July Retrospective

Missed some of the discussion on the zine? We look back at the last month of stories and features on the ORGzine.

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July is over and we are into full-on Olympics time, holidays and hopefully, endless sunshine: August. It is time to look back over the last month on the zine and bring together some of the debates and point you towards the great articles you may have missed.

One of the highlights on the zine was Rebecca Smart's excellent post on DRM-free books. As the CEO of Osprey, a small specialist publishing company, she was in a unique position to challenge some of industry's rhetoric on this issue. Her article 'Bring Back the Magic' is a reminder that there are many different voices in the discussion and that celebrating the magic of reading should be at the heart of it all.

We also had a number of informative articles that looked at some of the policy areas for ORG, and other news in the digital field, and presented them in clear informative ways. In particular Paul Keller offered an excellent explanation of 'The Orphan or Hostage Works Proble'm. Similarly, Saskia Walzel explained the position of Wi-Fi providers, businesses and public bodies providing internet access under the new draft Initial Obligations Code. Although the consultation is now over her article is a a clear guide for those who may be affected.

As Editor of the zine I am concerned with representing our supporters voices in the zine and demonstrating that there are many groups effected by digital rights. This is why I was particularly excited by Milena Popova's article 'When World's Collide on feminism vs. digital rights. She talked about the moments when these two areas come into clash: the  Anita Sarkeesian case, the troll clause in the Defamation Bill, Not in the Kitchen Anymore. Milena Popova explains how these two causes can collide - and how and why the challenges that are created must be met.

Editor picks you may have missed:

-Milena looked back at the enforcement of cookie law and looked at who is doing it well or not

-Interview with Jane Park on the School of Open

-Wendy Grossman in 'In the country of the free': a quick point-by-point rebuttal on an anti-copyright reform piece.

Coming up in the next month:

-Digital solidarity for the Arab female athletes at the Olympics

-Access to genealogy research

-Open Access: Gold or Green

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