Seis plataformas alternativas a YouTube con las que puedes hacer dinero monetizando videos – El Mostrador

La plataforma de Google cada vez pone más restricciones a sus usuarios y creadores de contenido que ganan dinero en la plataforma. Pero existen otros sitios en internet para compartir videos. En BBC Mundo te explicamos cómo funcionan algunos de ellos.

Fuente: Seis plataformas alternativas a YouTube con las que puedes hacer dinero monetizando videos – El Mostrador


From sweaters to suits: the evolution of Silicon Valley CEO style | Fashion | The Guardian

Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel wore a sharp suit for his company’s IPO – a far cry from the relaxed look we’ve come to expect from tech entrepreneurs

Fuente: From sweaters to suits: the evolution of Silicon Valley CEO style | Fashion | The Guardian


Nueva realidad que traen Facebook Live y Periscope | ELESPECTADOR.COM

Las herramientas de video en vivo de estas redes sociales traen ventajas para la diversificación de discursos, pero también presentan retos para las plataformas y para la sociedad en general.

Fuente: Nueva realidad que traen Facebook Live y Periscope | ELESPECTADOR.COM


Big tech stands with Black Lives Matter, but solidarity may be all about branding | US news | The Guardian

When prominent activist Deray McKesson was arrested Saturday night at a protest against the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, many saw the arrest as another example of the excessive policing of Black Lives Matter protests.Others saw a branding opportunity.

Fuente: Big tech stands with Black Lives Matter, but solidarity may be all about branding | US news | The Guardian


| ¿Cuál es el rol del sector privado sobre la libertad de expresión en internet?

En su más reciente informe, el Relator Especial para la Libertad de Expresión de Naciones Unidas centra su atención en la acción del sector privado. ¿Dónde está Latinoamérica en el panorama mundial de las grandes empresas de internet?

Fuente: | ¿Cuál es el rol del sector privado sobre la libertad de expresión en internet?


Tribunal de EE.UU. respalda que Internet sea considerado un servicio público – El Mostrador

Un tribunal federal de apelaciones falló el martes último a favor de la propuesta de la FCC (Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones de EE.UU.) de considerar a Internet un servicio público, que busca aumentar la regulación para garantizar la “neutralidad” y apertura de la red y evitar los llamados “canales rápidos” de pago.

Fuente: Tribunal de EE.UU. respalda que Internet sea considerado un servicio público – El Mostrador


Don’t buy it? When tech firms get it wrong, that’s not enough | Technology | The Guardian

With big tech business making regular political and ethical blunders, it is our responsibility to complain – and let them know they must do better

Fuente: Don’t buy it? When tech firms get it wrong, that’s not enough | Technology | The Guardian


Brussels shows it cares about disrupters – FT.com

The gig economy. The sharing economy. The collaborative economy. Whatever you prefer to call it, the European Commission is trying to harmonise how countries in the EU regulate it.Brussels issued guidelines on Thursday on how national governments should treat disruptive companies such as Uber and Airbnb.

Fuente: Brussels shows it cares about disrupters – FT.com


‘Crypto Wars’ timeline: A history of the new encryption debate

Encryption is finally mainstream.Government officials and technologists have been debating since the early 1990s whether to limit the strength of encryption to help the law-enforcement and intelligence communities monitor suspects’ communications. But until early 2016, this was a mostly esoteric fight, relegated to academic conferences, security agencies’ C-suites, and the back rooms of Capitol Hill.Everything changed in mid-February, when President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, investigating the terrorists who carried out the San Bernardino, California, shooting, asked a federal judge to force Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock one attacker’s iPhone.What followed was an unexpectedly rancorous and unprecedentedly public fight over how far the government should go to pierce and degrade commercial security technology in its quest to protect Americans from terrorism.

Fuente: ‘Crypto Wars’ timeline: A history of the new encryption debate


¿Hasta qué punto son seguras las telecomunicaciones cifradas? – El Mostrador

Con la mirada puesta en la anhelada meta de la privacidad, la universalización del cifrado para la seguridad de las telecomunicaciones en internet se perfila ya como un camino sin retorno, avalado por los últimos movimientos de populares plataformas en el sector, aunque teñido de sombras.

