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October 31 2011

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Naomi Klein - The Paradox of Crisis - Youtube video ~25min

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Looking at the various crises going on around the world, what are the challenges ahead and the opportunities for us as a community? Can we meet these challenges skillfully? World-renowned activist Naomi Klein, author of 'No Logo' and 'The Shock Doctrine', on a rare visit to Totnes, hosts an evening of discussion and participation. All welcome
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October 06 2011

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But while the update, and today’s return to a blackout-free site, may represent a superficial victory for Wikipedia — and a nod to the encyclopedia’s network-effects-rooted power as, yep, a political lobbying force — the bill still holds. And the episode overall is a good reminder of the generally dismal status of press freedom in Italy. Berlusconi owns the influential private media company Mediaset; he exercises direct control over state television. Italy’s 100,000 professional journalists, to get work, must belong to the Ordine dei Giornalisti — a group that is, in effect, a modern-day guild. This year’s Freedom House survey of global press freedom, citing “heavy media concentration and official interference in state-owned outlets,” ranked Italy as only “partly free.”

It’s a worrisome state of affairs — one that Italian journalists are both keenly aware of and, as the DDL intercettazioni episode suggests, largely powerless to fight. As La Repubblica’s Vittorio Zambardino, the paper’s “Scene Digitali” blogger, told me when I met him in Perugia last year, over-regulation of journalism and the online space is a constant threat in Italy. And, for that matter, in Europe (and elsewhere) more broadly. “There’s a wide array of social processes that are produced by the Internet that are also endangering the virtue and the value of the Internet,” Zambardino said. He continued:

Freedom is going to be killed by strict regulation taken by governments. In Italy, we are very worried about this. But it’s not only Italy: the European Union has very strict views about privacy, about anonymity, about what they call “the freedom of the Internet.” In an ironic way — because they don’t believe in the freedom of the Internet.

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Blackout in Italy: “The first time Wikipedia worldwide has done anything of this kind” » Nieman Journalism Lab | 2011-11-06
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Wikipedia Italy DOWN!!!

Massive attack on Freedom of Speech in Italy

"Dear reader,

at this time, the Italian language Wikipedia may be no longer able to continue providing the service that over the years was useful to you, and that you expected to have right now. As things stand, the page you want still exists and is only hidden, but the risk is that soon we will be forced to actually delete it.

(The Bill - Rules on Wiretapping etc., p. 24, paragraph 29, letter a) states that:

«For the Internet sites, including newspapers and periodicals delivered by telematic way, the statements or corrections are published, with the same graphic characteristics, the same access methodology to the site and the same visibility of the news which they refer.»)

Over the past ten years, Wikipedia has become part of the daily habits of millions of web users looking for a neutral, free-content, and - above all - independent source of Knowledge. A new, huge multi-lingual encyclopedia, freely available to all, at any time, and free of charge.

Today, unfortunately, the very pillars on which Wikipedia has been built - neutrality, freedom, and verifiability of its contents - are likely to be heavily compromised by paragraph 29 of a law proposal, also known as "DDL intercettazioni" (Wiretapping Act).

This proposal, which the Italian Parliament is currently debating, provides, among other things, a requirement to all websites to publish, within 48 hours of the request and without any comment, a correction of any content that the applicant deems detrimental to his/her image.

Unfortunately, the law does not require an evaluation of the claim by an impartial third judge - the opinion of the person allegedly injured is all that is required, in order to impose such correction to any website.

Hence, anyone who feels offended by any content published on a blog, an online newspaper and, most likely, even on Wikipedia can directly request to publish a "corrected" version, aimed to contradict and disprove the allegedly harmful contents, regardless of the truthfulness of the information deemed as offensive, and its sources.

(Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 27.

(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.)

During all these years, the users of Wikipedia (and we want, once more, to point out that Wikipedia does not have an editorial staff) have always been available to review - and modify, if needed - any content deemed to be detrimental to anyone, without harm to the Project's neutrality and independence. In the very rare instances it was not possible to reach a mutually satisfactory solution, the entire page has been removed.

The obligation to publish on our site the correction as is, provided by the named paragraph 29, without even the right to discuss and verify the claim, is an unacceptable restriction of the freedom and independence of Wikipedia, to the point of distorting the principles on which the Free Encyclopedia is based and this would bring to a paralysis of the "horizontal" method of access and editing, putting - in fact - an end to its existence as we have known until today.

It should be made more than clear that none of us wants to question safeguarding and protection of the reputation, honor and image of any party - but we also note that every Italian citizen is already protected in this respect by Article 595 of the Criminal Code, which punishes the crime of defamation.

With this announcement, we want to warn our readers against the risks arising from leaving to the arbitrary will of any party to enforce the alleged protection of its image and its reputation. Under such provisions, web users would be most probably led to cease dealing with certain topics or people, just to "avoid troubles".

