Brazil: leaked copyright reform draft bill shows latest thinking
Pedro Paranaguá of the Fundação Getulio Vargas gives a detailed analysis for IP Watch of the latest draft of Brazil’s copyright reform bill. Though there is much to praise in the text, provisions for intermediary liability and anti-circumvention measures are cause for concern.
US: Wikipedians consider protest against SOPA
Wikipedians are considering whether to launch a protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act. Although the original draft bill was revised this week, according to Wikimedia Foundation General Counsel Geoff Brigham, the proposed legislation “continues to suffer from the same structural pitfalls, including its focus on blocking entire international sites based on US-based allegations of specific infringement”. In October this year, editors of Italian Wikipedia blocked access to the site in protest against draft legislation.
100 million Europeans don’t use the internet, 350 million Indians have never heard of it
Thanks to Evgeny Morozov for flagging these two reports indicating the extent of the digital divide.
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EU: Parliament looks at risks of outsourcing policing of internet
IP Watch report on a seminar held last week in the European Parliament on the slide from self-regulation to private policing of online content. European Digital Rights have produced a video report summary the seminar, which is also available to watch in full.
IP Watch report | Video summary | Full seminar
Russia: Vladimir Putin’s cyber-warriors
Following massive cyber-attacks against independent media during recent elections in Russia, Andrei Soldatov analyses the power of the Russian security services to control dissent on the web in this essay for Foreign Affairs magazine.
Paper: Recording Everything – Digital storage as an enabler of authoritarian governments
The Brookings Institute have published a new paper arguing that “the coming era of ubiquitous surveillance in authoritarian countries has important consequences for American foreign policy”.
Book: Learning, freedom and the web
The Mozilla Foundation have published a book on how the ideas of the open source movement can help foster learning, written by Anya Kamenetz and the participants of the 2010 Mozilla festival: “Part exhibition catalog, part manifesto, this is a concise, fun-to-read introduction to what Mozilla is doing to support learners everywhere”.
Audio: David Weinberger on LibraryCloud and ShelfLife
The Spark Podcast speaks to David Weinberger about two projects to come out of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, which Weinberger co-directs. Both projects focus on meta-data and “how it impacts the ways we find and navigate knowledge”.
Video: Ethan Zuckerman on the impact of social media on Africa
Russell Southwood speaks to Global Voices founder Ethan Zuckerman about the impact of social media in Africa, in a detailed interview which covers the strength and influence of Sub-Saharan African bloggers, the student protests in Gabon, and the response of governments in the region to the power of social media.