In their efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic, governments around the world are rolling out body-worn devices (“wearables”) to assist in fighting the virus. Some governments want a technological silver bullet to solve the public health crisis. But many of the tools aimed at solving problems come with a host of other problems that will undermine the public health goals for which they are adopted, and create new unintended consequences for privacy, association, and freedom of expression. →
By John Vibes
The censorship-free alternative media platform Minds went down temporarily on Thursday, but came back online shortly after. When the site came back online, representatives of Minds say that the outage was a result of over 200,000+ new people signing up for the site one the same day. A large number of sign-ups were from Thailand, where increased internet censorship has forced users from mainstream platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
“Yesterday we saw 200,000+ new users. We are thrilled to provide privacy, internet freedom and digital rights for Thai netizens. This is exactly the reason Minds exists,” Minds CEO Bill Ottman said in a statement. →
‘Free Speech’ Becomes ‘Hate Speech’ If You Dare Questioning: Vaccines, Transgenderism, Chemtrails, GMOs or Big Pharma
(Humans Are Free) Now that World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has announced a new “Contract for the Web” that he says will serve as “a road map to build a better web,” many are asking themselves: What’s to become of online free speech as we enter the year 2020? →
Read more & video: “Jordan Peterson: Free Speech & the Right to Offend” (2:52) via — Humans Are Free
(Natural News) Under the guise of protecting “digital rights,” World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has launched a “Contract for the Web” that calls for an end to the “misuse” of the internet by governments, companies and individuals.
Endorsed by Google, Microsoft and Facebook, as well as by the governments of France, Germany and Ghana, Berners-Lee’s Contract for the Web emphasizes the “need” for stronger laws and regulations to create “a road map to build a better web.” →
The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world. This report covers news and events from July 20 – August 9, 2019.
Journalists working online across the globe face legal threats all too often. While state authorities will sometimes press charges against journalists in direct response to their work, other times they will pursue a criminal case or accusation against a journalist without explicit reference to the person’s reporting, accusing them of crimes like tax evasion. Here are a few recent examples from Cuba to Cambodia and beyond.
By Aaron Kesel
WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange has been charged under The Espionage Act on 17 new counts in a superseding indictment for his role in obtaining and publishing classified military and diplomatic documents prior to his extradition hearing on May 30th, Reuters reported.
Read more & videos: “LIVE: Wikileaks Editor in chief holds press briefing on Assange’s “new criminal case” (1:02:46) ; “Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mairead Maguire, accepts GUE/NGL Prize on behalf of Julian Assange” (10:24) ; “Daniel Ellsberg On Assange Arrest: The Beginning of the End For Press Freedom” (21:12) via Death Of Press Freedoms? Julian Assange Charged Under The Espionage Act On 17 Counts —
An estimated 5,000 people braved freezing temperatures in Berlin on March 2 to protest a proposed EU copyright rule that could radically shift the dynamics of posting and sharing content online.
The latest draft of the EU Copyright Directive would require internet platforms like YouTube to install “upload filters” — a technical mechanism that would block users from uploading copyright-protected content, effectively imposing a system of “prior censorship” on major internet and social media platforms.
An estimated 5,000 people gathered in Berlin on March 2 to protest a proposed EU copyright rule that could radically shift the dynamics of posting and sharing content online.
Among other provisions, Article 13 of the draft EU Copyright Directive would require internet platforms like YouTube to install “upload filters” — a technical mechanism that would block users from uploading copyright-protected content, effectively imposing a system of “prior censorship” on major internet and social media platforms.
The protest was part of a series of gatherings that will culminate in European Union-wide protests on March 23, netzpolitik.org reported.
Read more & Music video: “WILLBOY – WIR SIND KEINE BOTS ❌ (Artikel 13 Demosong) prod. KYA” (3:08) ‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, Thousands Protest Proposed EU Regulation on Internet Upload Filters —
By Aaron Kesel
Protests all over Europe have been planned by Anonymous, as well as activists and politicians behind Pirate Parties International (PPI) for March 23rd, to fight against copyright companies and EU bureaucrats seeking to destroy the Internet with their proposed upload filter and link tax, (Article 11 and Article 13.) Meanwhile, the Bureaucrats are trying to push the vote before there is wide-scale outrage for their proposals for the Internet.