Secret source code pronounces you guilty as charged [Updated] | Ars Technica

When a computer “spits out something, you’d like to know how it did it.”

Source: Secret source code pronounces you guilty as charged [Updated] | Ars Technica

Health Canada Threatens To Sue Doctor If He Reveals Whether Clinical Trials Data Shows A Drug Is Safe Or Effective | Techdirt

Dr. Navindra Persaud has been fighting for four years to get access to thousands of pages of drug industry documents being held by Health Canada.

He finally received the material a few weeks ago, but now he’s being prevented from revealing what he has discovered.

That’s because Health Canada required him to sign a confidentiality agreement, and has threatened him with legal action if he breaks it.

Source: Health Canada Threatens To Sue Doctor If He Reveals Whether Clinical Trials Data Shows A Drug Is Safe Or Effective | Techdirt

The Right Way To Stop Piracy | Techdirt

The story in Sweden is somewhat famous. Sweden was home to the Pirate Bay and had sky high piracy rates. And then Spotify — a company also born in Sweden — launched at home. And piracy rates fell off a cliff. But only for music. Piracy for other products such as TV and movies remained high. Under pressure from the US, Sweden passed a strict anti-piracy law, IPRED. And, when it went into effect, there was a notable decline in piracy rates… but, within months, those rates rebounded to where they had been before, as people quickly figured out new ways to do what they were doing before. And then Netflix launched in Sweden. And piracy rates for TV and movies dropped.

Source: The Right Way To Stop Piracy | Techdirt

Rightscorp Granted Australian Patent to Chase Pirates – TorrentFreak

Rightscorp has been awarded a patent by the Australian Patent Office which should protect it from competitors looking to muscle in on its business model Down Under. The patent protects a system which helps Rightscorp identify repeat infringers, individuals it is now targeting in the United States with settlement demands and lawsuits.

Source: Rightscorp Granted Australian Patent to Chase Pirates – TorrentFreak

CNN and the NYT Are Deliberately Obscuring Who Perpetrated the Afghan Hospital Attack

From the start, not even the U.S. military had the audacity to try to obscure that they did this. They left that dirty work to their leading media outlets which, as usual, are more than eager and happy to comply.

Source: CNN and the NYT Are Deliberately Obscuring Who Perpetrated the Afghan Hospital Attack