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[CIO] New Net Neutrality Study Leads to Calls for EU Legislation

Blocking VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) and peer-to-peer Internet traffic is common in the European Union, said E.U. regulator BEREC, leading to calls for an E.U. net neutrality law. [...]

The initial findings revealed that blocking or throttling of VoIP and peer-to-peer traffic is the most common form of Internet traffic management practice Europe-wide. About one quarter of respondents justified traffic management policies on the basis of "security and integrity," controlling spam for example. [...]

[TotalTelecom] European operators throttling P2P, VoIP traffic – regulators

BEREC releases initial findings from telco report; meanwhile, Internet freedom group repeats call for EU-wide net neutrality law. [...]

[V3] ISPs and mobile operators regularly throttle traffic, report finds

Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile operators regularly use traffic management policies such as blocking or throttling to restrict access to certain services, according to a new report by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).

The European ISP watchdog announced the findings after a three-month investigation in conjunction with the European Commission (EC) that involved discussions with some 400 operators on how they handle large demands placed on their networks.

[DailyTimes] Wanted: Censor for Pakistan’s Internet

Pakistan is advertising for companies to install an Internet filtering system that could block up to 50 million web addresses, alarming free speech activists who fear current censorship could become much more widespread.

Internet access for Pakistan’s some 20 million web users is less restricted than in many countries in Asia and the Arab world, though some pornographic sites and those seen as insulting to Islam are blocked. [...]

[BoingBoing] Danish trade minister and ACTA booster apologise for bogus piracy numbers

Here's a clip of a Danish TV show discussing ACTA, which Denmark has fiercely advocated in favor of. It starts with the head of a rightsholder society and the Danish trade minister quoting dodgy statistics about the extent and cost of piracy, and then demonstrates that these statistics are patently false, and finally, brings out those responsible for quoting them and gets them to admit their errors. Priceless. [...]

http://boingboing.net/2012/03/08/danish-trade-minister-and-acta.html

[IpsNews] Could Europe’s Anti-Counterfeiting Pact be a "Pandora’s Box" of Rights Violations?

Foggy details surrounding Europe’s anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) have divided pubic opinion, with activists on one end of the spectrum claiming it to be the end of Internet freedom and the generic drug market, while proponents continue to defend the act as a "modest" agreement to protect Europe’s intellectual property. [...]

[TheVerge] At MWC, carriers wage a sorry war on the free and open internet

Barcelona, Spain: a city so important to mobile, the GSM Association has crowned it "Mobile World Capital," home of the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, through 2018.[...]

"...YouTube is consuming a massive amount of resources on our network. Somebody's got to pay for that," said Airtel's Sunil Bharti Mittal, suggesting that the service pay an "interconnect charge" for the right to deliver its content to operators' subscribers.[...]

[Financial Times] Internet lobby would opt for political fight over new data costs

Internet companies that stream their content to mobile devices would be likely to seek government intervention to avoid potentially burdensome new costs imposed by a wireless billing plan under consideration by AT&T (NYSE: T), sources at an apps company and watchdog groups told dealReporter.[...]

AT&T’s billing proposal could start to look like a net-neutrality violation under some circumstances, according to watchdogs. The FCC declined to comment.

[TechDirt] Danish Police Accidentally Censor Over 8,000 Sites As Child Porn... Including Facebook

Reminiscent of the mooo.com screwup in the US, where Homeland Security's ICE division "accidentally" seized 84,000 sites and plastered them over with a warning graphic about how they'd been seized by the US government for child porn, the Danish police similarly "accidentally" had 8,000 legitimate sites declared as child porn sites that needed to be blocked. Among the sites listed? Google and Facebook. [...]

[DigitalJournal] Op-Ed: Internet censorship and how it can affect innocent websites

In just two examples of internet censorship gone wrong, 92,000 innocent websites lost business and possibly also their good reputation. [...]

On 17th February 2011, RT reported that the US had mistakenly shut down 84,000 websites, wrongfully accused of having links to child pornography during a child porn raid. [...]

Unfortunately, in the process, they also mistakenly seized a large DNS service provider. This provider, owned by FreeDNS hosts some 84,000 domains - none of which are connected to child pornography. [...]

[NyTimes] Pakistan Builds Web Wall Out in the Open

Many countries censor the Internet, but few spell out their intentions as explicitly as Pakistan.

In an effort to tighten its control over the Internet, the government recently published a public tender for the “development, deployment and operation of a national-level URL filtering and blocking system.” [...]

[Deutsche Welle] EU parliamentarians tackle ACTA

The global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) treaty aims to combat copied products and reduce online piracy. But its fine print remains a source of heated debate. Now the European Parliament wants to have a say. [...]

[Europeanvoice] Parliament urged to seek legal opinion on ACTA

British MEP says Parliament must have its own legal opinion from the European Court of Justice, not rely on an opinion requested by the Commission. [...]

Christofer Fjellner, a Swedish centre-right MEP who is dealing with ACTA for the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), said a second legal request to the ECJ would be welcome.

[EuropeanParliement] Parliament receives petition against ACTA

A petition calling on MEPs "to stand for a free and open Internet and reject the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)" was received by the European Parliament on Tuesday. The petition had been signed by almost 2.5 million people from all over the world.

[LeMondeDiplomatique] What's (still) wrong with ACTA

Negotiations on ACTA were formerly announced on October 23, 2007. The ACTA announcement came less than three weeks after the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted the “Development Agenda,” and was part of a broader strategy by right holders to move norm setting and technical assistance into more secretive, closed and captured institutions.[...]