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Sweden decides not to sign the ITRs!

Good news! Sweden has decided not to sign the ITRs (International Telecommunication Regulations) I’ve spoken about earlier. This would mean, at least to some extent, that the massive response to Google‘s and Fight for the Future‘s campaigns worked!

Today, I received an e-mail from Per G Andersson at the swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications, stating the following:

Swedish:

Internationella teleunionens konferens WCIT-12 i Dubai, Förenade Arabemiraten, avslutades fredagen den 14 december 2012. Sverige har beslutat att inte skriva på konferensens slutakter. Det innebär att Sverige inte godkänner det omförhandlade Internationella Telereglementet (ITR). It- och energiminister Anna-Karin Hatts kommentar till det ställningstagandet finns här:

http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/16659/a/205960

Bl.a. USA, Kanada, Japan och övriga EU-medlemsstater har beslutat att inte skriva på slutakterna vid konferensen. En översikt över de stater som skrivit på respektive inte skrivit på slutakterna finns här:

http://www.itu.int/osg/wcit-12/highlights/signatories.html

Vänliga hälsningar

Per G Andersson
Departementssekreterare
IT-politik
Näringsdepartementet

English:

The International Telecommunications Union’s conference WCIT-12 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, ended on friday the 14th of December 2012. Sweden has decided to not sign the conference’s final acts. This means that Sweden does not approve the renegotiated International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR). Deputy Director Anna-Karin Hatt of the Division of IT Policies has released the following statement:

http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/16659/a/205960

Among others, USA, Canada, Japan and other EU member states has also decided not to sign the final acts at the conference. An overview of the countries who has and hasn’t signed the final acts is available at:

http://www.itu.int/osg/wcit-12/highlights/signatories.html

Sincerely,

Per G Andersson
Desk Officer
Division of IT Policies
Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications

Further reading (in Swedish) is available at http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/16659/a/205960.

”A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.”

To quote Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, from the Google Blog:

At the conclusion of the ITU meeting in Dubai on Friday, 89 countries signed the treaty, while 55 countries said they would not sign or that additional review was needed. We stand with the countries who refused to sign, and with the millions of you who have voiced your support for a free and open web.

Keep signing and show the world that the Internet belongs to us, the users!

Thoughts about ITU, and Swedens position in the question

It seems like new attacks keep happening several times per year against our beloved Internet. Last year was all about SOPA, and PIPA (which combined led to the Wikipedia Blackout), and ACTA, defined below.

SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act

”To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.” —H.R. 3261

PIPA – PROTECT IP Act

”Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011” —Senate Bill 968

ACTA – Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

”A multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement.” 

The lesser known threats we’ve seen so far is, among others, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), and the Commercial Felony Streaming Act (Bill S.978). As of today, we might be facing the largest threat so far, which by the looks of it is far worse than all these previous acts.

ITU – International Telecommunication Union

At the upcoming WCIT in Dubai (World Conference on International Telecommunications, organized by a government-controlled UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union), governments will consider proposals to update the ITU’s underlying treaty. Some proposals would expand the ITU’s mandate in ways that could threaten Internet openness and innovation, increase access costs, and erode human rights online.

The internet is powerful tool for communication, driving economic development, and expanding human rights. Discussions about the future of the internet should involve as many stakeholders as possible including government officials, technology experts, businesses leaders, civil society, and human rights organizations.

If some proposals at WCIT are approved, decisions about the internet would be made by a top-down, old-school government-centric agency behind closed doors. Some proposals allow for access to be cut off more easily, threaten privacy, legitimize monitoring and blocking online traffic. Others seek to impose new fees for accessing content, not to mention slowing down connection speeds. If the delicate balance of the internet is upset, it could have grave consequences for businesses and human rights.

This must be stopped.

Only governments get a vote at WCIT, so we need people from all around the world to demand that our leaders keep the internet open.

Sweden has taken a stand against this, with the deputy director of the Division of IT Policies Lena Hägglöf reassuring us with a mass e-mail today (for the concerned people who’ve e-mailed her and asked them to take a stand against the ITU changes).

Swedish:

Hej!

Tack för ditt meddelande. Regeringskansliet har fått en stark respons på frågan om hur internet ska styras, vilket återigen visar hur angelägen frågan är. Sverige anser att den nuvarande multistakeholder-modellen inte ska förändras och har ingen avsikt att verka för att internets förvaltning ska föras in under FN eller ITU. Alla bestämmelser i internationella avtal om telekommunikation som Sverige ingår ska vara förenliga med de mänskliga rättigheterna, och då särskilt yttrande- och informationsfrihet.

