Critical Awareness

  • In the Internet Age, Copyright Law Does Far More Than Antitrust to Shape Competition
    We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of copyright law and policy, addressing what’s at stake and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation.…
  • Fact-Checking, COVID-19 Misinformation, and the British Medical Journal
    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, authoritative research and publications have been critical in gaining better knowledge of the virus and how to combat it. However, unlike previous pandemics, this one has been further exacerbated by a massive wave of misinformation and disinformation spreading across traditional and online social media. The increasing volume of misinformation and urgent…
  • An energy revolution is possible – but only if leaders get imaginative about how to fund it
    An energy revolution is possible – but only if leaders get imaginative about how to fund it Wind power has been bolstered by government subsidies. Falkenpost/Pixabay Limiting climate change will require an unprecedented global movement to make low-carbon technologies the norm. COP26 – the UN climate conference held last November in Glasgow – showed that…
  • Birds and bees: why new buildings need to support the natural world
    Birds and bees: why new buildings need to support the natural world Starlings and other birds like to nest in house eaves. Tony Skerl/Shutterstock Nature can thrive in cities with the right opportunities, and some English councils are working to help develop homes for wildlife within new buildings. New planning laws in Brighton and Hove…
  • India Should Stop Using Abusive Foreign Funding Law
    End Harassment Against People’s Watch, Other Rights Groups (Geneva, January 18, 2021) – The Indian government should immediately stop harassing the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns and its program unit People’s Watch, ten human rights groups said today. The government should stop using the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and other abusive laws to silence…
  • Copyright Shouldn’t Stand in the Way of Your Right to Repair
    We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of copyright law and policy, addressing what’s at stake and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation.…
  • Renewables are cheaper than ever – so why are household energy bills only going up?
    Renewables are cheaper than ever – so why are household energy bills only going up? Fokke Baarssen/Shutterstock Not for the first time, global energy markets are in turmoil. Internationally traded gas prices more than quadrupled in 2021. In their wake, many energy suppliers have gone bust and household bills across Europe are set to soar.…
  • Don’t let Big Tech fool you: Small businesses don’t want surveillance advertising.
    by Claudia Prettner (Legal/Policy Advisor, Amnesty Tech), Alia Al Ghussain (Campaigns and Communications Officer, Amnesty Tech) and Nienke Palstra (Senior Campaigner, Global Witness) Tracking-based advertising has become all pervasive in the digital world. Our new research shows that small businesses know very well how harmful these practices are to human rights but have little alternative.…
  • Ireland has the wind and seas to become an offshore superpower
    Ireland has the wind and seas to become an offshore superpower The Irish government signed up to the recent Glasgow Climate Pact and used the summit to announce a raft of ambitious goals, including the development of 5 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy up to 2030. That would more than double the country’s current…
  • Urban health, wellbeing and food supplies are all under threat: growing more food in cities could change that
    Urban health, wellbeing and food supplies are all under threat: growing more food in cities could change that Only 3% of UK households eat homegrown fruit and vegetables. Katya_Ershova/Pixabay A supply of fresh fruit and vegetables is crucial to a healthy nation – and to building a food system that makes us well instead of…
  • Podcast Episode: How Private is Your Bank Account?
    Podcast Episode 108 Your friends, your medical concerns, your political ideology— financial transactions tell the story of your life in intimate details. But U.S. law has failed to protect  this sensitive data from prying eyes.  Join EFF’s Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien as they talk to Marta Belcher, one of the leading lawyers working on…
  • Djokovic’s deportation: We must talk about Australia’s failing refugee policies
    For nearly a decade, Australia has held vulnerable asylum seekers in offshore detention centres. Where is their media coverage? Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/djokovic-deportation-australia-refugee-asylum-seekers-offshore/
  • Welcome to the Public Domain, Winnie-the-Pooh
    In 2019, for the first time in 20 years, U.S. copyright law allowed formerly copyrighted works to join the public domain. Works in the public domain are no longer under copyright, and anyone can republish or use those works in whatever way they want. The public domain is the default home of all creative endeavors…
  • It’s Copyright Week 2022: Ten Years Later, How Has SOPA/PIPA Shaped Online Copyright Enforcement?
    We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of copyright law and policy, addressing what’s at stake and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation.…
  • David Davis: MPs have last chance to save the UK’s freedom to vote
    The government claims the Elections Bill is designed to protect our democracy. As a former Tory minister, I know this is nonsense Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/elections-bill-2022-david-davis-undemocratic-voter-id/
  • If I die at the hands of a man, I don’t want a vigil. I want a riot
    I went to Ashling Murphy’s vigil this weekend. Every single woman’s murder, whether a teacher or a sex worker, at 3am or 3pm, is political Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/if-i-die-at-the-hands-of-a-man-i-dont-want-a-vigil-i-want-a-riot/
  • Refugees and racial hierarchies in Lebanon
    How refugee protection policies in the country ignore the prevalent problem of racism Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/refugees-and-racial-hierarchies-in-lebanon/
  • France/Germany: Small businesses want EU to get tough on Google and Facebook’s invasive advertising – new research
    YouGov poll reveals small business leaders are uncomfortable with Facebook and Google’s tracking-based advertising  Small business leaders in France and Germany want alternatives to Facebook and Google’s dominant tracking-based advertising, new research commissioned by Amnesty International and Global Witness has shown. Ahead of a key EU vote this week aimed at imposing stricter rules on…
  • Russia: One year after jailing, Aleksei Navalny and his associates in a “living hell”
    Over the course of the last 12 months, the Russian authorities have unleashed an unprecedented campaign of repression and reprisals against wrongfully imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and his supporters, destroying all remnants of the rights to freedom of expression and association, Amnesty International said today on the first anniversary of the politician’s arrest. “In…
  • How much has Bolsonaro changed Brazil’s role in the world?
    The far-Right leader’s status as an international pariah masks some important points of continuity Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/bolsonaro-brazil-election-en/
  • Elite private members’ clubs are at the heart of Boris Johnson’s government
    Ministers’ use of exclusive clubs – like the ‘incredibly expensive’ one Truss held a taxpayer-funded lunch at – is a throwback to an earlier Toryism Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/private-members-clubs-boris-johnson-conservative-party/
  • After two years of COVID, Johnson’s priority is unchanged: wealth over health
    This week marks two years since the first mention of COVID in UK media. Looking back, the government's path was clear right from the start Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/boris-johnson-covid-priority-wealth-over-health/
  • Partygate investigator helped shield No.10 from scrutiny over Grenfell
    Revealed: Emails show how Sue Gray was consulted over decision to withhold information about fatal fire Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/partygate-investigator-helped-shield-no10-from-scrutiny-over-grenfell/
  • Why lowering everyone’s energy bills is a better solution than targeting only the most vulnerable
    Why lowering everyone’s energy bills is a better solution than targeting only the most vulnerable Vitolda Klein/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Energy bills will rise by as much as 50% from April 2022 unless the government intervenes, as Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem is expected to raise its price cap. Many households face a cost of living crisis…
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