Press review about Net censorship

[TheInquirer] US government seizes 'filesharing' websites

MORE THAN SEVENTY-FIVE websites have been shut down by the US government in an assault on alleged copyright and trademark infringement.

[...] Just last week the four people responsible for running the filesharing tracker website The Pirate Bay had their jail sentences slightly decreased but their financial penalties increased.

The increased damages and continued threat of jail time, which were the result of a court appeal by The Pirate Bay, were greeted with dismay by the French Internet freedom group La Quadrature du Net.

[Techdirt] Thai Government Official Admits That Internet Blacklists Don't Work

As the US prepares to launch its own internet blacklist, it should be noted that over in Thailand, a senior government minister, Thongchai Sangsiri, overseeing internet and computer forensic related issues is saying that Thailand's internet blacklist has been a major failure and should be scrapped.

[ScientificAmerican] Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality

The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty. Like democracy itself, it needs defending

The Web evolved into a powerful, ubiquitous tool because it was built on egalitarian principles and because thousands of individuals, universities and companies have worked, both independently and together as part of the World Wide Web Consortium , to expand its capabilities based on those principles.

[Dw-World.de] France begins sending out online piracy warning e-mails

Within the last few weeks, Hadopi, the new French government agency charged with combating online piracy, has begun sending out thousands of warning e-mails on a daily basis to illegal file sharers around the country.

[...] Internet freedom groups say the legislation is a dangerous step towards online censorship, and that trying to stop people sharing is hopeless task. [...]

[Techdirt] Tim Berners-Lee Comes Out Against COICA Censorship Bill; Shouldn't You?

[...] As we recently discussed, similar laws in the past would have banned pretty much every new entertainment technology in the past century.

[...] Senators who are supporting the bill have claimed that they've heard no objections to the bill , despite the widespread discussions online about how problematic it is.

[...] Separately, as part of an effort to get people to sign a petition against COICA , World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee has spoken out against COICA[...]

[NYTimes] U.S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/us/27wiretap.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&re...

[EurActiv] Lawmakers in Internet piracy merry-go-round

EU policymaking history is repeating itself as another row erupted in the European Parliament yesterday (22 September) over how to tackle Internet piracy and whether users can be cut off from the Internet for making illegal downloads. EurActiv reports from Strasbourg.

The battle for Hadopi

The main activists in the debate are a group called La Quadrature du Net, a French NGO campaigning for web neutrality, which appears to have convinced MEPs that an anti-piracy law will open the door to Hadopi.

[ItNews] Stallman calls for end to ‘war on sharing’

Surveillance, censorship, restrictive data formats and software-as-a-service threatened the freedom of IT users, GNU founder and free software activist Richard Stallman claimed.

He criticised Australian plans to force telcos and ISPs to store browsing and call logs in a similar fashion to the European Directive on Data Retention.

Stallman argued that it was never "too early to debate the question of whether the government should watch all of us".

[ZeroPaid] Aussie Net Filter Dead? Coalition Vows to Fight if Elected

Liberal-National Coalition says that harmful content would be largely immune to filtering, that parents are the best Net filter, and with it leading the polls a little over 2 weeks before the Aug 21st election, its victory could finally mean the end of the controversial proposal.

If you recall, PM Gillard recently reaffirmed the govt’s commitment to Net filtering in order to protect kids from what she calls the “dark side” of the Internet.

[BBCNews] Internet filter rules under review in Australia

The Australian government is conducting an independent review of websites due to be blocked by its controversial internet filter.

The project has attracted widespread criticism over what is perceived by some as government censorship.

Geordie Guy, vice chairman of the online liberties and rights watchdog Electronic Frontiers, told BBC News that the filtering was tied in with a rating that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10568361.stm

[TheNewYorkTimes] Chinese Government Whitepaper Reaffirms Internet Policies

A Chinese government whitepaper released on Tuesday praised the Internet for improving access to information and giving citizens a way to better oversee the behavior government officials, but reaffirmed the need for policies aimed at controlling access to online content.

The whitepaper highlights legal guarantees in the Chinese constitution that protect freedom of speech, saying blogs, microblogging services, video-sharing sites and electronic bulletin boards create "a broader space" for citizens to share their ideas.[...]

[ArsTechnica] New UK govt to curb CCTV, scrap ID cards, help open source

The Britain of today is watched constantly by CCTV cameras, is preparing for a national ID card, slaps a "crown copyright" on most government data, and can now censor websites and eventually boot people off the Internet.

According to the new Liberal Democrat/Tory coalition government, that's all about to change. The coalition today released its unified policy statement (PDF), and for techies and privacy advocates, there's lots to like.

[Euractiv.com] EU unveils five-year digital economy plan

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes today (19 May) unveiled her strategy to create a "virtuous and self-replicating digital economy". The five-year plan concentrates on infrastructure for high-speed Internet and fostering a borderless market for online music and film.

Creating a single market for the EU's cultural content and innovations, with interoperable standards and greater network security, are also high on the Commissioner's political priorities.

[NyTimes] Web’s Users Against Its Gatekeepers

With the majority of Internet traffic expected to shift to congestion-prone mobile networks, there is growing debate on both sides of the Atlantic about whether operators of the networks should be allowed to treat Web users differently, based on the users’ consumption.

In Brussels, the European commissioner for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, plans to hold a public consultation on net neutrality this summer, which could lead to a push for new laws or regulations for operators.