Bob Gavron Memorial Lecture, Monday 28th November 2016 (High Pay Centre)

MONDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2016, 6.30pm

The inaugural Bob Gavron Memorial Lecture, given by Simon Walker, outgoing director general of the Institute of Directors

Monday 28th November 2016, from 6.30pm
Venue: Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED

Robert (Lord) Gavron, 1930-2015, was a businessman, philanthropist, arts lover, friend and enthusiast. He was one of the High Pay Centre's loudest champions and one of our most generous supporters.

In a House of Lords debate in 2012 he said: “The directors of our public companies have soared ahead to the extent that they are paid up to 50 times as much as their former peers, some even more than that. Have they suddenly become 50 times more intelligent or 50 times more effective? No. The reasons they get so much more is that they ... can, in terms of rewards, help themselves.”

We are delighted that Simon Walker, outgoing director general of the Institute of Directors, has agreed to give our inaugural Bob Gavron Memorial Lecture on November 28.

With corporate governance reform high on the government's agenda, this will be an important occasion to listen to one of business's most influential commentators, and also mark the memory of one of this country's most admired business leaders.


We look forward to seeing you at the Institute of Directors on Monday 28th November, from 6.30pm.

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FSF announces change in general counsel (FSF News)

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, Eben Moglen stepped down as general counsel to the Free Software Foundation (FSF). Moglen, who in addition to being a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, is the founder, president, and executive director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), and a former FSF board member, has generously served as the FSF's pro bono general counsel for the last 23 years.

The FSF looks forward to working together in other capacities with Professor Moglen and SFLC on future projects to advance the free software movement and use of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

The FSF's team of staff, board members, and outside counsel will continue its growing licensing advocacy, education, and enforcement work. Questions about the use of the GNU GPL or other free software licenses should be directed to Reports of license violations should be sent to following these guidelines. Other legal inquiries should be sent to

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Consumer Watchdog Welcomes FCC’s New Broadband Privacy Rules Passed On 3-to-2 Vote (Inside Google)

Calls For Consumer Privacy Protections To Be Extended To Cover All Internet Companies

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the Federal Communications Commission’s new broadband privacy rules enacted on a 3-to-2 vote as a major step toward protecting consumers’ online privacy, but added it is now necessary to extend protections to cover the rest of the Internet.

“Today’s FCC action gives broadband users significant control over their information. It’s a major step forward in protecting consumers’ privacy,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director. “But the FCC action only covers ISPs. We now need privacy rules – possibly enacted through legislation – that cover the rest of the web, the so-called Internet edge providers like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.”

The FCC gained authority over Internet Service Providers when it acted to ensure “Net Neutrality” by reclassifying ISPs as common carriers and regulating them like utilities.

Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, praised Chairman Tom Wheeler’s statement that information about consumers gathered by ISPs belongs to the consumer and not the company. The FCC Factsheet said:

“Providers have the ability to see a tremendous amount of their customers’ personal information that passes over that Internet connection, including their browsing habits. Consumers deserve the right to decide how that information is used and shared — and to protect their privacy and their children’s privacy online.”

Read the FCC Factsheet here:

The new FCC rules require that ISPs obtain affirmative “opt-in” consent from consumers to use and share sensitive information. The rules specify categories of information that are considered sensitive, which include precise geo-location, financial information, health information, children’s information, social security numbers, web browsing history, app usage history and the content of communications.

“Including web browsing history, app usage history and communications content in the sensitive category is why this regulation is so important,” said Simpson. “Now we must extend this fundamental principle to cover the rest of the Internet to give us control over how data hungry corporate giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter use our personal information.”

While the regulations passed today did not address concerns about mandatory arbitration requirements in communication services contracts, Wheeler said the Commission will proceed with a rulemaking in February 2017 to address the issue.

“Consumer Watchdog looks forward to working with the Commission as they enact a rule that would preserve consumers’ access to legal redress, including class action suits,” said Simpson.

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Karen Sandler Delivered Keynote at OSCON EU, Taught Kids in London about Free Software (The Software Freedom Conservancy)

A news item from Software Freedom Conservancy.

Conservancy's Executive Director Karen Sandler delivered a keynote last week in London, England at OSCON EU. Karen discussed software freedom ideology and its place relative to social justice issues. Drawing from her experiences looking at medical devices, Karen illustrated software freedom as a threshold issue, at the service of those bigger challenges. Karen stated the case for why software must be free and open in order to solve our biggest social problems effectively in the long term.

While in London, Karen also participated in a hack day with CORE CIC, a UK-based organization focused on osteopathy and helping people live pain free lives. Held at the Hackney New School in London, the hack day helped 14-year-old kids design health-related apps using Micro Bits donated by the BBC. Karen spoke to the kids about the role of technology in peoples' lives and introduced them to ideas around free and open source software.

Karen Sandler at hack day organized by CORE CICKaren Sandler at hack day organized by CORE CIC
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