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Links 11/05/2022: Update for elementary OS 7 and IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 16

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Its FOSSGood News! Docker Desktop is Now Here for Linux Users

         Docker Desktop for Linux was one of the most requested things on their public roadmap for future development/improvements.

        With Docker Desktop on Linux, you finally get to experience a cross-platform Docker experience without much hassle.

        To mention some highlights, as a developer on Linux desktop, you can now...

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Gemini Radio - Episode 40
      • 381 – Mozilla Does Something Meta – mintCast

        First up in the news: AMD builds brand new Linux graphics driver support and Ubuntu MATE to add native Flatpak support.

        In security and privacy: Arch Linux packages are… outdated? Mozilla does something really Meta, the ‘EARN IT Act’ makes a return, and FLoC was a flop, but Google has some new ideas.

        Then in our Wanderings Joe gets another new to me bike, Norbert defeats distro-hopping, Moss goes international, Josh tells us about running Manjaro, and Bill is truckcasting.

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

        • GamingOnLinuxAMD releases the Radeon RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT and RX 6650 XT

          AMD has today announced the expansion of the Radeon RX 6000 Series, which includes the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, their most powerful card in the family. All while Intel can't even give proper dates for Intel Arc…

        • GamingOnLinuxIntel gives an unclear update on when to expect Intel Arc GPU availability

          Intel are set to fully enter the dedicated GPU game soon with Intel Arc, although we're still in for a bit of a wait. Writing in a fresh blog post, they did their own little Q&A session with Lisa Pearce, Vice President and General Manager for the Visual Compute Group at Intel.

        • [ANNOUNCE] mesa 22.1.0-rc5

          Hi list,

          I'd like to announce mesa 22.1.0-rc5. I've cut another RC because: 1) there are more than 90 commits since rc4 2) I have the flu and don't want to check that all of the issues blocking the release are closed

          As such, I'll plan on 22.1.0 next week, unless something else comes up, or we end up with ~100 patches again.

          Cheers, Dylan

    • Applications

      • 10 Things to Do After Installing Fedora 36 Workstation [With Bonus Tip]

        A list of 10 things that you can perform after installing Fedora 36 Workstation Edition. A curated list just for you. Take a look.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Atlassian Bamboo

         Many of their programs use a number of open source components. And their GitHub repositories hold lots of open source code. But their main range of software is proprietary. This series looks at free and open source alternatives to Atlassian’s products.

        Bamboo is a continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) tool that ties automated builds, tests, and releases in a single workflow.

        Bamboo is proprietary software and not available for Linux. What are the best free and open source alternatives?

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to check the Linux kernel version in CentOS 9 Stream

        Hello, friends. In this very short post, you will learn how to check the Linux kernel version in CentOS 9 Stream.

        Knowing the kernel version in a Linux operating system. This will help you in administrative tasks to know an essential component of the system, such as the kernel.

        To achieve this, it is best to do it via the terminal because we can run it on servers and desktop systems.

      • Linux HintHow to Install CURL in Ubuntu 22.04

        For Linux-based systems such as Ubuntu 22.04, “CURL” is a command-line utility that is used for automating the process of data transfer to or from a web server. It behaves as the backbone for extensive web-based software that is used by millions of people. This lightweight tool permits you to download the information, perform detailed analyses and sort out data on its base.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to install CURL in Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintHow to Install Skype on Ubuntu 22.04 [Ed: This is Microsoft spyware; try Jami instead]

        People all over the world utilize the Skype platform for communicating with their families and friends. This application is also used by several organizations for sending messaging, voice or video group calls, or sharing files with the team members. Skype can operate on all major operating systems, including macOS, Windows, and Linux-based systems such as Ubuntu 22.04.

      • How to Install Fedora 36 Workstation Step by Step

        Good news for fedora users, Fedora 36 operating system has been officially released. This release is for both workstation (Desktop) and servers.

      • How to Install Slack Messaging Tool in Linux

        Slack is a modern, popular, feature-rich, flexible, and secure business communication and collaboration platform. It’s an enterprise-grade tool that ships with numerous features including channels, direct messaging, huddles and clips, and Slack connect for collaboration with external teams.

        In slack, every message is indexed and therefore searchable, a workflow builder allows you to automate routine actions and communications, and file-sharing is supported.

        Another key feature of Slack is its remarkable support for external services and custom apps. It supports integration with well-known services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Office 365, Google Calendar, Twitter, Zoom, and 2200 others.

        Besides, it supports 2-FA, Google SSO (Single Sing-On), SAML-based SSO(that gives members access to Slack through an identity provider (IDP) of your choice), and other security features.

      • Linux HintEnable SSH Server on Debian 11

        SSH is a protocol used to administer a remote computer from the command line. It is widely used to remotely manage Linux desktops and servers.

        This article serves as a guide on how to install the OpenSSH SSH server on Debian 11 and how to configure it. Let’s get started.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Slack on Ubuntu 22.04

        Slack is a real-time collaboration application that permits you to interact with your team members. It is considered an ideal solution for corporations and development teams where it is required to integrate multiple services, hold group meetings, and more. Thanks to Slack’s channels system, which enables its users to define topics or discuss customer issues in one channel while also supporting voice and video calls, and has file-sharing features.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to install Slack on Ubuntu 22.04 using three different methods. So, let’s start!

      • VituxHow to Install vim editor on Debian 11 – VITUX

        Vim is a short form of Vi IMproved. It is an open-source and free tool with a command-line interface and a Graphical User Interface. This article will show you how to install vim editor on Debian 11 using the terminal.

        To get started, you need to open up a terminal with root privileges and update your repositories. Run the following command.

      • OMG UbuntuHow to Disable UI Animations in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS - OMG! Ubuntu!

        For a quick way to make Ubuntu feel faster you can disable desktop animations.

        Better yet, turning animations off in Ubuntu is a guaranteed way to get better performance on older and lower spec’d computers. Desktop effects may be pretty but they often require beefier system resources to run smoothly.

        Of course, desktop animations in Ubuntu —any major end-user OS, at that— serve a purpose. While they can seem over-the-top on occasion they’re not pointless or without merit. Transitions and other effects help make the desktop interface feel more fluid and graceful in use.

      • TecAdminSwitching Display Manager in Ubuntu - GDM, LightDM & SDDM – TecAdmin

        Once the Linux desktop system is started, you see a login window. This is displayed by the Display manager. A display manager is an independent application from the desktop manager. You can install and use any display manager on your system.

        This tutorial will help you to install multiple display managers on the Ubuntu desktop. Also provides you instructions to switch between display managers.

      • UNIX CopHow to install vim on CentOS 9 Stream

        Hello, friends. Today, you will learn how to install vim on CentOS 9 Stream. This text editor presents itself as the perfect balance between power and ease of use as a text editor on the terminal. So let’s take a look at it.

        Vim is a text editor, very famous because it is for the terminal and because it has powerful key combinations, although occasionally, they can get complicated. In short, we are talking about an improved version of the legendary vi editor.

      • Its FOSSShare Files Between Guest and Host OS in GNOME Boxes - It's FOSS

        Using GNOME Boxes tool for virtual machines but cannot figure out how to share files between the host OS and the OS in VM? This tutorial will help you with that.

        GNOME Boxes is a VirtualBox and VM Ware like virtualization tool focusing on desktop Linux. It provides a simple GUI to create and manage virtual operating systems.

        Virtual machines are a good way to test another operating system or distribution (in Linux context).

      • Mount Command in Linux

        All files in Linux are present as a node of a tree rooted at /. Initially, the parent directory (ext4 in default mode with Linux) is mounted to this root directory and all files added by Linux during installation are saved under this parent directory.

        Any removal/non-removal storage devices can then be mounted to the root node. For example, whenever external USB flash drives are mounted to the root it becomes discoverable by the Linux file system, and files on the drive can then be accessed as it becomes part of the root.

        The Linux mount command works to facilitate the attachment of the device’s file system to the root of the tree. A mount point in Linux is the directory where the mounted file system gets attached.

      • Install Odoo 15 using Docker, Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04

        Install Odoo 15 using Docker Compose, Nginx, SSL on Ubuntu 22.04 . In this tutorial you are going to learn how to install and setup Odoo using Docker and Docker Compose and configure Nginx and Let’s Encrypt SSL and also install PostgreSQL. Installing Odoo using Docker Compose is the easiest way compared to install manually.

        Odoo is a management self hosted software to run a business with a top notch user experience. The applications within Odoo are perfectly integrated with each other, allowing you to fully automate your business processes easily.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Find Linux Desktop Screen Resolution in Command Line

        The continued use of a Linux operating system distribution takes its users to the dimension of unknowns where they discover limitless knowns about the computing world. The Linux operating system ecosystem and community carries individuals of all professions and skillsets.

        Knowing the screen resolution of your Linux desktop environment is vital for Linux users that have invested their time and effort in fields related to graphic designs and web software development. Such users can be able to gauge their work or project expectations and delivery from this information.

        Additionally, knowing the screen resolution of your Linux desktop OS can help users customize/adjust the computer’s display settings to fit certain project/work criteria.

      • I Miss K.Mandla

        I followed this blog as a teenager, and it made me fall in love with console applications. I discovered Linux around the age of 14 if I remember correctly, after I spent most of my childhood with DOS games from '93 or so, and learned some PHP and Pascal at the age of 13 through online tutorials in English. Console applications like the Free Pascal IDE felt very natural to use with my DOS background, and they ran very well on the old computer we had.

