The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
[...] In [Nothing to hide], we see Jeremie [Zimmermann] and a French singer performing a song together. The song is built around a frequently heard attempt to justify massive surveillance, “if you have nothing to hide, there is nothing you should worry about” - simultaneously demonstrating that the opposite is true.
While I was at first amused by this new eccentricity from my compatriot, I had to admit that the digital freedoms theme is still sadly lacking in the musical landscape. Such an initiative can thus only be applauded as an excellent step forward in terms of education. [...]
What he refers to here is at the heart of the meshed society's balance; the relationship between privacy and creativity. [...] The negative impact of massive surveillance on both innovation and user trust is of crucial concern. [...]
[...] [Krugman] The first thing you need to know about trade deals in general is that they aren’t what they used to be. The glory days of trade negotiations — the days of deals like the Kennedy Round of the 1960s, which sharply reduced tariffs around the world — are long behind us.
[...] But the fact remains that, these days, “trade agreements” are mainly about other things. What they’re really about, in particular, is property rights — things like the ability to enforce patents on drugs and copyrights on movies.
[...] The kind of property rights we’re talking about here can alternatively be described as legal monopolies. True, temporary monopolies are, in fact, how we reward new ideas; but arguing that we need even more monopolization is very dubious — and has nothing at all to do with classical arguments for free trade.
A European Commission survey of 28,000 Internet users [...] found that 41 percent experience problems watching video on a mobile device and 37 percent on a fixed Internet connection. Other services with which users experienced problems include music streaming, playing online games and voice over IP.
The news comes as the debate over a new E.U. "net neutrality" law continues. [...]
[...] digital rights activists have argued that the proposed new law does [not guarantee an open internet]. "At the same time as proposing text which will undermine net neutrality in Europe, Commissioner Kroes is energetically claiming that she supports it. Anyone not familiar with the file would be mistaken for believing her," said Joe McNamee from EDRi (a European digital rights group).
[BoingBoing] America's copyright threat letters turn one year old, but no one will say how they're doing
[...]The Copyright Alert System -- a "voluntary" system of disconnection threats sent to alleged file-sharers, created by entertainment companies and the large US ISPs -- has just celebrated its first birthday, having spent $2 million in order to send out 625,000 threats to people it believed to be infringers. How's that working out for them?
[...] [It is possible] that, like every other variant on this, as practiced in New Zealand, the UK, and France, it is an expensive boondoggle that wasted millions, alienated hundreds of thousands, and did nothing to break the copyright logjam that has been sowing chaos on the Internet since the 1990s.
Glyn Moody's next entry in his series on TTIP/TAFTA negotiations. He writes about the US requesting that "EU regulators be required to publish the proposed texts of regulations and open them to public comment" and rebutes several common arguments in defense of ISDS (Investor-state Dispute Settlement). Some argue that in state-investor litigation, decisions generally are in favour of countries, but, Moody writes, this is true only when you consider the aggregate data over 20 years. It is cearly false if you consider recent years. Moreover, the argument is made that ISDS agreements with other countries did not lead to much litigation, which is true, he writes, but irrelevant as these agreements were made with much smaller and definitely less litigious countries than the USA.
[...]The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation's (NMMC) e-library project has failed to take off, since its inauguration [...] in December 2012.[...] If sources are to be believed, NMMC's failure to acquire permission for copyrights from the authors or the publication houses has brought the project to a standstill.
The one-of-its-kind project was meant to give the city resident a chance to read books at their convenience, instead of visiting any of the six civic libraries.
"It has not seen the light of day due to copyright issues. As per the Copyright Act, for reproducing books and articles, an authorization letter has to be acquired, But tracking the authors is turning out to be a time-consuming affair," said a source from the department.
European telecoms groups have criticised proposals that would stop them prioritising higher speed or guaranteed access internet services to be voted on by the European parliament this week.
Etno, the telecoms industry body, has sent a letter criticising amendments to so-called net neutrality regulations that aim to protect the freedom of internet access. The joint letter has been sent to the draftswoman of the proposals as well as Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for the digital agenda.
