With computers in more and more of the things we buy, it is vital that we have a digital right of repair so we truly control the things we own. Corporations must not be able to lock down their products so that we have to pay them exorbitant amounts to fix them or prevent people from determining their security vulnerabilities or even making improvements. The activists at Right of Repair and iFixit have put forward two bills to support a digital right of repair: H.143 in the Massachusetts House...
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With computers in more and more of the things we buy, it is vital that have a digital right of repair so we truly control the things we own. Corporations must not be able to lock down their products so that we have to pay them exorbitant amounts to fix them or prevent people from determining their security vulnerabilities or even making improvements. The activists at Right of Repair and iFixit have put forward two bills to support a digital right of repair: H.143 in the Massachusetts House an...
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Massachusetts legislators will hear testimony for and against Digital Right to Repair on September 26 in the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection. The bill is H.143 in the Massachusetts House and S.96 in the Senate. With computers in more and more of the things we buy, it is vital that these bills pass so we truly control the things we own. Their passage will ensure that if you need a digital device repaired, you can take it to an independent contractor instead of the manufacturer or can repai...
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On Friday, governors from the United States, Mexico, and Canada will meet in Rhode Island to talk trade – and undoubtedly, the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will keynote the event. Public Citizen and local trade activist groups are rallying for a NAFTA replacement that benefits citizens, consumers and working people in all three NAFTA countries. If you can attend this Friday at 2:30pm, please RSVP at replacenafta.org/rsvp and...
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H.R. 1599 (nicknamed the DARK Act because it would Deny Consumers the Right to Know) passed the U.S. House of Representatives last summer and is up for a cloture vote Wednesday. They will need sixty votes to prevail. The latest version of the “DARK Act” would preempt the states, codify voluntary labeling and give the USDA discretion to write our future. We must stop the Roberts’ bill and remain vigilant knowing that the real threat may be hidden behind closed doors where our rights could be c...
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Cory Doctorow (science fiction author and Co-Editor of Boing Boing tech blog) and others spoke at the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University on Tuesday, October 13th. The talk was entitled The Remote-Controlled Society and is part of Cory's discussion of the Coming War on General Computing. While the Ford Hall Forum will be releasing video of the full discussion and Q&A, we were able to record the opening statements by Cory Doctorow, Rebecca Curtin (Assistant Professor of Law with a focus on...
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On Tuesday, October 13th, Cory Doctorow, science fiction author, Co-Editor of Boing Boing and someone who has great ideas on the intersection of culture, technology and privacy, will participate in the round table discussion: “The Remote-Controlled Society”. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is open. The roundtable focuses on the increasing corporate lockdown of computers and what will happen as computers move into more of our things: With computers in nearly all of...
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On Tuesday, October 13th, Cory Doctorow, science fiction author, Co-Editor of Boing Boing and someone who has great ideas on the intersection of culture, technology and privacy, will participate in the round table discussion: “The Remote-Controlled Society”. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is open. The roundtable focuses on the increasing corporate lockdown of computers and what will happen as computers move into more of our things: With ...
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Today, October 7th, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will be on Capitol Hill lobbying our senators trying to convince them to support the DARK Act (HR.1599), a law that would destroy our ability to ever know what we are eating. We can not allow these corporate interests to trump our personal right to make our own choices about what we feed our families. We support transparency in our foods because people cannot make educated decisions without proper labeling.  Today, please calling...
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Many trade agreements can be viewed as neither truly beneficial nor complete losses. Occasionally, there are clear winners. In the case of the TPP and related agreements, corporations will gain the most at our expense. This fight is returning to the Senate, with a vote possibly taking place as early as today. While the entire Massachusetts delegation is against fast track, 61 Senators voted for it last time. We have to stand in opposition to handing our fates to fickle leaders hiding in the s...
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