        I remember I got a phone call from some cyber security company, at the age of 17, and they offered me a job. They said they found me online, through my open source work, and they had to work really hard to find a suitable candidate. I refused (politely) and eventually started a software engineering career at the age of 23. After a decade of pretty heavy tinkering with computers, languages and kernels, I was able to land a "senior software engineer" job as my first real job.

      • On automating a gemini capsule with gssg

        As soon as I got a few pages set up in my Gemini capsule, I realized that what I was building was a blog. This presented a few other issues. How do I go about setting up a feed? How can I automate this? Can I make templates?

        I started to think about how to go about this and quickly found that someone else had already set up such a tool, called gssg.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Shortwave 3.0 Internet Radio released - LinuxStoney

          A few weeks ago, Shortwave 3.0, a new version of Felix Häcker’s Internet radio application, which has been in development since 2018, was released. Shortwave was preceded by the Gradio . Installed on two devices, the new version worked immediately on a notebook, but refused to work on the desktop. So I put a news on it until I found the bug. This morning I tried again and lo and behold, it worked right away. So much for ‘finding bugs’.

        • Modern New Generation Linux Apps Store Download Now

          Modren is a modern take on stores like GNOME Software and Discover, which includes support for APT packages, Snaps, Flatpaks from Flathub and DEB files out-of-the-box. It currently only supports Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu, but I’ll be adding support for other distros like Fedora and Arch too. Developers also be adding support for makedeb packages. Unlike the other stores, modren does not index the different databases. Instead, you can directly add/publish apps to the store, making it a way for Linux developers to easily publish their apps and make them available for everyone to use.

    • Distributions

      • Linux MagazineDanielle Foré Has an Update for elementary OS 7 €» Linux Magazine

        Now that Ubuntu 22.04 has been released, the team behind elementary OS is preparing for the upcoming 7.0 release.

        When James Cassidy Blaede left elementary OS, many of us assumed it would mean the death knell for the operating system. If the new leader, Danielle Foré has any say in the matter (which she very much does), the distribution will live on. The proof is in the recent news that they have not only announced updates for version 6.1, but are preparing for the upcoming 7.0 release.

        Although there’s no hard release date for 7.0, they’ve announced a codename (Horus) and that the team is focusing on a swift release over adding a host of new features for the initial release. That means the evolution from 6.1 to 7.0 will be subtle.

      • IPFire Official BlogIPFire 2.27 - Core Update 168 is available for testing

         Another Core Update is available for testing. It comes with significant improvements to the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), various security improvements, an updated version of Linux' firmware bundle, as well as a heap of updated packages and bug fixes.

        Stefan contributed a patch series for notably improving the IPS, particularly when it comes to handling of ruleset providers. While many of the changes are done under the hood, the following are visible to the web interface...

      • HaikuOSHaiku Activity & Contract Report: April 2022

        As has been the case recently, the Activity Report is hereby combined with my Contract Report.

        This report covers hrev55992 to hrev56087.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora Linux 36 released with GNOME 42 - LinuxStoney

          Fedora Linux 36 was actually supposed to be released on April 19, but the date had to be postponed twice by a week. This is very reminiscent of the old days, when Fedora usually came out a few weeks later than planned. In the last two years, things have gotten much better.

        • HPC WireRed Hat Releases Enterprise Linux 9

          ay introduced Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9, the Linux operating system designed to drive more consistent innovation across the open hybrid cloud, from bare metal servers to cloud providers and the farthest edge of enterprise networks. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is designed to drive enterprise transformation in parallel with evolving market forces and customer demands in an automated and distributed IT world. The platform will be generally available in the coming weeks.

        • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: F36 elections nominations now open

          Candidates may self-nominate. If you nominate someone else, please check with them to ensure that they are willing to be nominated before submitting their name.

          The steering bodies are currently selecting interview questions for the candidates.

          Nominees submit their questionnaire answers via a private Pagure issue. The Election Wrangler or their backup will publish the interviews to the Community Blog before the start of the voting period.

      • Debian Family

        • Brian Gupta & Debian: WIPO claim botched, suspended

          WIPO has finally responded to the Debian vendetta, informing the overpaid lawyers at Charles Fussell (parody site) that their claim didn't even reach first base.

          We believe but can't prove that the lawyers have now gone back to the Debian leader, Jonathan Carter, asking him to advance more money so they can spend more time revising their original and inadequate documents.

          Who do we blame for this expensive mess?

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • uni TorontoSnaps don't seem compatible with NFS home directories in Ubuntu 22.04

          One major problem is that the AppArmor profiles used to "restrict" snaps make specific assumptions about the system environment in at least two areas. The first area and the easiest to modify is where people's home directories are. The standard Ubuntu AppArmor configuration more or less assumes everyone's home directory is directly in /home as /home/. However, this can (theoretically) be tuned through modifying /etc/apparmor.d/tunables/home.d/site.local; for us, I think we would do something like: [...]

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Jim NielsenThe Web Beyond Browsers

          Web standards aren’t exclusively about facilitating cross-browser consistency. The standardization of web platform APIs beyond the browser is coming, and I’m here for it.

          Here’s a few links that have been solidifying this idea in my head as of late.

        • Zach FlowerRediscovering Discovery on the Web

          I know I'm painting a pretty bleak picture, but the reality is that the old web isn't lost.

          It's just buried.

          Hidden beneath layers of new growth, waiting to be re-discovered. Just because the noise has gotten louder doesn't mean the signal is lost, you just have to look a little harder. The old web—lovingly called The IndieWeb now—is still alive and kicking, and thanks to some wonderfully crafty creators, it is waiting to be discovered.

      • Programming/Development

        • Game of Trees (Got)

          Game of Trees is a version control system which prioritizes ease of use and simplicity over flexibility. Got uses Git repositories to store versioned data. Git can be used for any functionality which has not yet been implemented in Got. It will always be possible to work with both Got and Git on the same repository.

        • Python

          • [Old] Generate Audio with Python

            I’ve been intrigued by the concept of using computers to generate audio for a long time. It turns out that you can generate audio with nothing but the standard library of Python.

          • Python Database Programming with MongoDB |

            The purpose of this Python database programming tutorial is to provide a gentle introduction to using a NoSQL database as a data store for Python applications. The intended audience is beginner-level developers or intermediate-level developers who are familiar with using SQL-oriented databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, or MySQL. The demonstrations in this article will parallel the demonstrations used in other SQL Database programming articles involving Python, such as Python Database Programming with SQL Express for Beginners, and likewise, will use Python 3.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • JoinupThe first progress report on the implementation of the Berlin Declaration is out

        The declaration was signed on the 8th of December 2020 by all EU Member States. The document builds on the political commitments of the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment and it takes the user-centricity principles that were formulated a step further by strengthening the pioneering role of public administrations in the value-based digital transformation.

  • Leftovers

    • Andre FrancaTechnology is evolving too fast

      I believe that by feeding this unsustainable industry, for instance, replacing our laptops, cell phones, or other gadgets every year, we generate a vicious cycle of false demand for always having supposedly more advanced products. End of the day, few of us are able to measure how much computing power we really need and use, so we end up not controlling our enthusiasm for new non-necessary products.

    • [Old] Mercury NewsCassidy: There’s more to the story of software pioneer Kildall

      When I called IBM, the company declined to dispute or acknowledge Rolander’s version, which has been published elsewhere. A spokeswoman said the company does not “discuss any of the specifics of the early PC development.”

      But Rolander does. He did so extensively for the first time with Sir Harold Evans, who in 2004 published “They Made America,” which concludes that IBM acted in bad faith in the negotiation.

    • Zach FlowerEmbracing Offline-First Technology

      Remember when using The Internet was a chore? You had to wait for hours before the one family computer was free, and when you finally did get on it, everything was so damn slow you had no choice but to exercise a degree of patience no child should be capable of. Email, The World Wide Web, multi-user dungeons, chat rooms... everything that we did had an air of mystery and excitement to it.

    • Counter PunchPhilip Goff: Panpsychic Ponderments

      In his biographical introduction at Durham University in the UK, where he lectures in philosophy, he writes:

      I reviewed Galileo’s Error back in December 2020. He’s working on a new book. The following interview took place by Zoom on Tuesday May 3, 2022.

    • Counter PunchIs Alito an Incel?

      The summary by Politico of 10 key passages in the decision fails to mention it and I haven’t seen it discussed in other media coverage (NY Times does not mention it either), but it struck me as an important and revealing passage, if not technically of legal significance (but the core legal principle it applies, stare decisis, or respecting precedent, certainly is).

      This comes at the very end of the opinion, in the section regarding the legal notion of “reliance”, or how women and society have evolved over the last 50 years and responded to the right to abortion, which Alito summarizes as:

    • Science

      • HackadayNumber Like It’s 1234 AD With This Cistercian Keypad

        Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what Cistercian numbers are. Unless you’re a monk of the Order of Cistercia, there’s really no reason for you to learn the cipher that stretches back to the 13th-century. But then again, there’s no reason not to use the number system to make this medieval-cool computer number pad.

      • HackadayData Alignment Across Architectures: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

        Even though a computer’s memory map looks pretty smooth and very much byte-addressable at first glance, the same memory on a hardware level is a lot more bumpy. An essential term a developer may come across in this context is data alignment, which refers to how the hardware accesses the system’s random access memory (RAM). This and others are properties of the RAM and memory bus implementation of the system, with a variety of implications for software developers.

