SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) / PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) blackout

January 17th, 2012

Currently, there’s a new threat cooking in Washington. The big Internet companies like Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, the Cheezburger Network and many others are opposing the bill and some of them are considering a day of blackout in order to raise awareness in the general public on the severe consequences of this bill – a bill that threatens the foundations of Internet and its free spirit, democracy, innovation and progress. So, if on Wednesday, January 18th, your favorite website is not working – well, it’s just a preview…

Tech Blackout to Protest SOPA

Stop Online Piracy Act (Scary Facts)

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet

Biden on Internet Freedom

WTF is SOPA ? aka The American Government trying to ruin the internet


Related: Innovation and its enemies

Innovation and its enemies

May 29th, 2011

The 2011 G8 summit in France has risen some technology-related questions, among which the “New common challenges: the Internet, innovation (…)”. Here is the Keynote speech e-G8, given by Lawrence Lessig, explaining why the government regulation is a really bad idea for the prosperity of society and innovation.

Keynote – e-G8 from lessig on Vimeo. (via @yovko)

Please, share it with your friends, because it is important.

UK to create the European Silicon Valley

November 5th, 2010

The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron announced the ambitions of the UK government to create a new technology center in the eastern part of London. The East London Tech City, as the project is called, is going to be an innovation and high-tech business incubator, rivaling the Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. Although there are certain questions and concerns, the technology and financial worlds seem to be excited about the idea. Support has already been declared by tech companies like Google, Facebook, Cisco and Intel, academic institutions and R&D centers like Imperial College London, University College London and Loughborough University, and financial institutions like Barclays, Vodafone and Silicon Valley Bank. Building a world-class technology hub right next to the one of the world’s financial capitals is definetely a strong move.

The plan is also backed by a very clear message to the brightest minds on the planet:

In every classroom or laboratory where a bright idea is born, every bedroom where a business case is put together, if you’ve got an idea, if you want to create jobs, and if you have the ambition to build a world beating company here in the UK, We want you; we’ll make it easy for you; we’ll put out the red carpet for you. With our new Entrepreneur Visa we want the whole world to know that Britain wants to become the home of enterprise and the land of opportunity.


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