his letter.
For instance, one of the precepts of what I identified as the Hacker Ethic was, “Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, race, or position.” Zuckerberg writes in his letter, “Hacker culture is … extremely open and meritocratic. Hackers believe that the best idea and implementation should always win – not the person who is best at lobbying for an idea or the person who manages the most people.”
While elucidating the Hacker Ethic, I referred to the “doing, not talking about it” aspect of hacking, calling the impulse “The Hands-On Imperative.” Zuckerberg addresses this, too. “Hacking is …an inherently hands-on and active discipline,” he writes. And he has shaped his company to embody that value.
In my book, I wrote, “Hackers believe that essential lessons can be learned about systems—about the world—from taking things apart, seeing how they work and using this knowledge to create new and interesting things…. This is especially true when a hacker wants to fix something that (from his point of view) is broken and needs improvement.”
Zuckerberg writes, “Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it — often in the face of people who say it’s impossible or are content with the status quo.”
Obviously, I am pleased that Zuckerberg has identified the aspects of hacking that I wrote about in 1984 as key components in making a company successful. But what about the very first part of the Hacker Ethic, the one that continues to resonate in controversy? I am talking about a key characteristic of hackers as I saw them, an implicit belief that “information should be free.” (Later on some people clarified that this meant “free as in freedom, not as in beer.”)
Hackers may already able to use malware to outwit the latest generation of online banking security devicesPosted: 2012/02/06 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
BTjunkie, one of the largest BitTorrent indexes on the Internet, has decided to shut down voluntarilyPosted: 2012/02/06 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing
Talking to TorrentFreak, BTjunkie’s founder said that the legal actions against other file-sharing sites such as MegaUpload and The Pirate Bay played an important role in making the difficult decision. Witnessing all the trouble colleagues got into was cause for a lot of worry and stress, and those will now belong to the past.
Lowe’s has actually drafted three separate legal agreements to cover the practice. Two cover situations in which the linking site might use Lowe’s images and marks, and for which some kind of license deal makes more sense. The third says only, “If you’re linking to Lowes.com, but not using our mark(s)/logo(s) on your site, download the Version A link agreement.”