      • Hackaday3D Print Finishing By Spraying Glazing Putty

        Finishing off 3D prints is a labour-intensive process, and getting a good looking, smooth surface suitable for painting takes a lot of time and plenty of practice. Deeper printing layer lines or minor surface defects can be smoother over with a variety of materials, from putties to resins, but the deeper the defect, the thicker the filler and that takes it toll on the surface details – smoothing those out and making fine details less distinct. [Darkwing dad] has another solution that looks pretty easy to achieve, by mixing acetone with glazing putty it can be airbrushed over the print surface in one go. After a little experimentation with the ratio of putty to acetone, a wide open nozzle and a low pressure, it was found that a nice even spray could be achieved. Importantly it dries in just a few minutes, enabling multiple coats to be applied in a short space of time.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayThinnest Keyboard Uses Cherry DIY Doubleshot Method

        As with any other community, it takes all kinds to make the keyboard world go ’round. Some like them thicc — more backing for the clacking and all — but some like them sleek and prefer the slimmest possible keyboard. For now and the foreseeable future, the go-to method for making whisper-thin keebs is to use Kailh Choc switches, because that’s about all that’s out there.

      • HackadayTheory, Practice, And Ducted Fans

        About a year ago, [Wyman’s Workshop] needed a fan. But not just a regular-old fan, no sir. A ducted fan. You know, those fancy fan designs where the stationary shroud is so close to the moving fan blades that there’s essentially no gap, and a huge gain in aerodynamic efficiency? At least in theory?

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The Independent UKNew study identifies ‘TikTok addiction’ and the symptoms that show users might have it

        Users who scored higher on this scale used TikTok more intensively, and although the majority of users (68.2 per cent) were classified as having “no risk” of TikTok addiction, 25.4 per cent of them were seen as being at “low risk,” and classified 6.4 per cent as being “at-risk.” TikTok currently has one billion users globally.

        “Although most users appear to use TikTok in a non-problematic manner, the study demonstrates that the risk of overuse and possible problematic use exists and is associated with addiction-like behaviors that can potentially negatively impact the daily lives of sufferers,” Dr Smith told PsyPost.

        “Further, the study emphasizes while similarities exist between the addictive process occurring in Facebook and TikTok there are significant differences in manifestation, predictors, and usage intensity associated with average vs problematic use. As such, a user can exhibit problematic use on a specific platform and not have the same maladaptive response with the broader category of social media.

      • Deseret NewsHow do you know if you’re addicted to TikTok? Here are the signs

        The TikTok algorithm is set up to track viewing habits, and to show you personalized videos that are specifically tailored to your unique interests, as previously reported by the Deseret News. A combined study done by two different Chinese universities found that highly personalized video feeds cause users to be become more attached to the app.

        Brain scans done on a group of college students “showed that areas involved in addiction were highly activated in those who watched personalized videos. It also found that some people have trouble controlling when to stop watching,” reported The Wall Street Journal.

      • New study identifies the most definitive signs of “TikTok addiction”

        “It also suggests that the most definitive signs of addiction are that the user become nervous, irritable, anxious, or exhibits strong feelings of sadness when deprived of access to the social networking site (withdrawal) and the user’s attempts to control participation in SNS are unsuccessful (relapse),” Smith noted.

      • CBP Agriculture Specialists in Pharr Intercept Rare Pest, a First in the Nation Discovery

        On May 2, 2022, CBP agriculture specialists at the Pharr cargo facility conducted an inspection on a commercial shipment of fresh fruit arriving from Mexico, which resulted in the discovery of a live pest within boxes of mangosteen. The insect was submitted for identification to a U.S. Department of Agriculture entomology laboratory and the initial identification was later confirmed as Cochabamba sp. The Cochabamba sp. is a species that belongs to what is called the leaf beetle family. This pest can cause agricultural and economic damage as their larvae skeletonize the leaf surface and adults eat plant and tree leaves and cause damage to foliage. This pest is found in central and south America and its travel pattern indicates that it is migrating north. The shipment was refused entry and returned to Mexico.

        According to USDA entomologists, this pest has never been found at any of the nation’s ports of entry. CBP refused entry to the shipment and returned it back to Mexico.

      • Counter PunchMistakes I Made in Response to My Son's Mental Illness

        I thought again about the experiences of my wife and myself at that time on seeing trenchant criticisms in a recent inquest and in a newspaper investigation into the inadequate care given by the Priory Group, Britain’s largest private provider of psychiatric care, which receives €£400m from the NHS for its services.

        My own memory of the facility where Henry had a room is not particularly negative or positive – though I did make friends with a man whose deeply troubled son had been able to get out of the building and suffered crippling injuries when he jumped from the top of a multistorey car park.

      • Common DreamsNobel Laureates, Ex-Heads of State Push Biden to Fund Global Covid Fight

        More than a dozen Nobel laureates and former heads of state urged U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday to help "lead the world out of the pandemic" by supporting a bold patent waiver and committing at least $5 billion to the global fight against Covid-19, which has ravaged poor nations that have been denied sufficient access to vaccines and therapeutics.

        In a letter to the White House sent ahead of Thursday's global coronavirus summit—an event co-hosted by the U.S.—13 Nobel Prize winners and ex-world leaders warned that "billions of people are being ignored as many parts of the rich world turn away from them," leaving them without adequate protections against "this cruel, deadly, and debilitating disease."

      • Common DreamsSanders to Hold Budget Committee Hearing on Medicare for All

        Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders announced Monday that there will be a hearing on Medicare for All this Thursday.

        "We spend twice as much per capita on healthcare as any other nation but with worse health outcomes for our people," Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted Monday. "Does that make sense to anyone? It's time for Medicare for All."

      • TruthOutNobel Laureates and Former World Leaders Push Biden to Fund Global COVID Fight
      • TruthOut“Health Care Is a Human Right”: Sanders Schedules Hearing on Medicare for All
      • Constantly tired bdfkjklödfgj

        I am tired so much because of allergy meds and just having hard time to sleep because general anxiety.

        What really annoys me about it is that I have drive to work on my own programming projects but no energy.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • NBCApple ends production of its iconic iPod

          Apple announced Tuesday that it's discontinuing the iPod Touch — the last iPod model produced by the company — marking an end for the gadget that helped shape the music listening experience for 20 years.

        • The VergeApple discontinues the iPod after 20 years

          The iPod Touch going away marks the end of an era. As Apple notes, it introduced the first iPod “over 20 years ago.” The original FireWire-equipped model acted as just a portable music player, and Apple made models that were pretty much exclusively for listening to audio up until 2017, when it discontinued the iPod Nano and Shuffle. While the iPod Touch has been embraced by some iPod enthusiasts as the new classic music player, it also found a following for those who wanted an iPhone-like experience but didn’t actually need a phone

        • ZDNetMicrosoft May 2022 Patch Tuesday fixes 7 critical vulnerabilities, 67 others
        • USDept Of StateAttribution of Russia’s Malicious Cyber Activity Against Ukraine [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Today, in support of the European Union and other partners, the United States is sharing publicly its assessment that Russia launched cyber attacks in late February against commercial satellite communications networks to disrupt Ukrainian command and control during the invasion, and those actions had spillover impacts into other European countries. The activity disabled very small aperture terminals in Ukraine and across Europe. This includes tens of thousands of terminals outside of Ukraine that, among other things, support wind turbines and provide Internet services to private citizens.

        • The EconomistRussia seems to be co-ordinating cyber-attacks with its military campaign [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The number of Russian cyber-operations has doubled every month since December, when 15 were reported. This only includes attacks that Microsoft was able to detect in its own networks—the true number is likely to be higher. But because the Russians are conducting disruptive attacks, they are much more likely to be found out than pure espionage, such as Chinese intelligence gathering against America, reckons Benjamin Read, director of espionage analysis at Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm.

        • IT WireNo kidding, Microsoft now charges firms to tackle Windows ransomware [iophk: Windows TCO]

          I kid you not. No other operating system suffers ransomware attacks, though helpful security experts try to spread the burden a bit, and suck up to the big M, by claiming they have seen similar malware for Linux and the Mac.

          But no attack in which a ransom has been demanded and a company put out of operation for a while has involved anything other than Windows.

          This kind of money making is in keeping with Microsoft's culture; the one thing the company possesses in spades is chutzpah. It is absolutely brazen in its bid to make money off something which its own products allow to happen.

        • Risky Biz News: Costa Rica declares national emergency after ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The attack hit the Central American state right in the middle of its presidential transition, with former president Carlos Alvarado Quesada telling journalists on April 21 that the attack had destabilized the government in a period of transition.

        • The RecordCosta Rica’s new president declares state of emergency after Conti ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The newly-inaugurated president of Costa Rica – Rodrigo Chaves – declared a state of emergency due to a devastating ransomware attack launched by the Conti group.

          Following his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, Chaves held his first government council, where he announced a national emergency and attributed it to the attack’s effects on the Ministry of Finance, which has been hit hardest by the attack.

        • The VergeUS State Department announces $10 million bounty after Costa Rica ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The US State Department says the attack “severely impacted the country’s foreign trade by disrupting its customs and taxes platforms” and offers “up to $10 million for information leading to the identification and/or location” of the organizers behind Conti. The US government is also offering $5 million for information “leading to the arrest and/or conviction of any individual in any country conspiring to participate in or attempting to participate” in a Conti-based ransomware attack.

