Movie Studios Want Google to Take Down Their Own Takedown Request

Torrent Freak | Google refused to comply with the movie studios requests and the “infringing” DMCA notices remain online. Meanwhile, the number of takedown notices received by Google is nearing 20 million per month.

“Instawallet” Bitcoin Service Hacked, Users Must Now Make Claims

JG Vibes | A service that stores Bitcoin online for people to make transactions has been hacked and is currently offline, but is now promising to honor all accounts.

Are You A Teenager Who Reads News Online? According to the DOJ, You May...

EFF | In the DOJ’s world, this means anyone under 18 who reads a Hearst newspaper online could hypothetically face jail time. But Hearst’s publications aren’t the only ones with overly restrictive usage terms.

Pirate Bay Proxy Owner’s Bank Account Seized by Hollywood Group

Torrent Freak | Following a request from Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group BREIN, a Dutch bailiff has seized the bank account of a Pirate Bay proxy operator.

Congress Planning To Debate CISPA Behind Closed Doors; No Public Scrutiny Allowed

Mike Masnick | Congress is supposed to work for the public, not hide things away from the public. This isn't a situation where they're discussing classified info or plans -- but merely a bill focused on information sharing between the government and private companies. Any markup on CISPA needs to be public.

Boston Police Are Catfishing Locals To Bust Punk Rock Shows

Tech Dirt | A recently passed nuisance control ordinance has spurred a citywide crackdown on house shows—concerts played in private homes, rather than in clubs.

SpamHaus v. CyberBunker: More Than Meets the Eye

Thomas L. Knapp | Media accounts claim that the latest non-government cyber-Armageddon — a Distributed Denial of Service attack on anti-spam service SpamHaus by unidentified attackers alleged by some to be acting on behalf of “pretty much anything goes” web host CyberBunker — reached such proportions that it may have actually slowed down the Internet in general.

3D Printing Guns, Bitcoin Show Power Of Technology to Create Change

Robert Taylor | Meaningful change in the direction of human freedom will not come from violent revolutions or the political process but through the circumvention of state power.

UK Government ‘Wastes’ £200k on New Anti-Piracy Tech

Torrent Freak | In ever-more futile efforts to ‘fix’ piracy, lots of methods have been tried, and it’s doubtful there are very many left, except the obvious one of giving consumers what they want.

“Cyber Security”: Hacks vs. “Hackers” (and vs. You)

Thomas L. Knapp | The Hill reports that “A draft cybersecurity bill circulating among House Judiciary Committee members would stiffen a computer hacking law used to bring charges against Internet activist Aaron Swartz.”

“Piracy Is Progress” Billboard on Times Square Divides Artists

Torrent Freak | The band Ghost Beach is running a controversial billboard campaign in New York’s Times Square. With slogans such as “Piracy is Progress” and “Piracy is Robbery” they are encouraging other artists to speak their mind about copyright infringement.

Climategate Leaker: Civilization Is Being Destroyed By Lying “Science” Elitists

Ron Arnold | Anonymous hero who exposed the global warming emails tells the world why he did it – and releases a huge final trove of secret conversations.

‘Anonymous’ Hacks Mossad Website, Gains Access to Data of 30,000 Spies

Press TV | The Anonymous hacking group says it has hacked into the website of Israel‘s Mossad spy agency, gaining access to top-secret documents.

New App Allows User to See Exactly How Much Money is Wasted by Government

JG Vibes | A new smartphone and Ipad application called "Open the Books" allows for a level of transparency in government spending that was never before possible.

Moscow Envisions National Asteroid-Defense System

RIA Novosti | New rocket launchers and super telescopes will help protect Russia from asteroids and comets, and a new national program to combat extraterrestrial threats could appear in Russia by late 2013. This was the topic of discussion at a roundtable held in Moscow in middle March.

Twitter Sued for $50m After Refusing to Reveal Anti-Semitic Tweeter Identities

Clark Kent | The Union of Jewish French Students (UEJF) has sued Twitter and is pursuing further court action after the social networking site declined to expose names of anti-Semitic tweet authors, despite a French court ruling commanding their identification.

Free Access To Dozens of Anonymous VPNs Via New University Project

Torrent Freak | Whether you’re in Iran or China and blocked from YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, or in the UK desperate to get back on The Pirate Bay, KAT or H33T, a new tool from researchers gives instant access to dozens of VPN services.

Militarized Asteroids: The New Threat That No One Can Duck

Shepard Ambellas | While certain nations claim to seek asteroid defense technologies, others might possess asteroid offensive technologies, the kind that leave no fingerprints and can be blamed on god.

eBook Pirates “Hijack” Domain Name of Anti-Piracy Campaign

Torrent Freak | This week at a grand press event the French Publishers Association announced their new anti-piracy portal

Canadian Librarians ‘Owe Duty Of Loyalty To The Government,’ Must Self-Censor Opinions Even In...

Glyn Moody | Librarians can play an important role in any society that depends increasingly on access to information to function. One of their jobs is to help people find what they are looking for, in a neutral, objective way, without imposing their own ideas or values in the process.

With CISPA, “It’s All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating…”

Robyn Greene | The Propellerheads may have been talking about fashion trends when they sang that "to me it seems quite clear that it's all just a little bit of history repeating."

EFF’s Fight for Open 3D Printing Continues at Ask Patents

Julie Samuels | The project to challenge patent applications covering 3D printing technology is important not just because of the promise of that technology, but because we’re relying on a fairly new legal procedure called Preissuance Submissions.

Universal Reputation Rating Systems: The Good, The Bad, The Tyrannical

John Light | For those who lack the resources, there will likely be community centers which offer voluntary assistance as the p2p economy grows and can support such charity work, and already there are libraries and meetup groups which offer similar free access to help.

Google Glass: The Opposition Grows

Chris Matyszczyk | We aren't intelligent enough to see that "artificial intelligence" can't possibly be as much fun as the real intelligence that is creating it.

Indiana Neighborhood Evacuated After Jet Crashes into Multiple Houses

Intellihub | An Indiana neighborhood has been evacuated after a private corporate jet crashed into multiple different houses, spilling jet fuel all over the neighborhood.

Is Matthew Keys the next Aaron Swartz?

WFPMan | While this appears to be a bit more serious than breaking into a university and downloading some JSTOR files as was the case with Aaron Swartz; we are starting to see a much more aggressive tone being taken by law enforcement in regards to information and intellectual property.

Reuters Editor Indicted on Anonymous Conspiracy Charge

Dara Kerr | Years after the Los Angeles Times Web site was supposedly defaced by Anonymous, the U.S. government goes after a former employee who allegedly gave hackers the company's login and password.

Universal Reputation Rating Systems: The Future of Trust in a Networked Society?

John Light | Trust is the glue that holds communities together, and how trust is earned and lost in society is currently undergoing some radical changes.

Pirate Bay Founders Case Rejected by Human Rights Court

Torrent Freak | The European Court of Human Rights has rejected an application to hear the cases of Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij, two of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay.

Angry Judge Tears Prenda Copyright Trolls Apart

Torrent Freak | In the last episode of the astonishing story of Prenda Law, a judge ordered the copyright trolls to appear in court Monday to face allegations of misconduct.