How to fix the Copyright Directive lobbying disaster

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your hair of the dog of digital rights news and analysis. Enjoy this newsletter? Forward it to a friend or get them to sign up. I'm David Meyer, aka @superglaze on Twitter and @davidmeyerwrites on Facebook. Don't forget to check out the Connected Rights website and download a copy of my book, Control Shift: How Technology Affects You and … Continue reading How to fix the Copyright Directive lobbying disaster

Free stuff alert! I’m giving away my book on digital rights

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your cherry on the cake of digital rights news and analysis. FIRST THINGS FIRST! As many of you will know, last year I published a book called Control Shift: How Technology Affects You and Your Rights. Well, I've now decided to give it away for free, so please go ahead and download … Continue reading Free stuff alert! I’m giving away my book on digital rights

Are online platforms tools or privatised law enforcement?

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your jewel in the cuckoo's nest of digital rights news and analysis. THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IS PREPARING TO ABANDON the whole self-regulatory thing around takedowns of terrorist content. Per security commissioner Julian King, there hasn't been "enough progress" from the platforms, and "we cannot afford to relax or become complacent in the … Continue reading Are online platforms tools or privatised law enforcement?

When spies get to decide surveillance is OK

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your bun in the oven of digital rights news and analysis. A DECADE'S WORTH OF BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARIES WRONGLY authorised the intelligence agencies to collect as much telecommunications as they liked, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has found after a lot of bugging (pardon the pun) by Privacy International. Essentially, the foreign secretaries … Continue reading When spies get to decide surveillance is OK

Even Big Tech is worried about facial recognition

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your slice in the toaster of digital rights news and analysis. MICROSOFT HAS DONE SOMETHING VERY UNUSUAL FOR a big tech firm. It has warned that a recent, popular technological development – facial recognition – is dangerous and needs regulating. In a blog post, Microsoft legal chief Brad Smith said facial recognition "can … Continue reading Even Big Tech is worried about facial recognition

Dark patterns and the “meaning” of privacy

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your flick of the wrist of digital rights news and analysis. BIG TECH COMPANIES ARE MEETING TODAY TO DISCUSS PRIVACY in the wake of the GDPR and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to Axios. The publication quotes Dean Garfield, head of the Information Technology Industry Council, as saying "they've always viewed privacy … Continue reading Dark patterns and the “meaning” of privacy

Good Apple

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your journey through the looking-glass of digital rights news and analysis. APPLE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE NEXT VERSION OF SAFARI will tell users when third parties are trying to track them through things like "like" and "share" buttons, and give them a simple way to block the tracking. And which tracker did … Continue reading Good Apple

The Zuckerberg farce

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your breach in the hull of digital rights news and analysis. MARK ZUCKERBERG'S APPEARANCE BEFORE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEADERS yesterday was an absolute farce. With the world's attention trained on them, the MEPs spent an hour grandstanding, landing all the predicted blows but at excessive length – the meeting was only supposed to … Continue reading The Zuckerberg farce