Fuente: ¿Hasta qué punto son seguras las telecomunicaciones cifradas? – El Mostrador


The Vigilante Who Hacked Hacking Team Explains How He Did It | Motherboard

Back in July of last year, the controversial government spying and hacking tool seller Hacking Team was hacked itself by an outside attacker. The breach made headlines worldwide, but no one knew much about the perpetrator or how he did it.That mystery has finally been revealed.

Fuente: The Vigilante Who Hacked Hacking Team Explains How He Did It | Motherboard


Pepper-sprayed students outraged as UC Davis tried to scrub incident from web | US news | The Guardian

The California university is being accused of censorship after paying a firm to try to hide references to the incident in which police sprayed protesters in 2011

Fuente: Pepper-sprayed students outraged as UC Davis tried to scrub incident from web | US news | The Guardian


Easy Taxi contra Uber y Cabify: la batalla sin cuartel entre los servicios de taxi digitales – El Mostrador

La industria del taxi en Santiago está en pie de guerra, porque los taxistas tradicionales temen perder su negocio con la entrada de las aplicaciones Uber y Cabify. Los dirigentes gremiales del rubro y las autoridades de Transporte están haciendo intentos por idear un plan para dar término al conflicto.

Fuente: Easy Taxi contra Uber y Cabify: la batalla sin cuartel entre los servicios de taxi digitales – El Mostrador


Uber: los hechos que lo transforman en héroe y villano

Para los usuarios es un héroe. Para las autoridades y taxistas: un villano. Mientras Uber ofrece seguridad, pago electrónico, precios prefijados y fiscalización constante, los taxis tradicionales cargan con más exigencias legales, como conductores profesionales, taxímetro, revisión técnica cada seis meses y un costoso permiso (que alcanza incluso el valor del auto) que los autoriza a funcionar como parte del transporte público.

Fuente: Uber: los hechos que lo transforman en héroe y villano


Karim the AI delivers psychological support to Syrian refugees | Technology | The Guardian

More than 1 million Syrians have fled to Lebanon since the start of the conflict and as many as one-fifth of them may be suffering from mental health disorders, according to the World Health Organisation.But Lebanon’s mental health services are mostly private and the needs of refugees – who may have lost loved ones, their home, livelihood and community – are mostly going unmet.Hoping to support the efforts of overworked psychologists in the region, the Silicon Valley startup X2AI has created an artificially intelligent chatbot called Karim that can have personalised text message conversations in Arabic to help people with their emotional problems.

Fuente: Karim the AI delivers psychological support to Syrian refugees | Technology | The Guardian


Court rulings threaten to upset defences against data breach claims – FT.com

In February, a Los Angeles hospital paid a bitcoin ransom equivalent to about $17,000 to retrieve its medical records after hackers attacked its network.While the records were soon restored, the attack raises the spectre of cyber criminals causing harm to consumers if a healthcare provider is, for example, unable to find out about a patient’s drug allergies in an emergency.

Fuente: Court rulings threaten to upset defences against data breach claims – FT.com


Derechos Digitales — La nueva forma de marcar: ¿cuál es la polémica con…

Gran revuelo ha causado la denuncia realizada respecto a una aplicación distribuida por la Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) chilena, que podría vulnerar la privacidad de quienes la utilizan.  ¿De qué se trata todo esto? Te lo explicamos a continuación.

 


Tidal: Jay-Z carga contra el imperio | Estilo | EL PAÍS

Tidal: Jay-Z carga contra el imperio | Estilo | EL PAÍS.


El artista acusa a las grandes compañías de ‘streaming’ de lanzar una campaña contra su plataforma musical Tidal

El rapero, y creador de Tidal, Jay-z. / CORDON PRESS

El éxito inmediato no está garantizado ni cuando se es una de las personas más influyentes y reconocidas del mundo. Ni si quiera haciendo piña con otras celebridades para que el efecto bombo sea aún mayor. Eso es lo que le está pasando a Jay-Z con su plataforma de música en streaming Tidal, que presentó no hace ni un mes al mundo acompañado por Kaney West, Rihanna, Madonna y su esposa Beyoncé, junto a otra docena de estrellas.

