Category Archives: open source

34 MEPs sign free software pledge

34 of the MEPs elected in June this year have signed the Free Software Pact: Of the 232 candidates for the European Parliament that pledged their support for free and open source software, 34 have been elected, from Belgium, France, … Continue reading

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Using computers to promote freedom

Over at the Pirate Party UK forum, Vanders writes: What Iran and China can teach us When the Iranian people began to protest the election result, the Iranian government were swift to act. The mobile telephone Short Messaging Service (SMS) … Continue reading

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Tim Berners-Lee to open up government data

The Prime Minister wants Tim Berners-Lee to open up government data: Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC that the job he has been given by Gordon Brown is an important one that goes beyond party politics. The Prime Minister … Continue reading

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A Digital Rights Agency?

From the Open Rights Group (via Liberal Democrat Voice): Last Thursday the Open Rights Group along with many others made a submission in response to the Digital Britain Report. Less than 12 hours later, we found David Lammy and Stephen … Continue reading

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Open letter to SanDisk

I recently bought a SanDisk USB flash drive, because it worked with Linux. Here’s the letter I subsequently wrote to them: FAO Keith Norman, Regional Sales Director, UK & Ireland Dear Mr Norman, I recently bought a SanDisk Micro Skin … Continue reading

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Carnival on Modern Liberty #8

Welcome to the 8th edition of the Carnival on Modern Liberty. We’ll start of with David Mery, who wrote an article in The Register noting how hard it is for an innocent person to get their details removed from the … Continue reading

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Paul Aitken demonstrates why DRM is bad

Paul Aitken inadvertantly demonstrates why DRM is bad: An absolutely extraordinary statement from Paul Aitken, the executive director of the Authors Guild, upon hearing that the new Amazon Kindle has an experimental text-to-speech factor. Rather than think about how this … Continue reading

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OLPC XO-2 hardware will be open source

The second generation One Laptop Per Child computer, the XO-2, will use open source hardware, so that anyone will be able to make copies of it. Accroding to Nicolas Negroponte: One important thing about the XO-2 is that we’re going … Continue reading

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A broadband tax for the UK?

Further to my previous post suggesting that the UK isn’t going to institute a “3 strikes” law, there is speculation that the government might instead introduce a broadband tax, where ISPs’ customers will pay and the money going to the … Continue reading

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Britain’s war on civil liberties will harm online businesses

The British government, acting out of a mixture of malice and incompetence, is proceding with several measures to curb civil liberties, which could also have the effect of seriouesly harming UK-based online industries. Mike Butcher at Techcrunch reports: From March … Continue reading

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