Sir Tim launches citizens' web campaignThursday, December 5, 2013
FINANCIAL TIMES. London, 5 December 2013. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web (pictured left), has thrown his weight behind a new campaign to encourage people across the world to fight back against online censorship and surveillance, writes Robert Cookson in the Financial Times on 5 December.
In a letter to the Financial Times on Thursday, Sir Tim wrote that “now is the time for citizens to mobilise to demand that governments and companies respect and protect our basic freedoms online”.
US blogger jailed in libel caseTuesday, November 19, 2013
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS. 19 November, 2013. Reporters Without Borders condemns Alabama-based journalist and blogger Roger Shuler's (pictured) detention without any possibility of contesting the charges of contempt of court and resisting arrest brought against him.
Shuler was roughed up by police during arrest outside his home on 23 October 2013 after ignoring a restraining order that constituted prior censorship because it banned him from publishing any further stories about an alleged affair between Robert Riley Jr, a lawyer linked to the Republican Party, and lobbyist Liberty Duke.
He was initially due to appear before a judge on 7 November but the hearing was postponed and was due to be held on 14 November.
Google Books ruling challenges copyright lawFriday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON POST. Washington. 14 November, 2013. It's taken almost a decade, but the courts have finally handed down a ruling on Google's audacious project to scan millions of books to build a book search engine, writes Timothy B. Lee. The ruling is a decisive victory for Google, copyright's fair use doctrine and online innovation.
When Google started work on its book search engine a decade ago, the company realized that getting the approval of copyright holders would be a logistical nightmare. Not only would major publishers likely demand high fees for permission to scan their books, but for many older works, it would be difficult to even figure out who the appropriate copyright holder was. So Google took a gamble, scanning library books without seeking copyright holders' permission and relying on copyright's fair use doctrine as a justification.
Journalism leaders review the industryWednesday, November 6, 2013
6 November, 2013. A new publication from the Journalism Leadership Insight programme at the University of Central Lancashire includes five studies by media executives, who all studied for UCLAN's MA in Journalism Leadership.
According to the publication's editor François Nel (pictured), director of the Journalism Leaders Programme, 'The report offers much-needed insights into the challenges facing the industry by the very people driving innovation in our sector. The leadership lessons they share couldn’t be more timely.'
The internet and the law conference, 26 OctoberMonday, October 21, 2013
National Union of Journalists/Media Reform Coalition event
NUJ. London, 21 October 2013. Just days before the Privy Council is due to sign off the Royal Charter on press regulation, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) together with the Media Reform Coalition are holding a one-day conference in Goldsmiths, University of London, to look at various aspects of how the law relates to the internet.
Ukrainian independent news site hits back at hijackersSunday, September 22, 2013
On 19 September, a German internet service provider took down a copycat web site that was using 'dirty tricks' against Ukraine's main independent news outlet, Ukrainska Pravda (UP).
The site had hijacked UP's distinctive logo – Picasso's sketch of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza searching for the truth – and featured personal attacks on journalists on UP and other leading publications. It used hacked emails in stories aimed at discrediting the independent media.
Belgacom infrastructure hacked by Britain's GCHQSaturday, September 21, 2013
German weekly Der Spiegel reports documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden show that Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service was behind a cyber attack on Belgacom, the partly state-owned Belgian telecoms company.
UK studio Blitz Games closes with 125 job lossesThursday, September 12, 2013
GAMESINDUSTRY INTERNATIONAL. Brighton, 12 September, 2013. UK studio Blitz Games, based in Leamington, is to cease trading after 23 years in business. However, management has said that it will continue with two projects under development and hopes to keep 50 of the 175 staff at the business in work by forming a new company.
'We have managed to weather numerous storms over the last two decades that have sadly seen the demise of many of our friends and colleagues across the industry, but the run of problems we've had to face over the last year is unlike any we've seen before. Frustrations with clients, the global economic crisis, and more than our fair share of simple bad luck have all conspired against us and we are no longer able to continue trading,' said founders Philip and Andrew Oliver (pictured) in a statement.
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