Se gärna it-minister Anna-Karin Hatts tal från Södertörns Högskola där hon utvecklar sina åsikter om den här frågan (och några andra frågor):
http://annakarinhatt.se/blogg/om-ett-oppet-internet-pa-sodertorns-hogskola/

Hälsningar

Lena Hägglöf
Departementsråd
Enheten för IT-politik
Näringsdepartementet

English:

Hi!

Thank you for your message. The Government Offices has received a strong response to the question of how the Internet should be governed, which yet again shows how important this issue is. Sweden reckon that the current multi-stakeholder model not should be changed, and has no intention to work for the Internets management to be brought under the UN or ITU. All regulations in international agreements regarding telecommunications that Sweden is a part of shall be consistent with human rights, especially regarding the freedom of expression and of information.

Please see Minister for Information Technology and Energy Anna-Karin Hatt’s speech from Södertörns Högskola, where she elaborates her views on this issue (and some other issues):
http://annakarinhatt.se/blogg/om-ett-oppet-internet-pa-sodertorns-hogskola/

Sincerely,

Lena Hägglöf
Deputy Director
Division of IT Policies
Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications

The Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications have even published a report, called ”ICT for Everyone – A Digital Agenda for Sweden”, promoting the open usage of information and communication technologies (ICT) to our benefit.

Google Asks People to Speak Out Against ITU’s Attempt to Take Over Internet Governance

“A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.”

http://www.google.com/intl/en/takeaction/

This is happening as we speak! The conference is taking place in Dubai between the 3rd and 14th of December, 2012. I urge you to sign every petition you can find, starting with Google‘s and Fight for the Future‘s. Tell your governments you don’t accept this — together we can stop it!

SOPA and PIPA might be postponed, but there’s still a bad guy in the game

Now that Fight for the Future has announced victory in the fight against SOPA and PIPA – which turned out to be the largest online protest in history, with over 75 000 sites blacking out – people are celebrating. But there’s still a less known bill that has to get our attention, and quite fast too.

ACTA is a threat to fundamental rights and access to knowledge!

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement. It would establish an international legal framework for countries to join voluntarily, and would create a governing body outside international institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the United Nations. Negotiating countries have described it as a response ”to the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works.” The scope of ACTA includes counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet. Groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) oppose ACTA, stating that civil society groups and developing countries were excluded from discussion during ACTA’s development in an example of policy laundering.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Counterfeiting_Trade_Agreement

This Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, negotiated in secret, would:
  • turn Internet operators into a private copyright police.
  • impose harsh and unfair penalties on users and consumers.
  • harm access to medicines and to essential knowledge in poor countries.
  • inhibit innovation.
  • establish new anti-democratic policy-making that bypass parliaments.

Stop ACTA!

Let’s stop ACTA!

Revamp project: Font sizes in mobile Safari

Today I found this odd little bugger in mobile Safari. I was writing the mobile-specific CSS sheet for the website I’m revamping, and it was all going smooth until I stumbled upon this annoying little <p> tag. The problem? I had specified the font size and properties for this little paragraph tag earlier in my document, which looked like this:

#my-short-paragraph { 
	font: bold italic 16px Georgia, serif; 
	text-align: left; 
	color: #3a8ede; 
	cursor: pointer; 
	margin: 25px 0 30px 10px; 
	-webkit-transition: color 0.2s ease-in; 
	-moz-transition: color 0.2s ease-in; 
	-o-transition: color 0.2s ease-in; 
	transition: color 0.2s ease-in; 
}

Nothing tricky going on here, right? A bold, italic Georgia font at 16px, with a blue color. Simple as that. But when I wrote the following CSS to make the layout for mobile browsers, I noticed that the font size did not change at all in mobile Safari. Not in iOS 4.0.2, not in iOS 4.1, nor in iOS 4.2.