Tidal cuenta en la actualidad con 770.000 abonados, una anécdota comparados con los 15 millones que escuchan música pagando en Spotify, por no citar los 45 millones que lo hacen gratis a costa de escuchar de vez en cuando algunos anuncios. Shawn Carter (el nombre real de Jay-Z) pide paciencia a sus seguidores. El artista raramente acude a las redes sociales para hacer comentarios. Ahora, sin embargo, lo ha hecho en tromba para defender su nuevo negocio.

“La tienda iTunes [de Apple] no se construyó en un día”, recordó ayer el rapero a sus casi 3,2 millones de seguidores en Twitter, “y llevó nueve años a Spotify tener éxito”. “Por favor, darnos la opción de crecer y mejorar”, se puede leer en otro mensaje. No acabó ahí la cosa. En los siguientes mensajes pasó a la carga pesada, para acusar a sus competidores de querer preservar el status quo, “gastando millones” de dólares en lo que calificó como una “campaña de desprestigio”.

Lo cierto es que la declaración de independencia Jay-Z no está teniendo en este momento la respuesta de cambio que esperaban los 17 artistas que le apoyan. De la cifra que Carter menciona en el tuit, 597.000 abonados eran ya WiMP, la compañía que compró en marzo para integrar en Tidal. Es decir, tras su puesta en escena solo lograron sumar 173.000 suscriptores pese a la campaña de promoción gratuita que hicieron los medios de comunicación de todo el mundo.


Ellen Pao: women 'more comfortable' pointing out discrimination at work | Technology | The Guardian

Ellen Pao: women ‘more comfortable’ pointing out discrimination at work | Technology | The Guardian.

 Ellen Pao: 'When you look at the overall experience of women in the workplace, they are not succeeding'Ellen Pao: ‘When you look at the overall experience of women in the workplace, they are not succeeding’ Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

Reddit chief executive Ellen Pao may have lost her gender discrimination lawsuitagainst venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, but she is optimistic that the case will have played a part in encouraging women to speak out about unequal treatment at work.

In her first detailed interview since seeing a jury rule against all four of her claims against her former employer, Pao told the Wall Street Journal that she thinks more women feel confident enough to raise these issues, while warning that there is much more work to be done to solve them.

“I think it’s an issue of education and making people aware of it. Women who felt like they were uncomfortable before, that there was something that just wasn’t right, are hopefully now more comfortable pointing it out. They’re now able to point to discussions and research about it,” said Pao.

“I’m definitely seeing a lot of conversations on Twitter, in the press, in different areas. I think it’s something that men are starting to notice, too. A man reached out to me and said: ‘Thank you for highlighting this issue. I’m seeing it now, and I never saw it before’.”

Since the jury’s decision on 27 March, former employees at Twitter and Facebookhave filed their own gender discrimination lawsuits, while the debate sparked by Pao’s case about Silicon Valley’s approach – and that of the wider business world – to women has continued.


Un pequeño libro rojo para estar más seguros en la Red

Un pequeño libro rojo para estar más seguros en la Red.


Con prólogo de Edward Snowden, Marta Peirano publica un manual con técnicas para que periodistas y activistas protejan sus comunicaciones digitales

Marta Peirano, sonriendo con su libro en la librería donde se hizo la presentación

Marta Peirano, sonriendo con su libro en la librería donde se hizo la presentación

Tener un prólogo escrito por el hombre más buscado del planeta puede parecer la mejor razón para leer este libro, pero en realidad, no lo es. Hay mucho más en el Pequeño Libro Rojo del Activista en Red que ha escrito Marta Peirano, jefa de Cultura de eldiario.es: es una maravillosa introducción a las medidas de seguridad que todos deberíamos estar usando ya a dos años de las revelaciones de Edward Snowden, el exanalista de la NSA que reveló el mayor espionaje conocido hasta la fecha.
Cuando Snowden reveló lo que sabía desde aquella habitación en el hotel Mira de Hong Kong, Internet dejó de ser el espacio de libertad en el que creíamos haber vivido durante sus primeros años. A partir de ese momento tuvimos que darnos cuenta forzosamente de que ya no somos ciudadanos protegidos por un estado y consumidores cuya intimidad es respetada por empresas. Tuvimos que protegernos y empezar a conocer las medidas de seguridad para evitar que nuestros datos terminen en quién sabe qué servidores y con qué fines. Sí, lo sospechábamos, pero Snowden nos confirmó que era cierto.

