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Internet Defense League Launches 'Cat Signal' For The Web

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Tech

A coalition of websites aimed at defending the freedom of the internet has launched its own version of the Bat Signal. The Internet Defense League ...

Internet Defense League Launches 'Cat Signal' For The Web

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Tech

A coalition of websites aimed at defending the freedom of the internet has launched its own version of the Bat Signal. The Internet Defense League ...

Get Off Your SOPA box

Michael Nuciforo | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Tech
Michael Nuciforo

t's over. Thank heavens. Finally we can begin to forget those terrible four letter acronyms. Last week the ACTA bill followed the same sorry path to the rubbish bin as its American cousins SOPA and PIPA. It was the ultimate battle between good and evil...and good won...no evil did...well, somebody won?

World Wide War: Who Would Control the Internet?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

If someone asks a novo techie about the 'future of internet', he would only dream of seamless possibilities that internet can offer. However, this opinion may be in stark contrast to that of one of the world's best known and seasoned techies, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google.

UK Government Snooping Plan Could Break EU Laws

Telegraph | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Tech

New surveillance plans could breach European data protection laws, experts have warned, in a further blow to the Government's controversial proposals....

Online Message Board Proposes Crowd-Sourced Internet Censorship Law

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK Tech

The message board Reddit has released the first draft of a crowd-sourced bill to protect internet freedom. The 'act' is intended as an alternative ...

Melanie Hick

ACTA Could Turn Web Users To The Dark Web

HuffingtonPost.com | Melanie Hick | Posted 17.02.2012 | UK Tech

We use social media, shopping sites and news sites everyday, and maybe even make sur to turn on safe search when we're on Google. But lurking bene...

Protectionism Only Serves to Stifle Innovation

Sara Kelly | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Tech
Sara Kelly

First there was the Digital Economy Act, then there was SOPA and its counterpart PIPA, and now there's the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA. Or rather, little did we know that before the Digital Economy Act was a twinkle in Peter Mandelson's eye, negotiations for ACTA were already underway.

Top Things You Need To Know About The Acta Protests

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK Tech

Protesters against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) took to the streets of Europe on Sunday to protest the act which aims to streamline ...

January (Baby) Blues

Marlon Roudette | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home
Marlon Roudette

Lana Del Rey was sitting behind me on my flight to Berlin this morning. I can empathise with being thrust into the spotlight before you've had a chance to catch yourself. Trying to grow as an artist and a person under intense scrutiny is a nightmare. Some people seem desperate to label her as a fake. Why can't it just be a good tune sung by a beautiful girl?

The Indie Rap Economics of SOPA

MC Lars | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
MC Lars

If the internet were compromised or regulated to the point where the 13% of my traditional digital income (from iTunes, Spotify, and others) were to disappear, it could likely mean that people would turn to getting my music for free, which would then mean that I would need more ticket and t-shirt sales in order to maintain my income level. (My income, by the way, covers my expenses, taxes, and health insurance, and that's it.)

How Not to Fight Online Piracy: US Government Paranoia May Stifle the Internet at its Most Crucial Time

Matthew Hussey | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

The start of 2012 hasn't been smooth sailing for the internet and its users. First up, the US government attempted to introduce the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as a way of protecting US citizens' intellectual property on the internet. Most worrying, out of America's attempts to legitimise US companies attempts at suing individuals - the EU has now signed up to a similar bill.

Michael Rundle

Pirate Bay Hosts Physical Objects - And Violates Games Workshop Copyright?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Tech

File-sharing website The Pirate Bay is for the first time hosting downloadable plans of 3D objects, which can be automatically printed at home with th...

Global Torrent Site Panic

Torrent Freak | Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Tech

In the wake of last week's Megaupload shutdown, some of the biggest names in the market are taking drastic action. During the last 48 hours many sites...

Imagine a World Without Bloggers

Mina Zaher | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Tech
Mina Zaher

'Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge' - This was the slogan at the top of Wikipedia's blackout page during their SOPA and PIPA protest. And since then, proposals for both bills have been temporarily halted in an unmistakable response to the internet's outcry last week.

Why SOPA Is a Reaction, Not a Solution

Jade Lane | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Tech
Jade Lane

The internet is in crisis. Wikipedia closed their doors to visitors last Wednesday, in protest at SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and in an almost perfectly-timed, plot-twist-shocker, the US Authorities pulled the plug on file-sharing hub MegaUpload.

New Zealand Arrests Over Megaupload Shutdown

Melanie Hick | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Tech

New Zealand Police have arrested the founder of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, on his birthday in his multi-million dollar mansion. Stuff.co.nz reports t...

New Zealand Police Website Shutdown Following Megaupload Arrests

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Tech

The New Zealand police website was shutdown on January 20 2012, following the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. It is not known whether the...

Anonymous Retaliation Hack Attack On Department Of Justice

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 20.01.2012 | UK Tech

Hacker group Anonymous has shutdown the websites of the US Department of Justice, the FBI, the Record Industry Association of America, the Motion Pict...

MPAA Criticises the SOPA Blackout Protests - Here's Why It Was Wrong to Do So

Ross Jones-Morris | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Ross Jones-Morris

Yesterday, Wikipedia along with many, many other websites partook in the 'blackout' protests against new internet piracy guidelines and acts being discussed in the American House of Representatives and the Senate.

What Happened To Wikipedia In The Blackout?

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Tech

Despite its SOPA protest blackout on 18 January 2012, Wikipedia was still one of the most visited websites in the UK during "the best online protest i...

SOPA Supporters Back Down

BBC | Melanie Hick | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Tech

Eight US lawmakers have withdrawn their support for anti-piracy laws, after "blackout" protests on thousands of internet sites....

Do Record Labels Use YouTube to Unfairly Make Money Out of Unsigned Musicians?

Matt Keil | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Tech
Matt Keil

As good as the content ID system is for musicians, it can make mistakes - it is technology after all. Google have a dispute system in place for videos that have been mis-identified which should resolve any potential issues... shouldn't it?

The Victims of SOPA: Fans and the Globalised Fandom

Selina Wilken | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Selina Wilken

Forming communities that transcend age, social status and physical location are such a beautiful thing, and one of the ways in which the internet has changed the world for the better. How, then, could the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill destroy the fandom utopia?

How SOPA Will Affect the World of Web Video

Jonathan Heath | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Tech
Jonathan Heath

Think of all the amazing things that web video can do whether it is making you laugh, keeping you informed, encouraging your opinion, testing your beliefs, making you listen, giving you advice and numerous others. These are now all under threat thanks to SOPA.