Next week the European Union’s JURI committee will decide the fate of the Internet in the EU. If the lobbyists for the big publishers have their way, every website will be forced to pay a tax for every link to news content on the web. Added to that, they want to force sites to install "censorship machines" to filter and block uploaded content.1 This will hamper or outright break every site and service based in the EU, which means that the impact will be seen by Internet users all over the world. That’s why the OpenMedia community, along with our partners and other organisations across Europe,2 are making one last urgent push to Save the Link and stop censorship machines. Just 9 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will decide,3 so we’re tweeting them to tell them the choice is clear. Today, June 12, is the day of action across Europe to #SaveYourInternet. If these laws pass, it will be the end of smaller Internet operators in Europe. The automated content-filtering technology the lawmakers are demanding will be hideously expensive, and will not be nearly as accurate as they claim. The link tax is an unprecedented assault on the free and open web: it goes to the heart of what makes the Internet so powerful — the free sharing of information. Even if you’re not directly represented by one of these 9 MEPs, they are deciding on a law that will affect all of us, in Europe and around the world. SEND A MESSAGE TO THESE 9 MEPs NOW: https://savethelink.org/tweet-your-mep-saveyourinternet?src=162696 It doesn’t matter if you’re from a country represented by one of the 9 MEPs or not; we all need to stand together to put a stop to this dangerous and destructive proposal. Send a tweet to an MEP today and tell them to SaveYourInternet. After years of delays and debate, we’re at the critical point now. We can’t let up. Too much depends on this. Let’s take over the Internet today and make it a day the deciding MEPs can never forget. Yours for the open web, Dave, for the team at OpenMedia P.S A tweet will take just a minute or two of your time, but will reach the people making this crucial decision. Send a tweet today. If you don’t use Twitter, you can email the MEPs here too: https://savethelink.org/tweet-your-mep-saveyourinternet?src=162696 Footnotes 1. Article 13 could "destroy the internet as we know it": What is it, why is it controversial and what will it mean for memes? http://www.alphr.com/politics/1009470/article-13-EU-what-is-it-copyright 2. Save Your Internet. https://saveyourinternet.eu/ 3. Copyright JURI MEPs undecided. https://edri.org/files/Copyright_JURI_MEPs_undecided.pdf
As I am part of the team that run the Torbay Pi Raspberry Pi jam. This is a call out for anyone who would like to either do a demonstration or do a talk at a future pi jam,.
So, If you would like to do a talk or demo or can help in other ways please get in touch,
German Government Warns Not to Use Windows 8- Links NSA to Your Computer
This was posted to the dclug list and has been posted here to the groups blog
What this needs is verification via a 2nd and ideally 3rd source, all good research uses several sources for information.
Makes interesting reading.
In the meantime
Just switch, There has been claims for years (well before 9/11) that there is a back door for the NSA in Windows, so it seems that this rumour is now coming back but this time there is more evidence for it being there, without the source code to windows and independent checks we will never know and MS are hardly going to hand over their source code any time soon to independent checkers.
An interesting article by Tim Berners-Lee on Internet freedom:-
Given recent press coverage of internet dangers the following may be of interest