I’ve been writing quite a bit about the dangers of ACTA recently. Just look at my tag cloud to see how big ACTA has become! I do that because I fear for our future should ACTA become a reality. Fortunately, it’s not just me who is spreading the word. I came across an excellent explanation about why ACTA can’t be trusted right here, from the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party. This makes for excellent and scary reading. A Dutch translation may be found here. Continue reading “The only thing you need to know about ACTA…”
A number of people are organizing an Anti-ACTA protest in The Netherlands on
February 4 February 11. It is high time people hold a visual protest here. The protest is in Amsterdam on Dam Square. So…who will be there?
In other news, in Poland, large protests are being held and even members of the Polish parliament don the “V for Vendetta” mask, as used by the Occupy movement and Anonymous. Seems like the message is spreading!
This post has been updated because the Anti-ACTA protest has been rescheduled for February 11, because Dam square in Amsterdam was already occupied on February 4. February 11 is the date of the international ACTA protests, so that coincides well. If you are at all concerned about your rights, be there!
The dangers of eroding privacy
We are living in an age where information is fast becoming the most important commodity. This has created a new class of poor people. Apart from the ‘have-nots’ we now also have the ‘know-nots’, people who are not privy to certain types of information. Because information is so valuable, lots of companies, agencies and governments are doing their utmost to get their hands on our data. I recently did a little survey of my own situation and I came to the conclusion that there are well over 120 separate entities who have some kind of information about me. These are just the entities that I am aware of, of course. There may be many more that I am not immediately aware of, like marketing companies, stores, publishers and last but not least: government agencies. Continue reading “The dangers of eroding privacy”
Yesterday, the FBI took down file hosting service Megaupload.com, for suspected copyright infringement. Why wait for ACTA to become a reality when you can jump the gun, right? Also, this case proves that ACTA is not necessary to act against sites suspected of copyright infringement. Today, it seems Anonymous is up in arms against the FBI and plenty of organizations that support or want ACTA. Most of their sites are down. Here is the “official” announcement by Anonymous. As far as you can make official announcements when you have no membership and no spokesperson, of course. Continue reading “FBI takes down Megaupload, Anonymous takes down FBI”
Wikipedia is blacking out pages, to make users aware of the dangers of SOPA/PIPA (The US counterpart of ACTA). Support them!