@media screen and (max-device-width: 480px) {
	#my-short-paragraph { 
		font: bold italic 10px Georgia, serif !important;
	}
}

I’m getting very used to adding !important rules while writing for mobile, since you kind of have to override the ”normal” style rules, but this didn’t matter. I tried lots of different variations, like font-size: 10px !important;, font: 10px Georgia, serif !important; and font-size: small;, but neither worked. It didn’t even work when I tried it this way:

@media only screen and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2) {
	#my-short-paragraph { 
		font: bold italic 10px Georgia, serif !important;
		font-size: 10px !important;
	}
}

At last, I was starting to get a bit frustrated, and cursed this paragraph’s font size sorcery. Then I thought, ”Let’s try declaring it with two different methods, then maybe Safari will take the hint and make the font smaller!”, and this is what I finally came up with:

@media screen and (max-device-width: 480px) {
	#my-short-paragraph { 
		font: bold italic 10px Georgia, serif;
		font-size: small;
	}
}

It worked! It baffled me, but it worked! I didn’t need the !important rule any longer, but I had to declare the font size twice with two different methods – one time with px and one time with small. If I removed either declaration it wouldn’t work, regardless of any !important rules.

This problem might be very specific, but it was weird enough for me wanting to post it. I don’t know why this problem occurred, but here’s the solution either way.

Phil Bozeman explains Whitechapel’s lyrics

I’ll be writing this entry in english, since I know the fanbase of the band Whitechapel is mostly english speaking.

A couple of weeks ago, on the day of September 6th, lead singer Phil Bozeman posted song meanings to all of their songs on his Facebook page. This includes all songs on all three albums (except for one instrumental piece), and I will post them here in the right order. All quotes below this point are from Phil Bozeman.

The Somatic Defilement (2007)

The Somatic Defilement is a concept album "based" on Jack The Ripper. Which a lot is fairy tale songs.

  1. Necrotizing (instrumental)
  2. The Somatic Defilement

    This song is a fabrication of the mind of Jack The Ripper. This song puts the work of him with the work of many serial killers. They crave power through the dead.

  3. Devirgination Studies

    This song is along the same lines but goes off the theme of female driven killers, much like Jack The Ripper. Again, this is me putting myself in their head.

  4. Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation

    Again, this song is driven by female serial killers. The power they feel and long for is explained through sexual pleasures that they have at their disposal.

  5. Fairy Fay

    In this song, the story of Fairy Fay, a woman murdered but never proven to be one of his victims. Some say she never existed and this is a fabrication of the murder. Hence the line ”This confidential lick of my tongue will be taken to the grave and never be seen again.”

  6. Ear to Ear

    Again, the song speaks for itself. Pretty much every victim had their throats cut and severed violently by Jack The Ripper.

  7. Alone in the Morgue

    This song has nothing to do with Jack The Ripper, this song is a simple song about a coroner who is a demented necrophiliac. The song speaks for itself.

  8. Festering Fiesta

    This song focuses on more of a Jeffery Dahmer approach. His collection of rotting bodies were his keepsake for his work. Beyond the point of disgusting.

  9. Vicer Exciser

    This song is about a killer who thrives of watching his victim suffer and bring them to the point of being on the brink of death but can keep them alive and aware of what is going on while they are slowly killed. The title means ”a bad habit to cut”.

  10. Articulo Mortis

    The term means ”in the moment of death.” This song is a fabrication of Jack The Ripper experiencing that moment of death with his victim and conversing with them and feelings of remorse for what he has done.

This Is Exile (2008)

This Is Exile is a concept album of the fall of evil. This album is not about Satan or anything of the sort! Many of you question my religion, I don't follow religion but I am a believer of God! I am not here to judge, I am here to let you know about me and my work and how I feel. I'm not saying you must believe what I do, that is your decision.

  1. Father Of Lies

    This is the beginning, where it all started. This is the failure of a certain being and how his lust for power corrupts him to corrupt what he once believed. This is the tragedy of his betrayal. Again, these are fictional characters.

  2. This Is Exile

    This song is a sad outlook for the fallen one. Exiled to darkness and eternal torment, much like how we treat ourselves. A place where we destroy ourselves. A place where happiness is obsolete.

  3. Possession

    This song portrays the deviant mind of the harvester of evil and how it is used by us to create a dark future. We let our minds be controlled because we refuse to control it.

  4. To All That Are Dead

    This song is about how the restless dead and the tortured souls are used as pawns by people who choose to be evil. This song portrays the people who chose to be tortured and the hurt it causes to those who were loved by them.

  5. Exalt

    This song is about cults. Cults are usually evil groups of people who follow a certain belief. This song portrays the madness and corruption they have on a person/people. Believe in yourself and what’s true in your heart, not what someone brainwashes you and tells you to believe.

