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November / October

Via Fast Company

Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.

“We have to do it now,” he says, displaying an intensity and urgency that is uncharacteristic for this soft-spoken academic. “It’s a historical moment.” Ever since revelations emerged that Facebook had allowed people’s data to be misused by political operatives, Berners-Lee has felt an imperative to get this digital idyll into the real world. In a post published this weekend, Berners-Lee explains that he is taking a sabbatical from MIT to work full time on Inrupt. The company will be the first major commercial venture built off of Solid, a decentralized web platform he and others at MIT have spent years building.

A Netscape for today’s internet

If all goes as planned, Inrupt will be to Solid what Netscape once was for many first-time users of the web: an easy way in. And like with Netscape, Berners-Lee hopes Inrupt will be just the first of many companies to emerge from Solid...


August 2018

Disinformation, Misinformation and #DigitalRights: Limits of free speech

by Peter Van Buren

Banned on Social Media

July 2018

"I was devastated."

Tim Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance.

For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on top of it”... Berners-Lee was speaking about the future of the Internet.

He’s got a plan to fix it.

June 2018

Network Earth, Planet Citizens Being Connected by a Global Internet

Read the latest (2018) annual statistics report (294-Page PDF Document).

GreenPolicy360's ecoOperatingSystem #eOS continues to evolve beyond-borders as an inter-relational network of networks...

Growth of the Internet and world-wide web, light and dark, is connecting and powering up #PlanetCitizens globally...


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May 2018

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General Data Protection Regulation / GDPR

Via The Guardian / New York Times / Forbes

GDPR Rolls Out: GDPR and You

GDPR: What You Need to Know

Via TechCrunch / May 19

‘My Data Request’: How You Request Data About You

A practical guide to the European Union’s GDPR for American businesses

Via Recode / May 16

European Union digital privacy regulation begins on May 25, 2018.

American businesses operating or digitally serving customers in the EU must comply.


General Data Protection Regulation

Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC

(Text with EEA relevance)


April 2018

GreenPolicy360, hosted on the open MediaWiki platform

How do you view Wikipedia and Wikimedia Foundation’s relationships with the major platforms — Google, Facebook, and so on. How would you characterize it?

For the most part, we grew up independently from most of the major platforms that dominate today. If you look around the biggest ones, we predate, I think, all of them but Google. At least of the ones that trade in knowledge and information. We were created for a very different purpose at a different time. The web that we came into actually had a number of larger collaborative, non-commercialized early projects, some of which still exist, and some of which don’t, that were more community-driven. And we sort of are a legacy of the original spirit of the web, and that’s very much what the Wikimedia Foundation was created to do — to ensure that Wikipedia was preserved as a nonprofit entity, with respect for community governance, and in the public interest and in the public spirit...

Read the full interview. Important reflections and go-forward observations about digital rights and the global future of the Internet.

More on the differences between Wikipedia, Wikimedia, MediaWiki, and wiki


Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO-Founder Testifies before US Congress - April 2018

An Internet Snapshot - March 2018

"Surveillance Capitalism", Op-Ed via openDemocracy

Time for a VPN? Virtual Private Networks and Data Privacy

The Problem Beyond Fake News, How to Create Internet Integrity


December 2017


More on the FCC Decision

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FCC Rollback of "Network Neutrality" Regulations

What to Expect --

Inside the FCC's plan to end net neutrality --

Trump's FCC announces plans to kill net neutrality: The people want net neutrality, but FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, announced his plan to take it away from them. With this, you can expect to see your internet bills go up --

FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use --

Internet Threats Today and On the Horizon

Stephen Fry's stark warning to prepare for the internet of the future, or face the worst of science fiction's predictions

"Whether it is winter that is coming, or a new spring, it is entirely in our hands so long as we prepare."

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Permalinks for Internet Exploits News/Reports

Read More:

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Via Publica 2016

The Digital World, Free Software and Next Generation Internet
Digital Rights @ GreenPolicy360
Empire & Internet Empowerment
Re:Publica, Last Kilometer, Last Chance
They're Watching You (You Have No Idea How Closely)
The WebTAP Tracking Study

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Digital Rights in a Connected World

Digital Rights/OpenData OpenGov --

Digital Rights Organizations @ GreenPolicy360

Digital Citizens - @ Wikipedia

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Factoid: "The number of devices online reached 12.5 billion in 2010

& will grow to 25 billion in 2015 and 50 billion by 2020." -- MIT -- Cisco


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Internet Access Worldwide

Online access is a fundamental right

UN Report declares Internet access a human right

Global Internet User Survey - 2012_Internet Society Internet Society

Report on Internet Freedom around the World_2014

Freedom on the Net_2014
Tightening the Net: Governments Expand Online Controls-Summary
Tightening the Net: Full Report PDF

Global Network Initiative -

Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy -

Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society. Currently, 33 privacy and civil rights organisations have a membership. They are based or have offices in 19 different countries in Europe.

European Digital Rights

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Facts Count

Poynter Institute in St Petersburg, Florida is independent journalism in practice

Poynter continues to provides 'best practices' for journalists/news organizations/writers
With the launch of its PoliFact project, fact-checking has become a key best practice in an era of attacks on media and the press

Global Fact-Checking Projects in Countries around the World -- PolitiFact

PolitiFact has helped shape political fact-checking across the world...


International Internet Access / Privacy / Digital Rights

In 2015 the European Parliament (EP), members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and assistants from throughout the political spectrum – European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR), European United Left, Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) and the Greens, European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) – participated in the individual, customised training sessions.

See the 'Training Menu' |


Then There Are We Digital Natives

'I'm a Millennial, I was born Digital, I'm the Gen Y Generation



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[edit] Security State and Big Data

Part 1 – "A hidden world, growing beyond control"

Part 2 – "National Security Inc."

Part 3 – "The secrets next door"

Top Secret America The Rise of the New American Security State” by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin
Top Secret America / Strategic Studies PDF

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New Definitions of National Security

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GreenPolicy360 GreenLinks | permalink


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Digital Rights | Open Data - Open Gov

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Open Forum/Twitter


124K+ data sets as of 2015 -
(Parker Higgins-EFF)
Tips, Tools and How-tos for Safer Online Communications from Electronic Frontier Foundation
(recommended by EFF)
Lawgeek Lawrence Lessig's blog
Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
Cyberlaw @Harvard
Ed Felten's "Freedom to Tinker"
Slashdot: Your Rights Online
Ernest Miller's "The Importance Of..."
Sabrina Pacifi's "Be Spacific"
Advancing the International Bill of Human Rights -
Beginning with PolitiFact, the original project at Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida -
(FreedomPress Organizations)
Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy -
GNU Project -
  • GovFuturesLab - Reimagining governance for an age of planetary challenges and human responsibility
App4Gov (TW)
  • Internet Freedom Festival (IFF)
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Civic Hall -
  • Privacy Rights in the Digital Age (Published 2016)

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Measuring the Impact of Open Data
  • Wikipedia
Jimmy Wales / Founder -

March 2017 Open Letter from Berners-Lee on Threats to the Web
1) "We’ve lost control of our personal data"; 2) "It’s too easy for misinformation to spread on the web"; 3) "Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding"
We must work together with web companies to strike a balance that puts a fair level of data control back in the hands of people.
We must fight against government over-reach in surveillance laws, including through the courts if necessary.
We must push back against misinformation. We urgently need to close the “internet blind spot” in the regulation of political campaigning.

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