The US Trade Representative claims that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, closed-door copyright treaty being negotiated in even greater secrecy than the notorious ACTA, is "transparent." Actually, he says it has "unprecedented" transparency, because an advisory group is allowed to see it under nondisclosure, and they're not lobbyists at all. Except they are. And except that the norm for copyright treaties used to be UN treaties, negotiated in full public view, not closed-door arm-twisting marathons where the US Trade Rep and a bunch of industry goons threaten foreign nations into signing onto agreements that even the US Congress couldn't pass into law.
Ten years ago, Apple released the Ipad. I was in a hotel room in Seattle, jetlagged and awake at 4AM while my wife and daughter slept. READ THE REST
Last year, the EU adopted the incredibly controversial Copyright Directive (it passed by only five votes, and afterwards 10 MEPs said they'd got confused and pushed the wrong buttons!): now, EU member states have to create rules that require online platforms to filter all user-generated content and block it if it matches a secret, unaccountable… READ THE REST
Back in 2017, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) approved the most controversial standard in its long history: Encrypted Media Extensions, or EME, which enabled Netflix and other big media companies to use DRM despite changes to browsers extensions that eliminated the kinds of deep hooks that DRM requires. READ THE REST
In our constantly evolving "new normal," there's often no need to wait for Black Friday to find some fantastic retail deals. Lots of companies need your cash now, so they're dropping some big discounts to entice you to buy. That means great things coming your way from offers like the current Boing Boing Three-Day VIP… READ THE REST
One fun part of being knee-deep in the giant Boing Boing Store Three-Day VIP Annual Sale is that it's a perfect opportunity for a few old favorites to make a triumphant return. And the fact that each of these 10 fan-favorite gadgets is now also an extra 20 percent off should be incentive enough for… READ THE REST
With all this sticking close to home the past six months, let's face it — your vehicle is probably feeling…well, a little neglected. Hey, with all that time sitting around in the garage, yearning to get out and go…we get it. The Boing Boing Store's Three-Day VIP Annual Sale is a great opportunity to show… READ THE REST