Open Data Projects Are Fueling the Fight Against Police Misconduct

situation is beginning to change — as a growing number of police accountability groups are starting to bypass the departments by aggregating and distributing misconduct history databases on their own.

Fuente: Open Data Projects Are Fueling the Fight Against Police Misconduct


Tratado de libre comercio con Chile, TPP y propiedad intelectual: retirando la escalera del desarrollo – Creative Commons

El Poder Ejecutivo anunció hace algunas semanas que se encuentra negociando un tratado de libre comercio con Chile, cuyo texto final pretende firmar en setiembre u octubre y remitirlo al parlamento para su ratificación. La celeridad y secretismo de la negociación hacen temer que el parlamento tenga que actuar sobre una lógica de hechos consumados, sin discusión previa ni apropiación de la temática por parte de la sociedad.

Fuente: Tratado de libre comercio con Chile, TPP y propiedad intelectual: retirando la escalera del desarrollo – Creative Commons


| ¿Licenciamiento abierto en aprietos?

Un proyecto de ley en Chile busca extender el derecho a cobrar regalías a los actores en obras artísticas audiovisuales, para hacerlo aplicable a los directores y guionistas de esas mismas obras. Han surgido dudas si ello afectaría, hasta el punto de impedir, que estos derechos puedan ser licenciados libremente por esos artistas.

Fuente: | ¿Licenciamiento abierto en aprietos?


Impact of Social Sciences – How do students access the resources they need? Survey finds only one in five obtain all resources legally.

an overview of findings from a study on the practices of university students accessing learning resources at a research-intensive university in South Africa. There is a grey zone in the access of resources that is now simply part of normal life in a new communication and information order. The students’ perspectives raise critical issues for new models of publishing, for digital literacies and for open scholarship.

Fuente: Impact of Social Sciences – How do students access the resources they need? Survey finds only one in five obtain all resources legally.


Call yourself a hacker? Your computer could be seized without warning | Technology | theguardian.com

Call yourself a hacker? Your computer could be seized without warning | Technology | theguardian.com.

Open-source developer labelled as ‘hacker’ has PC seized after US court hears claim that he might be able to cover his steps

Open source developer labelled as a hacker in copyright infringement case to have his computer seized.
Open source developer labelled as a hacker in copyright infringement case to have his computer seized. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Describing yourself as a “hacker” – in the sense of someone who messes around with computer code – could lead to your computer being seized without warning.

A US government contractor, Battelle Energy Alliance, has used the fear of criminal hackers to obtain a court order to seize the computer of an open-source developer, Corey Thuen, who worked for it, despite him not being present in court.

The company used an argument of copyright infringement and the reputed ability of hackers to cover their tracks online to obtain a court order against Thuen. It argued that he was likely to destroy evidence on his hard drive.

As well as being an open-source developer for Southfork Security, Thuen is a cybersecurity professional who previously worked for the FBI among other US government agencies.

The official documents specifically state that “the court finds it significant that defendants are self-described hackers”.

“This makes it likely that defendant Thuen will delete material on the hard drive of his computer that could be relevant to this case. The tipping point for the court comes from evidence that the defendants – in their own words – are hackers,” the court documents continue.