America’s broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court | Technology | The Guardian

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the US government over ‘unconstitutional’ use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.

If they succeed, one of America’s most controversial technology laws will be struck down, and countries all over the world who have been pressured by the US trade representative to adopt this American rule will have to figure out whether they’ll still enforce it, even after the US has given up on it.

The rule is section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, the “anti-circumvention” rule that makes it illegal to break an “access control” for copyrighted works. These “access controls” often manifest as “digital rights management” (DRM), and the DMCA gives them unique standing in law.

EFF is suing the US government, arguing that section 1201 of the DMCA is unconstitutional, and also that the Library of Congress and the copyright office have failed to perform their duties in the three-year DMCA 1201 exemption hearings.

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How can I protect my data if my laptop is stolen? | Technology | The Guardian

Steve wants to know how to protect his personal information if his Windows 7 laptop falls prey to thieves

I’m trying not to get my personal details, er, hijacked if my laptop is stolen. Is there any way I can protect myself, assuming a decent password is no defence? I’m running Windows 7 Pro. Steve

How much security do you need, and how much are you willing to pay for it? The answers will depend on what kind of information you want to protect, where the information is stored and who you are protecting it from.

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Facebook pushes mobile users to Messenger app – BBC News

Facebook users on Android platforms are being notified that they will no longer be able to access private messages without the Messenger app.

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10 quick questions about installing Windows 10 – and how to block it | Technology | The Guardian

The majority of the questions sent to Ask Jack are about Windows 10. Here are 10 recent ones, plus a bonus: how to stop or block the upgrade

Source: 10 quick questions about installing Windows 10 – and how to block it | Technology | The Guardian

My own advice is to make sure you have everything backed up before you start and get your machine connected to an ethernet network as wifi just wont cut it for such a hefty download.

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Data watchdog rejects EU-US Privacy Shield pact – BBC News

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says a data transfer pact between the EU and US needs “significant improvements”.

Source: Data watchdog rejects EU-US Privacy Shield pact – BBC News

In this article you can read about such things as ‘Safe Harbour’ and also what is meant by a privacy shied and how it applies to you.

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Adobe Summit 2016

I am at the Adobe Marketing Summit today. It started yesterday and the buzz words are éxperience’ and ‘journey’. Continue reading

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How Uber conquered London | Sam Knight | Technology | The Guardian

The Long Read: To understand how the $60bn company is taking over the world, you need to stop thinking about cars

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Medium and Twitter founder: ‘We put junk food in front of them and they eat it’

Ev Williams on feedback loops, giving a home to publishers, and finding critical mass

Ev Williams also created Blogger while he was still working for his earlier company, Prya, before selling it to Google.

Source: Medium and Twitter founder: ‘We put junk food in front of them and they eat it’

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What’s the best free email service for someone moving from BT? | Technology | The Guardian

Patrick doesn’t want to pay BT £5 a month to continue his email service, and would like a free alternative

This is an interesting article which includes a number of facts to consider when deciding which email service to go for. I would add that students often create amusing email addresses for themselves which become less appropriate when approaching businesses for a career. It can cost as little as £6.49 per year to create an email address with your own unique domain name.

Source: What’s the best free email service for someone moving from BT? | Technology | The Guardian

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