Acta treaty, “the cost of knowledge”, Google privacy policy

Several EU countries, among them Romania (without any public discussions), signed the Acta (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) treaty. See this for more. There are already retaliations by Anonymous, at least in Poland and Romania.

Please read the post “The cost of knowledge” by Terence Tao and also visit the relevant links, if you are concerned with the matter of making money from publishing (in fact stifling)  fundamental research and the open access movement.

Finally, Google changes its privacy policy.

All in all, let us hope we don’t end in a Bayesian society.

UPDATE 29.feb.2012:

–  See  Google’s new privacy policy raises deep concerns about data protection and the respect of the European law, by the French authority CNIL. More specifically see the letter sent to Google by  the Article 29 Working Party. (According to wikipedia, “The Article 29 Working Party is made up of a representative from the data protection authority of each EU Member State, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. Its name comes from the Data Protection Directive and it was launched in 1996.”.)


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