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As Hong Kong goes, so will our future : TheMotte
A strange tale about freedom, in-between people, and Hong Kong.
via:reddit  freedom  HongKong 
october 2019 by mcherm
The illegal city of Somerville | City Observatory
All but 22 buildings in this city of 80,000 people are "illegal" according to their building code. This raises the question of whether the building code is in any way appropriate.
law  libertarian  via:HackerNews  freedom 
june 2016 by mcherm
Tektronix Uses DMCA Notice To Try To Stop Oscilloscope Hacking | Techdirt
And here's the DMCA (or at least the THREAT of the DMCA) being used to prevent people from doing creative things with their oscilloscopes.
DMCA  techdirt  via:Techdirt  freedom 
august 2014 by mcherm
This Cute Chat Site Could Save Your Life and Help Overthrow Your Government | Threat Level | Wired.com
He wrote an in-browser secure chat that doesn't rely on SSL for security (and thus can't be MITM'ed by governments). Now the TSA harasses him.
security  politics  TSA  freedom  freespeech  censorship  surveillance  via:reddit  wired 
july 2012 by mcherm
Noahpinion: The liberty of local bullies
A problem (THE problem?) with Rand-style libertarianism: if there were just 2 levels, the individual and the government, then less government means more liberty. But there are many levels, and having some higher levels (government) restrict others (rich folks, corporations, etc) may lead to MORE liberty.
philosophy  freedom  rights  via:NoahSmith  NoahSmith 
july 2012 by mcherm
Censorship is inseparable from surveillance | Technology | guardian.co.uk
The harm from privacy loss is greatly separated from the time when it is lost so like smoking we don't avoid it to the degree we should.
via:CoryDoctorow  CoryDoctorow  privacy  surveillance  censorship  freedom 
march 2012 by mcherm
The Coming War on General Purpose Computation - Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow: copyright wars have been the least of it: governments wishing to prevent ANYTHING will seek to do so by installing universal spyware. And it won't work, but govt will continue to push. What this needs is more explanation of why computing devices controlled by their owners are important.
copyright  freedom  computers  future  CoryDoctorow  security  privacy  via:CoryDoctorow  blogworthy 
december 2011 by mcherm
Java Trap, 2010 Edition | Paul's Journal
Oracle is acting in bad faith. They (and Sun) killed Apache's implementation of the JVM. Writing in Java means being beholden to this one company and they may decide to jerk you around. Therefore, write in other languages.
java  freedom  opensource  via:HackerNews 
october 2010 by mcherm
Why does everything suck?: Steve Jobs Has Just Gone Mad
Interesting point: Apple is now telling you that you can't write apps for the AppStore if you originally wrote it in a different language and then translated it to their language. Perhaps it's just because they hate Flash, and perhaps they are within their rights to do so since they own the AppStore. But it's unconscionable behavior nevertheless.
programming  iphone  apple  law  contractlaw  appstore  via:HackerNews  freedom 
april 2010 by mcherm
Banned from the Market... ok. | False Dichotomies
Application for "tethering" (what is that?) is banned from Google's Android store for violation of the T&C of T-Mobile (currently the only cell phone provider to support Android).
android  google  programming  freedom  via:slashdot 
april 2009 by mcherm
Student researching al-Qaida tactics held for six days | higher news | EducationGuardian.co.uk
University professor and his graduate student were researching alQaida via info from US govt websites. Student was foreign, is being deported from the UK. University policy calls on people to turn in colleagues who look at such stuff.
terrorism  freedom  securitystupidity  securitytheater  via:boingboing 
may 2008 by mcherm
Update: Why is NBC Flagging Digital TV Programs - and Why is Microsoft Obeying It? | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF fought the mandatory broadcast flag and WON. Trouble is, Microsoft's Vista is apparently obeying it anyway.
via:boingboing  tv  vista  Microsoft  freedom  copyright  ip-law  law  eff 
may 2008 by mcherm
Definition Changing for People's Privacy | World Latest | Guardian Unlimited
The US Director of Intelligence suggests that the right to privacy is outdated. Instead of not having their government spy on them, people should aspire to have their government not tell every else whatever it learns about them.
rights  privacy  freedom  via:boingboing 
november 2007 by mcherm
Tourist removed from train for taking pictures
"I just watched armed police officers remove a visitor from the train for taking pictures. I don't understand this. I’m disturbed – no, shaken – to bear witness to these events."
civilrights  rights  freedom  security  via:BruceSchneier  securitystupidity  blogentry  securitytheater 
november 2007 by mcherm
PC World - Business Center: Cash Isn't King: Apple Limits iPhone Purchases
Apple won't let people buy iPhones for cash because they want to keep a list of who bought every phone. The idea is to prevent people from unlocking the phones and selling them.
freedom  consumerrights  apple  privacy 
november 2007 by mcherm
How children lost the right to roam in four generations | the Daily Mail
Article with accompanying picture illustrating how over 4 generations the distance kids may go to play shrunk from 6 mi to 1 mi to 0.5 mi to 0.17 mi. That's a factor of 35.
freedom  kids  parenting  kidsrights 
june 2007 by mcherm
Four Librarians Finally Break Silence in Records Case - New York Times
Librarians who were muzzled by Patriot Act now allowed to speak AFTER it has been renewed!
politics  freedom  library 
june 2006 by mcherm

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