Tag: EU

by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Mexico’s legislature considered — and then quickly shelved — a cybercrime bill that critics labeled “the worst Internet law in history.” The Law for the Prevention and Punishment of Information Crimes was drafted by Senator […] more »

by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. In Egypt, many users reported this week that they could not use voice calling features on Skype, WhatsApp or Viber. Technology consultant and digital activist Amr Gharbeia has been tracking these developments and interviewing users across […] more »

by Jean-Paul Marthoz

It all went very fast. On August 4, Germany’s chief federal prosecutor, Harald Range, was ordered by Justice Minister Heiko Maas to withdraw an independent expert from the investigation of two journalists from Netzpolitik. The investigator had concluded that leaked documents quoted by the news website amounted to a disclosure of a state secret, one of […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Digital readers have added new dimension to world of fiction (Sara Keating / Irish Times) 2. How e-books may disrupt your sleep (Nicholas Bakalar / New York Times) 3. Copyright law to be amended in Japan to combat e-book piracy (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 4. 2015 book publishing industry predictions (Mark Coker / […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Authors United may not want to admit it, but most books are consumer goods like any other (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 2. EU court rules libraries can make e-books without publisher permission (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 3. Getting the facts right on publishers and e-books (Jeremy Greenfield / Digital Book World) 4. Self-hosting […] more »

by Leandro Oliva

The best stories of the week from across the web on e-books and self-publishing. 1. E-books are tracking your reading habits (Deutsche Welle) 2. Apple agreement with the European Union would allow lower Amazon e-book prices (CS Monitor) 3. Digital self-publishing platform Blurb expands to offer magazines and brochures (Wired) 4. Moglue lets authors create and publish interactive […] more »

by Mark Glaser

The best stories across the web on media and technology 1. Why does Silicon Valley lack diversity? (TechCrunch) 2. EU Commissioner: “The millions of dollars invested trying to enforce copyright have not stemmed piracy” (TorrentFreak) 3. The symbol of adulthood for teenagers is no longer the car. It’s the smartphone. (New York Times) 4. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority bans “rude” text messages (The Guardian) […] more »

by Maxence Peniguet

The social network platform Twitter broke the one billion tweets barrier as it celebrated its fifth anniversary in March of this year. Since October of 2010, the European Council and its President Herman Van Rompuy have contributed to this record result. Twitter gives politicians a chance to better connect with their voters. Political institutions have […] more »

by Emma Brewin

A new site, Brussels Leaks, modeled after WikiLeaks, launched out of the blue last Thursday to much excitement in the European capital and the Twittersphere. This follows the announcement of OpenLeaks, a spin-off from WikiLeaks from former workers there. But Brussels Leaks doesn’t plan to run the documents that are leaked to it, but rather […] more »

by Clothilde Le Coz

Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission announced it was seeking public input on draft rules that would codify and supplement existing Internet openness principles. This was another chapter in the ongoing “Net neutrality” debate. On one hand, the White House was calling for a “free and open Internet” and endorsed a bill called the […] more »