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Omg that Pelosi letter. 🔥🔥🔥

He’ll need to explained to him a few times before he understands she just whacked him with a cast iron pan, though. So no rage tweeting till, what, 3 am?

#news #politics

Omg that Pelosi letter. 🔥🔥🔥

He’ll need to explained to him a few times before he understands she just whacked him with a cast iron pan, though. So no rage tweeting till, what, 3 am?

#news #politics

Elections have consequences 🙂
#news #currentevents #politics

Twitter: @GovLauraKelly on Twitter (@GovLauraKelly)

Elections have consequences 🙂
#news #currentevents #politics

Twitter: @GovLauraKelly on Twitter (@GovLauraKelly)

Workers are ghosting their employers like bad dates - The Washington Post

Hire and fire works both ways. Employers find that disturbing.

#politics #work #laborlaw

Or to put it more bluntly: why we shouldn't give in to thugs (and the politicians and journalists who legitimise them):
#brexit #UK #EU #politics #protest #thugs

Or to put it more bluntly: why we shouldn't give in to thugs (and the politicians and journalists who legitimise them):
#brexit #UK #EU #politics #protest #thugs

You'll be familiar with the old meme, now updated for Brexit:

"...and if you believe that, I have a ferry service to sell you."

#Brexit #politics #UK #bridge #Seaborne

Laut ORF heißt der Parlamentsklub der Liste Pilz ab jetzt "Jetzt". Ich glaube, da hat sich ein Redakteur folgende Meldung verkneifen müssen:

"Jetzt gab bekannt, dass Jetzt jetzt Jetzt heißt."

Und wann wird die Zukunft zu jetzt? Schon bald…

#austria #politics #idonteven


The EU Copyright Reform - 3 days left to take action

by @CrocoDuck (shared with permission from the author)
Before we dig in, the EU copyright reform will be discussed by the Europarliament on the 20 June 2018. The parliament is split in half: few MEPs could be enough to reject Article 11 and 13. Take action! I mean, if you agree Article 11 and 13 are bad... (Scroll to the end of the post for useful links.)
We have talked at length of Article 11 and , especially, Article 13, which would de-facto mandate the use of content filtering on a vast array of online services [1]. Let's just assume for a second that Article 13 will become reality. Could that mean that, in order to assist many online service providers to stay on business, few corporations could step in and offer content filtering services? The eventual rise of companies providing content filters is a double edged sword. The reason is that by controlling them then contents are controlled. We seen very well how social networks are already factoring in into shaping public opinions and informing voting decisions. Hence, there is a real bad risk in having businesses involved in filtering contents for a profit. The only way this could work would be if they were mandated to be Open Source, and with regular audit, peer reviewed, their performance constantly assessed: the filters operation must be public. Even then, I would really prefer nothing like this existing.

Since censorship machines are complex Machine Learning systems that need extensive investments and research to work at all, never mind properly, the proposal was revisited to exempt non-profit organizations. When exceptions are needed for a law to work properly (i.e. do not kill non-profits or small business) it means that it isn’t written properly. Not to mention, mandating content filtering would essentially mean gifting the entire market to giant corporations which either already have them or can afford to develop them. Something like this goes in the direction of monopoly, which is not really a good direction. Even worse, few countries (France, Italy, Spain and Portugal) are pushing to have content filtering mandatory for every platform, also non-profit ones [2].

Moreover, the proposed exceptions are not that good either. Every platform which is not a non-profit platform on which copyright protected material is uploaded would have to abide to Article 13. Among these platforms we can list: GitHub, GitLab, Launchpad, BitBucket… Open Source software development could be slowed down very significantly by false positives of filters in this regard, as complex nesting of many open source project with different licenses and copyright holders can be very very tricky to filter automatically. This isn’t realistic [3].

On the topic of Open Source: the industry relies on Open Source. Just think about every single scientific experiment running simulations and data processing on Linux clusters, or the fact that all respected machine learning toolboxes are Open Source. Blocking, or slowing down, Open Source means blocking (or slowing down) EU scientific and engineering innovation [5]. We could say that collaborative development might be safe in itself, as version control systems (git, svn, ...) can be self hosted. But this means going back in history of more than 10 years, when developers did not get to know the ecosystem of OSS software well and had quite a significant proportion of their everyday life essentially wasted in maintaining their own servers and manually managing projects. Whilst GitPub [4] could be a solution, we really don’t know if it is a solution good enough to justify a mass transition. Likely, whatever the solution will be, it will have a years long transition time. In the current situation, services like GitHub and the like are essentially allowing developers to take care of the code only, be easily in touch and cooperate seamlessly. A system of individually maintained repos could be a regression with huge productivity drop that will only be compensated for once a federated system can provide the same (if not more) of the advantages of GitHub style services. All of this assuming that there will be the political will to exempt the federated services for real: as a reminder we know that few EU countries would be totally happy to have federated systems not exempted. Finally, I don’t think that, even if workaround exists, we should accept a law which isn’t right or well written or both. Accepting every step backwards might lead us to the day in which we will have to do these things on the dark web. For me, it will be as absurd as going to buy sliced bread during night, dressed as a ninja, covered by the dark, passing only in the side alleys. It would make no sense.

Not to mention, this law has also very little balance: too much power in the hands of who would claim copyright infringement. A good law has to introduce balance. Something like Article 13 cannot be introduced without an effective system for people to defend themselves against unlawful claims, and without a strong system of punishment against unlawful claims. We all seen how utterly rubbish YouTube has been on this in the past. This almost feels like mandating YouTube filters worst mechanics.

There is one last detail: link tax regulation to be implemented differently in each EU state. Recipe for bureaucratic chaos, and de-facto a mandatory imposition on service providers to comply with the strictest one [2].

I am thinking mostly about code share. But the same I could really say about the art side of things. I do believe that all creative endeavours (science, engineering, art) are actually quite blurred together, but that’s another story.

Now, the EU parliament is split in half, and one or two MEPs could be enough to have Article 13 rejected at the vote that will be on the 20 June 2018. If you too feel like this norm is broken, do not hesitate to take action and send your concern directly to your MEPs. EU has a chance be the democracy we need only if we do actually use our voice.

[CrocoDuck] [1]

This is really urgent. It is said that the European Parliament will vote on it on June 20 or 21, and they are the one institution that can still stop this legislation.

You can take action here by contacting members of parliament:

and/or by signing an open letter:

Or directly email your MEPs:

If you have a Twitter account, the site makes it easy to tweet the key people on the committee.
For more info on the EU copyright review itself and resharing it around you can check out the following D* posts:
Copyright reform: can Federation’s greatest strength turn out to be its biggest weakness?
The EU Copyright Reform Again…
EU creating a link tax this month
EU creating a link tax law and forcing an upload filter law this month
Copyright reform: EU states agree on upload filters and ancillary copyright law
Forget GDPR, EU’s New Copyright Proposal Will Be a Disaster for the Internet
Please Save Code Share!
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Censorship machines (Article 13)