Techdirt: EU Cancels ‘Final’ Negotiations On EU Copyright Directive As It Becomes Clear There Isn’t Enough Support

Techdirt: EU Cancels ‘Final’ Negotiations On EU Copyright Directive As It Becomes Clear There Isn’t Enough Support. “So, this is certainly unexpected. Just hours after we pointed out that even all of the lobbyists who had written/pushed for Article 13 in the EU Copyright Directive were now abandoning their support for it (basically because the EU was considering making it just slightly less awful), it appears that Monday’s negotiations have been called off entirely.”

TechCrunch: Transparency-seeking OPEN Government Data Act signed into law

TechCrunch: Transparency-seeking OPEN Government Data Act signed into law . “The federal government produces one hell of a lot of data, but despite desultory lurches toward usability, there’s little guarantee that it’s available in a way that makes it useful to anyone. That may change for the better with the OPEN Government Data Act, which the president signed into law last night. The act essentially requires federal agencies to default when possible to making data (and metadata) public, to publish that public data in a machine-readable format and catalog it online. It also mandates that chief data officers be appointed at those agencies to handle the process.”

The Jerusalem Post: Opening The National Library’s Digital Doors

The Jerusalem Post: Opening The National Library’s Digital Doors. “A caricature of a balloon-headed prime minister Menachem Begin looks out from the cover of a pamphlet published ahead of the 1981 national election. ‘Begin… and the rest of the Likud’s jokes,’ it reads. The little green booklet is one of the millions of items and artifacts held by the National Library of Israel in its extensive archives. But until now, it was one of many items that the library did not earmark for digitization, because it is known as ‘orphan work,’ whose copyright holders cannot be located. Now, following an amendment to the Copyright Law passed in the Knesset on January 1, the library and other cultural institutions in Israel will have much greater freedom to digitize and share their vast holdings without the fear of lawsuits.”

Route Fifty: State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America

Route Fifty: State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America. “Electric cooperatives want to help bridge the digital divide between rural and urban America as more federal funding becomes available for rural broadband. But a 77-year-old law may prevent one of the nation’s poorest states from fully tapping into millions of new federal dollars to expand high-speed internet service to needy rural communities.”

Kuwait – ‘Govt mulls control of social media accounts, curb chaos’ (MENAFN)

MENAFN: Kuwait – ‘Govt mulls control of social media accounts, curb chaos’. “The government has been considering the need to issue a legislation for controlling social media and reducing, if possible, fake accounts that are regarded as sources of destruction and corruption. This was mentioned in a letter submitted to the National Assembly by MP Ahmad Al-Fadhel, requesting the government to explain the procedures that have been taken so far concerning fake accounts and news that have negative implications on Kuwait.”

Northern Public Radio: New Illinois Law Includes Unwanted Social Media Messages As Stalking Behavior

Northern Public Radio: New Illinois Law Includes Unwanted Social Media Messages As Stalking Behavior. “Unwanted social media messages are now on the list of behaviors that can be cited when petitioning to file for stalking ‘no-contact order.’ That’s one of the hundreds of new Illinois laws that went into effect in the new year. Previously, phone calls, text messages and emails were included, but not messages from platforms like Facebook or Twitter.”

E Pluribus Unum: Congress votes to make open government data the default in the United States

E Pluribus Unum: Congress votes to make open government data the default in the United States. “On December 21, 2018, the United States House of Representatives voted to enact H.R. 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017, in a historic win for open government in the United States of America. The Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act (AKA the OPEN Government Data Act) is about to become law as a result. “