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EFF argues that patents hinder innovation

Patents may have been created to help encourage innovation, but instead they regularly hinder it. The US Patent Office, overwhelmed and underfunded, issues questionable patents every day. “Patent trolls” buy too many of these patents and then misuse the patent system to shake down companies big and small. Others still use patents to limit competition Read more…


March 5th, 2012 by | Posted in eff, News, technology, wto | No Comments

Government of India to have DIRECT Access to all your phone conversations

Secure tapping mechanism ready Soon the Centre would have direct access to all your telephone conversations as the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has developed capabilities to intercept phones without keeping your operator in the loop. Currently, trials are on in Delhi and Haryana through a main server established in the national capital. It would take Read more…


February 23rd, 2012 by | Posted in civil liberties, eff, ITU, News, surveillance, telephony | No Comments

Russia And China want the Internet regulated Top-Down

  For all the talk of SOPA/PIPA/ACTA/TPP, there’s another much bigger threat to “the Internet as we know it.” It’s a bunch of countries who are seeking to use the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to create a top-down regulatory scheme for the Internet. # ITU has made persistent attempts to take over many of Read more…


Press freedom rank for India drops from 105 in 2009 to 131 last year

Following are excerpts from a Washington Post article titled “India debates limits to freedom of expression”   From Google to Facebook, from world-famous author Salman Rushdie to a little-known political cartoonist, it has become increasingly easy in recent months to offend the Indian government, and to incur the wrath of the censor or even the Read more…


Malware FOR Governments: how the surveillance industry markets spyware

A collection of documents recently published by Wikileaks casts a light on surveillance vendors who sell intrusive monitoring technology to governments and law enforcement agencies. This growing industry—which serves countries around the world—offers the ability to monitor entire populations and circumvent the privacy and security safeguards built into conventional consumer technology. In an arstechnica report Read more…