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[Slate] FCC's net neutrality trial balloon should never fly.

[...] FCC [Federal Communications Commission] Chairman Tom Wheeler is floating a “trial balloon” for its net neutrality rule. If the reports are accurate, the proposal would ignore 3.7 million comments that almost unanimously urge the FCC to ban fast and slow lanes and to adopt straightforward, solid legal authority[...]. In addition to ignoring the public, it would also ignore dozens of senators and members of Congress in Wheeler’s own party, not to mention the president who appointed him. [...]

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/11/fcc_s_net_...

[TheGuardian] Net neutrality advocates to protest against 'hybrid' FCC solution in dozens of cities

Protests planned outside White House and in other cities in ongoing battle over creation of internet ‘fast lanes’ by cable and telecoms companies [...]

What President Obama’s FCC chair is reportedly pushing is not a compromise, it’s a sham. Nearly four million internet users submitted comments to the FCC against having fast and slow lanes on the internet, but this proposal explicitly opens the door for them. Worse, it’s based in overly complicated and untested legal theories that are likely to fail in court,” said Evan Greer, campaign director for Fight for the Future which is organising the campaign alongside Popular Resistance, Free Press and Reddit. [...]

Net neutrality’s defenders want the internet to be regulated under Title II of the Communications Act – a move that would classify the service as a “common carrier” and give the FCC the power to stop cable companies introducing “unreasonable discrimination” and ensure they work “in the public interest”. Cable companies argue such a move would hamper innovation by tying the industry in red tape. [...]

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/05/net-neutrality-protest...

[TheGuardian] GCHQ chief accuses US tech giants of becoming terrorists' 'networks of choice'

New director of UK eavesdropping agency accuses US tech firms of becoming ‘networks of choice’ for terrorists [...]

Robert Hannigan said a new generation of freely available technology has helped groups like Islamic State (Isis) to hide from the security services and accuses major tech firms of being “in denial”, going further than his predecessor in seeking to claim that the leaks of Edward Snowden have aided terror networks. [...]

Among the advocates of privacy protection who reacted to Hannigan’s comments, the deputy director of Privacy International, Eric King, said: “It’s disappointing to see GCHQ’s new director refer to the internet – the greatest tool for innovation, access to education and communication humankind has ever known – as a command-and-control network for terrorists.” [...]

Jillian York, director of international free expression at EFF said: “A special “deal” between governments and companies isn’t necessary - law enforcement can conduct open source intelligence on publicly-posted content on social networks, and can already place legal requests with respect to users. Allowing governments special access to private content is not only a violation of privacy, it may also serve to drive terrorists underground, making the job of law enforcement even more difficult.” [...]

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/03/privacy-gchq-spying-rober...

[TorrentFreak] MPAA Lobbies Lawmakers On Internet Tax And Net Neutrality

Every year the MPAA spends millions of dollars in Washington to guarantee their anti-piracy interests are secured. In the most recent quarter the Hollywood group added several of its topics to the agenda of U.S. lawmakers, including Internet tax and net neutrality. […]

The MPAA’s most recent lobbying disclosure form (pdf) has added several new topics that weren’t on the agenda last quarter. Among other issues, the movie group lobbied the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on Internet tax, net neutrality and online service provider liability. […]

Net neutrality for example. While the MPAA hasn’t got involved publicly in the recent net neutrality discussions, it clearly has something to tell to lawmakers. The Hollywood group most likely wants to assure that its anti-piracy efforts aren’t hindered by future legislation. […]

http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-lobbies-lawmakers-internet-tax-net-neutrali...

[NYTimes] Europe Shifts on Priorities for Telecoms

[...] the [EU]’s top policy makers [are set to give] investment and costlier [telecom] services higher priorities than affordability and antitrust worries.

The details of their plans are expected take shape now that a new European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, began its five-year term on Saturday.

The commission’s new digital chiefs recently expressed support for plans that would loosen the region’s strict rules on telecom mergers.

