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posted by chromas on Wednesday June 13 2018, @01:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the bells-will-be-ringing dept.

As Europe's latest copyright proposal heads to a critical vote on June 20-21, more than 70 Internet and computing luminaries have spoken out against a dangerous provision, Article 13, that would require Internet platforms to automatically filter uploaded content. The group, which includes Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the Mozilla Project Mitchell Baker, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle, cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, and net neutrality expert Tim Wu, wrote in a joint letter that was released today:

By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet, from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by arslan on Wednesday June 13 2018, @02:19AM (4 children)

    by arslan (3462) on Wednesday June 13 2018, @02:19AM (#692191)

    What's the definition of that? If Runaway trolls enough folks on the internet is he/she/it an Internet Luminary? Or is it Dudette Blogs that has a bazillion followers on her blog and tweeter account?

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Mykl on Wednesday June 13 2018, @03:27AM (1 child)

    by Mykl (1112) on Wednesday June 13 2018, @03:27AM (#692209)

    I think TFS provides a fairly good high level view of why these individuals are considered luminaries. Not because they have a blog, but because they have been responsible for some very significant components of the modern Internet. It's also because of their long history of well considered views about the future of the Internet including its threats and opportunities.

    • (Score: 1, Troll) by arslan on Wednesday June 13 2018, @04:21AM

      by arslan (3462) on Wednesday June 13 2018, @04:21AM (#692218)

      Umm.. aren't they just computing luminaries? I see the internet under the broader computing umbrella, the fact the call it out separately implies, folks associated with the internet that are not part of the computing industry, i.e. bloggers, etc.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13 2018, @08:30AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13 2018, @08:30AM (#692265)

    I can be a hardware luminary if I open the power supply and start prodding around without first unplugging it.

  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Wednesday June 13 2018, @09:24AM

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <> on Wednesday June 13 2018, @09:24AM (#692276) Homepage Journal

    without my deep insight into the nature of reality, apple would never have debugged strm_echo, the original test tool for MacTCP.

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