Bonum Certa Men Certa

The Right to Assemble, Fundamental Rights of Ownership, and Many Other Rights Are Under Attack

Are we still human? Or just numbers on a system somewhere?

Summary: Techrights will be dealing a lot more with erosion of what people have come to assume were "rights" (real rights, such as human rights, labour rights, not copy "rights" or patent "rights"); when rights are reduced to rubble the long-term consequences are severe, shows history

A COUPLE OF HOURS ago we released the second episode of TechBytes (for this season). Coming up next is a bunch of Met memoirs and those merit many future episodes, especially in light of 'police state' creeping in fast, with new and oppressive laws being rushed through...

Music BabylonThe United Kingdom (UK) isn't particularly unique in that regard. Under the veil of national health crisis each and every nation took some personal liberties away, sometimes for unjustifiable purposes and reasons.

At the moment, there are also interesting developments around ownership of games (with Atari/MAME you at least keep the media, e.g. binaries, cassettes), ownership of software, and general control over both games and software. Consider Valve DRM and Stadia games, Microsoft monopoly (now they just offer 'passes', not binaries), DRM integrated into gaming consoles, and all sorts of other 'developments' which curtail rights of ownership...

Where are we going with all this? Are people being reduced to mere tenants? Universally?

One WayThose of us who still talk about these issues (or are being talked down on) are likely to become more vocal. The urgency grows. RMS, who was undermined by corporate shills donning an "open source" hat (open 'core', openwashing etc.), is going to speak tomorrow. It'll be a virtual talk in the UK. I've met RMS several times in the UK and he seems to like the country, albeit he's really concerned about authoritarianism creeping/settling in. This isn't the same UK he knew decades ago. Nowadays, in London at least, you cannot even go on a subway or a bus without giving your identity. You cannot pay cash and hop aboard. They don't allow that anymore. But here in Manchester it's still possible to pay with cash for public transport, albeit other issues have surfaced during lock-downs. Basically, they're trying to compel people to get "apps" (i.e. purchase so-called 'phones') and in some places it's no longer possible to pay with cash, not even for a bottle of water or a little piece of pastry.

Technology has a lot to do with all this. As noted above, a lot of that boils down to digital payments, subscriptions, Internet connection and so on. The Web has many issues as well. As somebody put it a few hours ago: "Today we have what I term the "HTTP monster". A handful of oligarchs have now ceased [sic] the whole of the internet, have turned it into government spying shit, the telemetry is out of hand and propaganda is the norm."

"Where are we going with all this? Are people being reduced to mere tenants? Universally?"Technology can be a force for good, but it also poses a risk to human rights (on many levels). In our articles and podcast (or "audiocast" as we prefer to call it; "pod" is a misleading term) we intend to explore this issue again and again. Tim has a lot of experience in that area, so his insights are invaluable.

As for myself, I have seen many examples of human and labour rights being crushed at the EPO. That helps put things in perspective.

Recent Techrights' Posts

[Meme] Clergy of GNU/Linux (Corporations Like IBM)
Volunteers as powerless "followers" of companies that "harvest" their labour
Helping Microsoft 'Hijack' Developers (to Make Them Work for Microsoft, Not the Competition)
VS Code is proprietary spyware of Microsoft. Jack Wallen keeps promoting its use.
Enrico Zini, Mattia Rizzolo, Plagiarism & Debian
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
There Will Be Lots More Apple Layoffs (Already Years in the Making)
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Latest SUEPO (Staff Union of EPO) Report For The Hague Reveals EPO Does Not Obey Court Orders, Refuses to Allow Workers to Freely Talk to One Another
working in a place where communication itself is restricted
[Meme] The Oppression Will Continue Until EPO 'Quality' Improves
wonder why EPO morale is so low?
Over at Tux Machines...
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Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Links 28/02/2024: Many War Updates and Censorship
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IRC is far from dead
[Meme] Just Make Him Happy
Y U no produce more monopolies?
End of a Long February
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New Pension Scheme (NPS) at the European Patent Office Explained at the General Assembly
Investing in the future, or...
Donald Trump & FSFE Matthias Kirschner election denial
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Over at Tux Machines...
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IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
IRC logs for Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Links 27/02/2024: PlayStation Layoffs and More Oppressive New Laws for Hong Kong
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They're Adding Warnings Now: The Site "It's FOSS" is Not FOSS
It's better that they at least explicitly state this
Links 27/02/2024: Nevada Versus End-To-End Encryption, Birmingham Bankrupt
Links for the day
End of an Era
The Web isn't just filled with marketing spam but actual disinformation
[Meme] Onboarding New EPO Staff
You read the patent application and grant within hours
The Legacy Prolific Writers Leave Behind Them
"Free Software Credibility Index" after more than 15 years
The Ongoing Evolutionary Process of News-Reading (or News-Finding) on the World Wide Web
it gets worse
Phoronix in Google News
congratulating or welcoming Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (E.E.E.)
Google Fired Many Employees Working on Google News (Which Had Deteriorated and Became Gulag Noise, Littered and Gamed by Blogspam, Plagiarism, and Chatbot/Translator-Generated Spew), Now Comes the Likely 'Phase-out'
No wonder many yearn for the days of DMOZ and Web directories in general
IRC Proceedings: Monday, February 26, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, February 26, 2024
Over at Tux Machines...
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"It's Obvious There's No Future For Any of Us from Blizzard at Microsoft"
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[Meme] Who's the Boss?
"I thought EPC governed the Office"
Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP) at the EPO and Why Workers' Salary is Actually Decreasing Each Year (Currency Loses Its Purchasing Power)
outline and update on a years-old blunder
Exposed: FSFE, Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW), Legal Network & Modern Slavery
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock