Thursday, 27 February 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140226 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

#TPP too tough for Groser's talent - why should #NZ "bend over backwards to help the US cement this deal"?

#Qatar's foreign domestic workers subjected to slave-like conditions - sounds appalling, if confirmed

#TTIP: Free Trade Is Not So Free After All - "EU behaviour is a disgrace, but also routine." (v @corporateeurope)

#TTIP ‘challenged’ by environmental critics, EU says - rightly so (v @olivierhoedeman ‏@ArthurNeslen)#TAFTA #ISDS

How Commission is out-manoeuvring the European Parliament to undermine #netneutrality - good analysis of bad stuff

#TTIP threatens financial reform and the public interest - I missed this last month; good analysis of crucial aspect

EU draft proposal on trade in services, investment and e-commerce for the #TTIP negotiations - NB: huge new leak

that important #TTIP leak can be downloaded from here: it's in English, and contains key #ISDS section #TAFTA

IETF Draft Wants To Formalize 'Man-In-The-Middle' Decryption Of Data As It Passes Through 'Trusted Proxies' - #MITM

great news: consultation on #OpenStandards and #ODF extended you now have until 5pm Friday 28th Feb - pl. use it

Millions of dollars of public money are lost each year to fraud: aims to fight it; pl. spread the word #transparency

Kepler: Opening the Planet Verification Bottleneck - such an exciting time in this field

#GCHQ intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users - still "authorised, necessary and proportionate" really??

given the continuing revelations about the slimy stuff they get up to, why would any decent person ever want to join #GCHQ now...?

Abe: Avoid time limit for Japan-US #TPP - “We never break election promises” 4 "tariffs on 5 agricultural categories"

NSA robots are 'collecting' your data, too, and they're getting away with it - important pt.: this is still spying

"#GCHQ personnel stumbling across images of child abuse could be committing a criminal offence" - serious points

The Moazzam Begg Arrest: Part of the Effort to Criminalize Muslim Political Dissent - shame on the UK government

"likely means that the #NSA has webcam images of American citizens in their storage houses" - Americans please note

#AU: "further extension of patent monopolies through [#TPP] adding hundreds more millions to the health budget! -

#GCHQ's cover for Optic Nerve provided by legislation introduced in 2000 - #RIPA is not fit for purpose: repeal it

#TPP: Japan's inflexibility and its agreement with the US leave little room, and little movement, for other nations -

Five year ambition for open philanthropy in the UK - great idea (v  ‏@EllnMllr)

UK Hacker Faces Extradition To US, Not To Mention 5 Years' Imprisonment In UK For Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys -


 Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140225 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Ubuntu mobile maps: open maps on an open platform - open is good

#China's toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists - yikes

Are #TPP Trade Talks Going Anywhere? - tl;dr: nope (v @DrRimmer)

Homeless living in shocking, rat-infested conditions, report says - shameful return to Victorian conditions in UK

#Atos awarded contract for #NHS records - to help with the "fitness for work" scheme, perhaps... (v @aral)

last day: Please Stand up for #OpenStandards - & #ODF - important UK consultation - pl. make a submission, even short

Seal deaths caused by propellers break environmental law, ministers warned - horrific injuries #uk

YouTube Ordered to Remove “Illegal” Copyright Blocking Notices - #GEMA is such a waste of skin

 The Act of Killing has helped #Indonesia reassess its past and present - sounds a hugely important film #id

#Singapore and #Malaysia hit by extreme dry spell - if only someone had seen this coming - oh, wait... #climatechange

Post-WikiLeaks, Manning, Snowden world brighter for freedom fighters - "#Whistleblowers are increasingly valued"

#TAFTA/#TTIP debate: "If we do not achieve deal by the end of 2015 or early 2016, we will not get there at all" -

Extending or replacing EC's contracts with Microsoft & suppliers of Microsoft licenses - nice #FOI (f @dozykraut)

Whale graveyard in Chile unearths fossil treasure trove - exciting stuff

Sweden to sue the Commission for delaying hormone-affecting criteria - yay, go sweden

Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years - hugely important, ignored by #nsa /#gchq

A Plan to Rebuild Computer Security From the Ground Up - "VMware plans to #opensource the key parts"

NSA Inspector General Speaks on #Snowden for First Time, Says He Was ‘Manic in His Thievery’ - wow, back to 1950s

at a stroke, #NSA Inspector General has established it's a waste of time going to to him about concerns; get read for more #whistleblowers

CJEU to decide on the present and future of book scanning and library activities - #copyright

Chicago PD Believes It Can See The Future, Starts Warning Citizens About Crimes They Might Commit - really dangerous

UK Government response to consultation on EU #copyright rules - some interesting comments here...

