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ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) Reject ACTA

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament have just announced that they will reject the controversial treaty called ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). “Although we unambiguously support the protection of intellectual property rights, we also champion fundamental rights and freedoms. We have serious concerns that ACTA does not strike the right balance,” announced Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader.

“Civil society has been extremely vocal in recent months in raising their legitimate concerns on the ACTA agreement which we share. There are too many provisions lacking clarity and certainty as to the way they would be implemented in practice,” Verhofstadt noted. “Furthermore, ACTA wrongly bundles together too many different types of IPR enforcement under the same umbrella, treating physical goods and digital services in the same way,” said Verhofstadt. “We believe they should be approached in separate sectoral agreements, and following a comprehensive and democratically debated mandate and impact assessment.”

“A right balance between the fight against intellectual property infringements and the rights to privacy and data protection must be respected. It appears that ACTA has not been fully successful in this respect.”

In a February announcement, EU trade chief Karel De Gucht said that following discussion with fellow Commissioners, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) would be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The plan was to ask the ECJ to look at ACTA and decide if it conflicts with the EU’s fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and right to privacy.

The European Committee is due to vote on whether to approve ACTA in June,

“If ACTA dies in European Parliament, then it’s a permakill, and the monopoly lobbies will have to start fighting uphill,” said Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge in a comment. “If ACTA passes, the same monopolists get tons of new powers to use, and close the door for the foreseeable future behind the legislators for a very necessary reform of the copyright and patent monopolies.”

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CISPA; A Backdoor Bill For SOPA / PIPA?

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a United States proposed law introduced on November 30, 2011 by U.S. Representative Michael Rogers (R-MI) and 29 co-sponsors (Companies).

The bill would give the U.S. government additional options and resources to ensure the security of networks against attacks and enforce copyright and patents. The bill was reported out of committee on December 1, 2011 and has yet to be debated or brought to a vote.

This controversial bill is already widely criticised by advocates of Internet privacy and neutrality, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Avaaz.org, because it contains few limits on how and when the U.S. Government may monitor private information, and because few safeguards are included as to how the data may be used; they claim that such new powers are likely to be used to find and punish file sharers rather than foreign spies or hackers.

AVAAZ is committed to stopping any and all censorship of the internet. In their own words, “Help Save The Internet From The U.S”. If you would like to show your support and stop the CISTA bill. you can by completing their petition HERE. Avaaz sees the bill as a threat against “Our democracy and civil liberties from the excessive and unnecessary Internet surveillance powers it grants. The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and work collectively to build the world we all want”.

Congress is set to act on Cyber-Security legislation that has been making its way through committees in both chambers for several years. The House is set to vote on these bills during the week of April 23, dubbed “Cybersecurity Week.” The Senate will take action soon after.

A lot of important work has gone into these bills that are intended to strengthen both the government and civilian response to cyber threats. This in theory is an amicable notion. Yet parts of these bills are alarming because, if passed, any information we put online, work, play, personal and sensitive could be put at risk.

The broad language means there is no explicit restriction about the type of information being shared between government and companies, so long as it could somehow be linked to cyber-threats. That’s very worrisome on privacy grounds, since it makes it easier for companies to hand over any information the government asks for and not worry about getting sued.

Under Rogers, once your personal information is in the hands of the government it can be used for any national security purpose, including to track patterns of communications to decide whether to seek authorization to wiretap you. It can be used to prosecute you for any crime.

So why is the House leadership trumpeting the Rogers bill and why are so many companies lining up to support it?

For companies, the answer is easy: there is freedom to share information with whatever entity they please, blanket immunity for sharing, blanket immunity for a recipient of shared cyber-security information who fails to take protective measures even when they are clearly needed, and no regulatory burdens are imposed.

For House leadership, the answer seems to be that it is not listening to Internet users.

Perhaps it’s time for us to shout our objections more loudly?”

