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New Measures Against Terrorism: No Doublespeaking On Liberties!

Paris, January 26, 2015 — After the attacks of 7 and 9 January, French Prime Minister Valls announced this morning a series of measures to "fight against terrorism". Given this long speech evoking increased information retention and surveillance, La Quadrature du Net recalls that many recent announcements prepare a further decline of civil liberties on the Internet, and calls for greater political and citizen alertness on the measures to be implemented.

#CharlieHebdo: No to Securitarian Instrumentalisation

Paris, 9 January, 2015 —Without even waiting for the end of investigations on the despicable attack against Charlie Hebdo on January 7th, the French government is set on increasing the counter-terrorist arsenal, first by notifying Brussels the decree implementing “terrorists” or child pornography websites blockade but also by announcing new counter-terrorism measures. La Quadrature du Net calls on citizens to reject this absurd escalation and to show determination in defending freedom of expression and information.

Thank You 3141516... Times For Your Support To La Quadrature du Net!

Paris, 23 December 2014 — A mobilisation record: thus has La Quadrature du Net's 2014 fundraising campaign concluded. Over the last few days, donations poured on the campaign site of La Quadrature du Net, allowing to secure the future of the association in 2015. La Quadrature du Net warmly thanks the 6,000 donors who responded to the call.

Newsletter #60

Bonjour à toutes et à tous !

Voici la newsletter numéro 60 de La Quadrature du Net. Depuis la précédente où il était question du projet de loi « terrorisme », de SOPA « à la française », du « droit à l'oubli » ainsi que de la nouvelle Commission Européenne, beaucoup de choses se sont passées. En effet, de nombreux sujets que couvre La Quadrature du Net sont apparus dans l'actualité, multipliant ainsi la veille et les analyses.

En France, tout d'abord, le projet de loi « terrorisme » a été voté à une majorité écrasante à l'Assemblée Nationale et au Sénat. Malgré les oppositions fortes de la société civile et de quelques députés et sénateurs, le projet a été voté. Seule une QPC peut maintenant remettre en cause cette grave atteinte à nos libertés fondamentales.

Au sujet du droit d'auteur, depuis le dernier remaniement au gouvernement, Fleur Pellerin occupe le poste de ministre de la Culture. Dans un discours prononcé le 18 novembre 2014, elle a réaffirmé son intention de lutter contre le « piratage », rappelant les fantômes de l'Hadopi et semblant vouloir mettre en œuvre le rapport de Mireille Imbert-Quaretta publié au printemps, que nous avions vigoureusement dénoncé. La Quadrature du Net a publié une lettre ouverte à Fleur Pellerin lui demandant de revenir à de meilleures propositions, sans réponse à ce jour.

Au niveau des institutions Européennes, la Neutralité du Net est à nouveau en danger. En effet, un leak du Conseil de l'Union Européenne présidé par l'Italie et des déclaration du commissaire G. Oettinger ont créé de grandes inquiétudes sur la pérennité du vote des parlementaires européens en avril dernier. Les États membres de l'Union européenne ne parvenant pas à trouver un accord sur le texte, et repartant sur une version allégée de toutes les garanties défendues par La Quadrature du Net et votées parlementaires. Ce recul et les éléments de langage proche de celui des opérateurs dans les discours d'Axelle Lemaire, secrétaire d'État chargée du numérique, montrent que le lobbying des opérateurs pour tuer la neutralité du Net est très actif.

Enfin, La Quadrature du Net relance sa campagne de soutien. Comme vous le savez, La Quadrature du Net vit essentiellement grâce aux dons des citoyens, afin de garder la plus grande indépendance possible. Ce mode de financement est cependant très peu confortable pour nous et nécessite un engagement de chacun, dans la durée. Pendant ce temps, l'actualité de s'arrête pas et La Quadrature du Net doit balancer entre la lutte pour son existence et celle pour les droits et libertés de tous.

C'est pour cela que votre soutien à La Quadrature du Net est essentiel, chaque don est du temps gagné dans le travail de veille juridique et législative qu'effectue La Quadrature du Net. Chaque don est un pas vers une meilleure action de La Quadrature du Net. Sans vous, sans votre aide qu'elle soit financière, matérielle ou immatérielle, La Quadrature du Net n'existerait pas pour protéger vos droits et libertés sur Internet.

Datalove <3

Symposium: Mass Surveillance — When Reality Exceeds The Fiction

Paris, 7 November 2014 — As part of an exceptional event, the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival and La Quadrature du Net partner for a symposium on mass surveillance. The largest gathering of thinkers, activists and artists - since Edward Snowden’s revelations - will take place in Portugal on the 14th, 15th and 16th of November 2014, in the Cultural Center of Belem.