FSFE comments on UK proposal on document formats - still time to add yours...#ODF #openstandards

Pulling back the shower curtain:@ProcterGamble's dirty secret - #palmoil, & destruction of #orangutan habitat

No deal after four days of Asia-Pacific talks - “significant gaps remain in the more difficult areas" #TPP

US-led trade deal talks to carry on to next round - "had sought to reach a deal by the end of 2013" #TPP

Tell Head & Shoulders to stop using dirty #palmoil - @ProcterGamble must stop driving deforestation #ProtectParadise

Microsoft has posted a monster of a submission to UK gov - don't let them block #openstandards again - pl. post now

Support MediaGoblin! - "freedom-respecting replacement for sites like Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Thingiverse."

BTW, if you do decide to respond to Microsoft's claims to UK gov, please keep it factual: anything else will damage the case for #openness

Will the Supreme Court save us from #softwarepatents? - good history and analysis of upcoming case

great to see people still posting here: - still time to add your comments #ODF #openstandards

nice little posting about supporting #ODF here from a certain Vint Cerf - why not join him? #openstandards

#AU #Copyright Reform Goes Into Reverse: 'Fair Use' Out, 'Three Strikes' In - snatching defeat from jaws of victory

Reddit Mods Bury Glenn Greenwald's Story On GCHQ/NSA Use Of Internet To 'Destroy Reputations' - not good for reddit

Lack of currency provisions threatens future of Obama trade agenda - "not moving until currency is part of it" #TPP

Horrific Appeals Court Ruling Says Actress Has (c) Interest In 'Innocence Of Muslims,' YouTube 2 Delete Every Copy -

Google’s first Ara developers kits and conference are coming soon - "open hardware platform"

Life Sciences, Intellectual Property Regimes and Global Justice - sounds interesting

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140224 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Another Area Where #TPP Will Cause Problems: Internet Domain Names - another reason to see the text

#TPP & expected impact of AUSFTA Annex 2-C style provisions on access to medicines and #PHARMAC in #NZ [pdf] -

U.S. ‘suggests #TPP pact without #Japan’ - but is it just bluffing?

Obama advisor: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The #NSA will raid your servers - (v @AltheimLaw @IanBrownOII)

How Covert Agents Infiltrate Net to Manipulate, Deceive, & Destroy Reputations - read, learn, apply - against them

EU eyes softer climate policies to fuel ‘industrial renaissance’ - idiots: strong climate policy is not optional

African farmers cut use of ‘toxic’ pesticides through EU-funded project - good initiative

BT earns £1.3bn extra from NHS IT scheme – for what? - what a fiasco

Building an archaeological project repository I: Open Science means #OpenData -

Graphics on U.S. Pharmaceutical Exports to India, Patents, the Compulsory License, and Prices - so stop whining, then

Rep. Goodlatte Slips Secret Change Into Phone Unlocking Bill That Opens The #DMCA Up For Wider Abuse - that's nasty

#TPP negotiators fail to reach a deal - "can’t even agree on common-sense provisions"

"What we know about the Trans-Pacific trade pact is not good. What they're hiding could be far worse." - #TPP

#TTIP Update XVI - more info on #ISDS provisions, and a call for #transparency - from the USTR #TAFTA

EU parliament backs tougher car emissions limits - well done MEPs....

Dilma: EU-Mercosur Deal Is "Close to Completion" - anyone know what's in this? #ISDS for example? copyright? Patents?

CCI Claims 6 Strikes Working Great To Thwart Piracy, Offers Absolutely No Evidence To Support That Claim - surprise

Getting cured of hepatitis C will cost you your pension - profits before people #pharma #patents

Paramount Flips Out That People Might 'Watch' Twitter Account Posting Top Gun Frame By Frame -

With Great Power Comes The Thinnest Skin: 13-Year-Old Hit With Felony Charges After Throwing Snowball At Cop -

nun brachte US-Landwirtschaftsminister Tom Vilsack [Hormonfleisch] aufs Tapet & dies mit Nachdruck - (v @story4good)

"Damit bestätigten sie die Befürchtungen europäischer Umweltorganisationen, die in der Vergangenheit genau davor gewarnt hatten." #TTIP


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140223 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Hell Freezes Over: Nokia Unveils an #Android Phone, the Nokia X - well, there you are: the #windows era is over...

Study Confirms #TarSands Contamination First Nations Warned of for Years - just the start...

