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[NYTimes] E.U. Lawmakers Approve Tough ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

[...] European lawmakers approved new rules on Thursday aimed at guaranteeing equal access to the Internet and cutting cellphone charges across the 28-member European Union.

The proposals, which had been subject to intense lobbying by industry groups and consumer advocates, mirror similar efforts in the United States to allow access by all companies and individuals to the Internet’s pipelines for services like streaming music, on-demand television and cloud computing. [...]

[Techdirt] Hundreds Of Thousands Take To The Streets Of Taiwan To Protest Against Trade Agreement's Lack of Scrutiny

One of the key problems with both the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), is the lack of scrutiny. Both deals are being negotiated in almost complete secrecy, with very little information being released officially. The justification for this, such as it is, is that the public will have a chance to see the agreements once they are finished, and that this is the appropriate time for transparency. The emptiness of that promise has been shown by the Polish Ministry of Economy's reply to some questions from the Modern Poland Foundation [...]

In the light of the massive protests that swept through Europe in 2012, and those now filling the streets of Taipei, both of which were triggered by the refusal to allow any meaningful scrutiny of trade agreements that would have major consequences for everyday life, the question has to be: do the USTR and European Commission really want to run the risk of repeating that experience by pushing through TPP and TTIP in exactly the same undemocratic manner?

[ComputerWorldUK] Big EU Votes on Net Neutrality and Clinical Trials Data

Like me, you are probably getting slightly tired of the net neutrality saga in Europe. It has dragged on for years now, and it's tempting just to throw up your hands and move on to something else. But boring as it may be, net neutrality really matters: it defines the essence of the Internet, and if we lose true net neutrality, we lose the Internet that we have known for the past two decades. Significantly, net neutrality has just been guaranteed in Brazil through the passing of what is known as the Marco Civil; it would be unforgivable if Europe failed to do the same.

For that reason, I would urge you to contact your MEPs one last time on this subject. What should be the final vote will take place on Thursday, 3 April. That follows the unsatisfactory vote in the ITRE committee that took place recently, where a compromised version of the text was narrowly approved. However, MEPs fighting for true net neutrality have not given up, and have come up with new amendments that will address the failings of the proposed text. […]

[Reuters] Telecoms firms brace for EU net neutrality vote this week

European lawmakers will vote on proposals this week that could severely restrict telecoms operators from mining a potentially lucrative revenue source by charging content providers more to deliver services at faster speeds [...]

If accepted, the proposals would put Europe ahead of the United States, where a court struck down federal rules on net neutrality in January following a challenge by Verizon Communications. [...]

"We are worried that all Internet access providers will make deals with big content providers. The proposals from the greens, socialists and liberals will make sure small providers are not excluded," said Felix Treguer at advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

[ArsTechnica] Dropbox clarifies its policy on reviewing shared files for DMCA issues

For years now, Internet users have accepted the risk of files and content they share through various online services being subject to takedown requests based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and/or content-matching algorithms. But users have also gotten used to treating services like Dropbox as their own private, cloud-based file storage and sharing systems, facilitating direct person-to-person file transfer without having to worry. [...]

The whole kerfuffle started yesterday evening, when one Darrell Whitelaw tweeted a picture of an error he received when trying to share a link to a Dropbox file via IM. The Dropbox webpage warned him and his friend that "certain files in this folder can't be shared due to a takedown request in accordance with the DMCA." [...]

Dropbox did confirm to Ars that it checks publicly shared file links against hashes of other files that have been previously subject to successful DMCA requests.

[TechDirt] USTR Starts To Panic Over Calls To Take Corporate Sovereignty Out Of TAFTA/TTIP

Glyn Moody takes to task the recent publication by the USTR on the ISDS included in TAFTA.

