Date archives "December 2011"

Mozilla releases Learning, Freedom & the Web (e)book

Source: Timothy Vollmer – CC Anya Kamenetz and Mozilla have released a great book called Learning, Freedom & the Web. It details many of the activities and ideas generated at Mozilla’s eponymous festival held last year, “a 500 person meta-hackfest that took place in a Barcelona city square,” says Ben Moskowitz from Mozilla. The book… Continue reading

Occupy Demographics and Political Participation Survey

Source: OccupyResearch Survey Team Quick links Take the survey online: Download the survey guide: Background: The OccupyResearch network is pleased to launch this exciting survey, which aims to create a better understanding of who engages with the Occupy movement, and how — it includes questions about media, communication, political activities, and more. The… Continue reading

Former Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito on the battles faced by CC licensing

Source: Katie Scott – Wired This article forms part of’s Creative Commons Week, which sees a range of articles published on the topics of CC licensing, as well as the past, present and future of the Creative Commons movement. Creative Commons is like a social network, claims Joi Ito, the organisation’s former CEO and… Continue reading

Open Source Ecology: Can open source save the planet?

Source: Rohan Pearce (Techworld Australia) Ambitious open source projects are nothing new. After all, the free software movement started with the GNU project — the creation of free tools to build a free operating system — which at one point many would have considered an impossible dream. However, the participants in the Open Source Ecology… Continue reading

TIME names “The Protester” 2011 Person of the Year

Source: Xeni Jardin – BoingBoing In TIME magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year issue, this cover by artist Shepard Fairey, portraits of more than 50 protestors from around the world, and an essay by Kurt Andersen: Massive and effective street protest’ was a global oxymoron until-suddenly, shockingly-starting exactly a year ago, it became the defining… Continue reading

EU to Give Secret Anti-censorship Software to Human Rights Activists

Source: Jennifer Baker, IDG News The European Union plans to distribute new software to help human rights activists and dissidents in authoritarian regimes circumvent censorship. Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced the “No Disconnect Strategy” on Monday to provide support to Internet users, bloggers and cyberactivists living in countries with poor track records on human… Continue reading

Legal Scholars Release Critical Analysis of U.S. Proposals for Intellectual Property and Pharmaceutical Chapters of the Trans Pacific Partnership

Source: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2011 CONTACTS Sean Flynn: 202-294-5749 | [email protected] Brook Baker: 617-259-0760 | [email protected] Margot Kaminski: [email protected] As trade officials from nine countries meet in Malaysia for the tenth round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, a report released today by legal scholars analyses the U.S. proposals for chapters on intellectual… Continue reading

UNESCO Introduces Global Open Access Portal

Source: Mike Palmedo The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently announced the creation of a portal that “presents a current snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information around the world. For countries that have been more successful implementing Open Access, the portal highlights critical success factors and aspects of… Continue reading