Too much information: links for week ending 21 October 2011

France: Court orders blocking of “Copwatch” website
The New York Times reports that a French court has ordered France’s internet service providers to block a website “that shows pictures and videos of police officers arresting suspects, taunting protesters and allegedly committing acts of violence against members of ethnic minorities”. La Quadrature du Net have issued a statement following the block, saying the case “shows that the blocking of websites, even if promoted in the name of legitimate pretexts such as fighting the dissemination of child abuse images or illegal gambling, is ultimately a tool for the political censorship of the internet”.
Report | Statement

US Senator questions constitutionality of ACTA
Intellectual Property Watch reports that US’s recent signing of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) may face a constitutional challenge following news that Senator Ron Wyden is querying the United States Trade Representative’s power to enter into such an agreement without Congress’s approval. ACTA is a bilateral treaty with provisions for copyright and patent enforcement which have the potential to go beyond norms established by the World Trade Organisation.

Google encrypts more searches
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports on Google’s announcement this week that it is switching its logged-in users to encrypted search by default. EFF dub the move a “significant win” for users, for whom secure search will act as an “essential protection against surveillance… whether by governments, companies, or hackers”.

Register now for Open Access Week webcasts
Next week is Open Access week, and to mark the occasion the Right to Research Coalition will host two webcasts: “The State of Open Access and the Student Role in Creating Change”, which will feature Heather Joseph from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC); and “Open Access and the Impact of Open on Research”, which will feature John Wilbanks of Creative Commons.
Webcasts | Open Access Week

Guide: “Doing digital” in non-profit organisations
The Stanford Social Innovation Review publishes the first two parts of a three part series authored by experts in digital practice for the non-profit sector. The first part looks at common mistakes organisations make when managing digital personnel, and the second outlines four models of “managing digital” in a non-profit organisation. Part three will be published later this month.
Mistakes | Models

Global survey of Parliamentary monitoring organisations
This report, published by the National Democratic Institute and the World Bank Institute, surveys organisations monitoring parliamentary activity across the world and offers some preliminary recommendations to donors seeking to fund such organisations.

A day in the life of privacy
This piece for Security Week looks at the privacy compromises made by the average American on a normal working day.

Book Review: “Public parts: How sharing in the digital age improves the way we work and live”
Evgeny Morozov stands up for privacy in this brutal and controversial review published by the New Republic of Jeff Jarvis’s latest book. Readers may also wish to view Jarvis’s line-by-line response.
Morozov | Jarvis

Audio: Outriders at the 3rd Arab Bloggers Summit
The BBC’s Outriders podcast reports from the third Arab Bloggers Summit in Tunisia, interviewing participants from across the Middle East and north Africa.

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