"we need to acknowledge that Wikipedia is a thoroughly political animal, as is the entire Wikimedia/Creative Commons ecosystem in which it operates. The encyclopedia takes the anarchic ideals of the free software movement, and ports them to the wider cultural sphere. The subversive nature of Wikipedia does not lie in its language, political vision, or rejection of institutional norms, but in its status as a flourishing cultural counterexample in which ideas cannot be owned, the law can be repurposed and used against institutions, and code and knowledge circulate as free speech."
— Why Wikipedia’s Millionth Russian Page Is Worth Celebrating | Simulacrum
“How can I put my name to such a document when it goes against everything I believe in,” he said in an interview on Wednesday. “If I signed this, it would be a betrayal not only of myself but of my fellow priests and lay Catholics who want change. I refuse to be terrified into submission.”
The Vatican objected in particular to an article published in 2010 in Reality, an Irish religious magazine. In the article, Father Flannery, a Redemptorist priest, wrote that he no longer believed that “the priesthood as we currently have it in the church originated with Jesus” or that he designated “a special group of his followers as priests.”
Instead, he wrote, “It is more likely that some time after Jesus, a select and privileged group within the community who had abrogated power and authority to themselves, interpreted the occasion of the Last Supper in a manner that suited their own agenda.”
— Priest Is Planning to Defy the Vatican’s Orders to Stay Quiet - NYTimes.com
"Unfortunately, what we’ve seen over the past couple years has been troubling, and today is no different. When we started releasing this data, in 2010, we noticed that government agencies from different countries would sometimes ask us to remove political content that our users had posted on our services. We hoped this was an aberration. But now we know it’s not. “This is the fifth data set that we’ve released. Just like every other time, we’ve been asked to take down political speech. It’s alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect – western democracies not typically associated with censorship."
— Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in censorship by governments | Technology | The Guardian
"Négocié plutôt que débattu démocratiquement, ACTA contourne les parlements et les organisations internationales pour imposer une logique répressive dictée par les industries du divertissement. Si il était instauré, cet accord créerait de nouvelles sanctions pénales forçant les acteurs de l’Internet à surveiller et à censurer les communications en ligne. IL s’agit donc d’une menace majeure pour la liberté d’expression en ligne et est porteur d’insécurité juridique pour les entreprises de l’Internet."
— ACTA, une loi déguisée en accord commercial qui criminalise le partage du savoir sur la toile ! | Liberté sur paroles - Emission d’Eugénie Barbezat sur Aligre FM
"Most people agree that the internet has made us smarter — will it also make us freer? That depends on how we use it. Burnham believes that industries which produce content (Hollywood, music corporations, television) should be required to adapt, rather than “kill the medium.” He says that although we’re used to seeing artists portrayed as the victims in this debate, it’s really the industries that are suffering. “Artists are beginning to find really creative ways of financing projects, distributing projects, promoting projects and that’s great. The industry is a little bit slower to adapt.” And maybe they should."
— The Right to Piracy: The Conflict Behind SOPA | Think Tank | Big Think
Les plus grands noms de l’industrie informatique se sont prononcés contre Sopa, y compris l’ingénieur Vint Cerf, l’un des fondateurs d’Internet. Il a récemment tiré la sonnette d’alarme sur le fait que SOPA risquait de provoquer « une course aux armements mondiale de censure sans précédent sur le web ». Stuart Baker, un ancien secrétaire d’Etat du ministère de l’intérieur, a également attiré l’attention sur le fait que SOPA causerait « des dommages importants à la sécurité de l’Internet ».
Etant donné que la majorité des membres de la commission semblaient être en faveur de la proposition de loi, décider de repousser celle-ci sera perçue comme un coup majeur porté aux entreprises de médias qui ont fait un lobbying important pour qu’elle passe. Holmes Wilson, co-fondateur de Fight For The Future, un groupe de lobbying, a déclaré : « c’est une victoire importante, même si elle est temporaire. Ce n’est pas ce qu’ils voulaient ».
— Le projet de loi américain Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) a été ajourné :) - Framablog
"The founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, who published the greatest leak of official documents in history, providing a unique insight into rapacious wars and the lies told by governments, is likely to find himself in a hell hole not dissimilar to the “torturous” dungeon that held Private Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower. Manning has not been tried, let alone convicted, yet on 21 April President Barack Obama declared him guilty with a dismissive “He broke the law”."
— New Statesman - The smearing of a revolution
"Phone Story is a game for smartphone devices that attempts to provoke a critical reflection on its own technological platform. Under the shiny surface of our electronic gadgets, behind its polished interface, hides the product of a troubling supply chain that stretches across the globe. Phone Story represents this process with four educational games that make the player symbolically complicit in coltan extraction in Congo, outsourced labor in China, e-waste in Pakistan and gadget consumerism in the West."
— The Other Steve Jobs: Censorship, Control and Labor Rights
"An official appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council has released a new report on the state of online free speech around the world. In addition to calling attention to long-standing censorship problems in China, Iran, and other oppressive regimes, the report devotes a surprising amount of attention to speech restrictions in the developed world—and it singles out recently enacted “three strikes” laws in France and the United Kingdom that boot users off the Internet for repeated copyright infringement."
— UN report: “three strikes” Internet laws violate human rights
"Les banques ont tout coupé. En une semaine, nous avons subi un manque à gagner de près de 100 000 euros par jour, soit au total un demi-million d’euros. Or ce trésor de guerre nous aurait permis de continuer à fonctionner pendant au moins six mois. Et cette perte augmente jour après jour."
— Julian Assange : “C’est intéressant de voir la censure en Occident” - LeMonde.fr
“We removed WikiLeaks because it violated developer guidelines. An app must comply with all local laws. It may not put an individual or target group in harms way.”
We asked what individual or target was put in harms way, but all we got was a “decline to comment” any further. (All of our follow ups were met with “decline to comment.”)
This is not going to do anything to placate the people that fear Apple’s power over the App Store.
— Apple Explains Why It Deleted The WikiLeaks App