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German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 11:06
metasonix (650947) writes "As German journalist Marvin Oppong learned recently, there are a number of people who work to make articles about certain corporations and trade groups on German Wikipedia 'look better.' And when Oppong published his discoveries, one reaction was an openly violent threat, aimed at him, posted on de-WP's 'Kurier' noticeboard. Just as with English Wikipedia, it is apparently a 'terrible crime' to criticize German Wikipedia, even when Jimbo Wales's 'bright line' rule on paid editing is being violated. Unlike English WP, the Germans will threaten to 'curbstone' people for saying it."

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German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 11:06
metasonix (650947) writes "As German journalist Marvin Oppong learned recently, there are a number of people who work to make articles about certain corporations and trade groups on German Wikipedia 'look better.' And when Oppong published his discoveries, one reaction was an openly violent threat, aimed at him, posted on de-WP's 'Kurier' noticeboard. Just as with English Wikipedia, it is apparently a 'terrible crime' to criticize German Wikipedia, even when Jimbo Wales's 'bright line' rule on paid editing is being violated. Unlike English WP, the Germans will threaten to 'curbstone' people for saying it."

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German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 11:06
metasonix (650947) writes "As German journalist Marvin Oppong learned recently, there are a number of people who work to make articles about certain corporations and trade groups on German Wikipedia 'look better.' And when Oppong published his discoveries, one reaction was an openly violent threat, aimed at him, posted on de-WP's 'Kurier' noticeboard. Just as with English Wikipedia, it is apparently a 'terrible crime' to criticize German Wikipedia, even when Jimbo Wales's 'bright line' rule on paid editing is being violated. Unlike English WP, the Germans will threaten to 'curbstone' people for saying it."

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German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 11:06
metasonix (650947) writes "As German journalist Marvin Oppong learned recently, there are a number of people who work to make articles about certain corporations and trade groups on German Wikipedia 'look better.' And when Oppong published his discoveries, one reaction was an openly violent threat, aimed at him, posted on de-WP's 'Kurier' noticeboard. Just as with English Wikipedia, it is apparently a 'terrible crime' to criticize German Wikipedia, even when Jimbo Wales's 'bright line' rule on paid editing is being violated. Unlike English WP, the Germans will threaten to 'curbstone' people for saying it."

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German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 11:06
metasonix (650947) writes "As German journalist Marvin Oppong learned recently, there are a number of people who work to make articles about certain corporations and trade groups on German Wikipedia 'look better.' And when Oppong published his discoveries, one reaction was an openly violent threat, aimed at him, posted on de-WP's 'Kurier' noticeboard. Just as with English Wikipedia, it is apparently a 'terrible crime' to criticize German Wikipedia, even when Jimbo Wales's 'bright line' rule on paid editing is being violated. Unlike English WP, the Germans will threaten to 'curbstone' people for saying it."

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German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 11:06
metasonix (650947) writes "As German journalist Marvin Oppong learned recently, there are a number of people who work to make articles about certain corporations and trade groups on German Wikipedia 'look better.' And when Oppong published his discoveries, one reaction was an openly violent threat, aimed at him, posted on de-WP's 'Kurier' noticeboard. Just as with English Wikipedia, it is apparently a 'terrible crime' to criticize German Wikipedia, even when Jimbo Wales's 'bright line' rule on paid editing is being violated. Unlike English WP, the Germans will threaten to 'curbstone' people for saying it."

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German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 11:06
metasonix (650947) writes "As German journalist Marvin Oppong learned recently, there are a number of people who work to make articles about certain corporations and trade groups on German Wikipedia 'look better.' And when Oppong published his discoveries, one reaction was an openly violent threat, aimed at him, posted on de-WP's 'Kurier' noticeboard. Just as with English Wikipedia, it is apparently a 'terrible crime' to criticize German Wikipedia, even when Jimbo Wales's 'bright line' rule on paid editing is being violated. Unlike English WP, the Germans will threaten to 'curbstone' people for saying it."

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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 10:43
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 10:43
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 10:43
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 10:43
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 10:43
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 10:43
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 10:43
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 10:43
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

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European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 10:02
New submitter nachtkap (951646) writes with some good news, as reported by the BBC: "The EU's top court has declared 'invalid' an EU law requiring telecoms firms to store citizens' communications data for up to two years. The EU Data Retention Directive was adopted in 2006. The European Court of Justice says it violates two basic rights — respect for private life, and protection of personal data. Germany's supreme court did call on the ECJ to look into this issue as well."