        • Scoop News GroupCosta Rican president begins tenure with ransomware national emergency declaration [iophk: Windows TCO]

          President Rodrigo Chaves Robles, who began a four-year term as president Sunday after winning the country’s April 4 election, signed the declaration on May 8 as one of his first official acts, according to local news outlet Amelia Rueda. The executive decree reads, in part, that Costa Rica is “suffering from cybercriminals, cyberterrorists” and that the decree allows “our society to respond to these attacks as criminal acts.”

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • [Old] Seeking AlphaPalantir: The Great Reset

              After its direct listing shares skyrocketed to nearly $40, and have now returned to sub-$12 at the time of this writing.

            • Stacy on IoTWe need laws and regulations on data use and privacy

              Without decisive regulations on what data should be considered private, how and who can access data, and clear rules about ownership and rights that ensure a buyer has physical control of a purchased device, technology firms are creating new windows into their users’ lives and then being forced to let the government peer in. In the case of connected devices, they may even let the government open the window.

              If you think I’m overstating the potential for damage that could occur as technology firms and the state collide, consider some recent examples: [...]

            • Patrick Breyer“Destruction of digital privacy of correspondence”: lawsuit filed against chat control

              Yesterday, Member of the European Parliament and digital freedom fighter Patrick Breyer (Pirate Party) filed an action for an injunction against the so-called chat control against Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms Ireland Limited at Kiel District Court. As a user of “Facebook Messenger”, Breyer is suing against the suspicionless automated search of private chat histories and photos. While the automated searches of personal messages and chats is so far only practised by major US providers, the EU Commission is to propose tomorrow to make this mandatory for all providers of e-mail, messenger and chat services.

            • TechdirtReport: Most Mental Health, Prayer Apps Have Abysmal Security And Privacy Standards

              From the Internet of very broken things to telecom networks, the state of U.S. privacy and user security is arguably pathetic. It’s 2022 and we still don’t have even a basic privacy law for the Internet era, in large part because over-collection of data is too profitable to a wide swath of industries, which, in turn, lobby Congress to do either nothing, or the wrong thing.

            • Common DreamsStudy Reveals Sweeping Extent of ICE's Secret Surveillance Dragnet

              U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is operating a digital surveillance dragnet through which the agency is able to access information about nearly every person in the United States, a two-year investigation by researchers from the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law revealed Tuesday.

              "ICE has created a surveillance infrastructure that enables it to pull detailed dossiers on nearly anyone, seemingly at any time."

            • Common DreamsOpinion | It Is Time to End Inhumane ICE Surveillance of Immigrants Like Me

              For decades, advocates and organizers have been fighting to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency plagued by inhumane conditions, a lack of accountability, and a culture of violence. In a major win for the immigrant justice movement, President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget includes a reduction in immigration detention beds and in funding for ICE enforcement. But even with this victory, there is a lot of work to be done to ensure that the federal government’s investments align with what our communities truly need. President Biden’s budget includes more than $500 million for ICE’s “alternatives to detention” (ATD), simply e-carceration, like ankle monitors. For many immigrants like myself that have experienced the horrors of both immigration detention and surveillance through ankle monitors, this is yet another reminder that we are still not free, we are bound, and shackled long after leaving a detention center.€ 

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Associated PressLawyer says alleged Mali extremist was only obeying orders

        Al Hassan, who sat in court wearing a white headscarf, is charged with involvement in crimes including rape, torture, persecution, enforced marriages and sexual slavery committed from April 2012 until the end of January 2013.

        He allegedly was a key member of Ansar Dine, an Islamic extremist group linked to al-Qaida that held power in northern Mali at the time. A French-led military operation in 2013 forced the group from power, but rebel elements have continued to stage attacks on Malian and international forces.

      • MedforthSpain: Five Pakistanis arrested for promoting the killing of critics of Islam

        “The terrorists who were glorified included Zaheer Hassan Mahmood, who attacked two people with a knife outside the editorial office of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, France, on September 25, 2020, and Abdullah Abuyedovic Anzorov, who beheaded French teacher Samuel Paty outside the Bois d’Aulne school in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, north-east Paris, France, on October 16, 2020.” The suspects were arrested on February 24, according to a warrant leaked to El Confidencial. By posting on Tik Tok, Facebook or Instagram, they were portrayed as “heroes of Islam”, according to investigators.

      • Counter PunchU.S. Intelligence Boasting Intensifies Russian-American Proxy War

        Russian political culture over the years has indulged conspiracy myths to avoid responsibility for the worst decisions and actions of the Kremlin and to tar adversaries with blame for Russia’s failures.€  The Russian invasion of Ukraine is no exception to this pattern, with Putin weaponizing conspiracy myths to hide the horrors of the invasion of Ukraine from the Russian public.€  Central to these myths has been charging the United States and Ukraine with preparing biological weapons to use against Russia.€  But the myth with the greatest impact on the Russian public is Putin’s charge that the United States and NATO have turned Ukraine into an armed camp in order to carve up Russian territory.€  Putin’s objective is to convince Russian public opinion that the United States is responsible for the war with Ukraine and represents an “existential threat” to Russia itself.

        There is no way of knowing whether Putin himself believes these myths, but official U.S. statements as well as U.S. leaks to the mainstream media will help these myths gain ground in Russia as well as in foreign nations.€  President Biden himself has assisted Russia’s information warfare with charges of Russian war crimes and even Russian genocide in Ukraine.€  Biden’s emotional declaration that “For god’s sake, this man cannot remain in power” presumably alarmed an international audience familiar with the U.S. history of regime change and political assassination.

      • Counter PunchAn Ideal Foreign Policy

        At the same time, the conflict is conveniently distracting people’s attention away from the catastrophes of Afghanistan and Iraq and the fiscal and monetary morass in which U.S. officials have plunged our nation, in large part because of the massive, ever-growing expenditures on the military-industrial complex.€ 

        Even worse, It is also becoming increasingly clear that U.S. officials, either wittingly or unwittingly, are inexorably pushing Russia into resorting to tactical nuclear weapons to achieve victory in Ukraine.€ 

      • Counter PunchReform the UN Before It’s Too Late

        Among other gems, contemporary newspeak has given us the term “geopolitics.” But what does it mean? It sounds good– geo implies earth, or that which is mineral, rock-hard; followed by politics. Coined in 1902 by a Scandinavian social scientist, the term’s popularity has only grown. Despite its reference to rock (geo), “geopolitics” is actually weightless: compared to “international relations” or “diplomacy”. “geopolitics” does not carry the same implications of compromise and diplomatic negotiation–perhaps one reason why Putin and his adversaries share a fondness for the term. As a technical neologism, it implies that actions are determined mechanically, by and from the expert community, thereby surpassing popular opinion and democratic forces.

        The plethora of challenges nowadays facing true internationalists, clearly cannot be solved by wording, nor by erecting yet another committee. In its current form, the United Nations proves incapable of upholding the once-pacifying promises made between international actors that enabled the end of the Cold War–€ the perseverance of NATO not least among these dangerous anachronisms.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Aging Empire's New Clothes

        If you watched TV in the 1960s and 1970s as I did, you would undoubtedly have come away with the idea that this country’s courts, law enforcement agencies, and the laws they aimed to honor added up to a system in which justice was always served.

      • TruthOutThe Biden Administration’s Aid Package Will Fuel War Profiteers
      • MeduzaRussia’s long shot in the Donbas Even with a potential full mobilization, the Kremlin’s war could sputter to defeat in eastern Ukraine

        Western intelligence “does not rule out” that Vladimir Putin could declare a full military mobilization. Though the Kremlin denies any such plans, and it’s uncertain whether officials in Europe and America have any real data on Putin’s plans, mobilization has long been a hot topic in Russia, where the army plainly lacks the numbers needed to continue its offensive in Ukraine. In early April, the Russian military reduced its frontline by almost half, in order to surround and smother the greater part of Ukrainian troops in the Donbas region. Still, for more than a month now, complete encirclement or any breakthrough has eluded Moscow’s fighters. Eventually, the Russian authorities might try to shift the balance by mobilizing the country’s full military might.

      • Meduza‘Putin has taken over our country’: An activist imprisoned for attending the last major rally of the ‘Bolotnaya’ protest movement looks back at Russia’s political development in the decade since

        On May 6, a decade ago, Moscow hosted the “March of the Millions” — a demonstration organized by the protest movement that formed in response to Russia’s December 2011 parliamentary elections. The march ended with violent clashes between protesters and police on Bolotnaya Square, ultimately resulting in the so-called “Bolotnaya Case.” Of its 30-plus defendants, most were sentenced to significant prison terms. On the 10th anniversary of the protest, Meduza special correspondent Svetlana Reiter (one of the original chroniclers of the Bolotnaya Case) spoke to left-wing activist Alexey Gaskarov, who served three and a half years for supposedly rioting.

      • Counter PunchThe Putinist Left and Ukrainian Nationalism

        First of all, it is not only that this Left does not do what is obvious to any man or woman on the Left, namely to speak out against injustice and to support the victim against the perpetrator, the weak against the powerful aggressor. It is also that in trying to justify the unjustifiable, it resorts to the worst monstrosities that the Kremlin of Mr. Putin is accustomed to spout. Thus, it does not hesitate to label the crimes of the Russian army as “fake news”, “false flag operations” and “provocations”, or – in more moderate terms – to leave open the possibility that they might have been “fabricated” by the Ukrainian and Western propaganda machine. In any case, the Kremlin and its clients always have the same answer: the Ukrainians are bombing themselves or staging their bombings. Everywhere and always, exactly as it happened to the unfortunate Syrians of Aleppo who also bombed and poisoned themselves (by the chemical weapons of the Putin-Assad tandem). And all this with the active participation and complicity of thousands of eyewitnesses, i.e. civilians, even children, correspondents and war envoys, and other journalists, sound technicians, cameramen, etc., who have all learned the lesson to perfection and are participating in a disciplined way and as one man in a huge and diabolical… anti-Russian staging!

