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Tienduizenden Europeanen kwamen afgelopen weekend op straat om te protesteren tegen ACTA, een omstreden handelsverdrag tegen piraterij en namaakproducten. Na Polen aarzelen nu ook andere Centraal-Europese landen en zelfs Duitsland om het verdrag te ratificeren.
Zaterdag kwamen enkele honderden Polen hun ongenoegen uiten voor het presidentieel paleis in Warschau. Dat was niets in vergelijking met de hevige straatprotesten die twee weken geleden duizenden mensen op de been brachten in de grote Poolse steden. Maar nu was de buit eigenlijk al binnen: de Poolse regering heeft de ondertekening van ACTA uitgesteld en wil eerst een publiek debat voeren.
ACTA is ontworpen als internationale wetgeving voor namaakgoederen, generieke geneesmiddelen en online inbreuken op het auteursrecht. Het verdrag laat de Europeanen duidelijk niet koud. Zaterdag waren er demonstraties in bijna elke EU-lidstaat: vijftienduizend betogers in München, tienduizend in Berlijn, vierduizend in Sofia, tweeduizend in Praag en honderden in andere Europese steden. [...]
"Vooral de hoogopgeleide jeugd nam het de centrumrechtse regering van Donald Tusk kwalijk dat ze getekend had", zegt socioloog Gavin Rae van de Kozminski-universiteit in Warschau. "Voor hen is het internet geen hobby, maar een levenswijze. Ze gebruiken het om te communiceren, contacten te leggen, informatie te delen en het belangrijkste: om te werken."
Volgens Rae voelden de Poolse jongeren zich al verraden door de politieke elite van hun land, en was de ratificatie van ACTA de druppel die de emmer deed overlopen. "De werkloosheid in Polen is hoog en een op de drie werkt met een tijdelijk contract, om van de vele zelfstandigen nog maar te zwijgen. Vooral de jeugd is hier het slachtoffer van."
[TechDirt] European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement
Now that the EU's ratification of ACTA has departed from the original script of everyone just waving it through, the European Commission is clearly trying to come up with Plan B. Some insights into its thinking can be gained from the minutes (pdf) of a recent Commission meeting, pointed out to us by André Rebentisch. [...]
The suggestion that the anger over ACTA was somehow part of an "organised campaign" looks like a continuing failure to grasp that the protests were about all Internet users across Europe coming together to defend their online community. [...]
What emerges very clearly from this is that the most senior politicians in the European Union are completely nonplussed by the power of social networks to mobilize not just Net activists but ordinary Internet users, and are struggling to deal with it. I think we can expect to see attempts to neutralize that new force by "reaching out" to social networks in a variety of ways in the coming months. One area where that will clearly happen is for the forthcoming update on the EU's "IPR Enforcement Directive", generally known as IPRED.[...]
Most internet traffic on smartphones is carried by Wi-Fi, suggesting mobile networks could be sidelined
From Norwich to New York, hotspots are pulsing on every street. A messy urban patchwork of Wi-Fi signals is being gradually woven into a blanket of coverage which may soon be equal to the signals pumped out by mobile phone masts.
Wireless Fidelity (a non-scientific term invented by marketing people) is considered easy to hack, and the signals can often be weak, or password protected. But they are usually free and once in, they work at speeds well above the average mobile connection.
Even for phone users, Wi-Fi has become the most popular way of accessing the internet. So why are mobile phone companies planning to spend billions connecting us to the internet via 4G phone masts ? [...]
It is a grassroots technology, promoted and funded by a ragged coalition of trade bodies, cafe owners, universities, town councils, entrepreneurs and the occasional telecoms company. Despite this, it is gaining ground against lavishly marketed mobile networks. [...]
A 23-year old student from Sheffield Hallam University in the north of England is bound for America. That wouldn't be unusual—except that Richard O'Dwyer won't go voluntarily. The UK Home Secretary has today agreed to extradite O'Dwyer over US copyright infringement charges for running a "linking site" called TVShack. [...]
