Press review about Net Neutrality

[MotherJones] How to Keep the NSA Out of Your Computer

Joseph Bonicioli mostly uses the same internet you and I do. He pays a service provider a monthly fee to get him online. But to talk to his friends and neighbors in Athens, Greece, he's also got something much weirder and more interesting: a private, parallel internet. [...]

[TheGuardian] Observe, Make, Hack: reflections on a hacker camp

The outdoors gathering sparked passionate debate and disagreement – but we all chose to be there to tackle the difficult conversations that will shape our future. [...]

[ComputerWorldUK] EU Kills Net Neutrality, Threatens Online Openness

I've been trying to fathom what exactly Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Agenda, intends to do about net neutrality in Europe for a while. Back in January of this year, I asked: "Will Neelie Kroes Defend or Destroy EU Net Neutrality?", and in June I was still wondering: "What's the Net Net on Neelie Kroes's EU Net Neutrality?" [...]

[RT] End to EU internet equality? Draft regulation allows telecoms sell higher speeds

The EU is going to abandon its net neutrality policy which meant all videos, articles or web pages got the same amount of bandwidth. According to the draft regulation, richer internet providers will be able to buy themselves higher speeds.

The idea of granting equal portions of online traffic for all content providers appears to be a utopia, as the European Union, which formerly pledged its commitment to the principle, might be getting ready to make a step in a different direction. […]

[FinancialTimes] Telecoms groups warn over end to EU roaming

Telecoms executives have described proposed EU laws for a single European telecoms market as little more than “a headline grabbing move” that will deny them €7bn of “roaming” customer charges while doing little to address broader investment issues. [...]

Matthias Kurth, chairman of Cable Europe, the industry body representing groups such as Liberty Global and Virgin Media, said the proposals had several positive aspects.

[ArsTechnica] ISPs to include porn filters as default in the UK by 2014

Parental filters for pornographic content will come as a default setting for all homes in the UK by the end of 2013, says David Cameron's special advisor on preventing the sexualization and commercialization of childhood, Claire Perry MP. [...]

The move is part of a government effort to force ISPs to make filtering a standard option across industry and to make the technology easier for consumers to use. As ISPs are voluntarily rolling out filtering technology, it will require no new legislation or regulations. [...]

[TorrentFreak] UK ISPs Secretly Start Blocking Torrent Site Proxies

Several UK Internet providers have quietly added a list of new sites to their secretive anti-piracy blocklists. Following in the footsteps of Sky, the first ISP to initiate a proxy blockade, Virgin, BT and several other providers now restrict access to several torrent site proxies. The surprise isn’t really that proxies have been added to the blocklist, but that the music industry and ISPs are failing to disclose which sites are being banned. [...]

[ArsTechnica] Aussie government tries to block two sites, takes down 1,200

Australia's government is under fire after it appears to have introduced web censorship without warning and expanded already controversial powers to block access to child pornography into a wider web filtering system. [...]

[BBC] Should Google pay for the internet?

Governments should treat all data on the internet the same according to the principle of net neutrality. But in reality that is not the case - not just in North Korea or China but even in the US and the UK.

David Reid looks at the how the debate is shaping up in France, where one provider cut off users from some Google content, and what neutrality means in a world wide web filled with worldwide corporations.

[NYTimes] Limiting Data Use in Germany

The debate over “network neutrality,” the principle that all bits of digital information are created equal, has come home in a real way for millions of Germans. [...]

[TorrentFreak] Pirate Site Blocking Legislation Approved By Norwegian Parliament

Norway has moved an important – some say unstoppable – step towards legislative change that will enable the aggressive tackling of online copyright infringement. Proposed amendments to the Copyright Act, which will make it easier for rightsholders to monitor file-sharers and have sites such as The Pirate Bay blocked at the ISP level, received broad support in parliament this week and look almost certain to be passed into law. [...]

[Gizmodo] Which Tech Companies Protect Your Data From the Government?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation just released its annual "Who Has Your Back" report card, detailing the privacy policies of tech companies. Here's the rundown of who fights for your privacy in the face of government requests for your data—and who doesn't even bother. [...]

[TorrentFreak] PayPal Bans BitTorrent VPN / Proxy Service

After banning several of the largest file-hosting sites and Usenet providers, PayPal is now taking aim at a VPN/proxy service. The payment processor has just cut off the BitTorrent proxy provider GT Guard and frozen the company’s funds. In an email PayPal’s Brand Risk Management department explains that GT Guard’s affiliation with BitTorrent is the reason for the drastic actions. [...]

[Spiegel] Government Wary of Telekom Limits on Flat Rate DSL Access

German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom sparked controversy this week with plans to curtail flat-rate DSL speeds once certain data thresholds are reached. Customers, Internet advocates and the German government are all concerned. [...]