Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed new treaty, being negotiated behind closed doors between twelve countries of the Pacific rim, that will limit countries’ freedom to make their own laws to protect consumers, Internet users, workers and the environment.

For information about how the TPP will affect consumers’ rights, see Consumers International’s website. For its specific impacts on copyright and the Internet, see the Our Fair Deal coalition site.

The singer of the Japanese song, Emi, explains why she made the song:

The subject matter of the TPP is so complicated that people can’t easily understand how it effects them. To alert the people as soon as possible to the risks surrounding the TPP, I wrote lyrics that explain the TPP to everyone in simple terms, while singing happily! I want you to please use this song as one quick way to simply convey this message to a lot of people!

The collaborating musician, Citron178, is a composer of anime (Japanese animation) songs. This is especially appropriate given that the TPP ‘s copyright provisions could threaten anime fan subculture, which would interfere with the creation of homages such as fan art and cosplay (costume play). She writes:

In Japan, not much is known about the effects of the intellectual property chapter of the TPP, but it is likely to regulate the creation of fan fiction. So in order to send a message to geeks, who like to make secondary creative works like this, I had to make a song in the style of anime songs.

Original Japanese version.

Chilean musician Ana Tijoux has also created a song Spanish, called No to the TPP (No Al TPP) to explain why everyone should protest the TPP.

More at EFF, Why should I care about the TPP? and TPP, The biggest threat you’ve never heard of.

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From 2010:

For 17 months, New York police officer Adrian Schoolcraft recorded himself and his fellow officers on the job, including their supervisors ordering them to do all sorts of things that police aren’t supposed to do. For example, downgrading real crimes into lesser ones, so they wouldn’t show up in the crime statistics and make their precinct look bad. Adrian’s story first appeared as a five part series in the Village Voice, written by Graham Rayman. (41 minutes)

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BBC Newsnight exclusive interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden, the PRISM revelations and mass surveillance.

Source.

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This talk from Rick Redman at DerbyCon 2013 is really fascinating and really sad at the same time. It’s fascinating to see how the human mind thinks, but it’s amazing that people purposefully sacrifice security to make remembering their passwords easier.

More at Iron Geek.

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