The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
The outdoors gathering sparked passionate debate and disagreement – but we all chose to be there to tackle the difficult conversations that will shape our future. [...]
Frankly, news in recent years have been a little depressing, which is how I came to book a spur of the moment, round-ticket from Australia to Europe, desperate to find a thread to hold onto – a belief that the future holds something more than the dystopian reality that has rushed up on us, fermented into a pervasive Big Brother regime of NATO-state condoned totalitarian surveillance. [...]
Yes, it was difficult at times – a strange mix of people. But we chose to be in that space together, because opting out meant more than just opting out of a camp in a sheep paddock in the Netherlands; it would have meant opting out of practicing the difficult conversations that shape our future. [...]
Solidarität mit Snowden oder Profit durch staatliche Aufträge? Die internationale Hackerszene hat in Las Vegas und den Niederlanden ihre wichtigsten Treffen abgehalten: Nach den Enthüllungen über die NSA-Überwachung suchen die IT-Profis nach dem richtigen Umgang mit Unternehmen und Behörden. [...]
"Der Nutzer muss wieder Kontrolle über die Geräte bekommen, statt dass die Geräte Kontrolle über den Nutzer haben", sagt Jérémie Zimmermann, Mitgründer der französischen Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net. In ihrem Heimatland kämpft die Gruppe für Datenschutz und Freiheit im Netz. Nach dem Prism-Skandal seien in Frankreich zwar kaum Menschen zum Demonstrieren auf die Straße gegangen, "aber wir bekommen seitdem viele Anfragen von Bürgern, die verunsichert sind und sich schützen wollen," so Zimmermann. [...]
Bradley Manning’s persecution could lead to the creation of stronger, better whistleblowers, as he showed people they have the power to stop day-to-day wrongdoing, Jeremie Zimmermann, of internet civil liberties group, La Quadrature du Net, told RT.
"while Bradley Manning was being detained and tortured by the US, Edward Snowden was aware of it and was planning his own whistleblowing. What Snowden said was that if he is persecuted by the US government, then it will lead to the creation of stronger, better whistleblowers."
"Governments must not use cybersecurity as an excuse for censorship or to deny people their opportunities that the internet represents".
So said David Cameron in 2011, criticising internet censorship and monitoring carried out by other countries around the world.
In 2013, this is the same man who wants to see internet filters installed in homes across the country and whose government collects huge quantities of data from the transatlantic cables that form the internet's backbone. [...]
In the UK, we are now combining this machinery for internet surveillance with restrictions on what content you can and can't view online. By 2014, David Cameron will have ensured that internet service providers (ISPs) install parental filters on home broadband by default, with consumers having to opt-out to access the internet properly. [...]
It is not exactly top-down government censorship -- that would be easier to fight. Instead we are being invited to dig the grave for a free and open internet ourselves -- and Cameron's web filters are the shovels.
In an attempt to make pirated content harder to find copyright holders ask Google to remove millions of search results every week. While these automated requests are usually legitimate, mistakes happen more often than one might expect. For example, in an embarrassing act of self-censorship Microsoft recently asked Google to censor links to its very own Microsoft.com. [...]
While the above error is rather entertaining, matters gets more serious when copyright holders censor legitimate content produced by others. It’s hard to say how frequently this happens, but just by browsing through the many DMCA notices we have been able to find dozens of examples already. [...]
Of course Google can’t really be blamed for responding to takedown requests because they are required to do so by law. Considering the millions of notices submitted to them every week, Google does a pretty good job at filtering out the most obvious mistakes.
The copyright holders on the other hand could take much more care to prevent these errors. Even if it’s just to avoid embarrassing themselves.
He announced it only yesterday, but already UK Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that he does not have a single clue about how an internet porn filter works.
Cameron was doing what he does best, opening his mouth and letting words fall out of it in an interview on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show. […]
It looks like the prime minister just wants to hand over responsibility for making this work to the ISPs. Cameron said that these businesses would define themselves what is "automatically blocked" when asked for a definition of "pornography". […]
According to the prime minister control of access to websites will be held by the account holder and they will have to contact their ISP through an email account to let them know where their interests and fetishes lie. He reckons that this will stop the more technologically aware children from circumventing the filtering. […]
[…] Mass surveillance is not just an issue for democracy and governance – it's a geopolitical issue. The surveillance of a whole population by a foreign power naturally threatens sovereignty. Intervention after intervention in the affairs of Latin American democracy have taught us to be realistic. We know that the old powers will still exploit any advantage to delay or suppress the outbreak of Latin American independence. […]
But the new great game is not the war for oil pipelines. It is the war for information pipelines: the control over fibre-optic cable paths that spread undersea and overland. The new global treasure is control over the giant data flows that connect whole continents and civlisations, linking the communications of billions of people and organisations. […]
These are just some of the important ways in which the message of the cypherpunks goes beyond the struggle for individual liberty. Cryptography can protect not just the civil liberties and rights of individuals, but the sovereignty and independence of whole countries, solidarity between groups with common cause, and the project of global emancipation. It can be used to fight not just the tyranny of the state over the individual but the tyranny of the empire over smaller states. […]
Finland is the first country in the world in which Parliament will vote on a “fairer” copyright law that has been crowdsourced by the public. The proposal, which obtained the required 50,000 Finnish votes just a day before the deadline, seeks to decriminalize file-sharing and legalize the copying of items that people already own. […]
In the meantime, street artist Sampsa, who pushed the proposal forward together with the Finnish Electronic Frontier Foundation (Effi), continues to gather political support for the law, not just in Finland, but also in Europe and throughout the rest of the world. “We’ve begun working closely with European Digital Rights members globally to ensure that when the vote hits the floor in 2014, the pressure is still on so copyright law will be changed forever,” Sampsa told TorrentFreak. […]
I've been trying to fathom what exactly Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Agenda, intends to do about net neutrality in Europe for a while. Back in January of this year, I asked: "Will Neelie Kroes Defend or Destroy EU Net Neutrality?", and in June I was still wondering: "What's the Net Net on Neelie Kroes's EU Net Neutrality?" [...]
Mrs Kroes concludes: " [...] it’s about helping everyone who could enjoy and benefit from those new services. And I do not intend to be the one who kills off those opportunities."
But that is precisely what her proposals will do. By allowing premium pricing she not only destroys net neutrality, but she also puts back the barriers to entry that the Internet's rise has swept away from countless industries. She ensures that only companies with deep pockets will be able to launch new services that challenge existing ones. And she places all open projects - the real engine of innovation today - at at a huge disadvantage, since they lack the funds to buy premium delivery that would provide them with a level playing field. [...]
The EU is going to abandon its net neutrality policy which meant all videos, articles or web pages got the same amount of bandwidth. According to the draft regulation, richer internet providers will be able to buy themselves higher speeds.
The idea of granting equal portions of online traffic for all content providers appears to be a utopia, as the European Union, which formerly pledged its commitment to the principle, might be getting ready to make a step in a different direction. […]