We want to be able to keep a free and open-to-all encyclopaedia, because our articles are also your articles - Wikipedia is already neutral, why neutralize it?

The users of Wikipedia"

see http://dia.so/E0

oAnth - via repost at Diaspora* | 2011-10-05 
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October 05 2011

Italienische Wikipedia vor dem Aus?

Falls jemand glaubt, die Frage im Titel ist übertrieben, der möge die italienische Wikipedia ansurfen: http://it.wikipedia.org

Dort wenden sich die Nutzer der Wikipedia an die Öffentlichkeit und bitten um den notwendigen Aufschrei, der auch international erfolgen sollte. Hier der volle deutsche Text der Erklärung:

Lieber Leser,

zum derzeitigen Zeitpunkt besteht die Gefahr, dass die italienischsprachige Wikipedia nicht mehr den nützlichen Service, den der Leser bisher erwarten konnte, erbringen kann. Zurzeit ist die Seite, die Sie gerade lesen möchten, nur versteckt, doch es besteht die Gefahr, dass wir bald dazu gezwungen werden können, sie wirklich zu löschen.

In den vergangenen zehn Jahren wurde Wikipedia Teil im Leben von Millionen Internetnutzern, weil sie eine neutrale, frei lizenzierte und vor allem unabhängige Wissensquelle darstellte: eine neue, großartige Enzyklopädie, die jederzeit frei und kostenfrei zugänglich war.

Heute aber stehen die Säulen, auf denen Wikipedia gebaut war: Neutralität, Freiheit und Überprüfbarkeit ihrer Inhalte unglücklicherweise auf wackligem Boden. Ursache dafür ist der Paragraph 29 eines italienischen Gesetzentwurfes, namens „DDL intercettazioni“ (Abhörmaßnahmen).

Dieser Gesetzesentwurf, den das italienische Parlament zurzeit debattiert, enthält neben anderen Dingen eine Verpflichtung für Webseiten, innerhalb von 48 Stunden kommentarlos jegliche Korrektur am Inhalt vorzunehmen, die der Antragsteller im Interesse seiner Reputation fordert.

Unerfreulicherweise verlangt dieses Gesetz keine Evaluation durch eine unabhängige dritte Person. Ausschließlich die Meinung der angeblich beleidigten Person oder Organisation genügt, um die geforderten Korrekturen an der Webseite durchsetzen zu lassen.

Im Umkehrschluss bedeutet dies, dass jeder, der sich durch irgendeinen Inhalt in einem Blog, einer Online-Zeitschrift oder eben auch Wikipedia angegriffen fühlt, direkt die Entfernung des Inhalts und eine dauerhafte Veröffentlichung einer durch ihn korrigierten Fassung verfügen kann. Als Begründung würde es genügen, einen angeblich schädigenden Inhalt anfechten und widerlegen zu wollen – unabhängig von möglichen angegebenen Quellen und ohne Rücksicht darauf, ob der Inhalt wirklich ein persönlicher Angriff ist.

In all den Jahren haben sich die Benutzer der Wikipedia (zur Erinnerung: Wikipedia hat keine festangestellte Redaktion) verpflichtet gefühlt, auf Nachfrage hin jede Art von Inhalt zu überprüfen, der für jemanden nachteilig sein könnte, ohne dabei auf die Neutralität und Unabhängigkeit des Projektes verzichten zu müssen. In dem sehr seltenen Fall, in dem es nicht möglich war, eine für beide Seiten zufriedenstellende Lösung zu erreichen, wurde die Seite gelöscht.

Die sich aus Paragraph 29 ergebende Verpflichtung, die Korrektur ohne Recht auf Diskussion und Überprüfung der Inhalte veröffentlichen zu müssen, würde zu einer inakzeptablen Beschneidung der Freiheit und Unabhängigkeit der Wikipedia führen, zur Beschädigung der Prinzipien, auf denen Wikipedia steht, ja letztlich zum Ende des Projektes, wie wir es bis heute kennen.

Es sollte klar geworden sein, dass niemand von uns den Schutz der Reputation, Ehre oder des Ansehens irgendeiner Person oder Organisation in Frage stellen möchte, sondern wir darauf hinweisen, dass jeder italienische Staatsbürger schon durch Artikel 595 des Strafgesetzbuches vor Diffamierungen geschützt ist.

Mit dieser Ankündigung wollen wir unsere Leser über die Gefahren aufklären, die auf uns zu kämen, wenn jedermann selbst in der Lage wäre, willkürlich den Schutz seines eigenen Ansehens und seiner eigenen Reputation durchzusetzen. Unter solchen Bedingungen werden Internetbenutzer wahrscheinlich Abstand davon nehmen, sich mit gewissen Themen oder Personen zu beschäftigen, einzig um Ärger aus dem Weg zu gehen.