MySpace – what went wrong: ‘The site was a massive spaghetti-ball mess’ | Technology | The Guardian

MySpace – what went wrong: ‘The site was a massive spaghetti-ball mess’ | Technology | The Guardian.

MySpace: 'They knew they were about to lose to Facebook. They knew that the end was near. They could smell it'MySpace: ‘They knew they were about to lose to Facebook. They knew that the end was near. They could smell it’ Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In 2015, Sean Percival is a partner at Silicon Valley seed accelerator 500 Startups, but from 2009 to 2011, he was working at MySpace as its vice president of online marketing – just as the social network lost its crown to Facebook.

In a speech at the By:Larm conference in Oslo this week, Percival gave an insider’s view of what went wrong at MySpace, from the “massive spaghetti-ball mess” of its website and the “politics, greed” of parent company News Corporation to a doomed attempt to acquire music streaming service Spotify.

His talk was aimed at startups looking to learn the lessons from MySpace’s decline, but it seemed as relevant for the largest internet companies today, such as Facebook, as they seek to avoid a similar fate.


From GCHQ to tech giants: why the fight for your personal data matters | Technology | The Guardian

From GCHQ to tech giants: why the fight for your personal data matters | Technology | The Guardian.

It's now possible to find out what personal data GCHQ holds on you.It’s now possible to find out what personal data GCHQ holds on you. Photograph: GCHQ / British Ministry of Defence/EPA

Government agencies and companies across the world hold large amounts of data on each and every one of us. From profiles of your favourite movies to where you ate out last night, this vast mountain of data is a representation of you that you can do little about.

But is that strictly true? Can you find out what GCHQ, Facebook or Google hold on you? And can you get it removed?


Net neutrality battle pitches activists and FCC against Big Cable and GOP | Technology | The Guardian

Net neutrality battle pitches activists and FCC against Big Cable and GOP | Technology | The Guardian.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
 FCC chairman Tom Wheeler used to head the lobbying group which represents the big cable firms. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

For more than three decades Kevin Zeese has been a burly, vociferous presence on the front lines of protest movements. The 59-year-old Baltimore native has organised protests against the Iraq war, run for the Senate on the Green Party ticket, and campaigned for drug law reform since the 1970s. Now he’s fighting to save the idea of an open internet. Never has he seen the arguments over such a hot-topic issue shift so quickly in his direction.

Last May, Zeese was thrown out of an Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meeting, as the regulator looked set to pass new rules that among other things would have allowed cable companies to create and charge extra for “fast lanes” and end net neutrality – the principle that all traffic should be treated equally online.

This week, FCC commissioners will start discussing a new set of rules for regulating the web that could ban fast lanes. That ban would be part of a set of rules that, if passed, will regulate the internet in the similar way to utilities like water or electricity – a move net activists have been dreaming of for decades, believing it will allow the regulator to better protect net neutrality. The change in tone has been swift and dramatic and it even caught Zeese by surprise.


Fightback against internet giants’ stranglehold on personal data starts here | Technology | The Guardian

Fightback against internet giants’ stranglehold on personal data starts here | Technology | The Guardian.

Data transactions have been weighted heavily in favour of the internet companies.
 Data transactions have been weighted heavily in favour of the internet companies. Photograph: Maksim Kabakou/Alamy

Whenever regulators gather to discuss market failures, the cliche “level playing field” eventually surfaces. When regulators finally get around to thinking about what happens in the online world, especially in the area of personal data, then they will have to come to terms with the fact that the playing field is not just tilted in favour of the online giants, but is as vertical as that rockface in Yosemite that two Americans have finally managed to free climb.

The mechanism for rotating the playing field is our old friend, the terms and conditions agreement, usually called the “end user licence agreement” (EULA) in cyberspace. This invariably consists of three coats of prime legal verbiage distributed over 32 pages, which basically comes down to this: “If you want to do business with us, then you will do it entirely on our terms; click here to agree, otherwise go screw yourself. Oh, and by the way, all of your personal data revealed in your interactions with us belongs to us.”