        However, for there to be “war crimes”, there must necessarily be… a war. But, let’s not forget that today in Ukraine, there is no war, but a simple… “special military operation”, and the proof is that whoever uses today in Russia the forbidden word “war” is immediately arrested, “judged” and sent to prison for… “defamation of the Russian army”.

      • Meduza‘It’s impossible for the system not to change’ Anthropologist Alexei Yurchak on why Putin hates Lenin and how today’s Russia resembles the late Soviet Union

        While waging war on Ukraine, the Russian state has intensified its already tight control over the Internet, press, and opposition at home. Meanwhile, the anti-war opposition has resorted to what are essentially guerilla tactics. Many politicians, journalists, and activists were forced to leave the country to avoid being thrown in jail under Article 207.3 — a new law that criminalizes the spread of “fake news” about the actions of the Russian armed forces. Against this backdrop, contemporary Russian society is frequently compared to the late Soviet Union. To put these comparisons in context, Meduza turned to anthropologist Alexei Yurchak, the author of Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, a well-known study on the last decades of the USSR.

      • MeduzaAzovstal’s last defenders Ukraine’s Azov regiment shares photos of wounded soldiers in plea for evacuation from besieged Mariupol steel plant

        Battles for Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant have been going on for nearly two months — Russian troops have been trying to seize this final pocket of Ukrainian resistance since mid-March. Russian President Vladimir Putin called off plans for the Russian military to storm the plant in late April, but Azovstal’s defenders regularly report renewed shelling and assaults. On May 7, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced that “all” civilians had been evacuated from the besieged steel plant. The next day, soldiers from the Azov regiment, which is defending Azovstal, said in a press briefing that they too needed to be evacuated, because they had used up all of the resources they had for waging an “effective defense.” On Tuesday, May 10, the Azov regiment published photos of their wounded soldiers and urged “the entire civilized world” to help with their evacuation. “The world should see the conditions in which the wounded, mutilated defenders of Mariupol are [living] and act,” the accompanying statement said. Meduza shares these photos here.

      • The NationLies, Murders, and a Cover-Up: The Ayotzinapa Report Sheds Light on the Mexican Military’s Role

        After 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College disappeared in Guerrero, Mexico, in 2014, the federal government claimed that the local police had kidnapped and brought the young activists to the Cocula garbage dump where they were killed and their bodies incinerated in a bonfire. According to the government, their remains were placed in garbage bags and dropped in a nearby river. The Enrique Peña Nieto administration announced this version of the events in January 2015 and said it was based on detainee and forensic evidence. Jesus Murillo Karam, the attorney general at the time, called it “the historical truth.”1

      • The NationRussian Victory Day in Kyiv

        Kyiv, Ukraine–On May 8, the day before Russian Victory Day, the streets here were full of life. It is springtime, and red and yellow flowers have bloomed in abundance, filling the city’s green boulevards, nestled beside the occasional barricades and mounds of sand that were set up to defend the city from the Russian troops that had attempted to encircle the capital city in March.

      • The NationFamed Chicago Alt-Weekly Barely Survives a Covid Scare

        The Chicago Reader has just survived a near-death experience by the skin of its battered and chipped teeth. The 51-year-old alternative weekly was headed to oblivion because one of its co-owners reneged on an agreement to let it transition to nonprofit status. As a condition of signing off on the deal, he wanted the copublisher dismissed.

      • The NationThere’s Genocide in Tigray, but Nobody’s Talking About it

        A humanitarian crisis is taking place in northern Ethiopia, but you may not have read about it in the news. In fact, you may have never heard of the Tigray National Regional State, which is currently encircled by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces. Those troops are setting up blockades, burning food silos, and going from village to village committing genocidal massacres and rapes.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Criminal Justice Reform Isn't Failing, It's Just Unfinished

        Two years ago, mass protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police galvanized Americans to confront the disparate impact that a broken system of policing, arrest and incarceration had on Black and Brown communities. For the first time in a generation, nearly all Americans favored change to the criminal justice system. Today, it looks like the pendulum has swung away from reform. Police budgets have mostly grown—even in Biden’s federal budget—but conservatives blame “defunding” and reform prosecutors for rises in crime.€ 

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • New Indian ExpressThe Earth on high flame: NASA data shows record heating

        The rate of global warming has tripled in the past 20 years, and the year just gone by was particularly bad.

        A record of sorts was reached between March 2021 and Feb 2022, when NASA quantified that a lot of additional energy was sizzling around in the earth’s system — heating oceans, the land, the atmosphere, melting ice and getting the sea levels to swell.

        According to scientists, the data shows that the earth is heating up at an unprecedented speed of 1.64 Watt per square meter (W/m€²). That’s a good-sized jump from last year, when it was already equivalent to the heat generated by a million Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs every day.

      • New Indian ExpressA record heating of earth between March 2021-February 2022: NASA data

        This year it stood at 1.64 W/m€². To stabilize the climate, the EEI should fluctuate around 0 W/m€² and to cool it needs to be negative on average.

        Simons says what makes this new record even more significant is that NASA's CERES team responsible for this satellite-based data expected the rate of heat uptake to decrease instead of increase.

      • Counter PunchWhy the Southwest is Burning

        We asked wildfire scientist Molly Hunter at the University of Arizona to explain what’s fueling the extreme fire conditions and why risky seasons like this are becoming more common.

        Why is this year’s wildfire season in the Southwest so early and intense?

      • HackadayLarge Scale Carbon Capture Without The Technology

        We humans are in something of a pickle, as we’ve put too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and caused climate change that might even wipe us out. There may still be people to whom that’s a controversial statement, but knowing something needs to be done about it should be a position for which you don’t necessarily have to be a climate change activist glueing yourself to the gates of a refinery.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Here's How to Spot Wall Street's Increasingly Infuriating Greenwashing

        I was recently reading a copy of my local paper, the Seattle Times when I stumbled across a full-page advertisement for Bank of America. The commercial, which had commandeered the entire back page of Washington State’s most widely-read paper, boasted about how Bank of America is on track to manufacture all of its credit and debit cards from recycled plastic by 2023. Such a move, we are told, will reduce single-use plastics by 235 tons a year.

      • Common Dreams'Our House Is Truly on Fire': Earth Now Has 50% Chance of Hitting 1.5€°C of Warming by 2026

        The World Meteorological Organization warned Monday that the planet now faces a 50% chance of temporarily hitting 1.5€°C of warming above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, another signal that political leaders—particularly those of the rich nations most responsible for carbon emissions—are failing to rein in fossil fuel use.

        "For as long as we continue to emit greenhouse gases, temperatures will continue to rise."

      • Energy

        • Common DreamsCampaign Targets 'Toxic' Bond Market for Bankrolling Fossil Fuel Expansion

          As scientists continue to express alarm about rising temperatures, a climate campaign launched Tuesday spotlights 30 corporations using the U.S. and European bond markets to drive planet-heating coal, gas, and oil expansion.

          "As bank lending for coal has tightened, the bond market remains a safe haven for fossil fuel companies to fund expansion."

        • DeSmogTwitter’s New Ad Policy Ignores a Subtler Form of Climate Disinformation

          There’s a simple rule when it comes to corporate climate commitments: when they come out on Earth Day, you know they’re often too good to be true.

          That’s certainly the case with Twitter’s April 22 announcement that they’ll be banning ads that contradict the “scientific consensus” on climate change in a bid to counter the climate disinformation that runs rampant across the platform.€ 

        • DeSmogNew Gas Industry Astroturf Group ‘Fuelling Canada’ Targets First-Time Homebuyers

          In April, the Globe & Mail published an article on its website extolling the virtues of natural gas appliances in people’s houses.

          The story, headlined “Why natural gas is the smart choice for your new home,” has the look and feel of actual journalism. It includes statistics about Canada’s “reliable” gas industry, a photo of a young couple cooking on their gas range and quotes from Canadian homebuilders and makers of consumer products—such as grills and fireplaces—that use gas.

        • Counter PunchLegal Appeal Aims to Defend Wyoming’s Path of the Pronghorn From Massive Fracking Project

          Conservation groups today appealed a federal court’s decision upholding a Trump-era plan to allow 3,500 new gas wells in southwestern Wyoming.

          In an April ruling, the Honorable Scott Skavdahl of the Federal District Court of Wyoming rejected the groups’ concerns that the Bureau of Land Management disregarded the harm the massive gas-field would cause by disrupting the ancient Path of the Pronghorn and preventing access to winter ranges that the animals need to survive.

        • Common Dreams50+ Groups Challenge Biden to Rein In 'Climate-Killing Cryptomining'

          More than 50 progressive organizations on Monday urged the Biden administration to use its regulatory power to slash the massive amounts of greenhouse gas pollution associated with electricity-intensive digital currencies that are created through "proof-of-work" mining, such as Bitcoin.

          "Expanding coal and gas plants to make fake money in the middle of a climate crisis is literally insane."

