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Digital Economy Bill breakdown

We're all bleating about why the Bill sucks, but we seem to be the only people who think it does. I suspect this is because we're the only people who understand why it does, where we are 'geeks' for want of a better word. Can we create a Wiki which breaks down the Bill, clause by clause and schedule by schedule, explaining in plain English why it is a bad thing, what the short term and long term implications are and a ...more »

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Adopt an MP

One of the things that was very apparent from the Bill debate was the low level of knowledge among many MPs about how the internet and the more innovative end of the UK's digital economy actually work. I think we have a responsibility to educate our MPs rather than simply whingeing about how little they know. After all they encounter all kinds of subjects in their daily work and can't be expected to be experts on everything. ...more »

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Claim Copyright Infrigements on Government Websites

Government websites often use public domain CSS, images and other content in the same way as other websites. As far as i know, the bill does not stipulate against public organisations. Why not start a campaign to shutdown government websites by claiming copyright infringement? As I understand it, it's the accused's responsibility to prove they are not sharing copyrighted material, and no proof needs to be provided. ...more »

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get the SEO juice flowing

The DEBill was never intended or able to stop 'the geeks' from copying files - they all know we will find a way round. But the average user will not. They will be threatened and intimidated by the first threatening letter. Parents will be worried, teenagers will be punished, Google will be used. If we start to build a repository of accurate and sensible advice on what to do if you get a threatening letter from an ...more »

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Actively boycott all companies that support the Bill

A few forensics should be enough to work out which companies have been actively supporting and lobbying for this Bill, across the music industry and others. We should publish a list of them and the artists/products they promote and boycott them.

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legal fund

should we start a fund to defend the first (defendable) case that is brought?

 

Sooner or later, some little old lady's wifi will be hacked and she will be accused of being a pirate ('a what dear?'). Making a big public defence of such a case perhaps get the Daily Mail brigade on side.

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Campaign for parliamentary reform

Whilst I appreciate that specific actions are needed to tackle this specific bill, this kind of thing will keep on happening unless we make more fundemental changes in our parliamentary system. The real problem with this bill is actually the parliamentary processes that allowed it to get forced through - the "Wash up" process and the three line whip. Everyone who feels wronged by how this bill was handled should engage ...more »

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Find the advisory committee

I can't spell committee. Anyway, I have been trying to find out all day who advises MP's on matters technological, because they are evidently not doing their job properly and speaking in plain English or Right Honourable Gentlemen would not be referring to email as hassle and IP numbers instead of addresses. I want to find out who they are so we can go some way towards explaining their errors and replacing those errors ...more »

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Put a figure on it

One of the justifications we heard time and time again was the hundreds of millions of pounds of losses being suffered by the "creative industries". Various sources have uncovered the untruths behind these figures, yet politicians pay attention to big numbers when they are trotted out. Given the damage we all know this bill will do to consumers, to ISPs and to any organisation that provides public wifi access, surely ...more »

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Social Media Surgeries for MPs

Nick Booth and the gang at Social Media Surgeries do wonderful things getting people who run charities together with people who know how to make things on the internet. It's free and knowledge is shared, interesting things happen as a result.

 

http://www.paradisecircus.com/social-media-surgeries/

 

How about doing something similar with MPs?

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Collaborate with other groups on related issues

There's value in building on the concern about the DE Bill as a single issue, but there's a balance to be reached between that alone and its relation to broader issues around openness, copyright and net neutrality. The impact of activism can be multiplied by working with other groups which have similar interests and targets. See http://delicious.com/jimrhiz/activism+open for links: let me know of any more by adding ...more »

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Sustained Campaign

First, let's remember that the proponents of the DEB can see everything we discuss - as can other opponents - and that is a force in itself. Ultimately, the proponents have limited resources, in terms of lobbying budget and personnel, and MPs/Peers have (very) limited bandwidth. They'll all want the DEB done and dusted quickly in the new Parliament. The DEB (and Parliamentary reform, including the 'wash-up' process ...more »

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