Hospital records of 47m #NHS patients obtained by insurance society - "resulting in increased premiums"; oh, look...

Please Stand up for #OpenStandards - and #ODF - important UK consultation closing soon - pl. make a submission

#ISDS: devil in KAFTA’s detail - "claimed compensation is high enough 2 seriously affect a country’s fiscal position"

New NSA Leakers Reveal It Switched From Spying On Merkel To All Her Advisors - #whistleblowers of the world unite

#Brazil Says US Farm Bill Violates Trade Rules - " plans to reopen a case before the #WTO"

One Million for Zooniverse – and One for #GalaxyZoo! - great milestone for wonderful project #citizenscience

"Tabled texts can be shared with public. After, parties make a text with brackets. These texts can be published" -

we need to establish the basic principle that "tabled texts must be published texts" in all negotiations #TPP #TAFTA #TTIP #transparency

SanDisk Packs 128GB Into A MicroSD Card - how long before a terabyte?

Medical records rules broken, #NHS admits - but it will OK next time, promise... #trust #caredata #forgetit

"#TPP's abandonment of an aggressive defense of the #environment could be illegal" - wow, this is interesting

NB, still: "only 8 of 29 chapters in #TPP have been finalised & not the most controversial or significant sections" -

USTR on Charm Offensive—Tweaks to Secret #TPP Far From Enough - "deals that uphold corporate interests above all"

"Pharma companies are queuing up behind so-called not-for-profit front companies to spy on what pills we take" -

Trade and the Tea Party: Washington insiders remain clueless - "#TPP is not free trade" (v @snlester)

Musicians Increasingly Realizing That Streaming Services Are Actually A Really Good Thing - getting there...

Police Chief To Critics Of Controversial Arrest: Hey, At Least My Officers Aren't Sexually Assaulting Arrestees -

Monday, 24 February 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140222 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

#HS2 may increase risk of homes being flooded, senior Conservatives fear - "it's dead, Jim..." #nohope

US now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel - looks like people now more willing to reveal this stuff... #nsa

#Netzneutralität auf dem Prüfstand im EU-Parlament - good background #netneutrality

#TPP: "US not shown any willingness to make concessions" - #japan: "We will not concede what we cannot concede"

Sunday, 23 February 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140221 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Crunch time for National: support tobacco carveout from #TPP - why won't #NZ gov supprt this?

Why a tobacco "exception" from ISDS won't sufficiently protect tobacco control measures [pdf] - good analysis #TPP

#NZ should follow #Malaysia lead in releasing #TPP text  - absolutely vital for public to join debate

Intellectual Ventures starts PAC to lobby for #patent trolls - just no shame

Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons - interesting

EU ministers ask Commission to withdraw GMO proposal in open letter - system is a mess

European Parliament moves forward on Transparency of Company Ownership - this is goold

How USDA Cowers to the Poultry Industry - why we don't want "mutual recognition" of US food stds in #EU with #TTIP

What Happens When You Marry The #NSA's Surveillance Database With #Amazon's Personalized Marketing? - nothing good...

Julian #Assange's ghost writer breaks silence on failed autobiography - fascinating

David Hare: 'The security services are running the country, aren't they?' - this man is extremely wise; listen to him

US News Dumps Pre-2007 Archive, Putting A Proxy Paywall Between Writers And Their Work - serious problem for future

Saturday, 22 February 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140220 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Pharmaceutical industry behaviour & #TPP -  "vital that #NZ does not cede further ground to pharmaceutical industry"

#malaysia: draft text of #TPP will be released for detailed scrutiny & public debate before any final agreement -

Anti-#TPP 'zombies' invade Kuala Lumpur - nice media event #my

discussion about encryption, confidentiality & DebianParl - speakers include Nils Torvalds, father of Linus...

Net neutrality gets final scrutiny in EU Parliament - should we be alarmed? - yes, "specialised services" must go

#TAFTA/#TTIP seen dragging on until mid-2016 - "public debate on TTIP in Europe has turned sour over the past months"

Comment Deadline on UK Cabinet Office “#ODF Only” Policy is February 26 - the best background to what's at stake

OpenMENA - "bringing the values of an open & more collaborative society to Middle East and North Africa"; great news

Critics of giant NHS database 'are scaremongering' - so says Patients4Data, representing charities & drug companies

Historic National US Strategy to Address Wildlife Trafficking - this is good, Mr Obama, pl. make it happen fast

#snowden: "a sort of surveillance time-machine" - the 4th dimension is crucially dangerous #nsa #gchq

Take action now or face 'climate gag' on new roads - just outrageous... #uk

Politicians Freak Out Over New FCC Neutrality Moves, Not Realizing They Probably Won't Do Anything - more theatre...

