Last November, I walked out of an Iranian jail after six years. The most shocking news I learned after that? It was not President Barack Obama’s acknowledgment of Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology, nor the death of NDP Leader Jack Layton, nor the abrupt disappearance of the Canadian embassy in Tehran. It was the death of the Web as I knew it.
Posted by Meghan Sali on Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:12
Last week, OpenMedia joined a huge coalition of groups protesting the TPP in Washington, DC.
The call to action, issued by FlushTheTPP brought together organizations and individuals from across the US and international allies who are continuing to protest how the secretive TPP steals domestic decision-making power out of the hands of the people and places it in the hands of unaccountable lobbyists and unelected bureaucrats.
Posted by Meghan Sali on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 09:36
You may or may not live in the European Union but many of your favourite websites (and the tech that runs them) do.
Decision-makers in Europe are considering proposals to make users and websites liable for every single link we post. The same goes for online service providers which host user-based content. Not only would this be a major step backward for free expression, it could even stifle or shutter some of our favourite web services due to astronomical new legal fees. Read more »
European Commission consultation on the role of online platforms could result in a costly new ‘Link Tax’ and monitoring of billions of posts a day by online services
November 17, 2015 – Civil society and digital rights groups are sounding the alarm about a public consultation run by the European Commission on the role of online platforms, the result of which could be new copyright rules that would effectively shut down people’s right to freely link online. The 75,000-strong Save The Link network has created an Internet Voice Tool to send feedback to the Commission as part of their consultation.
A recently leaked draft communication on copyright reform reveals that the European Commission is considering copyrighting the act of linking to content freely available elsewhere online. Earlier this year, the European Parliament firmly rejected a proposal that could have resulted in a new EU-wide ‘Link Tax’, and this leaked document appears to be an attempt to raise the issue once more.