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 https://action.openrightsgroup.org/demand-privacy-protections-uks-test-and-trace-programme
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.
What is the #anticommons?
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.
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.
I applaud Gove for making this detailed case for reform at the Ditchley Foundation yesterday [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-privilege-of-public-service-given-as-the-ditchley-annual-lecture], 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 :)
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: https://european-pirateparty.eu/european-parliament-strongly-recommends-any-software-developed-by-and-for-the-eu-institutions-to-be-made-publicly-available-under-free-and-open-source-software-licence/
Today we have made a formal legal request for the #NHSX app’s privacy assessment, which is still incomplete, despite moving to testing.
If the safeguards for the #TrackingApp are insufficient we will consider legal action.
This sounds much more inocuous than it is.
Ravi Naik’s opinion explains that many Government uses of data, including the #NHSX App, may be unlawful.
Transparency is required to show why they are not.
Yet the App this week is in public beta. #covid19uk
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.
Digital contact tracing will fail unless privacy is respected, experts warn https://theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/20/coronavirus-digital-contact-tracing-will-fail-unless-privacy-is-respected-experts-warn… #COVID19
#COVID19 contact tracing apps must respect privacy technically and in law:
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
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