Happy Thanksgiving for those of us from the USA. My holiday celebration means this column is a day late. Starting with Canada: peaceful protests on the 22nd of November denounced government budget cuts in light of increased defence spending in Montreal. Demilitarize McGill, a group dedicated to highlighting and protesting federal government-funded research into drones, data mining and […]
In an effort to curtail the American search juggernaut’s dominance, several Members of the European Parliament (MEP) filed a draft motion last week suggesting the unbundling of Internet search engines from “other commercial services”.
The theme for Europe this week is privacy. Italy, currently holding the European Union’s rotating presidency, has proposed an EU-wide data protection board to mediate disagreements between Member States over data-sharing. The current EU approach to data disagreements and privacy is the purely advisory board, the Article 29 Working Party. At the same time, the Austrian Max Schrems […]
We begin this week’s round-up with Mexico. Where many traditional media and journalists are either in fear or in collaboration of some sort with the local drug gangs, social media has become a source of accurate and up-to-date information for scared citizens. Unfortunately, that puts some social media users in danger, and this past week @Miut3, […]
On November 11, at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg former US soldier Andrew Lawrence (Andre) Shepherd will hear the court’s opinion on his case C-472/13 building since he applied for asylum in Germany in August of 2008, expected judgment placed at some point in early 2015. The case is being brought before the court […]
An homage to peace, as described by the organisers: In 2014, it will have been exactly 100 years ago that Europe and the larger part of the world plunged into a war that would have far-reaching and irreversible consequences for the entire planet. Old structures and power blocks were destroyed, new states rose, the old […]
Facebook’s government user data requests are up 24 percent, and apparently Europe tops the list for the most requests. No wonder Europeans are such strong privacy advocates. Inside Europe, Irish water charges resulted in almost 100 protests nationwide the 2nd of November, followed by a number of social media pranks – from hidden cameras to fake newscasts […]