“This is not industry puffery,” proclaims an open letter from the American Association of Publishers to President-elect Trump, appealing‎ to him and his daughter, Ivanka, in their capacity as authors of popular books to support the sector’s goals on intellectual property and copyright protection. After an effusive welcome, tech execs hold closed-door sit-down with the incoming first family, sans Twitter which is reportedly left out due to its unwillingness to create an emoji to emblemize “crooked Hillary.” -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director


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The US book industry is hoping to befriend Trump
This morning, the Association of American Publishers issued a letter to the president-elect expressing their concerns, chiefly copyright protection. The five-page letter is a primer to the president-elect on what exactly book publishing is for, and why the industry is concerned with protecting intellectual property.

‘I’m Here to Help,’ Trump Tells Tech Executives at Meeting
The meeting between President-elect Donald J. Trump and the nation’s tech elite was hyped as something out of “The Apprentice”: The new boss tells his minions to shape up. It turned out to be a charm offensive, a kind of “Dancing With the Silicon Valley Stars.”

Journalist Fired Over Obscene Tweet About Donald and Ivanka Trump
Julia Ioffe, who faced anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter after writing a profile of Melania Trump, later apologized for the tweet.

Twitter cut out of Trump tech meeting over failed emoji deal
Twitter was told it was “bounced” from Wednesday’s meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump for refusing to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary.

How Trump Team Is Considering Changing White House Press Briefings
The Trump administration is considering doing away with the assigned seating in the White House briefing room, the president-elect’s pick for chief of staff, Reince Priebus, told radio host Hugh Hewitt.


Poster of Netanyahu prompts call to shutter art school
Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design came under fire Wednesday after a poster appeared in the venerated art school’s halls showing Benjamin Netanyahu naked, and has fueled calls for the school to be shut down.

Russian court rejects appeal of Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko
Sushchenko’s lawyer Mark Feygin wrote on his twitter that the municipal court of Moscow rejected the appeal. Mark Feygin told journalists that Sushchenko has been stripped of basic rights. His jailers systematically refuse to let him make phone calls or see relatives, a priest or Ukrainian consul.

Anglophone journalists protest Cameroon government ‘censorship’
Anglophone journalists in Cameroon have condemned a government order banning all radio and television discussions on the political situation in the English-speaking South-West Region.

Warrants to shed light on Quebec police’s surveillance of journalists
The first clear sense of what happened is set to come out soon in Montreal, where a court will release the first of dozens of warrants that targeted some of Quebec’s best-known journalists. The disclosure could come as early as Thursday, or in ensuing days, depending on the ruling.

The global push for cyber sovereignty is the beginning of cyber fascism
Earlier this month, as the world’s attention was elsewhere, the Chinese government announced their new cybersecurity law. While the law was ostensibly adopted to increase security, it has been criticized by human rights and multinational groups alike, and is indicative of China’s push for cyber sovereignty—the complete government control of the internet within their borders.

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