Have you heard of the GDPR or the General Data Protection Regulation?

Do you know what’s behind the recent takedown of Backpage?

Richard Chapo is a lawyer that has been practicing on the front lines of internet law for decades. I was able to speak to him about some of the recent regulation and what that will mean for small business and the world.

According to Richard, there is a global trend of governments fighting back against the tech companies. He believes this will result in what he calls “The Splinternet” where the internet will be drastically different depending on where you are geographically.

In addition we talk about what internet business owners need to keep in mind to stay in compliance with current and upcoming legislation. I found the interview to be fascinating and I think you probably will as well.

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  •   “Full disclosure: I’ve done legal work for Google, although not on this case. But this ruling isn’t about Google or Android or even Java; it’s about the damage it stands to cause anyone trying to innovate. By design, copyrights are monopolies, and we tolerate them only insofar as doing so is necessary to promote progress. But rulings like this one that extend the reach of copyright do the opposite and risk transforming copyright into a barrier to progress instead. The implications of this ruling transcend the interests of Oracle and Google. It stands to affect any technology (present and future) that needs to work with another — which, effectively, is all of them. The upshot of this ruling is that according to it, anyone who owns a copyright in an API can say no to anyone whose innovation requires it — a situation that’s simply not good for progress or the public that depends on it.”

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  • Hey Everyone, I’m new to but not to the Liberty Movement. I was paying attention to it in 2008 and finally drank the kool-aid in 2012. I’m posting here because I’ve been bootstrapping the development of a legislation alert app and I am hoping that it helps grassroots movements in shutting down bad legislation and getting good candidates elected. The basic idea is to connect our nation’s outspoken political activists (10% of the population roughly) with the remaining interested bystanders (about 49% of the population, representing people who care but prefer to remain anonymous) so that their combined leverage can shut down bad legislation or help get good legislation passed. Opinion data on pending bills is filterable by district and can be used to hold representatives accountable to the will of their constituency. Come election time, users can also easily compare their private voting history with a representative’s public voting record in order to make a much more informed vote than normal. There are two types of accounts: Mobilizers: These are public accounts that can be followed by other users and can post alerts on pending State and Federal legislation. This account type logs in via web browser and requires an invite code currently. Apptivists: These are private accounts that follow public accounts and vote on the bills they are alerted to by the Mobilizers. This account type logs in via a simple phone app and is open to anyone with an iOS device (Android coming soon!). Much more detailed info on the project can be found by scrolling down the homepage of our website: We’ve recently launched our MVP of the application and I’ve set up an invite code that can be used by people from if anyone here would like to register as a Public Mobilizer account. As this is my attempt to help promote liberty in our country, we have decided to make Apptivism free to use for both account types. Also, this app is meant to work together with other social media services like FB and Twitter. It’s not a replacement. That’s what is for. 😉 If anyone here has any questions, I’d love to answer them and I’d love to get feedback on the whether this type of system is something that could be useful to the liberty community. Thanks in advance! Cheers! seth PS: Here’s a brief video explaining the system:

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  • New Orleans just passed a law banning smoking in bars and casinos.  I personally am happy, but also am sad that in the end they didn’t concede to leave the decision up to the business owners.  What are your thoughts? Link to story:

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  • “For Ver, the digital currency is not just a way of storing and moving money without help from the authorities. It’s also a way of seeking justice, something that’s laid out in the Skype chat logs that Ver provided of his conversation with the hacker. Sure, you can wield this type of bounty using other currencies–and many have–but there’s something particularly appropriate about doing it with bitcoin.” “About a decade ago, Ver’s computer parts-reselling business had about $1 million in goods stolen during a break-in. Tracking parts serial numbers, he located his stolen merchandise in L.A. about a month later. “I called multiple police agencies to let them know I found my stolen parts,” he says. “None of them would lift a finger to help me. I never got any of it back.” But his bounty has been more effective. Within minutes of posting the bounty, Nitrous handed over the new password to Ver’s Hotmail account. And Ver says he hasn’t caused any trouble since.” Crypto currencies and technology has allowed people to protect themselves more efficiently then calling the police.

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