Open Letter

On Rule-Of-Law in Ireland, and Preservation of Free Speech: Please Reject Three-Strikes

Dear Mr. Bruton, I am writing to you (and simultaneously to my blog, where further correspondence will be forwarded) to ask that you reconsider your support of a Three-Strikes policy on internet use in Ireland. There are many reasons for you to do so. Chiefly among them, I feel, is the threat to our judicial system if this system becomes part of Irish law. By legitimising the surveillance of corporate bodies on Irish citizens, and by permitting these foreign corporate bodies to realise a powerful ability normally reserved for state agencies (the power to effectively silence a citizen of Ireland), the Three-Strikes policy will set a precedent whereby privatisation of legal power becomes acceptable.

Dear ICANN, Please Protect Net Neutrality

The following is an open letter to ICANN, spurred by the suggestion that they might capitulate to demands from lobbyists to help cripple one of the main Top-Level-Domains (TLD) of the internet, the “.net” domain. Dear ICANN, I am writing to you to plead that you discard the unreasonable demands of copyright lobby organisations that the .net TLD be subject to unreasonable and unnecessary oversight. Fitstly, a privatised agreement that supersedes and even expands the already potent DMCA is unnecessary, as a legal route to takedown of infringing content is already well established and, some would say, overused.

Please: Oppose Copyright Term Extension

Dear Mr. Crowley, As one of your constituents, and as an aspiring writer with a vested interest in intellectual property structures, I am writing (publicly) to you to ask that you please consider opposing the proposed Copyright Term Extension in the European Parliament this week and going forward. Copyright term extension does not protect general artists, for whom a creative work is almost never going to be commercially viable after 50 years in any case.

A Letter to the Electronic Frontier Foundation

I have just posted an email to the EFF asking a few questions about something that’s been on my mind. The US Government owns many or all of the primary DNS servers that rout internet traffic around the world. They are increasingly invading users’ privacy, regardless of the country of origin for the traffic. On top of this, the ISPs that provide internet service to users around the world are, at best, self-serving and unaccountable.