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[Guardian] Internet freedom 'under threat from hasty legislation in UK and US'

Head of global media observation group says many countries are trying to restrict internet freedom in name of security.

Governments across the world – including those in the US and UK – are posing a threat to internet freedom through "hasty" legislation passed due to security fears, the head of an international media watchdog has warned. [...]

"The obsession to control the internet is showing we are not heading in the right direction, and the countries of the west are not immune to criticism – I have already raised Acta [an international intellectual property treaty that has been likened to Sopa, a US anti-piracy bill] with the president of the EU parliament." [...]

She concluded that ultimately it is civil society – the media and activists – who keep the media and internet free, and said this was not yet established in many transition countries. Citing the huge online campaign against the US legislation against intellectual property violations, she says: "These showed an engaged civil society can stop these actions. Elsewhere, there's an apathy. [...]

[Zeit.De] Filesharing: "Urheberrecht darf im Alltag keine Rolle spielen"

Privates Tauschen freigeben, auf Breitbandanschlüsse eine Gebühr erheben – mit diesen Vorschlägen ließe sich der Streit ums Urheberrecht lösen, glaubt Leonhard Dobusch. […]

In Sachen Filesharing hat Philippe Aigrain vom französischen Verein La Quadrature du Net kürzlich in dem Buch Sharing einen detailliert ausgearbeiteten Vorschlag für eine Art digitalen Kreativpakt (Creative Contribution) vorgelegt. Er sieht die Einführung zweier Rechte vor: Nutzer erhalten das Recht, digitale Inhalte nicht-kommerziell mit anderen über das Internet zu teilen. Kunstschaffende erhalten dafür das Recht auf eine angemessene Vergütung. […]

[TheInquirer] Cambridge trial shows white space spectrum can improve WiFi

THE TV White Spaces Consortium (TWSC) has found that the UK's white space can be used to improve broadband coverage.

The TWSC, which comprises 17 firms including the BBC, BSkyb, BT, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and Virgin Media, has spent the last 10 months trialing possible uses for white space, the parts of the radio frequency spectrum that fall between TV channels. The consortium will report to Ofcom that white space can be used to meet the growing demand for wireless connectivity, urging the UK communications regulator to put forward a regulatory framework to protect white space licensees. [...]

[BBC] European watchdog warns Acta could threaten rights

A European data protection watchdog has added its voice to growing criticism of proposed anti-piracy legislation. [...] The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) might have "unacceptable side effects" on individual rights. [...]

David Martin, the Parliament's rapporteur on Acta, said last week that politicians would not be able to "guarantee adequate protection for citizens' rights" if the treaty was ratified. [...]

"While more international co-operation is needed for the enforcement of IP rights, the means envisaged must not come at the expense of the fundamental rights of individuals," said Giovanni Buttarelli, assistant European data protection supervisor. [...]

[V3] ACTA slammed by European data watchdog over privacy fears

The European data protection supervisor (EDPS) has added his weight to those opposed to the contentious Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) proposals, warning that it may infringe on individuals' fundamental human rights. [...]

Opponents of ACTA should use this decision to persuade their MEPs to reject ACTA, said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson of the privacy group La Quadrature du Net. “Whereas the Commission and pro-ACTA members of the EU Parliament keep pretending that ACTA respects EU law and is harmless to fundamental rights, here comes yet another independent analysis stressing on the contrary that ACTA could lead to general monitoring and filtering of online communications,” he added. [...]

[Reuters] EU regulator warns against Internet restrictions

The European commissioner responsible for regulating the Internet warned Web service providers on Thursday against tampering with customers' Internet access based on how much they pay or which services they use.

In an effort to preserve what they call "net neutrality", European Union governments have considered enforcing laws preventing providers from offering differentiated tiers of access, but so far only the Netherlands has succeeded. [...]

Internet activists who say they are frustrated by the Commission's slow pace of digital reform have reported 162 cases of blocked or slowed services since 2011 and have called on the EU's executive to take sterner action against ISPs.

"We have strong evidence, including on our reporting platform, that infractions are widespread," said Jeremie Zimmermann of La Quadrature du Net, an NGO. [...]

[Guardian] Internet censorship: how does each country compare?

Censorship of internet content can take many forms and ranges from governments blocking the dissemination of political opinion to blacklisting pornographic and pirate websites. [...]

According to the ONI data, Iran was the worst ranked, with "pervasive" filtering in the political, social and internet tools categories and "substantial" for conflict/security filtering. Tested in 2011, Iran's filtering was rated as being "highly" consistent and had "medium" transparency. [...]

After Iran was China, which had "pervasive" political and conflict/security filtering, along with "substantial" internet tools and social filtering. In addition to highly consistent filtering, China also had a lower transparency score than Iran. [...]

However, Deibert feels governments are moving away from widespread blacklists of websites to filter and towards what the ONI calls "next-generation filtering," which includes targeted surveillance and "just in time" filtering, or temporarily filtering content only when it's valuable – for instance, during an election. [...]

[TechDirt] ACTA Closer To Death: Remaining EU Supporters Contemplate Rejecting It

Last week we saw the Socialists and Democrats, the second-largest bloc in the European Parliament, turn against ACTA. Combined with the stated position of the Green party there, that means ACTA is closer to being thrown out when the vote for ratification takes place in Brussels this summer.

The deciding factor is how politicians in the centre-right coalition of Liberals and Conservatives will vote, and there are now signs that they too are contemplating rejection [...]

The fact that even the centre-right parties are now seriously thinking about rejecting ACTA, and what to do next, means that while ACTA may not be dead in Europe yet, it is looking increasingly moribund.

[IPtegrity] It’s official: European Parliament told ‘Say no to ACTA’

The recommendation to the European Parliament will be to reject ACTA. The rapporteur, David Martin, has today made an official announcment to that effect. The announcement moves ACTA fate one step closer to its coffin, but it would be foolish to think that its fate is finally sealed. [...]

[IPtegrity] America ups the ante on ACTA – via the G8

The US government is not happy about ACTA, and is already taking steps to introduce what it really wants by another back door. In a document leaked today by the European Digital Rights group (EDRi), a new plan for intellectual property enforcement is revealed. Where ACTA was vague, the new plan is explicit. [...]

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