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We’re forced to take action because the Information Commissioner is not doing its job. Help fund our legal action for #TestandTrace privacy protections. We’ve almost reached our goal! #Covid19 action.openrightsgroup.org/dem

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At the London Labour NPF consultation yesterday, my syndicate group expressed the view that one of things that the CV19 pandemic has taught us is what is essential work and that there's much of the economy that can't be done from home via the internet. It begs the question as to why "essential workers" are so poorly paid.

Meanwhile, Unsplash profit from their vast database of “free to use” content.

And they refuse to let creators signal their content as Creative Commons in any way.

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What is the ?

It is a proprietary licencing system, which acts to prevent the use of content in the Commons, except where the new “owners” permit it.

This is how Unsplash works. You can use the content how you like in your projects, so long as the project remains closed.

If you add Unsplash content to an open licenced product — you may poison the openness.

The content cannot be fully open and redistributable.

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You may ask: why should I care?

Aside from the breach of faith, Unsplash have formed a huge “anti-commons”.

They are not the only anti-commons, but they are among the largest, and they built their success on a vast act of enclosure.

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Are people here familiar with Unsplash.com?

They started off publishing a photolibrary with Creative Commons Zero licencing.

Then in 2017 they revoked the lot, and applied the “Unsplash Licence” which is incompatible with any Creative Commons licence.

I really am appalled.

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I applaud Gove for making this detailed case for reform at the Ditchley Foundation yesterday [gov.uk/government/publications], much of which I agree with, and look forward to seeing other people’s comments. I must also resurrect my blog and publish this, before it’s auto-deleted :)

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All this said: you cannot in any seriousness make arguments about better use of #evidence while promoting #Brexit. The post-truth nature of so much of Gove, Johnson and allies’ political activities shows that a greater focus on use of evidence in public policy (👍🏻) has sadly…

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I can do without twitter today so an early lazy Sunday lockdown history tweet. One of the best bits of Wales which doesn’t get much history love is our hill forts. We have lots, and several have castles too!! However always liked crug Hywel. Hat tip to Tre'r Ceiri, need to visit

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European Parliament Strongly Recommends Open Source Software

"Yesterday, in plenary, the European Parliament endorsed a number of budgetary discharge reports, which include Pirate amendments urging EU institutions to predominantly use Open Source solutions. This success happened despite the joint effort of the EPP and ECR Groups to strike out these essential parts of the reports. In practice, from now on, all IT solutions developed by and for the EU institutions will first need to be assessed against the possibility of using Open Source solutions."

Read more: european-pirateparty.eu/europe

This is the kind of initiative I hoped to see from —minority language / nation nodes, in this case Wales and / or : toot.wales/explore

Today we have made a formal legal request for the app’s privacy assessment, which is still incomplete, despite moving to testing.

If the safeguards for the are insufficient we will consider legal action.


We wrote on Friday to ask for confirmation that the Data Protection Impact Assessment has been consulted on with the ICO—a basic legally necessary step—as yet, no answer.

That needs to be published, alongside the clinical justification for centralisation.

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This sounds much more inocuous than it is.

Ravi Naik’s opinion explains that many Government uses of data, including the App, may be unlawful.

Transparency is required to show why they are not.

Yet the App this week is in public beta.


This is the core of it:
“a centralised system would result in a significantly greater interference with users’ privacy and require greater justification.”

So, justify it first.

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The government’s plans for contact tracing and immunity passports should respect privacy, both at a technical level and backed by legal safeguards. This is essential for trust, writes @jim
openrightsgroup.org/blog/2020/ #COVID19

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From UCL lecturer Michael Veale:

“You wanted open source privacy-preserving Bluetooth contact tracing code? #DP3T software development kits/calibration apps for iOS and Android, and backend server, now on GitHub. iOS/Android apps with nice interface to follow. github.com/DP-3T

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