The strange thing is that this formula applies regardless of whether you are actually trying to purchase something from the author of the EULA or merely trying to avail yourself of its “free” services.

When the history of this period comes to be written, our great-grandchildren will marvel at the fact that billions of apparently sane individuals passively accepted this grotesquely asymmetrical deal. (They may also wonder why our governments have shown so little interest in the matter.) And future historians, diligently hunting through digital archives, will discover that there were only a few voices crying in the wilderness at the time.


Firechat: Que nadie nos lea los mensajes | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

Firechat: Que nadie nos lea los mensajes | Tecnología | EL PAÍS.


Entramos en la sede en Silicon Valley de Firechat, la aplicación que usaron los manifestantes en Hong Kong para salvar la censura

Micha Benoliel (fundador) y Christophe Daligault (director de marketing, a la derecha), en la sede de Firechat, en la bahía de san Francisco. / R. J. CANO

Si Twitter fue protagonista durante la primavera árabe, Firechat lo ha sido en las protestas del pasado mes de septiembre en Hong Kong. Esta aplicación que permite mandar mensajes sin necesidad de usar conexión a Internet (envíos punto a punto, de aparato a aparato, sin 3G, 4G, tarifa de datos o WiFi) fue una herramienta muy útil cuando el Gobierno chino cerró el acceso a la Red. “Toda tecnología lo suficientemente avanzada es indistinguible de la magia”, dice la tercera ley de Arthur C. Clarke, autor de ciencia ficción obsesionado con los avances científicos. Con Firechat, la frase cobra sentido.

Micha Benoliel (Niza, 1972), fundador y consejero delegado de esta startup,llevaba desde 2010 con esta idea en la cabeza, pensando en cómo hacer que el chip de radio que busca señales tanto de Wi-Fi como de bluetooth,dos conexiones inalámbricas para intercambio de datos, se pudiera utilizar para conectar móviles entre sí. El alcance es de hasta 200 metros entre dos aparatos. Pero si hay más, se teje una red entre ellos. Por eso funciona mejor cuantos más hay en festivales, conciertos, manifestaciones…

Benoliel no es nuevo en el mundo de las comunicaciones. Este ingeniero francés estuvo al frente de Skype, la empresa que rompió el monopolio de las operadoras con las llamadas de voz. Al igual que ahora, buscó un punto de vista distinto. Entonces convirtió la voz en paquetes de datos que se enviaban a través de Internet y volvían a convertirse en voz al llegar al destino. Ahora hace de la necesidad virtud. De la falta de conexión, una oportunidad para crear conversaciones prescindiendo de la operadora.


Kickstarter ingresa 850 euros por minuto en 2014 | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

Kickstarter ingresa 850 euros por minuto en 2014 | Tecnología | EL PAÍS.


La web de ‘crowdfunding’ alcanza sus máximos en este último año

La música y la tecnología son los campos más beneficiados

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850 euros por minuto durante todo un año. Más de 421 millones de euros recaudados. 22.215 proyectos de cine, música, videojuegos, tecnología. Esos son los números récord de Kickstarter durante el año 2014, el séptimo año de vida de la web que mejora en el montante total recaudado más de un 10% con respecto a 2013.

La gran beneficiada, la música. 4.009 proyectos que lograron el green light de Kickstarter, la meta económica que los creadores fijan para su proyecto, eran de este ámbito. La compañía razona este liderazgo en la gran cantidad de músicos independientes y en que “la música fue una de las primeras categorías en despegar en Kickstarter”, según afirma Justin Kazmark, portavoz de la compañía. El cine en el segundo puesto (3.846 películas), la literatura (2.064) y los videojuegos (1.980) siguieron a la música como lo más financiado de la web, confirmando que es la apuesta artística la que domina en la economía crowdfunding. Eso sí, en cuestión de dinero recaudado, la tecnología es reina. Uno de cada cuatro euros recaudados por Kickstarter en 2014 (un total de casi 106 millones de euros) han ido para este campo en el que se han fundado tecnologías como la realidad virtual de Oculus Rift, comprada por Facebook por más de 1690 millones de euros.

