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[InternationalHeraldTribune] Court Orders French Cop-Watching Site Blocked

A court here has ruled that French Internet service providers must block access to a Web site that shows pictures and videos of police officers arresting suspects, taunting protesters and allegedly committing acts of violence against members of ethnic minorities.

[...] free speech advocates reacted with alarm, saying the ruling, issued Friday, reflected a French tendency to restrict Internet freedoms.

This court order illustrates an obvious will by the French government to control and censor citizens’ new online public sphere,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a Paris-based organization that campaigns against restrictions on the Internet.

[HarvardLawSchool] Palfrey discusses Network Neutrality at the Open World Forum (video)

In an interview with Jérémie Zimmermann, a co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, an advocacy group that promotes the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet, Palfrey offered his perspective of Net Neutrality as a core network principle.

The Network Neutrality debate is one of the fundamental building blocks on which we can have things like open source software, said Palfrey. “At any point in the system where we can reduce the restrictions, in those areas, we’re going to see innovation on top of that layer of the network.[...]

[Guardian] Biggest four UK ISPs switching to 'opt-in' system for pornography

Subscribers to four of the UK's biggest internet service providers will have to "opt in" if they want to view sexually explicit websites, as part of government-sponsored curbs on online pornography.

The prime minister is expected to announce other moves in line with the review, such as restrictions on aggressive advertising campaigns and certain types of images on billboards.

Cameron gave strong backing in June to the Bailey report proposals after he commissioned the six-month review. However, Cameron did not commit his government to legislation.

[TheRegister] VeriSign demands website takedown powers

VeriSign, which manages the database of all .com internet addresses, wants powers to shut down "non-legitimate" domain names when asked to by law enforcement.

The company said today it wants to be able to enforce the "denial, cancellation or transfer of any registration" in any of a laundry list of scenarios where a domain is deemed to be "abusive".

Senior ICE agents are on record saying that they believe all .com addresses fall under US jurisdiction.

It's not yet clear how VeriSign would handle a request to suspend a .com domain that was hosting content legal in the US and Europe but illegal in, for example, Saudi Arabia or Uganda.

[NYTimes] Battling Internet Censorship Must Evolve, Study Says

A detailed study of Internet censorship in China and Iran shows that blocking techniques are changing rapidly and are becoming significant new obstacles for news organizations, governments and businesses.

The study, being published on Tuesday, focuses on Internet blocking faced by Iranian and Chinese visitors to BBC Web sites during periods of political unrest in the two countries over the last two years.

The study documents the activities of firewall censorship during a variety of political events, including anniversaries of events like the Tiananmen Square protests.

[Euractiv] ePrivacy watchdog raises concerns over 'net neutrality'

The EU's data security watchdog has warned of “serious implications” for privacy and data protection if a disproportionate approach is taken to ensure net neutrality like filtering network traffic on a grand scale.

Operators argue that filtering is necessary to allow a functioning traffic management which ultimately benefits all internet users and prevents congestion of the net.

The concept of net neutrality builds on the view that information on the internet should be transmitted impartially, without regard to content, destination or source,” argues the European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx.

The analysis is still ongoing and should bring concrete results by the end of the year when Brussels may be forced to provide “additional guidance” on net neutrality, as pledged in the April paper.

[Engadget] Ditching DRM could reduce piracy, prices, inconvenience

This may run counter to what your common sense tells you but, a new paper out of Duke and Rice University says that ditching DRM could actually reduce piracy.[...]

In fact, the researchers say, "only the legal users pay the price and suffer from the restrictions [of DRM]." Many consumers simply choose to pirate music and movies because doing simple things, like backing up a media collection, is difficult with DRMed content.[...]

[TelecomPaper] Assembly votes to allow courts to block anti-consumer sites

The French national assembly [...] approved an article allowing fraud prevention authority DGCCRF to seek a judge's approval to require ISPs to block a website which breaks consumer protection law. [...] Internet users' association Quadrature du Net deplored that too many deputies still fail to understand the "great dangers" involved with website blocking, despite strong criticisms of web filtering.

[ComputerWorld] Pirate Bay website circumvents Belgian blocking

Following a court ruling last week ordering two Belgian Internet service providers to block access to the Pirate Bay website, the organization has set up a new domain name to help users get around the blockade.

Meanwhile digital civil liberties groups have criticized the court's ruling, saying that it undermines fundamental rights.

"The decision of the Antwerp Court of Appeal sets a dangerous precedent for blocking of content by Internet service providers in Belgium," said Andre Loconte, spokesman for NURPA [...]. "It is incompatible with the doctrine of proportionality advocated by the European Court of Human Rights. [...]

[Thinq_] Brazil to debate 'anti-ACTA' bill, defying US

Brazil looks set to strike a blow against international anti-piracy treaty ACTA, with a bill under discussion in the country's parliament that sets out a civil rights-based framework for the internet.

[...] key provisions include protection of net neutrality and the privacy and personal data of individuals - directly contrary to the carte blanche given by ACTA for copyright holders to demand traffic logs from ISPs to identify alleged offenders.

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