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Canada

Submission + - Conservatives Commitment to Internet Surveillance (michaelgeist.ca) 1

alexo writes: Dr. Michael Geist writes that Canada's Conservatives committed to pass "lawful access" legislation that would fundamentally reshape the Internet in Canada within the new Parliament's first 100 days if they win a majority.

The legislation includes new laws that would establish massive Internet surveillance requirements and the potential disclosure of personal information without court oversight.

The proposed bills were never debated in parliament nor subjected to committee hearings, yet the Conservatives election platform promises to bundle all the crime and justice bills into a single omnibus bill and to pass it within a new Parliament's first 100 days.

With the elections looming, it is time to fight for your rights.

Canada

Submission + - Speak Out on Bill C-32 (michaelgeist.ca)

alexo writes: Dr. Michael Geist, a law professor and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, writes in his blog that the Bill C-32 Legislative Committee is accepting briefs on the controversial "Copyright Modernization Act" (a.k.a the Canadian DMCA) until the end of January 2011.

The Committee has set the following parameters for input: In order for briefs on Bill C-32 to be considered by the Committee in a timely fashion, the document should be submitted to the Committee's mailbox at CC32@parl.gc.ca by the end of January, 2011. A brief which is longer than 5 pages should be accompanied by a 1 page executive summary and in any event should not exceed 10 pages in length.

The article also contains Dr. Geist's suggestions on the possible modifications that will make this bill less skewed against consumers.

Write early, only 5 days left.

Submission + - Canadian-Iranian Blogger Sentenced to 19.5 Years (cnn.com)

alexo writes: CNN reports that an Iranian court has sentenced Hossein Derakhshan, the so-called "blogfather" of Iran, to 19.5 years in prison.

Derakhshan, a 35-year-old Canadian-Iranian blogger and activist, was "convicted of cooperating with enemy states, making propaganda against the Islamic system of government, promoting small anti-revolutionary groups, managing obscene web sites and insulting Islamic sanctities".

Slashdot mentioned Derakhshan in an article about Iranian bloggers back in 2006.

Windows

Submission + - Anti-frustration software for Windows (soluto.com)

alexo writes: Soluto, an Israeli start-up, aims to solve one of the problems that plagues all computer users: poor computer performance. As its first service, the company is offering a free (as in beer) program that analyzes the boot process and identifies applications and processes that may be removed or delayed to speed up Windows' start-up. To find the source of the slowdowns, Soluto uses a statistical approach, "The PC Genome", which they describe as "a huge knowledgebase of PC frustration data, built automatically through the usage of Soluto software. Its objective and statistical information, gathered and analyzed by Soluto, is also editable by the community."

See writeups by the New York Times, ZDNet and Geeks are sexy.

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