piracy
Music Industry Wants the UK’s Upcoming Internet Safety Laws to Deal With Piracy

For the past few years the government has made it clear it wants a more active hand in the internet. Whether it's adding age verification gates to content unsuitable for under 18s (like porn), demanding social networks tackle hate speech and extremism more effectively, or simply to make using the internet "safer" - whatever that actually means. Read More >>

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The Government Wants to Introduce Internet Safety Laws in “the Next Couple of Years”

Last year the government revealed that there were plans in motion to make the UK "the safest place in the world to go online". Now Digital Secretary Matt Hancock has announced he wants a white paper to be drafted later this year so those rules can be put into effect "in the next couple of years". Read More >>

books
The Communist Manifesto Gets a Comic Adaptation That’s Both Nightmarish and Timely

As widely regarded as Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto is, it can be easy to forget that the scathing, seminal critique of capitalism and the bourgeoisie was hurriedly written over the course of a few days after months of procrastination. Read More >>

politics
Bloc-Voting, Backstabbing and Brexit: What Do Eurovision Voting Patterns Tell Us?

Half of Europe woke up last Sunday morning with a pounding hangover and a dim memory of a woman clucking like a chicken. This can only mean one thing: Eurovision is back. Read More >>

internet
French Government Seizes France.com Domain, Gets Sued

Ever since the mid-90s, the website 'france.com' has been owned by the same man, French-born US citizen Jean-Noel Frydman. Or at least he did, until the French Foreign Ministry seized the domain following a lawsuit. So he's suing. Read More >>

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The EU Wants to Force Amazon and Netflix to Stream More European Content

The EU seems to be a fan of going after big tech companies, especially when it comes to streaming. Recently it implemented rules that meant streaming services had to give customers access to their home catalogue while travelling within the EU, and now it's working on rules that say at least 30 per cent of available content has to be of European origin. Read More >>

piracy
French Minister is Calling for a National Blacklist to Block Streaming Piracy

Governments have been tackling torrent-based piracy for years, trying to come up with ways to penalise repeat offenders and stop them downloading content they haven't paid for. These days piracy is less about the torrents and more about the streaming, which makes it a lot harder for anti-piracy types to catch offenders. So they need to get creative, and after France was criticised for seemingly not doing enough to combat piracy Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, wants to tackle the problem with a national blacklist. Read More >>

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Lords Warn Brexit Will Screw UK Space Ambitions, Making it Harder to Leave This Godawful Place

The government (and the one before it) have been planning for Britain's spacefaring future for some time now, what with the plans to build a spaceport and the recent passing of the Space Industry Bill. While those plans are great, as are the predictions that they'll bring lots of money to the UK economy, the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee has warned there's a looming problem that will screw with those plans. It's Brexit. Read More >>

politics
Jeremy Corbyn Reminds Everyone That He Wants to Give Us Four More Bank Holidays a Year

In case you didn't know today is St George's Day, the most English day on the calendar that gives people the chance to pull out flags without being accused of racism or supporting our pitiful excuse of a national football team. It's also Shakespeare's birthday, but that's not quite as relevant to this conversation because Jeremy Corbyn has reminded everyone that Labour would totally have let us have today off work if it'd won the general election. Read More >>

music
‘Shut up, Morrissey’ Bags Re-Enter Production

A third run of bags that say what the nation is thinking has entered production, as it seems a huge number of people would like a shopping bag that says "'Shut up, Morrissey" on it, in case they meet the popstar browsing the alternative vegan milks section of their local Waitrose. Read More >>

politics
Government Workers are Stuck Redoing Things No One Can Find or Access

Rubbish old file formats, web sites that weren't backed up, and digital scans of files no one knows how to access are triggering what one research group calls a fall in "institutional memory" within the government, as new generations of staff redo work previously done and lost, deleted, or simply left inaccessible by technology's march and the man with the password retiring and taking the proprietary cable with him. Read More >>

privacy
The Information Commissioner Thinks Data Protection Rules Are Slowing Her Down

Next month the entire EU, which still includes us, will implement the General Data Protection Regulation, which will bolster existing data protection laws and give users more control over what data is stored on them. These rules are going to affect the job of the Information Commissioner's Office, which is responsible for upholding public information rights, but the Commissioner herself feels current rules are slowly down her office's progress. Read More >>

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EU Considering Scrapping Voluntary Social Media Code of Conduct After Losing Trust in Facebook

The EU has been pushing at social media companies to tackle hate speech for a very long time, especially in the face of companies that are seemingly disinterested in tackling the problem quickly and effectively. Until now everything was governed by a voluntary code of conduct on how to deal with the problem, but following the loss of trust in Facebook with the Cambridge Analytica scandal the EU is considering implementing actual legislation and heavy sanctions for the non-compliant. Read More >>

internet
The Mostly Online ‘Space Kingdom’ of Asgardia Attempts Democracy

The self-proclaimed “space kingdom” of Asgardia is currently limited to a glitchy website and a satellite orbiting the Earth about the size of a loaf of bread. But Asgardia wants to be much more than just another micronation: It aims to join the United Nations and eventually send its citizens to lower Earth orbit where they will live on habitable platforms and defend the planet from “space threats” like asteroids and solar flares. All of this is supposed to happen after Asgardia establishes a parliament from the more than 180,000 people who have registered online as Asgardian citizens, a lax process that in practice requires little more than filling out basic personal details and accepting Asgardia’s constitution. Read More >>

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How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s US Senate Testimony Live on YouTube, Facebook, and VR

Mark Zuckerberg is on the hot seat today. The billionaire CEO of Facebook will testify on America's Capitol Hill about the privacy scandals that have rocked his company, including the theft of data from over 87 million Facebook users by the political research firm Cambridge Analytica. Read More >>