A number of companies and groups dear to our web hearts support these bills including – Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, Facebook, and Verizon – you can find a full list that support CISPA HERE. And it’s co-sponsors can be found HERE.

The bill describes cyber threat as a “vulnerability of, or threat to, a system or network of a government or private entity, including information pertaining to the protection of a system or network from either ‘efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy such system or network;’ or ‘theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.'”.

How would this play out in the real world? As Government Computer News reported, “Companies and government agencies alike are using tools to sweep the Internet–blogs, websites, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter feeds–to find out what people are saying about, well, just about anything.” Maybe even The Zuphorian.

“Not surprisingly,” GCN’s Patrick Marshall wrote, “intelligence agencies have already been looking at social media as a source of information. The Homeland Security Department has been analyzing traffic on social networks for at least the past three years.”

Due to the opposition the bill has experienced, the co-sponsors are planning to amend the bill to address many of the concerns of its opponents – including limiting its use to a more limited definition of cyber-threats, and stating that the “theft of intellectual property” refers to the theft of research and development. In addition, there will now be penalties if private companies or the government uses data from CISPA for purposes “unrelated to cyberthreats.”

Do you agree or disagree with CISPA? Do you believe the internet has too many monitoring bodies? What views on this article? all comments either for or against the points raised within this artlcle are welcome.

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Apple Related

Free iDevice Apps/Games:

Hi all, for all those who have being awaiting the return of Zyrac, may I extend my apologies for being “away” from the pages of The Zuphorian for the last number of weeks. I’ve being recovering from a form of virus, which left me incapacitated for some time. But all’s well now, and without anymore delay let’s jump straight into some of the fantastic apps which have gone from Paid 2 Free of recent. Hope you enjoy my choice.

Phones Collection HD – [ Download Here ]

  • Category: Reference
  • Released: 22 March 2012
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 390 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: Mihail Sava
  • © iOS Developers 2012

Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

  • Price: $4.99 (€3.99) – Now FREE

Description:

Phones Collections HD is a huge database containing all the phones and tablets around the world. Awesome photos and info about each device will impress you from the first time.

Features:
– 6000 devices with beautiful photos (retina) iPad optimized

– Full specs

– Compare devices and convince friends that yours is the best

– Quiz game to find the device by photo

– Gallery

– Bookmarks

– No internet connection needed. A must have app in the device – era.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Custom View – [ Download Here ]

  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: 24 October 2011
  • Version: 1.3.0
  • Size: 10.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: Imagine Products Inc
  • © 2011 Imagine Products, Inc.

Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

  • Price: $9.99 (€7.99) – Now FREE

Description:

Custom View is a new application for organization and playback of video clips on your iPad geared for sales presentations and grouping by project or themes.

Videos are added via iTunes file sharing. Connect the iPad to your computer, then drag and drop user-created clips onto the Custom View app.

Then launch the app and create your own Groups. Think of these as folders in which to organize your presentations. They may represent specific clients, products, projects, events, etc.

Individual videos may be assigned to as many Groups as you wish. Just select from the ‘All Videos’ area and drag into the selected Group. Imported videos may then be organized into a sequence within a Group.

Each Group may be chosen to be hidden or visible upon next launch. If more than one Group is to be displayed, individual buttons for each will appear across the center tab in the Videos view.

You can also customize the splash screen image; add a small company logo that will be continuously displayed; customize a default e-mail message; and link a PDF.

So let’s say you’ll be showing Client A his footage this morning, but you don’t want him to see what you shot for others or other personal movies on your iPad. Simply assign the clips to Client A’s Group, uncheck any other Groups you may have setup within Custom View, and when you open the app in front of him it will only show Client A’s footage. You can even add his company’s logo as the splash screen, but have your company logo displayed discreetly at all times during the presentation.

