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Last week on the Internet: internet as public utility, net neutrality victory, Australia’s Copyright Alert System, IoT and privacy, Russia’s surveillance state

Net Neutrality

 

  • The Internet as Public Utility is a big breakthrough for our times and for the future. This is what last week’s net neutrality means. But even so, the big telecom companies and the republicans sare still fighting both in court and in designing new laws to overwrite FCC’s decision to keep Net Neutrality.

Copyright

 

  • Copyright monopolist gone insane on sending “takedown notices” to everybody and lying about holding copyrights. That it’s still not a crime…
  • A new study has revealed that just three companies are responsible for 93% of all lawsuits against anonymous file-sharers.
  • Apple complains about unfair prices for Ericsson patented technologies and decides to continue selling Apple products without paying the rightholders. Thus, Ericsson files nine lawsuits against Apple, saying that Apple infringed on a total of 41 patents.

Surveillance

  • The Edward Snowden story led to the Guardian receiving the Pulitzer prize for public service. Here is a discussion with Alan Rusbridger, Ewen MacAskill, Janine Gibson and Stuart Millar about how the story made the headlines.

  • La Quadrature du Net, together with the FDN Federation, which represents not-for-profit internet service providers (ISPs) in France fight against new laws for retaining even more data about user communications.
  • A joint investigation by Agentura.Ru, CitizenLab and Privacy International speaks about the death of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and Russia’s Surveillance State.
  • Free Software though, seems to be more and more the answer for the tech problems we face today, regarding privacy, security, ownership and others.
  • “Free Software Everywhere” is the theme for this year LibrePlanet annual conference for free software enthusiasts. It’s a place that brings together software developers, policy experts, activists and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments and face challenges to software freedom.

 Featured image: President Obama’s handwritten note to the reddit community.

(Courtesy of reddit.)