      • Overpopulation

        • VOA NewsIn Drought-Ravaged California, Water Use Is Up Dramatically

          California's drought is worsening and yet residents used more water in March than any month since 2015, defying pleas for conservation from Gov. Gavin Newsom and other authorities, state officials announced Tuesday.

          Water usage jumped nearly 19% in March compared to 2020, which was one of the driest months on record. Newsom last summer asked residents to voluntarily cut water use by 15% compared to 2020. He encouraged people to water their yards less often, run dishwashers less and install more efficient appliances.

    • Finance

    • TruthOutFar Right OAN Admits Georgia Election Officials Didn't Steal Election From Trump
    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Broadband BreakfastLeave Section 230 Alone, Panelists Urge Government

        Panelists at a Heritage Foundation event on Thursday agreed that the government should not make changes to Section 230, which protects online platforms from being liable for the content their users post.

      • [Old] ReasonThe Heritage Foundation Wants To Break the Internet

        The report veers off course in some of its reform recommendations. Specifically, Frederick invokes Section 230, the law which exempts websites from liability for content posted by its users, but she misunderstands its history and application. The report states, "digital platforms like Facebook and Google initially claimed to be neutral conduits of information, and Section 230 enshrined this claim and allowed these companies to accrue users and technical advantages under those auspices." This is wrong: Section 230 predates both of those companies by nearly a decade and could not possibly have been drafted with either of them in mind. What's more, Section 230 has nothing to do with a platform's neutrality—the explicit intent of the law was to encourage platforms to moderate content.

      • EU Industry Chief Breton, Musk Signal Agreement on Digital Services Act

        The billionaire's comments prompted a rejoinder from Breton that Twitter must comply with new EU rules known as the Digital Services Act tackling illegal online content.

      • EU Open Day Brussels

        To celebrate Europe Day, join us to learn more about your privacy and data protection rights at our EDPS-EDPB stand at the Digital Village in the Berlaymont Building. EDPS and EDPB staff will be on hand to answer your questions related to privacy, personal data and data protection! As a bonus, we have planned a variety of activities suitable for parents, young adults and children to take part in, with a chance for you to win goodie bags.

      • CNNElon Musk says he is 'exactly aligned' with Europe's sweeping new rules for social media platforms

        In the video, Breton said he met with Musk to explain the finer points of the Digital Services Act, a forthcoming law that imposes higher content moderation standards on tech platforms.

        Asked by Breton whether he felt the DSA "fits pretty well" with how Musk believes platforms should be run, the billionaire Tesla (TSLA) CEO and prospective owner of Twitter said it is "exactly aligned with [what] we're thinking."

      • ReutersEU industry chief Breton, Musk signal agreement on Digital Services Act

        EU industry chief Thierry Breton met Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) boss Elon Musk in Texas on Monday and the two signalled agreement on EU digital media regulation ahead of Musk's purchase of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N).

        The meeting comes weeks after the world's richest man clinched a deal to buy the social media company for $44 billion in cash. [sic]

      • Business TodayEU industry head Thierry Breton, Elon Musk signal agreement on Digital Services Act

        The two did not go into detail on the new law, which levies hefty fines on companies if they do not control illegal content. The rules ban advertising aimed at children or based on religion, gender, race and political opinions, for example.

      • Counter PunchBongbong Politics: Rehabilitating the Marcos Family

        Bongbong’s father was the notorious strongman Ferdinand Marcos, his mother, the avaricious, shoe-crazed Imelda.€  Elected president in 1965, Ferdinand Marcos indulged in murder, torture and looting.€  He thrived on the terrain of violent, corrupt oligarchic politics, characterised by a telling remark from the dejected Sergio Osmenã Jr, whom he defeated in 1969: “We were outgunned, outgooned, and outgold.”

        In 1972, martial law was imposed on the pretext of a failed assassination attempt against the defence secretary, an attack which saw no injuries nor apprehension of suspects.€  It was only formally lifted in 1981.€  Under the blood-soaked stewardship of the Marcos regime, 70,000 warrantless arrests were made, and 4,000 people killed.

      • FAIR‘The Race Crisis and the Democracy Crisis Are Inseparable’

        Janine Jackson interviewed the Forum‘s Chris Lehmann€ about media in a multi-racial democracy for the May 6, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

      • FAIRManufacturing Opinion on Lifting Title 42 Border Restrictions

        The Biden Administration intends to fully lift the Title 42 border restrictions, which have been in place since March 2020, on May 23. A federal judge appointed by Donald Trump, however, has ordered a two-week halt to the phasing out of those restrictions.

      • Common DreamsOcasio-Cortez Endorses 'Strong Progressives' Allam and Lee for Congress

        Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday added her name to a growing list of progressive politicians and groups endorsing Summer Lee and Nida Allam in their respective May 17 Democratic primary elections for the U.S. House of Representatives.

        "It matters a great deal what kind of Democrats fill these seats."

      • Common DreamsSen. Bob Casey Commits to Vote for Abortion Rights After Sit-In at His Office

        Progressive activists occupied Democratic Sen. Bob Casey's office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, after which the historically anti-choice lawmaker announced his intention to vote for the Women's Health Protection Act to codify the reproductive rights that are now in peril thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's right-wing majority.

        "This week, I will again vote yes to advance debate on the Women's Health Protection Act and I will support the bill if there is a vote on final passage in the future," Casey said in a statement.

      • Democracy Now“Bad Mexicans”: Historian Kelly Lytle Hernández on Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands

        We speak with historian Kelly Lytle Hernández, whose new book “Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands” tells the story of the often-overlooked men and women who incited the Mexican Revolution and how it relates to the rise of U.S. imperialism. The movement included intellectuals, workers and others who opposed Mexico’s dictatorial President Porfirio Díaz, who ruled for decades with support from the U.S. government and U.S. business elites. “What we have is Latinx protagonists at the center of the American story,” says Hernández, who teaches history, African American studies and urban planning at UCLA. “If you want to understand the rise of U.S. empire, you want to understand U.S. immigration history, you want to understand the issues of policing we are confronting today, we have to know that these are Latinx histories.”

      • TechdirtWhat Free Speech? Elon Musk Endorses EU’s Highly Censorial Approach To Content Moderation; Which Twitter Has Spent Years Fighting

        It’s becoming quite clear that Elon Musk’s approach to dealing with complex issues is not to actually understand the complex realities behind them, but to simply say what he thinks an audience wants to hear, and perhaps relatedly, to simply accept the last thing that someone presented to him as the official state of things. The latest in the long line of bizarrely contradictory and nonsensical breadcrumbs that Musk is leaving regarding his planned approach to handling content moderation on Twitter includes a full warm embrace of the EU’s highly censorial Digital Services Act, as tweeted by Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market.

      • TruthOutElon Musk Says He’ll Let Trump Back on Twitter, Calling Ban “Foolish”
      • Common DreamsCritics Say Musk Lifting Trump Twitter Ban Would Assist 'Authoritarian Crusade'

        Critics responded with alarm to tech billionaire Elon Musk's confirmation Tuesday he will end former President Donald Trump's permanent suspension from Twitter if his purchase of the company is finalized.

        "Giving someone who tried to overturn an election and helped incite an insurrection a major forum to continue undermining democracy is dangerous," declared Noah Bookbinder, president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). "Neither Elon Musk nor anyone else should reverse Donald Trump's Twitter ban."

      • Common DreamsMarcos' Apparent Win in Philippines Election Bodes Ominously for Human Rights: Amnesty

        Amnesty International on Tuesday said the election of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte—the son of a former U.S.-backed dictator and daughter of the current president—as president and vice president of the Philippines points to an "ominous moment for human rights."

        "The new government should make a dramatic course correction and move away from the past six years under Rodrigo Duterte."

      • HungaryVon der Leyen after her meeting with Orbán: Some progress was made
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Bryan LundukeThe time SUSE, the German Linux company, banned mentioning Jewish holidays.

        What follows is a tremendously personal story. It is 100% true and factual. I am publishing this in the hopes of bringing about a positive change at a Linux company that I view as historically significant and important — both to the broader open source industry and to myself.

        I have kept quite about this for far, far too long.

        Before we start, I want to say that there are some amazing people who work for SUSE. Both back when the events of this story take place… and nowadays. People who are brilliant, kind, and generally wonderful. People who were supportive and helpful to me during the events I’m about to talk about. To all of you: keep being the good people I know you are.

      • Turkish MinutePop singer deletes solidarity tweet for jailed women after being targeted by Oda TV

        A Turkish pop singer who on Mother’s Day posted a tweet about the situation of pregnant and sick women as well as mothers with small children in a prison in northern Turkey who were arrested on politically motivated charges had to delete her tweet after she was targeted by Oda TV, a pro-government and ultranationalist news website.

      • Jacobin MagazinePayPal Has Begun Quietly Shuttering Left-Wing Media Accounts

        Consortium News, founded by the late Associated Press investigative legend Robert Parry in 1995 as one of the web’s very first independent, reader-funded news outlets, reported over the weekend that PayPal had “permanently limited” its account, just as it was launching its Spring Fund Drive. According to editor-in-chief Joe Lauria — a former longtime United Nations correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and others — the company said it would hold onto the thousands of dollars accumulated in the outlet’s account for 180 days and reserved the right to seize the money entirely to pay for unnamed “damages.”