“Concentration in the telecom market gives space for business models that limit online freedom,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature de Net, a consumer advocacy group based in Paris. [...]

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/03/technology/europe-shifts-on-priorities...

[Arstechnica] Copyright Office to consider 6th round of exemptions for dodging DRM

Since 1998, breaking most types of digital locks, often called Digital Rights Management (DRM), is against the law. [...]

[...] Every three years, the Copyright Office accepts petitions on what activities should get an "exemption" under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The sixth tri-annual rulemaking is now upon us, and the deadline is this Monday, November 3. [...]

Past exemptions have only been granted a handful of times. In the last round, for example, exemptions were granted for things like using short clips of DVDs for use in documentaries or for making educational clips. [...]

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/10/drm-blocking-your-new-project...

[TheNation] Edward Snowden: A 'Nation' Interview

An interview of Edward Snowden by the leftist US American paper The Nation. The first few questions are very mundane but quickly the interview zeroes in on questions on political movements, including Occupy Wallstreet, and an exploration of historical and other related processes.

http://www.thenation.com/print/article/186129/snowden-exile-exclusive-in...

[Techdirt] Spain Passes Copyright Law; Demands Payment For Snippets And Linking To Infringing Content

Apparently ignoring just how badly this worked out for publishers in Germany, the Spanish Parliament has passed a law to fine aggregators and search engines for using snippets or linking to infringing content. As plenty of folks have described, the bill is clearly just a Google tax. As we had discussed, the proposed bill would be a disaster for digital commons/open access projects. There had been some thought that the proposed bill might be delayed because of a referral to the EU Court of Justice on a related issue, but apparently that didn't happen. Either way, it looks like the bill kept the ridiculous "inalienable right" to being paid for snippets -- meaning that Creative Commons-type licenses may not even be allowed, and people won't even be allowed to offer up their content for free. That's ridiculous. […]

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141030/17102328990/spain-passes-copy...

[ArsTechnica] FCC Reportedly Close To Reclassifying ISPs As Common Carriers

The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reportedly close to proposing a "hybrid approach" to network neutrality in which Internet service providers would be partially reclassified as common carriers, letting the commission take a harder stance against Internet fast lane deals. […]

As reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal, the broadband service that ISPs offer to consumers would be maintained as a lightly regulated information service. But the FCC would reclassify the service that ISPs offer at the other end of the network to content providers who deliver data over Internet providers' pipes. This would be a common carrier service subject to utility-style regulation under Title II of the Communications Act. […]

The proposal Wheeler is considering now "would leave the door open for broadband providers to offer specialized services for, say, videogamers or online video providers, which require a particularly large amount of bandwidth," the Journal wrote. "The proposal would also allow the commission to explore usage-based pricing at some point, in which consumers are charged based on how much data they use and companies are able to subsidize traffic to their websites or applications." […]

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/10/fcc-reportedly-close-to-reclassi...

[EurActiv] Copyright Reform: Weak Research Will Produce Bad Policy

Recent studies have echoed extremely pessimistic analysis of the impact of copyright infringement on the European economy. But these are often based on false, misleading assumptions, writes Heini Järvinen. […]

EurActiv reported recently on a new BASCAP TERA Associates study on the allegedly vast cost of copyright infringement to the European economy. The hugely negative analysis for the European economy has generated headlines across Europe. […]

The study builds its argument for stronger enforcement on the modest decline in overall creative sector employment since 2008. However, when this sector is disaggregated, there is no correspondence between employment changes and exposure to piracy in the key component industries. As TERA acknowledges, industries with among the highest exposure to online infringement saw job growth in the period, not decline. In theory, ”piracy” may negatively affect these industries, but the study fails to demonstrate any such impact. Job decline took place almost entirely in sectors with more limited exposure to piracy and more direct challenges associated with the shift to online markets, such as publishing and retail. […]

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovation-enterprise/copyright-reform-...

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