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Four short links: 7 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 7, 2014

Pebble Gets App Store (ReadWrite Web) — as both Pebble and MetaWatch go after the high-end watch market. Wearables becoming more than a nerd novelty. Thinking About the Network as Filter (JP Rangaswami) — Constant re-openings of the same debate …

Judith Krug: heroine of libraries, Internet, PATRIOT Act resistance

By Andy Oram
April 19, 2009

Consider giving a donation to your local public library this week in honor of Judith Krug, whose death at the age of 69 was announced this morning. Krug defended libraries and the Internet from censorship, and advised librarians how to protect their patrons from government spying on their reading habits.

Copyright activists criticize Hollywood-backed clause in stimulus package

By Andy Oram
February 11, 2009

I refer without comment to the alert Say No to Copyright Filtering in Broadband Stimulus, put out by the public-interest group Public Knowledge.

The wiretapping accusation against P2P and copyright filtering: evidence that we need more user/provider discussion

By Andy Oram
May 24, 2008

Celebrated law expert Paul Ohm suggests that cable companies and other ISPs might be breaking the federal wiretap law by doing deep packet inspection. But the same kinds of deep inspection that Ohm decries is also used for spam and virus filtering. On the other hand, I wonder whether web mail services such as Hotmail, Yahoo! and Google would be guilty of wiretapping if they check traffic. These dilemma suggest to me that the relationship between ISPs (or mail service providers) and customers has to change, and perhaps that the wiretap statute has to adapt.

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