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[Computerworld.Pt] Organizações querem monitorizar restrições de operadores

Respect My Net é a nova plataforma online lançada por várias organizações para controlar as restrições de operadores aos seus serviços de Internet, na Europa. Os grupos pedem aos cidadãos para “nomear e envergonhar” as empresas de telecomunicações cuja política impõe restrições de acesso à Internet. […]

“A é uma plataforma online capaz de permitir aos cidadãos tornarem-se sentinelas da Internet”, explicou Jérémie Zimmermann, porta-voz do La Quadrature du Net. “Todos estão convidados a revelar qualquer bloqueio indevido ou limitação do seu acesso à Internet, e ajudar a identificar os operadores dedicados a essas práticas nocivas”, afirmou.

[Netzpolitik.Org] Europäische Meldestelle für Netzneutralität:

In dieser Woche haben die beiden Bürgerrechtsorganisationen Bits of Freedom und Quadrature du Net zusammen ein Projekt gestartet, um Verletzungen des Prinzips der Netzneutralität europaweit aufzulisten. Die Plattform ermöglicht es allen Nutzern, als Wächter des Internets Verstöße gegen die Netzneutralität zu melden. […]

[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.

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