Tech Rights Updates Since My Last Post

Since I posted on my disappointment with the current administration’s backtracking on digital rights and personal privacy in the Internet age, there have been some new developments:

Wired Magazine’s Threat Level reports here that the worst provisions in the secret ACTA treaty have been removed from the currently circulating document.

Techdirt reports that the Mexican Senate voted to withdraw from ACTA negotiations. They also report that at a recent ACTA meeting, Wi-Fi was apparently turned off in the building to help restrict the flow of realtime information to the folks in the world that might be affected by this sham media-interest treaty. Don’t they know about cellular data plans?

I also found this recent story on the New York Times about the major tech companies declining to comment on the Obama administration’s support of easier Internet wiretapping.

If you haven’t already done so, it may be a good idea to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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