Left out of the secret negotiations for this global pact is an important question: How might this agreement affect startups, which generate a huge amount of economic value worldwide?
“Stop the surveillance! Restore the Fourth Amendment!”
The Entertainment Software Association’s network of gamers represents the interests of game creators.
Today marks a calendar year since passionate Internet activist and major tech companies helped defeat bad tech legislation SOPA and its Senate cousin PIPA. It’s also the day set aside by activist as national Internet Freedom Day.
Aaron Swartz, the co-creator of RSS 1.0, web.py, and a prominent Internet activist, has committed suicide.
Ron Wyden outlined today a number of pivotal tech policy points that need to be discussed over the coming year, including privacy, net neutrality, and other data usage.
At the CEA Industry Forum event, Alexis Ohanian described how he and a bunch of other tech friends got involved in the Internet 2012 Bus Tour because of last year’s political battles over Internet publishing rights.
Who knew file-sharing badboy Kim Dotcom had a future in pop music? The iconic Kiwi transplant released a music video this past week, and with his German accent it’s totally Arnold Schwarzenegger doing little-kids rap.
The Pirate Party began in Sweden back in 2006 as an offshoot of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay, with a focus on issues of copyright and technology. Now it has become a serious force in German politics, pulling ahead of the Green party in recent polls to become the third most popular political faction.
In response to the Electronic Software Association’s support of SOPA, Red 5 Studios CEO Mark Kern formed the League for Gamers. Now, the LFG is looking to expand its membership and educate gamers and non-gamers alike about the “warning-label law” H.R. 4204.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-mF0uNmAd4&w=560&h=315] At South By Southwest, we got a chance to talk with Jon Vanhala, Universal Music Group’s senior vice president of digital.
While Americans were busy fighting the SOPA and PIPA bills at home, nations around the globe, including the United States, were signing on to ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which many in the world of technology feel is as bad or worse than the home grown piracy legislation.
Image from Flickr user Uncle Catherine
Hoping to amplify the voice of the Internet, web companies including Mozilla, Reddit, and WordPress have banded together with public interest and human rights groups to urge Congress to stop its work on intellectual property laws.
Editor's Pick If Twitter is to become a dominant web company and live up to the accidental potential its original founders never intended, it will do so under the leadership of its well-spoken, quick-witted and confident CEO Dick Costolo.
Has Europe gone mad? A trade agreement most Americans have never heard of has sparked outrage and protests across the pond.
Anonymous is planning another attack on Facebook, and this time they want your help.
The Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act may be on hiatus, but what’s really at stake are two equally critical values that don’t necessarily have to be in opposition of each other, Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski stated in a fireside chat at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich today.
Following the news that the Senate is delaying a vote the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued a statement today admitting that Congress may need to rethink its approach to thwarting piracy.
Trade associations are weighing in on the delay of the vote on the Stop Online Privacy Act — a delay that may have effectively killed the anti-piracy legislation.
A vote on the highly debated proposed piece of legislation the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) has been postponed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today.
Pop star Will.i.am endorsing MegaUpload
You’re likely a little sick of hearing about SOPA by now. I know I’m sure as hell tired of writing about it. But yesterday, everyone from Google to Wikipedia protested the highly controversial bill, commonly resulting in a blackout of sites frequented daily by millions of users all around the world. It doesn’t matter how big of a rock you live under; if you didn’t know about SOPA before, you know about it now. I spent an hour last night in my bedroom talking about SOPA to Fiorello LaGuardia and he’s been dead for sixty years.
Guest Post Silicon Valley proved me wrong. And I couldn’t be more thrilled.
A total of 25 U.S. senators have publicly stated their opposition to the highly debated piece of anti-piracy legislation, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Angel investor Ron Conway, Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, Craiglist founder Craig Newmark, and rapper MC Hammer spoke to a crowd of more than a hundred people today at an anti-SOPA protest in San Francisco.
Whether you’re doing homework, researching the latest advances in sedation dentistry, or just wasting time “educating” yourself on the bottomless pit of trivia that is Wikipedia, you’re probably a little bit inconvenienced by today’s site-wide blackout.
When Mark Zuckerberg speaks, people listen. Wednesday, the celebrity Facebook founder is wielding this power and influence to fight the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act using the best tool at his disposal: the social network he created.
Hundreds of New York techies are gathered on 3rd Avenue and 49th Street, below trees strewn with holiday lights, waving signs and handing out flyers. “Stop SOPA, Pass on PIPA” they chanted.