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Harry’s place shut down for ousting an antisemite

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Update (sept. 05): now its in the papers, so it must be true.

Eric Lee reports that Harry’s place, a popular British left-wing blog, had the wire cut by its ISP after posting the details of Jenna Delich, a Sheffield based academic who in the course of discussing the academic boycott of Israel on a trade union mailing list linked to the website of American KKK leader, neo-Nazi and Holocaust-denier David Duke.

So here’s me making the same accusations, posting the same picture. Sue me too.

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Written by yishaym

September 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Free Meryem Özsögüt!

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An urgent call for action from LabourStart:

Ms. Meryem Özsögüt, trade union leader and management board member of PSI‘s affiliate SES in Turkey (the trade union of public employees in health and social services) was arrested on the morning of 8 January following her participation in a press conference on 14 December 2007 to denounce the killing by the police of activist Kevser Mizrak.

You can help! Sign the petition. Join the campaign.

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UK Gov. going IP-Bolshevik on ISPs?

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Laurence Kaye (and others) tell us that –

The Government today published a strategies paper for the creative industry, ‘Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy,’ which signals a shift in the way the Government will approach the fostering and protecting of intellectual property – and in particular the role of ISPs in relation to copyright infringement.

The front page of the policy doc says –

Our aim is to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, support the pursuit of excellence, and champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries.

According to Laurence, The Government intends to achieve this with a two-pronged approach of:

  1. fostering creative growth through proposed initiatives such as creative apprenticeships and ‘find your talent’ and talent pathways’ schemes;
  2. safeguarding the resulting creative content by stamping out online copyright infringement.

Of course I like 1. But 2 gets me worried, especially when we move on to the operational plan, which aims (in the spirit of new labour privatization) to devolve IP policing to ISPs. Let’s put aside, for the moment, the fact that copyright does not protect creators or reward creativity. The new policy document actually focuses on the “creative industry“, so apart from the moto at the top, at least they’re honest. The problem here, specifically, is in dumping the liability in the ISPs lap.

For ISPs to enforce copyright laws, they need to do one of two things:

  • Monitor every bit you consume and decide if its kosher (yikes!)
  • Block every site they suspect might, on an off-chance, carry questionable content (eek!)

But hey, what’s the problem? Who needs Indimedia? You just sit down, relax, and watch the BBC, or Fox news. We’ll tell you all you need to know.
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Written by yishaym

February 23, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Adiós FaceBook

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Right, that’s it. enough. I’m gone.

To be honest, I wasn’t feeling very comfortable there for some time now. The idea that these guys are making a commodity out of our identity was gradually seeping in, and I – call me old fashioned – it just didn’t feel right.

blackadder.jpg But now this. Derek Blackadder. Derek is a Canadian trade unionist who was trying to use FaceBook to do what trade unionists do: organise workers and promote their causes. This guy must have read the about page

Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

And instead of thinking ‘oh, cool! I can throw a virtual wet fish at my homeboy’s virtual dog’ he thought ‘hey, social utility, connects – that could be useful for empowering workers, mobilizing campaigns, fighting corporations.

Ah, did you say fighting corporations? EEEEEEE wrong answer, dude. You’re out.

you can read the full story here, here, and all over the place. There’s a campaign to reinstate him, and knowing how these people are scared of bad publicity – they probably will (or already have), and say it was all a misunderstanding. But I say: why bother? You know this Internet? the great thing about it: you have the choice. At the end of the day, FB is just another social networking site. And not such a great find (unless you’re really, really into wet fish in the face). Just move on. It was getting too crowded anyway. See you guys at UnLtdWorld, Pulse, LinkedIn, or where ever the winds of web may take you.

(p.s. and leave a msg if you need an UnLtdWorld invite. They are seriously nice.)