  6. Somatically Incorrect

    The title is a play on words of the term ”grammatically incorrect.” Referring back to the first album title. This song is about the anatomy of us as a species and how we adapt to what we surround ourselves with. The mind is a powerful tool that is easily misused.

  7. Death Becomes Him (instrumental)

    The title refers to ”Daemon” being destroyed. The weakness of his mind and inability to control it has led to his demise. The music is depressing and dark, just like he left this world.

  8. Daemon (The Procreated)

    Again, this song is not about Satan or anything religious. This song is about letting yourself be created as a demon to cause pain and suffering on others. This is where the third character comes into play. A pawn for evil.

  9. Eternal Refuge

    This song is about the hypocrites of this world who choose to live a life of pain but portray that they’re existence is innocent. People who are constantly seeking refuge for their actions and judgmental actions towards innocent people. Evil will consume you and make you think you’re invincible.

  10. Of Legions (instrumental)

    The title refers to an army of individuals, not that of the Roman army but of us as a species. This song has the feel of an epic march to free ourselves from darkness and eternal suffering.

  11. Messiahbolical

    This song is about false prophets and how they will do anything and everything to corrupt their followers. In the end, if you live a life of deceit, you will never be happy. If you fail yourself, you fail everything and everyone.

A New Era of Corruption (2010)

A New Era of Corruption. This album is more about my life and personal experiences. It also portrays my views on reality. In a nutshell, this album is about my life and who I have come to be.

  1. Devolver

    This song is about how I felt when my father and mother died. I felt as if I was devolving and losing my mind. I lost my faith and my beliefs. I hated everyone. I felt like I was beginning a new era of corruption in my life. My step father fed me lies and hippocratic oaths. I let evil take me over.

  2. Breeding Violence

    Again, this song is me. Once a man, now a beast. My mind corrupted by hypocrisy. This is me during the time of my loss of my parents and what I let myself become. My step father was breeding violence into me and I let him. I felt helpless. I was a threat to the future of my mortality.

  3. The Darkest Day of Man

    This song is about how easily people are fooled and how gullible they are. People will believe almost everything they’re told. Trust yourself and believe what is true in your heart. These are our darkest days and we are letting it happen. This also portrays a tyrant taking advantage of that.

  4. Reprogrammed to Hate

    This song goes back to my personal life during my dark days as a teenager. I let my step father essentially reprogram my mind to be something I wasn’t. This is me speaking to him and him speaking to me.

  5. End of Flesh

    This song is my journey into darkness and how I was alive and well but what I was born into was dead to me. I was pretty much becoming Anakin Skywalker, hahaha.

  6. Unnerving

    This song is about my mother and her schizophrenic period. My mom had a notebook that she would write disturbing things. My mom had multiple personalities and this song is about her personalities tearing her down. The term ”God” in this song is referring to her personalities making her believe that they are ”God”.

  7. A Future Corrupt

    This is me letting evil corrupt my future. Destroying my youth, my faith and making me think that evil is my resort for happiness. This was me pretending to be a tyrant when I was a kid.

  8. Prayer of Mockery

    This song is portrays my disbelief in God after everything that happened to me. I was angry and consuming myself with evil and darkness. This is what I let myself become and what I was, and I am not proud of it. All that has changed now but I still remember and will never forget what I was letting myself slip into.

  9. Murder Sermon

    This is the song I wrote about killing my step-father after his lies, deceit and promises he made. He brought religion into it and was completely hypocritical about it. He got my mom addicted to crack which eventually led to her death. This was a dream I had of killing him and shoving his religion down his throat that he preached. Another thing I am not proud of.

  10. Necromechanical

    This song is about us as drones to life and how we let ourselves become what we could easily control. This is another dream of mine awaking as a machine and controlled by someone else. It was beyond frightening.

  11. Single File to Dehumanization

    Yet another dream I had. All I remember was being in a line of people that didn’t end and I was unaware of where I was going but I couldn’t get out of the line. To this day, I have no explanation for the dream. This is also to do with how it seems in real life.

(end quote)

A million thanks goes out to Phil Bozeman for writing these explanations to his fans. If you haven’t heard of Whitechapel before, you should definitely catch them on The Diseased.com, MySpace or Facebook.

Deathcore band Whitechapel with Phil Bozeman (3rd from the left)

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