"The pressure is really building on the US and EU over the corporate sovereignty provisions in TAFTA/TTIP. As we reported back in January, the European Commission has put on hold the negotiations for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter while it conducts a public consultation on the subject. The USTR seemed to be trying to tough it out, but it has finally cracked and released what it calls "The Facts on Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Safeguarding the Public Interest and Protecting Investors" in an attempt to bolster support for the idea. [...] "

[ElDiario][es] Brasil aprueba el Marco Civil de Internet, modelo para la Carta Magna de la Red

El Congreso brasileño aprueba el Marco Civil de Internet, una iniciativa de la sociedad civil que garantiza la neutralidad de la red y el derecho a la privacidad de las comunicaciones, entre otras cosas.

El documento será usado en el vital encuentro internacional Net Mundial de São Paulo, a finales de abril, para intentar construir una Carta Magna que regule Internet globalmente. [...]

A falta de que el Senado brasileño ratifique la ley, el Marco Civil se ha convertido en el documento más vanguardista sobre derechos y gobernanza de Internet. En su artículo número 9 la neutralidad de la red, tan deseada por las organizaciones que luchan por los derechos digitales, queda garantizado: "El responsable por la transmisión, conmutación o roteamiento tiene el deber de tratar de la misma forma cualquier paquete de datos, sin distinción por contenido, origen y destino, servicio, terminal o aplicación". [...]

A parte de su contenido, la gran peculiaridad del Marco Civil de Internet es que ha sido un proceso cocinado en red por la sociedad civil. La idea original surgió a partir de un artículo de Ronaldo Lemos , publicado en mayo de 2007 . El Ministerio de Justiça, el Ministerio de Cultura (MINC) y la Fundação Getúlio Vargas lanzaron en octubre de 2009 un proceso colaborativo al que se fueron incorporando diferentes activistas y organizaciones. [...]

[NYTimes] European Lawmakers Prepare to Vote on ‘Net Neutrality’

[…] The online habits of customers like Mr. Herbert, and their ability to pay, are the focus of digital policy legislation on which lawmakers from the European Union’s 28 member countries plan to vote Thursday in Brussels. A key part of the legislation is so-called net neutrality. The rules are meant to ensure equitable access to Internet’s pipelines for services like streaming music, on-demand television and cloud computing. […]

Consumer advocacy groups, meanwhile, say their main concern is that the new rules would make Internet access unaffordable for many Europeans. And they warn that the network economics could end up favoring American juggernauts like Google, Netflix or Amazon, to the detriment of providers of European content and services.

The vote “will either mark an unprecedented advance toward the protection of our fundamental rights, or mark the final days of the open Internet as we know it,” said Félix Tréguer, co-founder of the La Quadrature du Net, an advocacy group in Paris. […]

[TorrentFreak] Microsoft Censors TorrentFreak For Security Reasons

[...] As with all filters, however, there are false positives. TorrentFreak, for example, is often categorized as a file-sharing site, and blocked to prevent copyright infringement or other associated “threats”.

Apparently this is also happening at Microsoft, where the filter managed by the local information security risk management department blocks TorrentFreak on the internal network. Microsoft employees who try to access our site are welcomed with the following message.

“The requested resource has been blocked as an identified risk to your client and the Microsoft corporate network.”

The notice shows that TorrentFreak is blocked under the “peer-to-peer file sharing” category. A false positive, of course, and one that results in a form of overblocking many perfectly secure and legitimate sites are suffering from. [...]

[ArsTechnica] UK will finally allow citizens to legally rip CDs

An update to UK copyright law means that from June 1, 2014 it will no longer be illegal to make copies of CDs—or e-books or any other media—that you have bought for personal use.

According to current law, it is actually illegal to copy a CD for backup or to play the music on an MP3 player or mobile. It's also illegal to format shift an e-book you've bought from one device to another. Under new exceptions to copyright law, first initiated by the 2011 Hargreaves Review, people will be no longer be committing a crime by format shifting copies of CDs, e-books, or films they have bought. [...]

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