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Links to 22nd April

Press complaint: Nick Davies tells MPs of smear threat from newspaper

US forces used almost 20,000 rounds of “non-lethal” ammo/CS gas on Iraqis in 2007-2008

The Weapons That Kill Civilians — Deaths of Children and Noncombatants in Iraq, 2003–..

Oxford University Press Releases Lessons from the Identity Trail Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society Under CC License

EU telecoms vote: Amendment 138 saved – but not the Internet –

Dan Gillmore Berkman Center talk: Why media consumers, not just creators, need to be active users

UK mobile operators blocking Pirate Bay

EU copyright extension vote:

FT editorial: Do not enclose the cultural commons

Wednesday: last day to tell your MEPs: Do not enclose the cultural commons – funded by MoJ, hosted by MySociety

Lobbying USA: 2008 return on investment for clients hiring only the PMA Group to get them earmarks was 2,703%.

See who won Apps for America

Dan Kennedy: Newspapers won’t be saved by charging for content online

Lessig review of Andrew Keen’s Cult of the Amateur. Enjoy!

Ars Technica: Internet Archive, Google Book search, Open Content Alliance

FT: When newspapers fold good state of the industry piece.

Berkman Centre lecture: Law for a Flat World: Building Legal Infrastructure for the New Economy

Video was a crucial component of David Barstow’s Pulitzer-winning “Message Machine” series. See it here:

NYT: Message Machine Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand

Roundup of coverage on Google book settlement & orphan works

Decentralized moderation is the chat room savior

Important post by Scoble on the last meal the newspapers are giving away

Paper. Miranda Mowbray: Cloud computing and the law

What are the Legal Implications of Cloud Computing? –

Demonstrating respect for rights? A human rights approach to policing protest

NESTA publishes Attacking the Recession report on how a more innovative economy can beat the recession:

Internet Archive wants same terms with “orphan” books as Google gets.

BERR has never said Phorm is fully compliant with UK legislation

Featured documentary: Good Copy, Bad Copy , featuring Girl Talk and lawyers talking rap. Also feat classic Lessig mixes, interviews, TPB, Nigerian film industry and Brazilian remixers

40 culture feeds on Twitter. From Dan Colman, Open Culture

Stephen Downes: Blackboard patent application, all 57 claims rejected

Open educational materials by other means? Universities and Freedom of Information requests

Peter Brantley of Internet Archive on the Google Books Settlement

How to have your say through public consultations

Another way to improve government documents: better writing

Daily Kos: where we get our information not Associated Press 

Objection to Google Scanning Settlement Filed


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Links to 17th April

Why the Pirate Bay verdict is GOOD for piracy – analysis from Evgeny Morozov

British Library Google generation research download

Google bringing pay-per-view to YouTube

Goverment announces RIPA review in wake of EU threat

Open Knowledge Foundation wiki OKcon 09 was good

Papers from the 5th Communia workshop #communia Public data, science, IP, publishing, BBC archive, WIPO, public domain

Tom Watson MP Communia workshop speech What we need is an “easy-to-use licensing scheme for government data”

RIAA DRM Mashup Smackdown A competition to remix testimony on DRM. Fun with fair use.

Life after death? The Soviet system in British higher (not Open Access)

Why eliminate the peer-review of baseline grants? All about the cost of peer review

“Election Copyright – They’re Playing Our Song” Conservative remixing vs artist’s moral right

“France to have second vote on Internet piracy law”

New Report from Pew: The Internet’s Role in Campaign 2008

Internet Advertising Bureau “Good Practice Principles” on Behavioural Targeting Supported by OFCOM CEO

Travel organizer has a new iPhone app Tripit API supports OAuth

ccLearn Recommendations: Increase Funding Impact to launch in May. Slashdot and

Cost of peer review exceeds the cost of giving every researcher a grant –

EU Commissioner – Protecting privacy in the digital age

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April 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm

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Twitter feed at take21 blog

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I added a Twitter feed to my other teaching blog at

Provides updates, usually  several a day. I will continue to produce a weekly digest of links from this feed for the present.

It’s a bit intermittent, but working at the moment.

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The Pirate Bay: convictions

All four defendants in The Pirate Bay trial have been convicted and face 1 year prison sentences.


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Digital Britain forum

The Digital Britain summit

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Numerous links to blogs, including Write To Reply. Live Twitter feed @digitalbritain

Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, OFCOM, cable companies -all the players.

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Links to 14th April

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British Library: 7,000 music, spoken word and environmental tracks for free listening. 9,000 more for UK Universities

Public Knowledge explains the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). What it is and why it matters.

FT: Internet privacy: As Google launches ‘interest-based’ ads, consumers and regulators are increas.. summary of recent privacy and behavioural advertising issues

Phorm: European Commission concerned the UK does not have an independent national supervisory authority dealing with interceptions.

OUT-LAW: UK’s privacy laws illegally inadequate, says Europe

Alan Mutter: Newspaper web sales lag by every measure.<Wrong kind of advertising>

Newspapers and the internet: Web metrics and the false impression of the power of online. UK pages: 17% viewed online

Nieman journalism lab: only 3% of newspaper reading is online

Goldman Sachs argues “Facts about Goldman Sachs” blog infringes intellectual property rights (Banking Times).

“Intervene in the Google Books Settlement” Under the existing settlement Google would gain a monopoly of orphaned works. Academics open letter to the judge argues for orphaned works to revert to public domain.

Wikileaks: Classified US, Japan amp; EU ACTA trade agreement drafts 2009. Now search, copy, link Goes OpenData. 200 million govt data records. Campaign finance, lobbying, more

Paid Content: Hyperlocal Sites Ready To Fill Lost Newspapers’ Vacancy—Except For One Thing

Wikileaks:Secret US, EU, Japan, Aus, Canada intellectual property trade agreement leaked

Sunlight labs APIs Competition, prizes for developing accountability apps for Congress.

Sunlight Foundation: Mockup of real-time lobbying disclosure

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April 14, 2009 at 11:38 pm

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Links to 11th April

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Nick Carr article on Google and newspapers: Right again.

Science Commons argue for public domain. A public benefit over proposed Open Database license

Liking Nambu, Mac social messaging client. 3 pane interface difficult to beat. Better text legibility than others

DiggBar blocking for WordPress, Greasemonkey, EE. John Gruber Why?

Open Rights Group Statebook: because knowledge is power

Associated Press vs Google “The AP’s Desperate Attempt To Outlaw Search Engine Links”

Just say no to <frameset> John Gruber How to block the Diggbar

Public Knowledge: 3 strikes law rejected by French parliament

Press Association cancels graduate multimedia training scheme

HADOPI voted out by French Assembly – #threestrikes

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