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Data Retention: EU Court of Justice Denounces Mandatory Data Retention

La Quadrature du Net - 8 Abril, 2014 - 08:31

Paris, 8 April 2014 — In a judgement issued this morning, the Court of Justice of the European Union opposed itself to the bulk data retention of our online communications by ruling the 2006 European Data Retention Directive invalid. In the midst of the ongoing debate on mass surveillance, this legal decision represents an important step towards regaining our fundamental right to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.

Since its adoption in 2006, the Data Retention Directive was heavily criticised by civil society organisations, Members of the European Parliament1, European institutions and the constitutional courts of several member states2. One of the most controversial sections in the Directive is the obligation on telcom operators and Internet access providers to ensure that their subscribers' data "are retained for periods of not less than six months and not more than two years from the date of the communication" in order "to ensure that those data are available for the purpose of the investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crime".

These measures were so heavily criticised not least because effective alternative measures of data preservation, that are targeted and thus much more proportional, were already in place in dozens of countries. These measures call on technical intermediaries to preserve specific data and communicate technical data in their possession to authorities within the framework of an investigation3.

The decision came in response to cases brought by the High Court of Ireland and the Austrian Verfassungsgerichtshof (constitutional court) requesting the Court of the European Union to examine the validity of the Data Retention Directive. In a press release, the Court stated today that in its opinion, “the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data”.

This ruling has an erga omnes effect which means that the decision does not just rule on the cases of Ireland and Austria, but extends to all European countries thus obliging some member states to reform their national legislation in order to ensure that it complies with today's ruling. In France, this decision will directly affect the measures of data retention imposed on telecom operators [fr] (specifically those measures contained in the “loi de programmation militaire”) and those on hosting services [fr].

“This landmark decision is a victory for all defenders of privacy who have been fighting mandatory data retention across Europe since 2006 against the bulk retention of communications. Following a year of intense debate on mass surveillance, the EU Court of Justice makes clear that laws adopted in the name of the war on terror have led to unacceptable violations of privacy. This ruling is an invitation for everyone to continue the fight against surveillance by all appropriate means, be they technical, political or legal. One legislative step at a time, our governments had drifted away from the rule of law and now is the time to remind them that fundamental rights are the cornerstones of our democracies and non-negotiable” concluded Félix Tréguer, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net.

  • 1. See summary of the report of the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament.
  • 2. The constitutional courts of Romania (2009), Germany (2010), Bulgaria (2010), Cyprus (2011) and the Czech Republic (2011) ruled the national transpositions of the Directive unconstitutional finding that the invasion of citizens' private life was unproportional. A similar challenge is currently under way in Belgium.
  • 3. See EDRi's Shadow Evaluation Report on the Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC).
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Open Badges blog: Micro-Credentials: Empowering Lifelong Learners

Planet Drumbeat - 8 Abril, 2014 - 08:20
Micro-Credentials: Empowering Lifelong Learners:

Edutopia published this piece by Krista Moroder yesterday. Check out this very important paragraph hidden in the middle of the article:

"[B]adges could be a way to demonstrate skills to potential employers, build identity and reputation within learning communities, and create pathways for continued learning and leadership roles."

Did you catch that?

  • Badges can demonstrate skills.
  • Badges can build identities and reputations.
  • Badges can create pathways to opportunities.

That’s some pretty important stuff, if you ask us.

Let’s work together to build rigorous standards for badge assessments and strengthen the value of #openbadges at the ecosystem level.

Read the article in full by clicking the link above.

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Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Win Truth-Telling Award

Slashdot YourRightsOnline - 8 Abril, 2014 - 08:03
An anonymous reader writes with news that Snowden has received the Ridenhour Truth-Telling award. From the announcement: "We have selected Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras for their work in exposing the NSA's illegal and unconstitutional bulk collection of the communications of millions of people living in the United States. Their act of courage was undertaken at great personal risk and has sparked a critical and transformative debate about mass surveillance in a country where privacy is considered a constitutional right." The award will be presented at the National Press Club. It is hoped that Snowden and Poitras will be able to appear remotely (Poitras is in effective exile in Berlin). In related news, the ACLU has indexed all publicly released documented leaked by Snowden. You can even full-text search them.

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New South Africa IP Policy Unlikely Before May Elections

IP-Watch - 8 Abril, 2014 - 06:50
South Africa’s upcoming general elections on 7 May have thrown a spanner in the works of the much-anticipated national draft intellectual property policy from coming into effect anytime soon.
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