Wir wollen Wikipedia frei und offen für alle belassen, weil unsere Artikel auch eure sind – wir sind schon neutral, wieso wollt ihr uns neutralisieren?

Die Benutzer der italienischsprachigen Wikipedia

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August 19 2011

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Was für ein Rechtsverständnis! | Oeffinger Freidenker - Stefan Sasse 2011-08-19


Die Decke der Zivilisation, sie ist wahrlich dünn. Die absurd harten Strafen, die britische Gerichte derzeit für teilweise Bagatellfälle während der Plünderungen vergeben (gestohlene Wasserflaschen, entgegengenommene Shorts), und die völlige Willkürlichkeit derselben sind absolut beängstigend. SpOn berichtet:

Die Richter verteidigen ihre ungewöhnliche Härte damit, ein Exempel statuieren zu müssen. Richter Andrew Gilbart aus Manchester etwa schrieb in einem Urteil, die Vergehen in der Nacht des 9. August seien "außerhalb des normalen Kontextes von Kriminalität" erfolgt. Die Gerichte müssten zeigen, dass kriminelles Verhalten unter solchen Umständen längere Strafen nach sich zieht, als wenn es isoliert stattgefunden hätte. Konservative Blätter applaudieren diesem Rechtsverständnis. "Dies sind keine normalen Zeiten", kommentierte der "Daily Telegraph" in einem Leitartikel. Tausende Bürger hätten in jenen Nächten voller Angst in ihren Betten gelegen. Dies müssten die Gerichte bei ihrer Urteilsfindung berücksichtigen.
Bitte was?

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Because of the flat tax that was introduced on January 1 two-thirds of the population receive smaller paychecks than before. And millions of people have been hard hit by the upsurge in the price of Swiss francs. Thus people have little money to spend. These domestic problems are coupled with a sluggish German economy, Hungary's most important trading partner. This is really a deathblow to the Hungarian economy, which is mostly export-driven.

In any case, after two days of meetings, it was decided that Viktor Orbán must give a press conference and say something about this new situation. In the past, Orbán often refused to say anything that would be unpopular. It's enough to think of the announcement of the austerity program known by its fancy nickname "Kálmán Széll Plan." By giving the name of a nineteenth-century minister of finance to the program, Orbán's spin doctors wanted to avoid associating an unpopular austerity program with the prime minister. In addition, the details of the Széll Plan were made public by György Matolcsy while Orbán was sitting in the audience.

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Hungarian Spectrum: The Hungarian economic crisis of 2011 | 2011-08-17

August 17 2011

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Vom Neoliberalismus zum Autoritarismus | UK - Ungarn

Bembel - via Diaspora

// vier Jahre Gefängnis für #Aufruf zu Unruhen auf #Facebook (kein Mordaufruf o.ä.)… nicht in Nordkorea, in Großbritannien j.mp/qEUmBw //

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//oAnth

Der gesellschaftlich sich vollziehende Umbau vom Neoliberalismus zum Autoritarismus wird in den traditionell westlichen Ländern stillschweigend, tabuisierend und massenpsychologisch höchst effectiv, durch gezielte Kriminalisierung der digitalen Sphäre erreicht - in Ungarn erlaubt es die öffentliche Meinungung der Regierung weit ungenierter über eine entsprechende Verfassungsänderung zu Werke zu gehen :

www.pearltrees.com/02myprltr01/hungary-hongrie-02mysocdev/id3238036

 

August 13 2011

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When the Egyptian secret police can purchase Western technology that allows them to eavesdrop on the Skype calls of dissidents, it seems unlikely that American and European intelligence agencies have no means of listening the calls of, say, a loner in Norway.

We tolerate such drastic proposals only because acts of terror briefly deprive us of the ability to think straight. We are also distracted by the universal tendency to imagine technology as a liberating force; it keeps us from noticing that governments already have more power than is healthy.

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Repressing the Internet, Western-Style | Evgeny Morozov -  WSJ.com - 2011-08-13
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@reckon converses on authority, social control, and political repression

I must say he has valid points

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May 12 2011

May 02 2011

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Rachel Maddow: Republican Michigan governor thinks democracy 'is a problem'

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Posted on 04.29.11 By David Edwards Categories: Featured, Nation

The decision-making authority of elected officials in Benton Harbor, Michigan was suspended under a new emergency manager law passed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

In a speech Wednesday, Snyder said he also wanted to abolish the minimum number of hours children are required to be in school. He announced that he was targeting 23 school districts for takeover by state-appointed unilateral executives.

"Every single one of those places has just been told that them having locally elected officials, that's a problem," MSNBC Rachel Maddow explained Thursday. "That democracy is in the way of making things more efficient in Michigan, that Democracy is not the way we fix problems in America, that it is a problem."

Watch this video from MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast April 28, 2011.

Rachel Maddow: Republican Michigan governor thinks democracy 'is a problem'
http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/04/maddow-republican-michigan-governor...

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