This week on the Internet: Open Internet Preservation Act, new Snowden leak, EU copyright consultation deadline postponed, AcademicTorrents

  • Net Neutrality

In US, Open Internet Preservation Act has been introduced by a group of Democrats. This comes after one million people have signed a petition calling on the FCC to save net neutrality and after President Obama‘s statement that he wouldn’t be a president without an open Internet. However, the bill seems to have few to no chances of passing.

  • Surveillance

Guardian Books published The Snowden Files. Written by award winning journalist Luke Harding, the book is a “real-life political thriller telling the story of the individuals behind the most spectacular intelligence breach in history, moving between Hong Kong, Hawaii, London, New York, the NSA and GCHQ.

Tactical Tech, an activist organization dedicated to the use of information, released Noir Digital Security Films – an interesting new film project:

[pull_quote_center]”This series of short films focuses on how rights advocates’ own behaviour and attitudes to digital security and privacy can jeopardise the safety of their communities and networks.“[/pull_quote_center]


Footage of how Guardian journalists destroyed the hard drives containing Snowden leaks, “under watchful eye of the GCHQ“, has been released now, after more then 6 months. Moreover, Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald has been referred to as a “thief selling stolen material” by Senior Congressman Mike Rogers, who also suggested that the journalists should be prosecuted as well.


A new Snowden leak reveals that GCHQ attacked the communication infrastructure of Anonymous through the same tactics used by the activists: malware and DDoS attacks. Read on Wired Gabriella Coleman’s opinion article about why this is dangerous for all of us, not only for the Anonymous activists.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo released their 2013 transparency reports earlier this week. They reveal that solely in the first six months of 2013, the NSA has sent classified demands for 59.000 users’ information.

Congressman Otis Pike died last month. What nobody knows about him is that he was the first who fought against NSA. So, in his memory, take to the streets on the 11th of February, on The Day We Fight Back.

  • Copyright

Good news everyone! If you hadn’t had the time to answer to EU’s copyright consultation, the deadline has been postponed for the 5th of March. But don’t procrastinate too much, it’s important!

Meanwhile, the EU Parliament has passed a new directive on “collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses in the internal market.” This means that streaming service providers will be able to stream music across EU with less copyright licenses hassle and that users will have access to more copyright protected content.

AcademicTorrents is a torrent site launched by two researchers from the University of Massachusetts.

[pull_quote_center]”One of the core pillars of academic research is sharing. By letting other researchers know what you do, ideas are criticized, improved upon and extended. […] AcademicTorrents allows researchers to upload datasets, articles and other research material.”[/pull_quote_center]

After you visited the torrent site, continue by reading how copyright developed from a law against commercial abuse, to one that is a tool for commercial abuse. The consequence of this development is described by our own contributor Alex Lungu, in our new article: “The New Terror – Online Intellectual Property Crime Kills!“.

If you want to know even more about this, Moral Panics and Copyright Wars is just the book for you. You can find more information about it in our Resources section.