Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Want to help save democracy?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a super-secretive trade agreement that threatens everything you care about. It's been negotiated behind closed doors with ample input from over 600 corporate lobbyists -- but no access for journalists or the public. Sound bad? It gets worse. The corporate interest groups pushing for the TPP are the same folks that brought us SOPA, ACTA, and NAFTA."
No one knows exactly what's in the TPP, since it's shrouded in so much secrecy, but from leaked texts, we know that the it would lead to a more censored, policed, and expensive Internet -- and it would undermine important protections for workers rights, public health, and the environment. Over 80 organizations oppose Fast Track for the TPP. You can read why -- in their own words -- at StopFastTrack.com
Ready for the good news? The U.S. government needs Congress to pass a bill called "Fast Track" or that gives the President the ability to ratify trade agreements without meaningful debate or amendments from Congress. Without Fast Track, other countries won't be willing to agree to the extremist Internet-killing copyright policies that the U.S. is pushing, since they know that Congress could just amend any agreement they come to. If Fast Track fails, experts are saying that the whole TPP could likely fall apart, and that the worst pieces of it will almost certainly be off the table.
It's that simple. If we stop Fast Track, we stop the TPP. We need to melt phones, fill up inboxes, and raise our voices high to defend democracy and save the Internet. Here's the link, you know what to do.
It’s the International Day Against DRM, and in honor of the day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Parker Higgins has written an excellent post explaining why we can’t live with DRM, even on media that you “rent” rather than buying (streaming services like Spotify, Netflix, etc).
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In 2010, after years of bitter fighting, the French National Assembly passed “Hadopi,” the worst copyright law in history, which provided for disconnecting whole families from the Internet if their network connection was implicated in an accusation of copyright infringement.
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Almost everyone has their smartphone in a case of one kind or another. Beyond simple protection, finding a case that can charge your phone on its own, but doesn’t feel like it’s also adding a couple pounds to the phone’s weight is the tricky part. Billed as the world’s thinnest battery case, the ThinCharge iPhone […]
You never know when new projects, ideas or opportunities can drop into your lap at a moment’s notice. That may require you to learn a new programming language like Python. Or maybe you need a primer on 3D game development. Or you might realize you could use a serious brush-up on iOS mobile creation.Point is, […]