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[V3] ISPs and mobile operators regularly throttle traffic, report finds

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.

[Nieuws] Komt ACTA er wel door ?

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 [...]

[MaltaToday] FZL says government should withdraw support for ACTA

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.”

[IlLevante] La dubbia legalità dell’ACTA, la società civile contro le lobbies del cinema e della musica.

Siamo nel pieno sviluppo dell’era digitale, e di progressi il genere umano ne ha fatti un bel po’. Grazie ad internet le persone possono conoscere il mondo, interagire con chiunque scambiando opinioni, merce o canzoni, addirittura si possono organizzare rivoluzioni contro regimi autoritari dispotici e corrotti, il tutto ad una velocità impressionante.

Se la rete sia o meno esportatrice di democrazia come molti sostengono è una domanda che cela sentimenti contrastanti, un misto di gioia e paura verso qualcosa che una volta innescato non si può più fermare.

Ma che succede quando di mezzo ci sono potenti lobbies e politica?.

In questo caso entriamo in un campo minato, quello delle leggi anticontraffazione e del copyright. [...]

[DailyTimes] Wanted: Censor for Pakistan’s Internet

Pakistan is advertising for companies to install an Internet filtering system that could block up to 50 million web addresses, alarming free speech activists who fear current censorship could become much more widespread.

Internet access for Pakistan’s some 20 million web users is less restricted than in many countries in Asia and the Arab world, though some pornographic sites and those seen as insulting to Islam are blocked. [...]

The plan to censor the Internet comes amid unease over a set of proposals by a media regulatory body aimed at bringing the country’s freewheeling television media under closer government control. With general elections later this year or earlier next, some critics have speculated the government might be trying to cut down on criticism. [...]\03\09\story_9-3-2012_pg7_6

[Novinite] Bulgaria: ACTA to Enter Bulgarian Parliament, Set to Be Killed

[...] On January 26, 2012, the Bulgarian government signed in Tokyo the international ACTA agreement, vowing to make downloading content similar to forgery of brands.
The agreement was sealed by Bulgarian ambassador to Japan Lyubomir Todorov, based on a decision by the Bulgarian cabinet taken hastily on January 11.
Transcripts from the meeting of the Council of Ministers from January 11 reveal that it had been Economy Minister, Traicho Traikov, who had made the proposal.
Anti-ACTA protests took place in 16 Bulgarian and 150 European cities in mid-February.

In the aftermath, Bulgaria's government announced that it is halting the ratification. [...]

[EurActiv] ACTA and access to medicines: flawed process, rationale and agreement

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been characterised by a flawed process of negotiations based on a flawed rationale, which has resulted in a flawed agreement, argue Sophie Bloemen and Tessel Mellema from Health Action International Europe. One of the concerns now is that – designed to be a global norm-setting instrument - ACTA could deter generic competition of medicines around the world. [...]

[BoingBoing] Danish trade minister and ACTA booster apologise for bogus piracy numbers

Here's a clip of a Danish TV show discussing ACTA, which Denmark has fiercely advocated in favor of. It starts with the head of a rightsholder society and the Danish trade minister quoting dodgy statistics about the extent and cost of piracy, and then demonstrates that these statistics are patently false, and finally, brings out those responsible for quoting them and gets them to admit their errors. Priceless. [...]

[IpsNews] Could Europe’s Anti-Counterfeiting Pact be a "Pandora’s Box" of Rights Violations?

Foggy details surrounding Europe’s anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) have divided pubic opinion, with activists on one end of the spectrum claiming it to be the end of Internet freedom and the generic drug market, while proponents continue to defend the act as a "modest" agreement to protect Europe’s intellectual property. [...]

The importance of protecting European Union intellectual property is acknowledged by a broad sector of civil society but whether or not the ACTA is the answer remains to be seen, especially given concerns over how the agreement was negotiated and how it will be enforced. [...]

But a French citizen online advocacy group, La Quadrature du Net, insists De Gucht is lying to parliament members and downplaying ACTA’s far-reaching effects.

"By pretending that ACTA is inoffensive, Commissioner De Gucht is trying to hide the European Commission's immense responsibility in initiating a negotiation process circumventing democratic arenas," Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net said. [...]

[Electronic Frontier Foundation] EFF Calls Foul on Robo-Takedowns

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal judge Monday to reject arguments from Warner Brothers Entertainment claiming that the company's automated scheme to send copyright infringement notices absolves it of responsibility for the system's major flaws.[...]

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