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[Pcworld] Groups to Monitor EU Telcos Restricting Online Access

Digital civil liberties groups in Europe have launched an online platform asking citizens to "name and shame" telecommunications companies that impose Internet access restrictions.

The aim is to gather information about Internet providers that are "violating ... online freedom" according to advocacy group La Quadrature du Net. Large telecom providers want to "control what you do online," […]

" is an online platform enabling citizens to become the watchmen of the Internet," said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net. "Everyone is invited to report undue blocking or throttling of their Internet access and help to identify operators who engage in harmful practices." […]

[Arstechnica] White Space database system to face its first trial

One of the database networks that will manage unlicensed broadband devices across the country will face its first public test beginning this Monday at 8:30am, and it will be a long one. The Federal Communications Commission's Office of Engineering Technology says that for 45 days it will facilitate a public trial of vendor Spectrum Bridge's database—designed to identify "white space" television band channels authorized for unlicensed use by broadband devices.

"We encourage all interested parties to test the database and provide appropriate feedback to Spectrum Bridge," the announcement explains. The challenge is whether the Spectrum Bridge system properly registers TV channels available for use and those not available, protecting the latter from interference from white space gadgets that can sniff for and identify temporarily free TV bands.

[Guardian.Co.Uk] Google faces pressure to block filesharing sites

Culture secretary to urge internet companies to downgrade rogue websites in search listings

Google faces pressure to block alleged filesharing websites such as The Pirate Bay.

[Ip-watch.Org] EU Extends Copyright Protection From 50 To 70 Years

Over the objections of eight countries, ministers from the European Union on Monday extended copyright protection for performers and record producers from 50 to 70 years. The move brought cheers from the recording industry and copyright royalty collecting societies, but doubts from some governments and jeers from a major consumer group. […]

[Ip-watch.Org] "Washington Declaration" Demands Return Of Public Interest In IP Rights

A new multi-stakeholder declaration demanding that the public interest be returned to intellectual property rights was issued this week and is open for signatures by anyone, already collecting hundreds of supporters. The declaration contains numerous principles and actions, such as restraint in enforcement, open access, and development priorities, that the drafters hope will help change the course of IP policymaking.

The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, now available for signature,, was negotiated in late August by non-governmental groups, academics and others. It details ways in which the global position of IP rights has shifted ceaselessly toward more protection through the push of developed countries, and seeks to temper it. […]

[Techdirt] EU Officially Seizes The Public Domain, Retroactively Extends Copyright

As was unfortunately expected, despite no evidence that this made any economic sense at all, the member states of the EU have agreed to retroactively extend copyright another 20 years, at which point you can expect it to be extended again […]

[ComputerWorld] Doubts linger over ACTA compatibilty with European Union law

European parliamentarians in the legal affairs committee have once again cast doubt on the efficacy of the controversial ACTA agreement, but stopped short of declaring it illegal.

French Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Françoise Castex said on Monday that she was not sure if the matter needed to go to the European Court of Justice and that the legal department of the Parliament would address the matter.

"Apparently, Caspary is not on top of the dossier. European academics concluded ACTA is not compatible with current E.U. legislation, this is confirmed in the International Trade Committee commissioned study on ACTA," said the FFII's Ante Wessels.

[eWeekEurope] Nominet Considers Criminal Domain Takedown Rules

Nominet, the registrar that handles .uk domains, is moving ahead with proposed rules (PDF) that could allow law enforcement agencies to request a domain be shut down without a court order.

Suspension of a domain will not require a court order but should be limited to circumstances where necessary “to prevent serious and immediate consumer harm”, according to Nominet.

The policy would cover cases in which a site is involved in crimes covered under the Serious Crimes Act 2007, including fraud, prostitution, money laundering, blackmail and copyright infringement.

[BNA] ACTA, TPPA Opponents Cite Broken Promises On Medicines, One-Sided Copyright Provisions

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement currently being negotiated by the U.S. Trade Representative is even more restrictive and less attentive to human rights than the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that so riled the social justice community in the last two years [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, cofounder of La Quadrature du Net, a French advocacy group for users' digital rights, urged the audience to lobby EU Parliament members to defeat ACTA. “This is a battle we cannot afford to lose,” he said.

[...] the piracy-oriented panelists were quick to assign responsibility to the administration's kowtowing to large corporate interests. According to Band, for example, the goal of the TPPA is “making the world safe for Disney …, doing what's good for the movie industry.

[AlJazeera] Democracies learn from Mubarak's example

For the past eight months, the world has watched, captivated, as from one country to the next, youth have manipulated the digital tools that have become part and parcel of their everyday lives to serve their activism. The world too has witnessed as, in each country, state actors have made various attempts to quash the use of such tools.

Following days of rioting in London, [...] David Cameron proposed looking at "whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality" and noted that he had "asked the police if they need any other new powers", going on to suggest that Twitter, Facebook, and BlackBerry ought to consider removing messages that might spur further unrest in the country.

Both recent incidents indicate an alarming precedent being set. Cameron's consideration of broad censorship powers echoes similar measures once proposed -and rejected - in Turkey, while the actions of BART authorities have been conducted only by the most extreme of despots.

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