Category: SOPA

If code is law, we need a parliament of coders

Lawrence Lessig famously stated that “code is law”: The primary idea, as expressed in the title, is the notion that computer code (or “West Coast Code”, referring to Silicon Valley) may regulate conduct in much the same way that legal code (or “East Coast Code”,…

Why we have the web we have

For those of you who live in the UK and are affected by its legislation, the Open Rights Group – of which I am a recent member – has just published this briefing page on what the government most likely…

Rewriting the script of Broken Backed SOPA

There’s a fascinating thesis over at opensource.com at the moment, which essentially argues that both SOPA and PIPA were fundamentally broken from the start.  Worth a read in its entirety, the conclusion of this post runs as follows (the bold…

"ACTA: The new threat to the net"

I’ve just received this email from Avaaz.org – it’s well worth a read as it highlights how large corporations and wealthy interests continue to try and game the free markets and our wider economies in their favour: Dear friends, A…