Leading Internet freedom group La Quadrature du Net has reiterated its demands for an EU web neutrality law following last week’s disclosure that European Internet operators regularly use traffic management techniques to block access to certain online services.
BEREC, the body of national telecoms regulators across the EU, last week (6 March) submitted its first report on Internet traffic management practices to the European Commission.[...]
In a statement issued on Monday (12th March), Jeremie Zimmerman, spokesman for La Quadrature, said that BEREC’s findings “prove that EU operators impose unjustifiable restrictions to Internet access on both fixed and mobile networks”. [...]
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. [...]
Citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net also called for legislation. "These preliminary findings prove that E.U. operators impose unjustifiable restrictions to Internet access. Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes' laissez-faire approach to net neutrality allows operators to violate their users' freedom of communication and privacy. She can no longer deny the evidence and must urgently propose a E.U.-wide law on net neutrality," said La Quadrature du Net spokesman Jérémie Zimmermann in a statement.
BEREC releases initial findings from telco report; meanwhile, Internet freedom group repeats call for EU-wide net neutrality law. [...]
"The most frequently reported traffic management practices are the blocking and/or throttling of peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic, on both fixed and mobile networks, and the blocking of voice over IP (VoIP) traffic (mostly on mobile networks, usually based on specific contract terms)," said BEREC, in a statement. "When blocking/throttling is implemented in the network, it is typically done through deep packet inspection (DPI)." [...]
Internet freedom advocacy group La Quadrature du Net described claimed the techniques are restrictive and intrusive.
"These preliminary findings prove that EU operators impose unjustifiable restrictions to Internet access on both fixed and mobile networks, such as blocking and throttling of P2P or VoIP services," said La Quadrature spokesman Jérémie Zimmermann, in a statement.
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.
Chief among the services regularly limited include peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) tools, with operators admitting to using deep-packet inspection technology to detect when these technologies are in use. [...]
Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, said " the revelation that firms use management policies, including (DPI), proved European commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, must introduce net neutrality laws.
Verdwijnt ACTA terug in de ijskast? EU-commissaris De Gucht in de problemen…
De Europese Commissie is niet opgezet met de discussie over ACTA. Dat is de internationale handelsovereenkomst om namaak en piraterij te bestrijden. Het akkoord was bijna rond, maar dan plots zat er een haar in de boter. Eind januari kregen de Europese politici plots een stortvloed van protestmails vanwege tegenstanders van ACTA. De website van het Europees Parlement werd zelfs even plat gelegd door hacktivisten.
Naast het ‘stille’ maar zeer effectieve emailprotest waren er ook betogingen en acties doorheen Europa. De Roemeense president Emil Boc moest onder druk van het massale protest in zijn land, waaronder ook protest tegen ACTA, ontslag nemen. In Bulgarije nam de verantwoordelijke minister ontslag na protest. Elders werd het proces van ratificering gestopt. Eind februari nam het Europees Parlement de 2,4 miljoen handtekeningen tegen ACTA in ontvangst genomen.
Schade beperken [...]
The Forum Zaghzagh Laburisti (FZL - Labour Party Youth Forum) said the Maltese government should withdraw its support for the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA).
“The issue lies in the vague way in which this treaty is written and we believe it grants excessive powers to an overruling ACTA Committee and toughens, beyond any reasonable measure, offences against copyright infringement,” the FZL said. [...]
“Because of its shortcomings, we think the Maltese Government should stand with its people and retreat its support to ACTA. Although it could be argued that ACTA could be countered by amendments to our laws at national level, we still believe that our government should not support this treaty,” the FZL said. [...]
The FZL said that the ACTA treaty should be considered a blessing in disguise. “It has brought these important issues to the attention of the general public. It is therefore important that we take advantage of the momentum we have gained and legislate to right these wrongs for the benefit of all the stakeholders.”