Questions for the 2014-2019 European Commissioners

Paris, 26 September 2014 — Starting from Monday, September 29th, the nominees intended to constitute the future College of Claude Junker's Commission, will face a full parliamentary hearing, in view of the definitive confirmation of their appointment. La Quadrature du Net invites any Members of the European Parliament to question the candidates on their views and positions on the protection of European citizens' digital rights. In particular, the set of questions, that La Quadrature du Net provides, covers a broad range of issues that are essential to guarantee people's rights to access a free and open Internet, as well as to protect their personal data. Most of the questions directly relate to the portfolio of Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for Digital Single Market. Other Commissioners designate, whose Directorate-General is competent for specific issues, are indicated below.

We Want You to Help La Quadrature du Net!

Paris, 26 June 2014 — La Quadrature du Net is launching a new support campaign to finance its work and campaigns.

Snowden, the Terminator, and Us

OpEd by Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, published in Mediapart on 5 June 2014

[Video] Discussion with Richard Stallman about Surveillance, the Future of Internet, Life, the Universe and Everything

Paris, 27 May 2014 — Richard Stallman, inventor of the principles of Free/libre software and founder of the Free Software Foundation gave us the immense pleasure and honour of sitting down with us for an open discussion.

#OurNETmundial! Our Internet Needs More Than “Internet Governance”

São Paulo, 25 April 2014 — Under the influence by governments and corporations, the final outcome document of the NETmundial forum became a weak, toothless and disappointing text. Despite the Brazilian president's courageous speeches, NETmundial illustrates just how farcical and pointless efforts for a “global multistakeholder Internet Governance” are. If anything, the Net should be “governed” by citizens directly, independently of these circles and without waiting for the “global consensus”. Our shared communications infrastructure must be considered a common good, politically defined as such and defended.

La Quadrature du Net Gaining in Strength!

Paris, 28 March 2014 — La Quadrature du Net is delighted to welcome Adrienne Charmet-Alix to the operational team as campaign manager and Jean Cattan, Laurent Chemla and Laurence Vandewalle as new members to its strategic directions council. With these reinforcements and the continued support of citizens, La Quadrature du Net is ready to overcome all obstacles in the defence of rights and freedoms in the digital sphere.

[Video] Reclaim Our Privacy

Thanks to the generosity of supporters who helped crowd-fund it, and of Benoît Musereau who volunteered to direct it, La Quadrature du Net publishes ”Reclaim Our Privacy”, a three-minute movie that explains the threat to, the importance of protecting, and the tools to reclaim our privacy online. If you want to contribute to the funding of this movie, it is still possible to do so here. Any funds received above the target amount will be shared between Benoît Musereau and La Quadrature du Net. The movie is released under CC BY-SA, so feel free to share or remix it! <3

The Day We Fight Against Surveillance and in Support of Privacy

Paris, 11 February 2014 — Over the last year the public across the globe was made aware of massive global surveillance conducted by the NSA and its partners or counterparts, but also by private tech companies. In response, and in celebration of the victory against SOPA, PIPA and ACTA two years ago and in memory of one of its key architects, Aaron Swartz, La Quadrature du Net joins this day of mobilisation The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance, which will mark actions by civil rights groups from all over the world. This day is a perfect occasion for all citizens to get informed, and to act to defend our privacy against private and public surveillance. Below are actions carried out by La Quadrature and its supporters today.

Support the Making of the Animated Movie "Reclaim Our Privacy!"

Paris, 31 January 2014 — La Quadrature du Net launches a crowd-funding campaign to support the making of the upcoming animation movie about privacy, mass surveillance, and the urgency to rethink our relationship with technology. Help us finance this project!

La Quadrature du Net, Version 2.0

Paris, 10 January 2014 — After almost six years as spokesperson and coordinator of La Quadrature du Net, Jérémie Zimmermann's role will change at the end of January. He will continue to act as part of our Strategic Directions Council1, but will leave his position as coordinator and spokesperson. We thank him for his superhuman efforts, which were rewarded in 2012 by the Electronic Frontier's Pioneer Award, and are happy for him that he will regain time to develop his personal activities. This collective and considered decision was taken in the context of the consolidation of our structure, following our registration as a French association [fr] one year ago. Here is how La Quadrature du Net will reorganise itself.

  • 1. Strategic Directions Council which in our structure [fr] corresponds to the Board of Directors and which can be extended to include the operational team and participating members
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