This day in history

2004, 2009, 2014, 2019, 2023.

Cory Doctorow
1 min readFeb 17, 2024

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#20yrsago Shows that mention witchcraft no longer eligible for closed-captioning https://journal.neilgaiman.com/2004/02/protecting-hard-of-hearing-from.asp

#15yrsago Ed Felten: a redesigned “safe” Internet won’t be safe https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2009/02/16/new-internet-no-thanks/

#15yrsago New Zealand netizens go black in protest of new “no-proof” copyright law that cuts off your Internet on accusation radar.oreilly.com/2009/02/new-zealand-goes-black.html

#10yrsago NSA authorized Australian wiretapping of US law firms in trade-dispute https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/us/eavesdropping-ensnared-american-law-firm.html?_r=2

#5yrsago Signs that China’s real-estate bubble will burst and take the economy with it https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/The-Big-Story/China-s-housing-glut-casts-pall-over-the-economy

#5yrsago AFL-CIO open letter to game devs: things won’t get better until you unionize https://kotaku.com/an-open-letter-to-game-developers-from-americas-largest-1832652654

#5yrsago Amazon’s 2018 profits: $11.2 billion; Amazon’s 2018 IRS bill: negative $129 million https://fortune.com/2019/02/14/amazon-doesnt-pay-federal-taxes-2019/

#1yrago Google’s chatbot panic https://pluralistic.net/2023/02/16/tweedledumber/#easily-spooked

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