June 11, 2019 was the one year anniversary of the Ajit Pai led repeal of net neutrality regulations. Pai is the Trump appointed Chair of the FCC and a cable industry insider - a former Associate General Counsel at Verizon, among other positions. After being appointed Chair of the FCC, he closed an investigation of … Continue reading One Year Anniversary of Repeal of Net Neutrality
Uh oh. The Wall Street Journal is reporting (article behind a paywall) that the EU has been investigating GDPR cases and will be announcing fines this summer.
On March 26, 2019, the EU Parliament passed the controversial “Copyright Directive” by a vote of 348 to 274 and on April 15, 2019 the EU Council of Ministers approved the final text of the directive. However, unlike the GDPR (the EU's recent enactment of the General Data Protection law), the Directive will not go … Continue reading EU’s anti-link sharing law passed. Now what?
Despite widespread criticism and warnings, Article 11 and Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive have inched closer to approval. A vote of the EU parliament - probably at the end of this month or next (March or April 2019) - could start a two year phase in period. Article 11, nicknamed the "Link … Continue reading EU “break the internet” law advances
There has been some recent interest and discussion about whether a contributor of open source code can take it back at some point. That is, can he take it out of a GPL license? The answer is NO. This "NO" is implicit in GPLv2 and explicit in GPLv3. In other words, a number of sections … Continue reading Gift of open source is irrevocable.
For some time, I've been wanting to read Anand Giridharadas's critically acclaimed Winners Take: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. It's a book about the relationship between rising inequality and the current culture of philanthropy among the top 0.001% the wealth spectrum. It's also about so much more, including the role of the share … Continue reading Open Source Code: Democratic tech or Oligarchic tool?
A coalition of major open source code stakeholders have affirmed their commitment to a unified global definition of 'open source.' That definition can be found at the bottom of this post. Their announcement can be found in this press release. The coalition operates under the non-profit organization named the Open Source Initiative. It's board members … Continue reading Coalition recommits to single unified definition of ‘open source’