Ms Kroes will meet chief executives from the largest telecoms groups in the industry on Monday to discuss their concerns about the over-regulation of the sector. […]
Telecoms groups have in the past “throttled” certain bandwidth hogging services such as Youtube and have made a business out of offering higher speed internet to users or guaranteed services to companies.
The letter from Etno said that establishing such principles would affect the provision of specialist services such as telemedicine or e-education, as well as internet provision that can be sold for services such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for business, IP-TV, gaming online and teleconferencing.
Etno also said that the proposed text could introduce restrictions on how traffic was managed on networks.
“This would make an effective management of the network almost unworkable,” it said. “The changes foreseen in the area of open internet, together with the revenue-depressing measures in the area of roaming and the additional layers of regulation for wholesale access products, would result in an unprecedented burden on the EU telecoms sector.”
Luigi Gambardella, Etno chairman, said: “[Monday’s] vote risks derailing the original objectives of the connected continent regulation. If the changes to the open internet provisions are confirmed in the final text approved, the European digital economy will suffer and EU businesses will be put in a difficult competitive situation with respect to other areas of the world.”
The commission wants to agree the proposals before the European elections. If no deal is likely, this will carry through to the next parliament.
[...] A group of Europe's biggest telecoms, including Deutsche Telekom AG DTE.XE -0.16% and France's Orange SA, ORA.FR -1.42% is fighting provisions in a proposed European law aimed at enforcing net neutrality, a principle that Internet providers shouldn't discriminate against traffic from particular sources.
[...] Telecom providers say they should be free to set aside part of their infrastructure to sell advanced services, such as high-quality video, from particular technology or content companies. [...]
But tech companies and public-interest groups say such plans could lead to a two-tiered Internet, with some types of content available at top speed, but other content getting slower service if providers are unable to pay up.
[...] Bis Mai möchte das Europaparlament entscheiden, wie es zukünftig um die Netzneutralität stehen soll. [...]
"Wenn wir über Netzneutralität diskutieren, sprechen wir in Wirklichkeit über das Schicksal des Internets", meint Felix Treguer von "La Quadrature du Net", einer französischen Aktivistengruppe, die sich für Bürgerrechte im Internet einsetzt.
Allein die Definition von Netzneutralität teilt Aktivisten und Betreiber von Telekommunikationsnetzen in zwei Lager. Treguer forderte die EU auf, Netzneutralität als Gleichbehandlung aller Arten von Internetverkehr, unabhängig von dessen Inhalt, Herkunft und Adressat, zu definieren. Die derzeitige Definition sei viel zu schwammig, dort hieße es lediglich: "Gleichwertiger Verkehr soll gleich behandelt werden". [...]
Viele neue Dienste entwickeln sich gerade und deren erweiterte Struktur bereitet Online-Rechtsgruppen Bauchschmerzen. Denn solche Dienste könnten durchaus eine bevorzugte Behandlung voraussetzen [...].
Gerade das jedoch bemängeln Kritiker wie Felix Treguer von "Quadrature du Net". [...]"Wir müssen sicherstellen", so Treguer, "dass die offene Plattform für Innovation, Wettbewerb und Kommunikationsfreiheit erhalten bleibt."
[...] Members of the [European] parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy ( ITRE) will vote on a net neutrality proposal on Monday [today]. [...]
Groups in favor of net neutrality formed an online campaign - Save the Internet - calling on Europeans to contact their EU parliamentarians to enshrine net neutrality in law. [...]
"What we are discussing with the net neutrality debate is the fate of the Internet and the important legal principles that will shape the future of its architecture," said Felix Treguer, a co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, a Paris-based Internet advocacy group that is a part of the Save the Internet campaign. [...]
La Quadrature du Net's Treguer said allowing telecom operators to make deals prioritizing content from big providers, such as Google, Facebook or Amazon, would fundamentally change the Internet by providing faster access to some services and slower access to others.
"What is at stake is making sure that the open platform for innovation for competition for freedom of communication, for freedom of choice for Internet users is preserved," he said. [...]