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If you don’t like swear words, skip the video. The creator’s heart is in the right place, but his presentation needs some help if people are going to pay any serious attention to him. Source. More at Techdirt and the Washington Post. Tweet

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Internet Freedom Day

From Techdirt: It’s January 18th, 2013, and that’s a day worthy of note: the one year anniversary of the widespread protests against SOPA and PIPA. Not only did the massive reaction from the internet community succeed in stopping these dangerous bills that would have curtailed free speech and innovation online, the protests sent shockwaves through the world of politics. In a true manifestation of democracy, the combined voice of the people overruled the lobbyists and backroom dealers who, only weeks before, were smugly assured of the new law’s passage. Tweet

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Many people do not think twice about “liking” their friends’ posts on Facebook. Consenting adults engage in cybersex regularly. Millions more look at legitimate, legal pornography every day. Still more feel free to criticize many things on the internet, ranging from a dislike of a certain celebrity to politics. If you do any of these things in the Philippines, you now risk being sent to jail for it. On Sept. 12, President Benigno Aquino III signed into law the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which defines several new acts of crimes committed online, including, among others, “cybersex,” […]

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Controlling the web

There is a difference between theft and copyright infringement. Until the politicians learn the difference, there isn’t going to be much compromise between individuals and the MPAA/RIAA backed politicians. In January 2012, two controversial pieces of legislation were making their way through the US Congress. SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, were meant to crack down on the illegal sharing of digital media. The bills were drafted on request of the content industry, Hollywood studios and major record labels. The online community rose up against the US government […]

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