Sunday, 22 October 2017

Brexit Is A Disaster: Let's Stop It Now

Brexit farce, a cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
Law expert Jo Maugham QC has got hold of a report from the Treasury, and it makes for sobering reading. Basically, if we're stuck on WTO (world trade organisation) rules, we're screwed. This contradicts the right-wing position that we'd be fine and shouldn't worry our pretty little heads about it. Given this, shouldn't we be putting the brakes on and trying to reverse Brexit? It's not that simple.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

You Can Make A Difference: MEPs Will Debate Copyright Law on 10/10/17. Write To Them.

Me on social media - cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
On 10th October 2017, the JURI (Legal Affairs) committee in the European Parliament will vote on future copyright law. You have the ability to influence their vote on the five issues they will be debating this Tuesday.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Would Censorship Save Us from Hitler 2.0?

cartoon of right wing extremist by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
One of Brexit's red lines was getting rid of the Human Rights Act — which guarantees personal freedom. With that gone, the Tories would be free to introduce the draconian censorship they believe will save us from the bad guys. It won't. This is why.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Anti-Brexit Talking Points

On Wednesday, 29 March, 2017, Britain's ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, hand-delivered a six page letter from Prime Minister Theresa May to the EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels to formally begin proceedings related to Article 50 to get Britain out of the European Union. So far this has proved problematic, to say the least. Basically, it's not as easy as we'd been led by the Leave side to believe. Now what?

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Techdirt's Ayyadurai Defamation Suit Dismissed But Shiva Will Appeal

Stand with Techdirt cartoon with Techdirt logo t-shirt
"Inventor of EMAIL" Shiva Ayyadurai's $15M lawsuit against tech blog Techdirt, my go-to source for tech news, has been tossed. This is not merely a vexatious litigant being shown the door, it's about the right to speak as you find whether the subject finds it upsetting or not. Let's take a closer look at the implications of the case.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Dotcom, Copyright, And What Went Wrong

Cartoon of liar Chris Dodd and Kim Dotcom
I've been following the Kim Dotcom saga ever since MegaUpload was taken down by the FBI on the orders of the MPAA with little in the way of due process and sod all evidence. The case is winding down because they've got nothing. This is what happened.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Freedom Of Speech: When The Chickens Come Home To Roost

Neo-Nazi The shocking events that took place in Charlottesville last week have been interpreted in a number of ways. For some, it's a case of the chickens coming home to roost. If we ban hate speech, they reason, it'll go away. If we punch Nazis, they will go away, right? Oh, dear.

If you're easily offended, hit the back button. I won't be pulling my punches.