Author: Danny O'Brien

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www.eff.org > Danny O'Brien
The Enclosure of the Public Interest Internet
6 may. 2021 - It’s hard to believe now, but in the early days of the public internet, the greatest worry of some of its most high-powered advocates was that it would be empty. As the Clinton administration prepared to transition the internet from its academic and military origins to the heart of the promised “national information infrastructure” (NII), the government’s advisors fretted that the United States entertainment and information industries would have no commercial reason to switch from TV, radio, and recorded music. And without Hollywood and the record labels on board, the new digital environment would end up as a ghost mall, devoid of businesses or users.
 · appropriating-the-commons · commons · imdb · internet-history · open-street-map · public-interest-internet · wikipedia

www.eff.org > Danny O'Brien
Outliving Outrage on the Public Interest Internet: the CDDB Story
6 may. 2021 - In our previous blog post, we discussed how in the early days of the internet, regulators feared that without strict copyright enforcement and pre-packaged entertainment, the new digital frontier would be empty of content. But the public interest internet barn-raised to fill the gap—before the fledgling digital giants commercialised and enclosed those innovations. These enclosures did not go unnoticed, however—and some worked to keep the public interest internet alive.
 · appropriating-the-commons · cddb · commons · freedb · gnudb · public-interest-internet

www.eff.org > Danny O'Brien and Rainey Reitman
Visa and Mastercard are Trying to Dictate What You Can Watch on Pornhub
14 dec. 2020 - Pornhub is removing millions of user-uploaded videos. This action comes after a New York Times column accused the website of hosting sexual videos of underage and nonconsenting women. In response to the Times’ article, Visa and Mastercard cut ties with Pornhub, making it impossible for Pornhub to process payments other than through cryptocurrencies.
 · censorship · freedom-of-speech · mastercard · payment-processors · porn · pornhub · visa

www.eff.org > Danny O'Brien
Orders from the Top: The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption
6 oct. 2020 - The last few months have seen a steady stream of proposals, encouraged by the advocacy of the FBI and Department of Justice, to provide “lawful access” to end-to-end encrypted services in the United States. Now lobbying has moved from the U.S., where Congress has been largely paralyzed by the nation’s polarization problems, to the European Union—where advocates for anti-encryption laws hope to have a smoother ride. A series of leaked documents from the EU’s highest institutions show a blueprint for how they intend to make that happen, with the apparent intention of presenting anti-encryption law to the European Parliament within the next year.
 · client-side-scanning · crypto-wars · eu