Exxon CEO Stands Up for Homeowners Against Frackers (When He's the Homeowner) - you can't make it up (v @dozykraut)

 The EU's #netneutrality compromise - what does it really mean? - further analysis of some bad wording

MSF urges #TPP countries not to abandon public health - " most damaging trade agreement we’ve ever seen"

MT @CETAWatch Draft #CETA investment texts will be made public in EU consultation on investment, #ISDS in US deal. >>important news #TTIP

EU-Schutzstandards bleiben bei Handelsabkommen mit USA gewahrt - but in future? #ISDS's chilling effect on new laws

#TTIP benefits called "fairy tale" on #DE television as opposition to #CETA, #TAFTA grows - don't miss "0.05% growth"

Did GCHQ and NSA Lose an Eye Today? - interesting questions #tempora

Obama’s ambitious trade deal hits Asian resistance - "Malaysia’s government has faced debilitating backlash over TPP"

#India gets historic #whistleblowers protection bill - this is good: let's hope it helps

Sows at US factory farm fed blended flesh of baby pigs to guard against viral outbreak -  more factory farm horrors

#Snowden Elected As Glasgow University Rector, Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize - he gets my vote...

Time for trade ministers to think about public health - "a political & not just an economic treaty" (v @StuJT)#TPP

Friday, 21 February 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140219 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

#Snowden Endorses Sam Adams Awardee Chelsea Manning (video) - interesting thoughts on over-classification of secrets

Save the Internet - important vote on #netneutrality on Monday - pl. contact your MEPs today

South Korea's Love Affair With Censorship Squanders Their Tech Superiority - not just about tech...

EU scientists’ biofuels warnings were ignored - shame on the politicians involved

#Ecuador pursued #China oil deal while pledging to protect Yasuni, papers show - another disaster in the offing

UK Government Refuses To Confirm Or Deny If Your Pronunciation Of Massive Surveillance Program 'Tempora' Is Correct -

Shooting to people in Kiev / Стральба па пратэстоўцах у Кіеве - Shooting to people in Kiev / Стральба па пратэстоўцах у Кіеве awful scenes (v @DenZhadanov)#ukraine

"Air pollution causes 29,000 early deaths a year in UK" - so why worry about terrorism which causes about zero?

it's just absurd to take away our freedom over a threat (terrorism) that is negligible, while ignoring a huge one (air pollution) that isn't

#TTIP: hurdles to overcome - what a fatuous piece. no evidence it's a "huge opportunity": annual GDP boost just 0.05%

#Brazil moves to end tension over land disputes - this is good: let's hope it happens

"What happens if birds are contaminated with feces? rule allows companies to douse them with more chemicals" - #TTIP

Alternative Tube Maps: Underground Underworld - ha! nicely done #hades

USTR Thinks A Non-Transparent 'Public Interest' Committee Will Mollify Critics; It Won't - token gestures much?

Mitos del TLCAN después de 20 años - #NAFTA has been a disaster for #mexico; #TPP will be worse

Demand for food banks 'fuelled by poverty and benefit delays' - "findings had been 'suppressed'"; also, water wet...

Tracking deforestation as it happens - welcome tool; now let's use it where we can #supplychain #palmoil

Terrorists Have Known Cellphones Are Surveillance Targets 4 A Decade But Now It's Greenwald And Snowden's Fault? -

Leaving Google - that would be @timbray...

Trade deals: why Obama is stymied by members of his own party - everyone's saying it #TPP #TAFTA #TTIP

This is the best opening paragraph in any news story ever - well, maybe not, but it's rather good...

Apparently We Are All Confused & Killing Net Neutrality Will Be Just GREAT For Startups - good debunking of daft idea

The Race to Save Mali’s Priceless Artifacts - inspiring tale (v @BoingBoing)

As Idaho moves 2 criminalize undercover video with 'ag-gag' law, clip of dairy worker sexually abusing cow surfaces -

Denmark Is About To Set Even More Ambitious Climate Goals Than All Of Europe - "100% renewable energy by 2050"

Release #TPP text - "If it was just a trade agreement, fewer would be worried. this is mainly about domestic laws"

We're Running Out of #Antibiotics - "80% of all antibiotics used in US are given to animals": selfish, stupid waste

#TPP lose-lose for #cancer patients - must these people be sacrificed on the altar of free trade? #nz

#TPP leak spurs fears over cancer drug - well, leak from last year, no? but point taken...