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[News] Censorship Puts Aussie/New Zealand's Internet at Risk

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Aussie internet-net will be drawn wider

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| The Australian government is already planning to block legal internet content 
| when its "great firewall" eventually goes live. That is the fear expressed by 
| some of the most trenchant critics of this scheme, including Senators Simon 
| Birmingham (for the Liberal Party) and Scott Ludlam (for the Greens) 
| following another shift in emphasis by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy 
| in evidence to the Environment, Communications and the Arts committee on 
| Monday.       


Recording Industry, Politicians Continue To Give Bogus Reasons To Support 3
Strikes In New Zealand

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| Lawrence D'Oliveiro continues to keep us informed on the more ridiculous 
| aspects of the push by both the recording industry and certain politicians in 
| New Zealand to push through that country's highly controversial policy to cut 
| off file sharers based on accusations rather than actual convictions for file 
| sharing. First up is that the country's Prime Minister appears to be flat-out 
| lying when he claims that New Zealand has to implement such a plan to remain 
| in compliance with international obligations. That's simply not true. He 
| claims that other countries, like Australia and the UK have already 
| implemented similar plans, but that's also not true. Both countries have 
| considered such a plan, but the UK, for instance, has already said that it 
| will not require ISPs to cut anyone off the internet. To claim that New 
| Zealand has to do so or that other countries have already agreed to the same 
| thing is simply untrue.             


Lie for law.


Obama names Doerr, Phillips to economic board

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| Two Silicon Valley leaders have been appointed by President Obama to a
| 16-person committee that's charged with offering economic advice during what
| has become an unusually sharp and deep recession.
| John Doerr, the billionaire venture capitalist at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield
| & Byers, is one. Doerr was involved in funding companies including Google,
| Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems, and Cypress Semiconductor; he currently serves
| on the board of companies including Amazon and Google and has recently turned
| his attention to green tech.
| Charles Phillips, the president of Oracle, is another. Phillips became
| president in May 2003 and previously was with Morgan Stanley's Institutional
| Securities Division. He's a Linux aficionado and said in 2005: "On demand is
| the future of software for many years to come and we are building it on
| Linux."


Why Obama Should Change US Trade Policy On Intellectual Property

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| That's why it's good to see Ed Black, president and CEO of the Computer &
| Communications Industry Association, writing up an opinion piece for the San
| Jose Mercury News explaining to President-elect Obama why US trade policy
| concerning IP needs to change. First, he worries about the widespread reports
| that Obama has chosen Xavier Becerra to be the new US Trade Representative.
| In the past, the US Trade Rep has basically acted as a representative of
| Hollywood at times, and Becerra may be no different... as he's literally the
| Congressional rep for California's 31st district... which (you guessed it)
| covers Hollywood. Uh oh. That would be like making a Congressional rep from
| Detroit in charge of automotive policy in the US. They're less likely to have
| the nation's overall best interests in mind.

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