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[ComputerWeekly] Wikileaks cables reveal Acta negotiators avoided official scrutiny

US negotiators wanted to make the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) a "freestanding agreement" to avoid scrutiny from international groupings such as the G-8 or OECD, according to diplomatic cables revealed by Wikileaks.

Wikileaks made available a number of Acta-related cables to the French digital rights campaign group La Quadrature du Net.

La Quadrature du Net said: "The history of Acta, as exposed by these US diplomatic cables, shows how an opaque and illegitimate process has led to ill-founded and unbalanced repressive provisions. As democratic representatives start debating over the ratification of Acta, they should reject Acta so as to protect democratic values and the rule of law."

[Techdirt] Leaked State Department Cables Confirm That ACTA Was Designed To Pressure Developing Nations

The site La Quadrature Du Net has a rather comprehensive look at a series of leaked State Department cables that confirm what many people said from the beginning about ACTA: that it was designed by US special interests as an "end run" around existing international intellectual property groups [...]

The full cable on this matter makes it clear that the US had a big plan and that plan involved bringing together only "like-minded" countries, and Japan was gleeful about this, but had originally expected the OECD would help.

[ArsTechnica] (Secret) US cables reveal: ACTA was far too secret

French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net has compiled a list of relevant WikiLeaks cables regarding ACTA. In one, a top intellectual property official in Italy told the US that "the level of confidentiality in these ACTA negotiations has been set at a higher level than is customary for non-security agreements." [...]

As a Japanese trade official noted, "we should move as fast as possible and keep in mind that the intent of the agreement is to address the IPR problems of third-nations such as China, Russia, and Brazil, not to negotiate the different interests of like-minded countries. The new agreement could serve as a yardstick for measuring the market economy status of countries such as China and Russia."

[ArsTechnica] Huge ISPs want per-GB payments from Netflix, YouTube

Poor Internet providers. They have to carry all that horrible, horrible traffic from Netflix and YouTube, and they just can't afford it anymore. Unless they start charging end users 21 percent more for Internet access, or unless they're allowed to bill Internet companies at 3.7¢ per GB, the Internet could "become unusable at peak times" due to congestion.

The basic argument is simple and well-known. The ISPs claim that they just can't afford all the investment they've been making, and that's it totally unfair that companies like Netflix get to make nice business on their pipes without paying their fair share. Yes, it's the old, tired claim about "freeriding": [...]

The Kearney report at least takes a slightly better approach to the fear-mongering, at least admitting that Internet backbone traffic is fine—it's those last-mile networks that need all the cash.

[PcWorld] Alleged EU Talks Could Lead to Strict Punishment for Piracy

The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has lashed out at the European Commission over allegations that the Commission has been holding "secret talks" on intellectual property rights with ISPs.

"These talks, if true, could well lead to the back-door imposition of a Hadopi-type regime throughout Europe, with the Commission's imprimatur and without any prior legal scrutiny and preconditions," said parliamentarians Stavros Lambrinidis and Francoise Castex in a letter demanding clarification of the facts.

In the U.K., the country's two largest service providers, BT and Talk Talk, won a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act challenging the legality of its obliging them to cut off customers and block sites proven to have been involved with illicit downloading or file sharing.

[Euractiv] EU in 'secret talks' to stop illegal downloads

The European Commission stands accused of reneging on copyright rules as it is reportedly discussing a private deal to allow companies to disconnect users from the Internet for suspected piracy.

"These talks, if true, could well lead to the back-door imposition of a 'Hadopi-type' regime throughout Europe, with the Commission's imprimatur, and without any prior legal scrutiny and preconditions," Socialist & Democrat MEPs Stavros Lambrinidis (Greece) and Françoise Castex (France) argue.

An Internet advocacy group, La Quadrature du Net, highly doubts whether a judge would ever enforce the law as the evidence has been gathered by a private company and not by the police.

[] France maintains long tradition of data protection

France was one of the pioneers of privacy legislation, and influenced the Council of Europe's Convention 108, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this week. That document set the base for modern privacy policy.

In 1974 [...] a draft security law known as Project Safari called for the government to use social security numbers to interconnect all personal administrative data. "It was very, very bad political move to hunt the citizen through their data," said Jeremie Zimmerman, a founder of internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

The CNIL (Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertes), the French data protection agency, was created as part of the 1978 law. The agency now handles some 5,000 complaints and information requests a year.,,14797711,00.html

[WashingtonPost] Verizon sues FCC to overturn net-neutrality rules

Just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission adopted its first-ever rules aimed at regulating Internet access, Verizon Communications on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the controversial order.

[...] the agency thinks it has the authority to carry out its net-neutrality rules. The rules are largely focused on the Internet lines into American homes that connect to desktop computers and private Wi-Fi networks. The rules prevent Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast from intentionally blocking or favoring some Web sites over others.

[ISPreview] UK and EU ISPs Bash European Proposals to Force Blocking of Child Abuse Sites

The European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA) has called on the European Parliament to consider permanently removing internet based child sexual abuse content at source, which would be instead of forcing EU and UK ISPs into merely filtering out (blocking) such material.[...]

The organisation also correctly points out that paedophiles and similar child predators "make it their business to know how to circumvent blocks" and continue to copy and share images [...]

[ArsTechnica] Detecting net neutrality violations—there's an app for that!

The FCC wants you… to help it shame companies into net neutrality.

In the FCC's case, it has chosen to mobilize the masses. Today it announced the Open Internet Challenge, which asks "researchers and software developers to engage in research and create apps that help consumers foster, measure, and protect Internet openness."[...]

"This challenge is about using the open Internet to protect the open Internet,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.[...]

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