      • JNSEven if they’re wrong, we shouldn’t be trying to silence them

        The job of defenders of democracy would be easier if opponents of free speech never sought to disguise their efforts by portraying their goal as the preservation of the very ideals that they are suborning. It’s a lot harder to recognize the nature of the threat when those who seek to silence dissent say they are doing it for our own good because those guilty of wrongthink are bad people.

      • WSWSPayPal shuts accounts of anti-war publications Consortium News and MintPress News

        Over the past week, the online payments company PayPal has launched a censorship campaign against independent and left-wing publishers who have been critical of the official narrative about the US and NATO war against Russia in Ukraine by arbitrarily shutting down their accounts.

        On Sunday, Consortium News (CN) reported that PayPal had canceled its account without warning or explanation. Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria reported that CN’s PayPal account was “permanently limited” just as the publication was launching its Spring Fund Drive.

      • Axios11 journalists killed in Mexico so far this year

        Why it matters: Even in Mexico, which is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, the number of journalists killed in such a short period of time is unprecedented.

      • RSFTV cameraman attacked while filming outside mosque in northern France

        The attack took place on 3 June in Petit-Couronne, a small town near the city of Rouen. After a violent altercation in front of the mosque, the assailant dragged the cameraman inside and kept him there by force until the police rescued him. In the course of the fight, the journalist’s camera was damaged and he lost his press badge, which was picked up and photographed by another man.

      • The NationChina’s Battle for Cultural Power Begins at the Box Office

        The relationship between Hollywood and China has been increasingly intimate, if at times contentious, in the last three decades. By 2020, when the pandemic shut down American film theaters, China had become the largest film consumer in the world. On the one hand, in order to secure access to the Chinese market, Hollywood studios went through a sort of self-censor training program, learning from troubles and successes of movies like Seven Years in Tibet and Kung Fu Panda. On the other hand, many Chinese officials and filmmakers have always looked to Hollywood in its ambition to create an internationally recognized Chinese cultural powerhouse.1

      • TechdirtAlt Right ‘Journalist’ Who’s Lost Every Lawsuit Over Banned Accounts Files Another Lawsuit Over Banned Accounts

        Laura Loomer still thinks she can sue her way back onto Facebook and Twitter. In support of her argument, she brings arguments that failed in the DC Appeals Court as well as a bill for $124k in legal fees for failing to show that having your account reported is some sort of legally actionable conspiracy involving big tech companies.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Democracy NowMaria Hinojosa, Futuro Media & PRX Win Pulitzer for “Suave” Podcast on Prisoner’s Journey to Freedom

        The Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday, and among the winners was the Futuro Media and PRX team behind the seven-part podcast series “Suave” that follows acclaimed journalist Maria Hinojosa’s decades-long friendship with David Luis “Suave” Gonzalez, who received a life sentence without parole at the age of 17 for first-degree homicide. Gonzalez met Hinojosa in 1993, and they continued to stay in touch through letters, visits and phone calls that Hinojosa recorded, eventually forming the foundation of the podcast. The series chronicles Gonzalez’s journey as he is eventually given the opportunity to experience life on the outside for the first time as an adult, after the 2016 Supreme Court ruling that mandatory sentences of life without parole on juveniles are unconstitutional. “Here is a stranger telling me, a lifer, that I could be the voice for the voiceless. I was lit,” Gonzalez said when he spoke to Democracy Now! in 2021 when the series was first released. Hinojosa credited the success of the podcast to their open and honest relationship. “Suave and I were just very real with each other, over decades,” she said. “I never imagined that it would end up being a podcast that is getting this amount of attention.” Hinojosa founded Futuro Media in 2010 and said Monday it is now “leaving its mark in American history.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The NationNurses Are Fighting Back—but the Nightmare Continues

        As the pandemic pushed our health care system to the brink of collapse, images of overworked nurses were plastered all over the media. But difficult working conditions existed long before [COVID]. What’s changed is that nurses have decided to fight back, with a wave of strikes and labor organizing sweeping across the industry. There were 76 strikes in health care between January 2021 and mid-April 2022 alone, including a nearly year-long strike last year at St. Vincent Hospital in Massachusetts over unsafe staffing, which may be the longest nursing strike the country has seen in at least three decades. But despite the fierce labor activism and a new public interest in the plight of essential workers, nurses are still at a breaking point.

      • Deutsche WelleHow the Taliban are 'eliminating women' in Afghanistan

        If there was any hope that the Taliban would pay heed to repeated calls from Afghanistan's civil society and the international community to uphold women's rights, the Islamic fundamentalist group's latest decree for women to cover their faces in public has dashed it.

        The latest order to make veil compulsory is one of the harshest controls on women's lives in Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power in August last year. It is also reminiscent of the Islamist outfit's strict Shariah-based rule in the late 1990s.

      • Jacobin MagazineAmazon Is Busting Unions. Biden Is Giving Them Huge Federal Contracts Anyway.

        In effect, while Amazon was doubling down on its union busting, the Biden administration was delivering a massive federal contract to the company, signaling to Amazon executives that he is so far not interested in fulfilling his pledge to use the government’s purchasing power to be “the most pro-union president.”

      • MedforthGermany: Bizarre propaganda for the Muslim hijab at taxpayers’ expense

        “Two women appear in a taxpayer-funded forum of the Federal Agency for Civic Education and declare that Islam is per se feminist. More appropriate than this farce would be a critical reflection of the religious bullying that forces young women and girls to veil themselves – in very many cases against their will. The obvious contradiction between these conditions, which stem from the misogynist tradition of fundamentalist Islam, and the attitude displayed here should be palpable to many ordinary citizens. They might equally wonder why their tax money is being politically misused by the Federal Agency for Civic Education for Islamist narratives.The accusation that feminism is ‘too white and too privileged’ is downright cynical, considering that Muslim activists in particular are often enough the ones who brand any criticism of fundamentalist Islam and its structures as ‘racist’ and like to cover up grievances in Islamic milieus with a cloak of silence for ideological reasons. In this way, they share responsibility for the structural oppression of women who do not want to live as the men in their milieus pretend to do.

      • Counter PunchSecession From the Left

        A picture of the future when the Republican right has secured control of all three branches of the federal government, and is pushing its agenda across red and blue states alike? No. It is a little known history that unfolded in the years leading up to the Civil War, though with relevance to that future scenario.

        Richard Kreitner tells the story in his book, Break It Up: Secession, Division and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union. Told from a progressive angle by a contributing writer to The Nation, this recent work details the many breakaway movements in U.S. history, from even before the Revolution and down to the present day. This is not a full review, but a focus on the drive for Northern secession led by slavery opponents over the first half of the 19thcentury. (I hope to cover more from this important book in future posts.)

      • TechdirtCops Are Being Trained By Consultants Who Have Publicly Outed Themselves As Bigots And Far Right Extremists

        In news that is altogether so unsurprising it needs a “resigned sob” emoji attached, a Reuters investigation has found that far-right extremists are training cops because of course they are.

      • Common DreamsBarber Blasts NC Supreme Court for Refusing to Review Free Speech Case

        Rev. Dr. William Barber on Tuesday slammed the North Carolina Supreme Court for declining to hear his appeal of a conviction stemming from a May 2017 protest at the state Legislative Building in support of Medicaid expansion.

        "In essence, we were arrested because someone said our message bothered them."

      • EFFA Token of Thanks for a Brighter Future

        EFF members have joined forces to fight for civil liberties and human rights online for over 30 years. Our movement has never been an easy one, but the future of technology depends on our determination. EFF members€ power EFF’s attorneys, activists, and technologists every day. Together, we can make a difference for every tech users’ right to privacy, free speech, and digital access. Will you sustain the cause with a€ modest recurring donation?

      • EFFPodcast Episode: The Philosopher King

        James Mickens—a lifelong hacker, perennial wisecracker, and would-be philosopher-king who also happens to be a Harvard University professor of computer science—says we must educate computer scientists to consider the bigger picture early in their creative process. In a world where much of what we do each day involves computers of one sort or another, the process of creating technology must take into account the society it’s meant to serve, including the most vulnerable.

        Mickens speaks with EFF's Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien about some of the problems inherent in educating computer scientists, and how fixing those problems might help us fix the internet.

      • The NationF*&k Civility!

        I joined a noisy, peaceful protest outside the Supreme Court Building last Monday night after right-wing Justice Samuel Alito’s draft ruling striking down Roe v. Wade became public. As I’ve written, for a while the rowdy, empowered crowd chanted “Fuck Alito!” I’m honestly not sure if I joined in; it was all a blur of grief and rage. But I probably did.

      • Common DreamsSusan Collins Calls Cops Over Sidewalk Chalk Message Asking Her to Support Abortion Rights

        Sen. Susan Collins summoned the cops to her house over the weekend to complain about a sidewalk chalk message urging her to vote for the Women's Health Protection Act, which would codify the abortion rights now in peril thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's right-wing majority—something the Maine Republican played a key role in solidifying.

        Police arrived at Collins' home at 9:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, The Bangor Daily News reported Monday. The message, which Bangor police spokesperson Wade Betters described as "not overtly threatening," said: "Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA ⇒ vote yes, clean up your mess."

      • The NationRoe v. Wade in Peril
      • TruthOutSanders Says Democrats Must End Filibuster to Protect Abortion Access
      • Counter PunchAbortion: Out of the Political Trap

        The Supreme Court decision establishing a broad decriminalization of abortion throughout the United States has been unusually resilient for such a contentious subject. For nearly half a century, the verdict seemed as settled as any could be in American politics, with those favoring greater restrictions content to limit access de facto, rather than risk pushback against drastic changes to what is allowed de jure.

