12 trends that will shape online rights in 2010

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The Independent Online

In 2010 online rights will evolve as increasing amounts of mobile data is intercepted by hackers, publishers struggle to stop text-based content from being stolen from under their noses, and governments follow in the footsteps of countries like Australia, Europe, China and Iran and test new models of internet censorship

The internet and everything around it is moving at lightning speeds, dramatically changing the way in which we conduct our daily lives and interact with the people around us (and with those on the other side of the world).

Governments and lawmakers have an increasingly difficult time trying to regulate and follow changes made in the digital world, often seeming light-years away from catching up with the sector. Internet users in turn struggle to cope with new legislation, struggling to change their behaviors to suit rules and regulations that are often not medium-appropriate.

A constant battle rages between law breakers, law enforcers and those that fall in the largely uncharted territories of online rights - a space that governing bodies can only hope to one day rule.

On January 13 the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF) published a list of 12 top law, technology and business trends that are set to govern online rights and etch out our electronic civil liberties over the next 12 months.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's top 12 trends for 2010:

1. Attacks on Cryptography: New Avenues for Intercepting Communications
2. Books and Newspapers: .TXT is the new .MP3
3. Global Internet Censorship: The Battle for Legitimacy
4. Hardware Hacking: Opening Closed Platforms and Devices
5. Location Privacy: Tracking Beacons in Your Pocket
6. Net Neutrality: The Rubber Hits The Road
7. Online Video: Who Controls Your TV?
8. Congress: Postponed Bad Legislation Returns
9. Social Networking Privacy: Something's Got To Give
10. Three Strikes: Truth and Consequences
11. Fair Use of Trademarks: Mockery At Risk
12. Web Browser Privacy: It's Not Just About Cookies Anymore

EEF's full list provides great insights into the future of the web and your online rights. It can be viewed here: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/01/trends-2010