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[ArsTechnica] Revised 'Net censorship bill requires search engines to block sites, too

Surprise! After months in the oven, the soon-to-be-released new version of a major US Internet censorship bill didn't shrink in scope—it got much broader. Under the new proposal, search engines, Internet providers, credit card companies, and ad networks would all have cut off access to foreign "rogue sites"— [...]

[...] Last week, when the Department of Homeland Security leaned on Mozilla to remove a Firefox add-on making it simple to bypass domain name seizures, we wondered at the request.[...]

[Euractiv] Internet companies must be held accountable, warns Commission

The EU will steer a tough course on insulating the Internet from cyberattacks, policymakers have warned. But observers argue that concrete actions are slow to come.

While NATO defends the use of a kill-switch on the Internet to prevent cyberattacks from spreading, many warn this is a draconian measure which would show countries guilty of curbing Internet access, like China, Iran and Egypt, that the EU does not believe in a free Internet.

[Guardian.Co.Uk] Filesharing: BT and TalkTalk fail in challenge to Digital Economy Act

Government plans to curb illegal filesharing received a significant boost on Wednesday, as a judicial review of the controversial Digital Economy Act failed to halt the legislation.

The UK's two largest internet service providers, BT and TalkTalk, were dealt a blow as their judicial review of the DEA was thrown out of London's high court on all but one of the legal grounds they had raised.

BT and TalkTalk argued the act infringed internet users' "basic rights and freedoms" and received insufficient parliamentary scrutiny. [...]

[Arstechnica] Europe pledges to name and shame bad non-neutral ISPs

Europe's major new telecoms law comes into effect on May 25, and it avoids any explicit net neutrality rules. But European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, once known for hammering Microsoft during its European antitrust lawsuit, says she will personally keep an eye on any Internet problems that might arise from blocking, throttling, or lying about actual connection speeds. If problems arise that can't be solved simply by switching ISPs, Kroes says she's ready to legislate.

In the meantime, she plans to shame ISPs into good behavior. [...]

[Guardian.Co.Uk] EU decides against stricter net neutrality rules

Legislation to prevent a 'two-speed' internet, with some content arriving faster than others, has been ruled out

The European commission has decided against introducing legislation to protect net neutrality, saying media scrutiny and giving consumers enough information about their internet service provider will be sufficient to protect an "open and neutral" internet. [...]

[PCPro.co.uk] EU legal adviser rules piracy web blocking illegal

Blocking websites to prevent unlawful downloads of music and films could be illegal itself, according to the European Court of Justice's Advocate General.

The installation of that filtering and blocking system is a restriction on the right to respect for the privacy of communications and the right to protection of personal data, both of which are rights protected under the Charter of Fundamental Rights,” Cruz Villalón to the ECJ.

[TheInquirer] Europe should adopt the French net neutrality stance

La Quadrature du Net has welcomed the publishing of a cross party report that it said could serve as a benchmark for wider reaching European rules.

The group has published its own translation of the report, which calls for the preservation of the Internet's universality and would preserve end users' "fundamental freedoms".

[HuffingtonPost] House Republicans Pass Bill To Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

Republicans, in voting to repeal rules on "network neutrality" set down by the Federal Communications Commission, said the FCC lacked the authority to promulgate the rules. They disputed the need to intervene in an already open Internet and warned that the rules would stifle investment in broadband systems.

Even if it cleared Congress, the White House has threatened to veto a bill it said puts in doubt whether "the democratic spirit of the Internet will remain intact."

[TechDirt] EU Realizes That You Fight Child Porn At The Source... Not By Trying To Hide It

[...] DH's Love Child points us to the news that some EU politicians, in response to an initial plan to require filters to block sites deemed to have child pornography, have decided that a smarter plan is to actually go after the sources of child pornography

[TorrentFreak] U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’

The US Government has yet again shuttered several domain names this week. The Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE office proudly announced that they had seized domains related to counterfeit goods and child pornography. What they failed to mention, however, is that one of the targeted domains belongs to a free DNS provider, and that 84,000 websites were wrongfully accused of links to child pornography crimes.

[NewYorkTimes] Eben Moglen Is Reshaping Internet With a Freedom Box

The list begins with “cheap, small, low-power plug servers,” Mr. Moglen said. “A small device the size of a cellphone charger, running on a low-power chip. You plug it into the wall and forget about it.

Put free software into the little plug server in the wall, and you would have a Freedom Box that would decentralize information and power, Mr. Moglen said. This month, he created the Freedom Box Foundation to organize the software.

[ArsTechnica] Huge ISPs want per-GB payments from Netflix, YouTube

Poor Internet providers. They have to carry all that horrible, horrible traffic from Netflix and YouTube, and they just can't afford it anymore. Unless they start charging end users 21 percent more for Internet access, or unless they're allowed to bill Internet companies at 3.7¢ per GB, the Internet could "become unusable at peak times" due to congestion.

[WashingtonPost] Verizon sues FCC to overturn net-neutrality rules

Just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission adopted its first-ever rules aimed at regulating Internet access, Verizon Communications on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the controversial order.

[ISPreview] UK and EU ISPs Bash European Proposals to Force Blocking of Child Abuse Sites

The European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA) has called on the European Parliament to consider permanently removing internet based child sexual abuse content at source, which would be instead of forcing EU and UK ISPs into merely filtering out (blocking) such material.[...]

The organisation also correctly points out that paedophiles and similar child predators "make it their business to know how to circumvent blocks" and continue to copy and share images [...]

[BBC] Internet porn block 'not possible' say ISPs

Government plans to block pornography "at source" are unlikely to prove effective, say ISPs.

In response to the government proposal, Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of the Ispa industry body, said: "Ispa firmly believes that controls on children's access to the internet should be managed by parents and carers with the tools ISPs provide, rather than being imposed top-down."

"This is not about pornography, it is about generalised censorship through the back door," said Mr Killock.