        Yet the legal status of such a controversial topic remaining stable for such a period of time was the exception, not the rule.€  Beneath the long detente lay decades “of compromising, and dickering, and trying to keep what was as it was, and to hand sops to both sides when new conditions demanded that something be done, or be pretended to be done” — words written more than half a century before Roe, about the issue of slavery.

      • TruthOutSenate Expands Police Presence for SCOTUS in Response to Peaceful "Roe" Protests
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Right-Wing Court's Attack on Abortion Rights Is Call for Mass Revolt

        Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade asserts that women have no constitutional right over their own bodies that man or law must respect.

      • Common DreamsNew Warren-Jayapal Bill Takes Aim at Supreme Court 'Corruption'

        With the U.S. Supreme Court at the forefront of the nation's attention as right-wing justices appear ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced legislation Tuesday that spotlights the powerful judicial body's complete lack of binding ethics rules—and proposes a number of solutions to tackle the high court's "corruption."

        "People deserve impartial judges and justices who aren't beholden to special interests or to their personal agenda."

      • EFFWhat Companies Can Do Now to Protect Digital Rights In A Post-Roe World

        In a post-Roe world, service providers can expect a raft of subpoenas and warrants seeking user data that could be employed to prosecute abortion seekers, providers, and helpers. They can also expect pressure to aggressively police the use of their services to provide information that may be classified in many states as facilitating a crime.

        Whatever your position on reproductive rights, this is a frightening prospect for data privacy and online expression. That’s the bad news.

        The good news is there is a lot companies—from ISPs to app developers to platforms and beyond—can do right now to prepare for that future, and those steps will benefit all users. If your product or service might be used to target people seeking, offering, or facilitating abortion access, now is the time to minimize the harm that can be done.

      • EFFReproductive Privacy Requires Data Privacy

        That's why EFF supports California’s A.B. 2091, authored by Asm. Mia Bonta and sponsored by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. This bill seeks to stop information about people seeking abortions in California from flowing across state lines and used by prosecutors or private actors under other states’ anti-abortion laws.

        Specifically, it prohibits health care providers and service plans from releasing medical information related to people seeking or obtaining an abortion, in response to a subpoena or request based on another state’s law that interferes with reproductive freedom protected by California law. The bill also prohibits a person from being compelled to provide information that would identify someone who has sought or obtained an abortion, if it is being requested in this scenario. While EFF is not a reproductive rights advocacy group, our history of work on digital privacy—particularly health privacy—compels us to support this bill.

        This issue also falls squarely within our organization’s work on limiting the collection and use of government data for purposes other than it was collected. Governments collect information for many reasons. But, all too often, data collected by the state is misused and weaponized for other purposes. The ones who suffer most are often vulnerable minority groups. This sad legacy of data misuse stretches from census data being used for Japanese-American internment during World War II, to license plate data being weaponized against immigrants today.

      • The NationRoe Redistributed Power—and Its Supporters Should Champion That

        Political grief can resemble personal grief, and what apparently is the close-to-final draft of the opinion overturning Roe v. Wade has produced that sense of a cataclysmic plunge. What has died, however, is not only or even primarily a principle of law. We did not win Roe and keep it alive for 50 years because one side wrote better briefs than the other. Nor is that why we lost it. Roe was the product of one powerful political movement, and its impending death will be the product of another. What died in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the last vestige of constitutional romanticism.

      • The NationAre Joe Biden, Democrats, Ready to Fight in a Post-Roe World?

        The end of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood is the story of a death oft foretold. Ever since Amy Coney Barrett took Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, the extinguishing of a constitutional right to abortion was predictable. Yet somehow the Biden White House seemed sideswiped on Monday, May 2, when Politico posted a leaked draft from Justice Samuel Alito of a majority decision ending Roe and Casey.

      • Common DreamsSenate Dems Won't Protect Abortion Rights, But Vote Unanimously to Protect Justices From Protests

        Progressives are intensifying calls for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law to counter Republicans' plan to overturn the landmark abortion rights ruling, but on Monday evening Senate Democrats' attention was on a bill aimed at protecting the U.S. Supreme Court justices' family members from protests like those held over the weekend.

        "One problem with the idea that Democrats will benefit from a backlash to Roe being overturned is that the party leadership don’t seem to like the idea of there being a backlash to Roe being overturned."

      • Counter PunchWhy Stop at Roe: What’s Next?

        The draft decision will likely represent former president Donald Trump’s historical legacy revealing the importance of “court packing” in American life.€  More troubling, it demonstrates just how powerful the conservative movement has been in a long-term plan to remake both the state and federal judiciary.

        The Court’s likely decision raises a critical question: what other critical or landmark prior decisions could it overturn?

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtTeam Biden Celebrates Broadband Accomplishments, Yet Is Leaving FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn Hanging Out To Dry

        This week the Biden administration spent some time celebrating its accomplishments on broadband. The nation’s about to invest $42 billion in expanding broadband access (even though we still haven’t mapped broadband accurately). The administration also implemented the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which doles out a $30 discount on broadband for qualifying low income households.

      • TechdirtWhy Are People Still Blaming Facebook For Australia’s Terrible News Linking Tax Law?

        We’ve talked a fair bit about Australia’s ridiculous “News Bargaining Code,” which is literally nothing more than a tax on Facebook and Google for sending traffic to media organizations. Again, the law requires Facebook and Google (and just Facebook and Google) to pay media organizations for sending them web traffic. This is, of course, backwards to any sensible set up. Why should anyone have to pay for sending traffic to a website? Here, the answer appears to be, because Rupert Murdoch wants to get paid and is jealous of the success of Facebook and Google. The best summary of the whole thing comes from the Australian satirical video maker, The Juice Media:

      • MeduzaThe ‘battle’ for Rutube Russia’s YouTube ‘alternative’ down for the second day running following cyberattack

        On the morning of May 9, the Russian video platform Rutube reported that it had fallen prey to a “powerful cyberattack.” Rutube assured that work was underway to restore access to its site and an hour later claimed to have “localized the incident.” Around 6:00 o’clock that evening, the Rutube press office reported that user data had been saved and that technical work was ongoing. A similar error message was published on the website.€ 

      • Some thoughts on Gemini

        For some reason, I am having a really good time setting this thing up. I feel like I am back in the old days of the internet—a time when we never could tell who was looking at our site. In reality, probably no one was looking at it, but it didn't matter. What mattered was that we were creating content and that it was fun to maintain.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • CoryDoctorowAt the FTC, a quiet, profound shift on antitrust

        Here's the crux: "The FTC and DOJ will host a series of listening forums to hear from those who have experienced firsthand the effects of mergers and acquisitions beyond antitrust experts, including consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, farmers, investors, and independent businesses."

        If you aren't chest-deep in weird antitrust lore, this probably seems like it's par for the course. But believe me, this is a hell of a moment – a moment of restoration, a return to a vital, long-dormant principle in American governance: the idea that corporations should not be allowed to ruin the lives of the people around them.

      • Common DreamsCritics Say 'Iron-Grip on Market' by Monopolies Behind Baby Formula Shortage

        A worsening shortage of baby formula in stores across the U.S. is highlighting the urgent need for antitrust regulations, progressives said Tuesday.

        While Republicans are have attempted to lay blame for the crisis with the Biden administration, J.D. Scholten of the American Economic Liberties Project is among those pointing out that with just a few corporations controlling the majority of the infant formula market, families impacted by a recent recall by one of those companies have few options when looking for affordable alternatives.

      • Patents

        • The NationBiden Must Not Allow Big Pharma to Hoard Vaccine Technology

          Over a year ago the Biden administration endorsed the idea that there should be enough Covid-19 vaccines for everyone in the world and that patents and international trade agreements should not be allowed to prevent that goal. But the administration has not taken the decisive leadership position to achieve it, and those barriers continue to block access to the vaccines for billions of people.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakMegaupload Pair Sign Deal to Avoid Extradition, Dotcom Vows to Fight On

          After 10 years of legal battles following the closure of Megaupload, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk have reached a deal with the authorities that will see them avoid extradition and face charges in New Zealand instead. Kim Dotcom says he won't accept "injustice" and will keep fighting against extradition to the United States.

        • Torrent FreakWrongfully Accused ‘Pirate’ Recoups $108k From 'Copyright Troll'

          A man who was wrongfully accused of pirating several adult films has finally recouped $108k in fees and costs from copyright holder Malibu Media. After the company failed to pay the full amount voluntarily, the defense had to hire a collection attorney to get the money indirectly through Malibu's payment processors.

        • Creative CommonsCreative Commons condemns rejection of Wikimedia chapters as observers at WIPO SCCR

          The WIPO SCCR is a major normative forum, shaping laws and policies that influence access to and sharing of knowledge, and observer status is a prerequisite for participating in such discussions. Creative Commons (CC) condemns the rejection of the applications of the six Wikimedia chapters. This decision could set a worrying precedent, as it opposes established practices and criteria for the admission of observers to the WIPO.€ 

        • TechdirtApplying (Artificial) Intelligence To The Copyright Directive’s Stupid Idea Of Upload Filters

          Last week the European Union’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), handed down its judgment on whether upload filters should be allowed as part of the EU Copyright Directive. The answer turned out to be a rather unclear “yes, but…“. Martin Husovec, an assistant professor of law at the London School of Economics, has published€ an opinion piece exploring the ruling, which he sums up as follows:

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