No todo son oráculos de prosperidad, sin embargo, para el sector que abandera esta web situada entre las 500 más poderosas del mundo según elranking de Alexa, portal propiedad de Amazon que evalúa la relevancia en Internet. NESTA —organización benéfica dedicada a fomentar la innovación en Reino Unido y que ha desarrollado estudios sobre la tasa de crecimiento del crowdfunding junto a la universidad de Cambridge— incluye entre sus predicciones sobre el sector de la innovación para 2015una “catástrofe” en la economía del crowdfunding.


Sazoot, una plataforma de streaming de música independiente chilena – El Mostrador

Sazoot, una plataforma de streaming de música independiente chilena – El Mostrador.

Recientemente lanzó una versión renovada con el objetivo de conquistar el mundo de las música de garage. Hoy cuentan con más de 800 bandas emergentes y otras con más trayectoria como Weichafe y BBS paranoicos.

sazoot

¿Ha usado alguna vez Spotify? Bueno, si le suena Sazoot, ha rescatado lo mejor de este streaming como el listado de recomendaciones y playlist, pero se ha enfocado en músicos independientes.

El modelo es sencillo: Las bandas sólo tienen que registrarse ensazoot.com y subir la discografía que quieran difundir, tienen dos alternativas; promocionarlas libremente sin cobro por streaming u otorgarle un valor a su disco para ser descargado. Luego las ganancias de las descargas, son 80% para la banda y 20% para Sazoot.

“Nuestro objetivo es brindar un espacio de difusión para los músicos independientes, y una variada alternativa para usuarios en donde encontrar y disfrutar nueva música ” cuenta el co-fundador de Sazoot, José Oyarzo.


Airbnb, the home-renting website, has been great for me, but I have misgivings | Technology | The Observer

Airbnb, the home-renting website, has been great for me, but I have misgivings | Technology | The Observer.

Airbnb seems to be turning from its original ethos to becoming just another vacation rental website
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Aleks Krotoski in her flat which she rents out on Airbnb. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer

I’m buying a boat. Good lord, no: it’s not a super yacht; it’s a 31ft long, 6ft wide canal boat that’s going to double as an office/shed/storage space/weekend getaway for our expanding family. I was sceptical at first. There were more questions raised than answered. But they all disappeared when my husband, Ben, rolled out the clincher: “And when we’re not using it, we can rent it out on Airbnb!” Sold.

For the record, I am not rolling in it. We live in central London in a 500 sq ft ex-council flat. We both work from home, which means we have an irregular rota to decide who gets the (fold-down) table, and who works from the sofa. When one of us takes a phone call, the other has to leave to get work done. As an occupational environment, it’s not ideal.

I originally bought it for me and the cat, so when two dogs and a tall man moved in, it became a much more cosy – but still equally delightful – proposition. We siphoned our stuff to a storage unit around the corner at a cost of £250 a month, and started looking for office space. Three years and another, much smaller mouth to feed later, we’re still searching. And when we did the costing of the boat, we discovered the flat fee, insurance, security and licences would cost less than renting a 20 sq metre unserviced office for two within 40 minutes’ walk of our home. Subtract from that the potential income the boat could generate via the property-sharing site, and we were convinced.

I’m not an Airbnb rookie. My place has been listed since 2012, when Ben and I started doing longer work trips abroad. Our first assignment was to the US, where I was researching a book for six months. Into our teeny house we welcomed four guests for between one- and three-month stays, and they had the run of it, complete with all my precious kitchenware, the larder of spices, the board games, the Sonos music system and the library of books that we couldn’t bring with us. Their bums were on my sofa, their heads were in my bed, their clothes were in my drawers. We hid the silverware and hoped our boat-inspired interior wouldn’t give up our hiding holes.

The experiment was lucrative: it paid for the Airbnb property we rented that winter in Venice Beach, plus all the granny flats, Airstreams (travel trailers) and spare rooms we Airbnb’d at weekends as we toured up and down the California coast.


