Ruth from Openmedia writes, "This Thursday legislators in the EU Parliament are voting on proposals in the EU for mass content filters, and restrictions on links, all in the name of 'updating copyright.
The draft law proposes requiring that all sites where users generate the content (Reddit, Tumblr, Github, Boing Boing itself etc) must build censorship algorithms that monitor and block your content, before publishing, if it looks like it infringes copyright. The plan also includes new powers for media giants to charge fees for linking to their content. This will have a devastating impact on access to information. These rules make open data impossible, add unnecessary costs to libraries, and charge researchers for using references.
Phone calls are the most effective method of getting attention from decision makers.
That's why we're asking you to call your MEP responsible for civil liberties to vote against these measures in a key vote this Thursday.
You can make a difference by calling your MEP and speak directly with your representatives who will be casting the key votes.
Tell your MEP: Stop Copyright Censorship
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.
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 […]
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.
From ordering from Amazon to paying bills over the web to something as simple as bottled water, we’re all hooked on modern convenience. We can’t help it. There are just too many modern world advances that save us too much time not to become a creature of comfort and go the easy route. Even if […]
No matter whether you go into the office or work from home, whether you roll out of bed at 5 a.m. or never get up before 9, we all agree a day can on how you feel first thing in the morning when you wake up. If you wake up feeling groggy or out of […]
The aluminum can is a great invention. And for 60 years, it and its crafty little addition, the pull tab, have made transporting and drinking all of our favorite beers, soft drinks and other beverages about 1,000 percent easier. Of course, evolution continues — and even an innovation as awesome as the aluminum can is […]