Third Parties Win Ballot Access in Pennsylvania

Categories: Access
Average Joe Super Hero

Average Joe Super Hero

Pennsylvania Third Parties Win Key Petition Ruling

The court ruling is a major victory for disparate Pennsylvania third parties on petitioning rules | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

This is a major victory for ballot access. The case was won by Oliver Hall, who has been Ralph Nader’s ballot access attorney for many years.

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Jul 28

Berto Jongman: Say NO to Mandated Cyber – Insecurity (“Keys Under Doormats”)

Categories: Access,Security
Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Keys Under Doormats: Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications

We have found that the damage that could be caused by law enforcement exceptional access requirements would be even greater today than it would have been 20 years ago. In the wake of the growing economic and social cost of the fundamental insecurity of today’s Internet environment, any proposals that alter the security dynamics online should be approached with caution. Exceptional access would force Internet system developers to reverse “forward secrecy” design practices that seek to minimize the impact on user privacy when systems are breached. The complexity of today’s Internet environment, with millions of apps and globally connected services, means that new law enforcement requirements are likely to introduce unanticipated, hard to detect security flaws. Beyond these and other technical vulnerabilities, the prospect of globally deployed exceptional access systems raises difficult problems about how such an environment would be governed and how to ensure that such systems would respect human rights and the rule of law.

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Jul 9

Antechinus: Battle for Open Access to Information

Categories: Access
Antechinus

Antechinus

The battle for open-access information

A PhD candidate’s online open-access publishing forum is a boon for those wishing to access texts and transcripts free.

Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitised and locked up by a handful of private corporations … Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable.
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Jul 5

Robert Steele: Elsevier Reeling on Sharing

Categories: Access
Robert David STEELE Vivas

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Elsevier is feeling the strong pressure from a world-wide movement to force them into sensibility about sharing. Universities around the world, including MIT, and many other parties, have signed a strong denouncement here.

Buried within the comments, where Elsevier’s Alicia Wise is participating, is this statement that I have accepted in agreeing to do an article for Technology in Society — my article will appear at Phi Beta Iota on the same day that the journal is published.

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Jul 3

OPEN POWER: Electoral Reform Act of 2015 – Open Source Activist Tool-Kit

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

For those who want to avoid demonizing the two-party tyranny, whose “leaders” may wish  to consider participation in a national conversation, we have created a new cover for the book, and made it the default cover at Amazon. The original cover is below the fold and the book available with that cover on request (epub or emob or doc).

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Jun 27