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News Combo – [ Download Here ]

  • Category: News
  • Updated: 07 April 2012
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 1.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: Nuvus Technology
  • © Nuvus 2010
Rated 12+ for the following:

  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Use or References to these

Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

Price: $0.99 (€0.79) – Now FREE

Description

News Combo for iPad covers almost every news sources in the world. Choose from over 500 news sources and browse news in our easy to use swipe flow.

Our backend server maintains up to date news and feeds only the news that you want to read. So your iPad does not need to download all the feeds and parse irrelevant data. This makes the app faster and is light on your iPad processor, battery and memory.

Features:

* Over 500 news sources from USA, Canada, Australia, UK, USA, India
* News from over 6 categories: General, Sports, Technology, Business, Entertainment and Regional
* NEW: Customize, add, delete, re-order sources
* Rate and comment on news articles
* Portrait and landscape mode support
* Offline news viewing
* Facebook and Twitter integration
* Email news
* You can find all, yes ALL major sources now. Try the MORE FEEDS option.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Easy Painter HD – [ Download Here ]

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: 02 February 2012
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 18.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: guohui li
  • © 2011 lelesoft

Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

  • Price: $0.99 (€0.79) – Now FREE

Description:

EasyPainter HD  will bring you into a colorful world of easy paint and draw picture. With EasyPainter app your can write English letters with ABC outline picture. You can write number with 123 outline picture. Your can draw every happy picture, animals, cars etc. Finger painting was never so easy to master. With this application,can developing your kid’s sense of vision and creativity.

In this easy to use and fun drawing application you’ll find:

*Magnificent little color star spread around the line that your drawing
*Marvelous sound effects are played in the background to provide an attractive and reach experience
* Carefully designed for small ages the app is Child-Safe and extra easy to use.
* Mix and combine your photo frame to your coloring page. Every outline page can be fitted with any of the colorful frame creating a vast collection of possibilities. So easy to use and choose.
* Beautiful type page frame to enrich the experience!
* Easy to select beautiful color and adjustment the brush size
* Undo, redo, erasure and remove drawing functions
* Support select photo from photo albums and edit.
* Save your drawing to gallery.
* Share your drawing with email with your friends
* Amazing outline pages, divided into 7 categories: (available with in-app purchase)
– Page Frames
– Animals
– ABCs outline
– ABCs +picture group1
– ABCs +picture group2
– Numbers
– vehicle

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Gardenscapes HD – Premium – [ Download Here ]

  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 23 March 2012
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Size: 97.2 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Developer: Playrix LLC
  • © 2011 Playrix

Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

  • Price: $4.99 (€3.99) – Now FREE

Description:

If you enjoy hidden object games, Gardenscapes HD is a very solid offering. Highly recommended for fans of the genre. – MobileTechReview (5 out of 5)
Great Game Awards Nominee: Most Addictive Game (RealGames/RealNetworks®, Inc.)
A hidden object game from Playrix that sports top notch presentation, great art, and game design. – Gamezebo.com
Rummaging through stuff is fun. Really. Gardenscapes is very good at what it does. – Gamecritics.com

Create the perfect garden! Comb the rooms of a gorgeous mansion for hidden items and restore a once stunning garden to its former glory. Choose from tons of garden accessories to customize the garden to your taste. Become part of the city’s community and compete in the “Best Garden” contest. No worries if you are a garden design novice – an amusing and witty butler, Austin, will always be of assistance. Become an outdoor decor pro in this cutting hedge Playrix game!

ENJOY THESE AMAZING FEATURES:
– Over 1000 cool items to find
– 15 rooms to comb for hidden objects
– Tons of garden accessories to choose from
– Immersive storyline presented in beautiful animation
– Interactive and customizable environment
– Amusing butler as your right-hand man
– Game Center Achievements

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

TOTAL APP/GAME SAVING: $21.95 – [€17.55]

NJOY !

Resources: AppShopper, Download there app ‘Here‘. & FAAD – [Free App A Day]. & App Dream.