CaptSolo writes: UPC Ireland has started a trial of a DNS hijacking "service", in a violation of net neutrality. When users enter a URL for a non-existing domain, they are redirected to a landing page (for example, this). They do provide instructions for disabling this service, consisting of a PDF with screenshots demonstrating how Windows users can change DNS servers.
FFII's response questions ACTA's secrecy saying: "The argument that public transparency regarding 'trade negotiations' can be ignored if it would weaken the EU's negotiation position is particularly painful. At which point exactly do negotiations over trade issues become more important than democratic law making? At 200 million euro? At 500 million euro? At 1 billion euro? What is the price of our democracy?""
CaptSolo writes: "SPARQL (pronounced "sparkle"), the query language for data integration on the Web and one of the foundations of the Semantic Web, has just been published as a W3C Recommendation.
Quoting Tim Berners-Lee: "Trying to use the Semantic Web without SPARQL is like trying to use a relational database without SQL". There are at least 14 implementations of the standard, most of them free and open source software.