La UE insta a los gigantes de la Red a combatir el terrorismo ‘online’ | Internacional | EL PAÍS

La UE insta a los gigantes de la Red a combatir el terrorismo ‘online’ | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

La Unión Europea tratará hoy de persuadir a los gigantes de Internet para que colaboren contra la que considera su mayor amenaza: los yihadistas europeos. Los ministros de Interior de los 28 Estados miembros y la Comisión Europea mantendrán una cena restringida con representantes de las grandes compañías tecnológicas, que los radicales utilizan en buena medida para difundir mensajes y captar adeptos. Tras ese encuentro, los responsables del Interior acelerarán sus planes para luchar de manera más intensa contra este fenómeno. Las autoridades europeas estiman que más de 3.000 combatientes comunitarios han viajado a Oriente Próximo.

Los responsables de la lucha antiterrorista han llegado a la conclusión de que no se puede combatir eficazmente a los yihadistas en Europa sin contar con la colaboración de las grandes compañías de Internet. Por ese motivo, la comisaria europea del Interior, Cecilia Malmström, y la presidencia de turno italiana del Consejo Europeo —representa a los Estados miembros— han organizado por primera vez un encuentro con el sector, según confirma a este diario un portavoz del Ejecutivo comunitario. Altos cargos de Facebook, Twitter, Google y Microsoft participarán en la cena, aseguran esas fuentes.


Netflix leads tech giants' 'go-slow' protest in battle over net neutrality | Technology | theguardian.com

Netflix leads tech giants’ ‘go-slow’ protest in battle over net neutrality | Technology | theguardian.com.

Sites including Reddit, Pornhub and Vimeo install widgets to show how the internet would look if regulators caved in to big cable companies on net neutrality

A video from Namecheap, the domain registrar and web hosting company

Much of the internet went on a “go-slow” protest on Wednesday, as some of the world’s largest tech companies began a protest over proposals that could create fast web lanes for some companies.

Tech firms including Netflix, Etsy, FourSquare, KickStarter, Mozilla, Reddit, PornHub and Vimeo installed a widget on their sites to show how they believe the internet would look if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overturns “net neutrality” rules.

The FCC has been forced to rewrite its rules on governing the internet after a series of court defeats at the hands of cable and telecom companies. Wednesday’s protests are against one proposal that would allow cable firms to create “fast lanes” for paying customers who use a lot of bandwidth. Critics charge that move would end net neutrality – the concept that the internet is a level playing field and internet service providers can not discriminate against any individual, organisation or company.

Twitter, Tumblr and Google also issued statements in support of net neutrality. September 15 is the deadline for comments to be submitted to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Namecheap, the domain name registrar, and Vimeo put up videos in support of the campaign.

“The internet was designed to empower people. To get online, you need to use an internet access provider. But once you’re online, you decide what to do and where to go. Anyone, anywhere can share their opinions freely – and any entrepreneur, big or small, can build, launch and innovate without having to get permission first,” Derek Slater, Google’s policy manager, said in an email.


Car sharing service Uber banned in Germany | Technology | The Guardian

Car sharing service Uber banned in Germany | Technology | The Guardian.

Company could face €250,000 fine per ride after Taxi Deutschland sues app-makers for violating transport laws

 

 

Taxis in Germany

Uber has been banned in Germany after Taxi Deutschland sued the company. Photograph: Gero Breloer/AP

 

The online car-sharing service Uber has vowed to continue operating across Germany after its mobile app was banned by a Frankfurt regional court.

The ruling that the app violates the country’s Passenger Transportation Act applies nationwide, according to legal experts. The temporary ban remains in place until a full hearing takes place, and Uber could face a €250,000 (£198,000) fine per ride.

But Uber vowed to keep the app online regardless. “You cannot put the brakes on progress,” the company said. “Uber will continue its operations and will offer Uberpop ride-sharing services via its app throughout Germany.” It promised to appeal against the decision and would, if necessary, “exhaust all the legal possibilities”.

The case against Uber was brought by the Taxi Deutschland Servicegesellschaft company, which offers a rival app that links users to registered taxi drivers. The company argued that Uber was not operating a legitimate service because its drivers did not have the correct permits, were not properly insured, and were not subject to checks. German law allows drivers without a commercial licence to pick up passengers only if they charge no more than the operating cost of the trip.