“A huge amount of data on EU citizens will be retained daily, without having any concrete investigations, leaving room for random profiling and data mining. This is far beyond the commission’s proposals and if the Council of ministers agrees to this, it won’t be in line with what several constitutional courts and the European Court of Human Rights have said,” Albrecht stressed.
The European Commissioners are meeting today to decide the future of EU copyright policy. French Commissioner Michel Barnier is pushing for a set of control measures aimed at ISPs, web-hosts, social networking services, and related services that would force them to act as private police for the entertainment lobby, who would be able to direct them to spy on and block domains and users without judicial oversight or due process:
Senator Al Franken has proposed a “Pay for War” resolution that would require Congress to raise taxes and/or cut spending before authorizing new acts of war, so that American foreign adventures can’t contribute to the national debt.
Today was the Press-conference of secretary-minister about government plans for banning downloading in the netherlands. This is of course repressive, dumb, to great loss to everyone, policy. Teeven is trying to silently bring it to a vote in Parliament. Avoiding (like above bouncer notes – “No Bits of Freedom people”) the plans to become available to general public and groups as bits of freedom, which are very well informed of the implications and rights people have on the issue.
Bits of Freedom people are no intrusive activists and well respected. So Teeven, if your arguments are THAT weak, that you cannot be open about it, it cannot be a good idea. If you need to avoid dialogue, even repress the public from knowing the details, are these not more signs of the kind of ideas you have for the public… repressive, unopen.
Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems. Developed in conjunction with the Universal Character Set standard and published in book form as The Unicode Standard, the latest version of Unicode consists of a repertoire of more than 109,000 characters covering 93 scripts, a set of code charts for visual reference, an encoding methodology and set of standard character encodings, an enumeration of character properties such as upper and lower case, a set of reference data computer files, and a number of related items, such as character properties, rules for normalization, decomposition, collation, rendering, and bidirectional display order (for the correct display of text containing both right-to-left scripts, such as Arabic and Hebrew, and left-to-right scripts). As of 2011, the most recent major revision of Unicode is Unicode 6.0.
“CNN has obtained a list of roughly 70 ‘behavioral indicators’ that TSA behavior detection officers use to identify potentially ‘high risk’ passengers at the nation’s airports, and report that arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator TSA officers consider when looking for possible criminals and terrorists. When combined with other behavioral indicators, it could result in a traveler facing additional scrutiny. ‘Expressing your contempt about airport procedures — that’s a First Amendment-protected right,’ says Michael German, a former FBI agent who now works as legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. ‘It’s circular reasoning where, you know, I’m going to ask someone to surrender their rights; if they refuse, that’s evidence that I need to take their rights away from them. And it’s simply inappropriate.’ Interestingly enough, some experts say terrorists are much more likely to avoid confrontations with authorities, saying an al-Qaeda training manual instructs members to blend in.”
America has two national budgets, one official, one unofficial. Both just as big. As America girds itself for another round of lunatic political infighting over which barely-respirating social program or urgently necessary federal agency must have their budgets permanently sacrificed, apparently Kadaffi, wallstreet billionaire wifes and USA industrial competition overseas get millions, subsidized and tax-evaded, for free. Now that’s a free lunch!