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Web inventor Berners-Lee shoots down CISPA

Web inventor Berners-Lee shoots down CISPA

This week the inventor of the internet Tim Berners-Lee spoke on several subjects involving data sharing on the web - perhaps most important of all on CISPA, a bill currently up for review in Washington. We've spoken about CISPA before - also known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and have gotten some positive and very negative feedback on it from you, the readers, and groups like Facebook - who say it's great. Berners-Lee, generally considered an expert on how the web works since he invented it, after all, is worried about the bill's implications.

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Wikipedia’s Wales takes stand on privacy and web freedom

Wikipedia’s Wales takes stand on privacy and web freedom

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has spoken out on privacy, online lobbying and social media, taking hypocritical employers to task and predicting that internet pay-walls will actually improve journalism today. Speaking as part of the New Thinkers Index - a Microsoft Advertising-led project - Wales laid out his top five predictions for the future of social media, arguing that online lobbying such as seen over SOPA will increasingly force politicians and lawmakers to be accountable.

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Facebook defends CISPA with talk of protection

Facebook defends CISPA with talk of protection

Just like SOPA, Facebook has responded to the growing concerns rising around an internet "security" bill presented to the House of Representatives this week - only this time they're taking the opposite stance. If you'll recall, SOPA (and its twin PIPA) were bills that allowed the US Government to effectively shut down any website it saw illegally sharing content - this set of bills was much too broad and were relatively quickly axed amid a giant bit of outcry on the part of the greater web. Now that CISPA has arrived, Facebook is seeing things differently.

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Netflix political action committee is formed

Netflix political action committee is formed

Anyone who doubts the significant impact that Netflix has had on this country, in everything from society to Hollywood to consumer electronics, allow me to introduce FLIXPAC. The video streaming company Netflix is now such a staple in American media that it has formed its own political action committee (PAC), allowing it to have its voice heard more strongly in political matters, potentially before they hit the floor of  Congress.

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Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

This year's Mobile World Congress has turned out to have more than a couple surprises, and the highly quotable Eric Schmidt is no exception to the rule this week in the Google keynote address. Speaking to the entire world via webcast as well as an audience of press and mobile enthusiasts alike on not just the state of the mobile world today, but the future in which the developing world will be utterly changed for the better by a web-connected community. In addition, both privacy and the most recent release for Android by Google: Google Chrome, were touched upon by both Schmidt and Android's Hugo Barra.

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Facebook loses massive lobbying support

Facebook loses massive lobbying support

Of the four major lobbying groups that Facebook has hired to lobby in Washington on its behalf, three have severed their ties with the social networking site. Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock; the Glover Park Group; and TeleMedia Policy Group have all walked away from the money Facebook was throwing their way to give the site a voice in Congress, citing "conflict" concerns, according to a recent Politico report.

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Reddit storm imminent after UK Pirate Bay judgement

Reddit storm imminent after UK Pirate Bay judgement

This week the British High Court has ruled that The Pirate Bay website and its users have been and continue to engage in "large-scale copyright infringement", this very possibly leading to a requirement that UK internet providers ban the site outright soon. Should your website "actively promote copyright infringement" you may be facing the same fate in the near future as so-called piracy continues to be an issue throughout the western world amid crackdowns on sites such as Megaupload for uploading and sharing media illegally.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 31, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 31, 2012

We're going to start seeing leaked and/or pre-released information about Mobile World Congress 2012 pretty soon, folks, and the flood does begin right here in ernest with a rather intimate look at the HTC Ville with Sense 4.0. We've got a report that iPhone 5 will be rolling out with NFC for the masses to pay their bills. And for your third completely unrelated news bit to start the morning off right: that conversation the president had with us on Google+ ended up speaking about SOPA - as if it's not already dead.

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Poland’s politicians don Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes masks in anti-piracy protest

Poland’s politicians don Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes masks in anti-piracy protest

Polish politicians donned Guy Fawkes masks in parliament this week, in protest of a SOPA-style anti-piracy agreement signed by the government. Members of the leftwing Palikot's Movement produced apparently home-made masks - popularized by comic-turned-film V for Vendetta and now largely associated with hack-collective Anonymous - to show their disdain for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) the AP reports.

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FBI seeks to track Social Media en masse

FBI seeks to track Social Media en masse

There's a brand new job alert out there this week, engineers and developers, and you should hop right on it if you want to help the FBI work on a tool which will provide them with an "Open Source and social media alert, mapping, and analysis application solution." What I want to do right now is, in a very basic way, debunk how this situation will almost certainly be blown out of proportion by the same crew of people that ultimately (and thankfully) took down the SOPA and PIPA bills. This tool, if I'm to trust the job offer I'm reading here from the Federal Business Opportunities website, is not going to be hacking into your personal or secured information in any way. Instead it will be a mass organization and search tool for the FBI to keep track of all social and open source sites on the internet at all times.

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