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The Berlin Forum on Global Politics, in collaboration with the Internet & Society Collaboratory and FutureChallenges.org of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, has put together an interesting collection of 22 wide-ranging essays dealing with TAFTA/TTIP, called "The Transatlantic Colossus" [...] One of the essays, which compares TAFTA/TTIP with TPP, points out that we are witnessing an unprecedented level of activity in forging large-scale trade agreements [...].
That tension between attempts to pin down the world in a set of massive, overlapping trade agreements and the widespread pushback against ever-more unbalanced copyright and patent systems can be seen in the recently-leaked TPP chapter [...] It will be interesting to see whether the measures dealing with online copyright and Net freedom are the spark that ignites widespread public opposition to TPP just as they were for ACTA.
With 640 of 680 votes, the European Parliament today passed a new directive on “collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses in the internal market.” Rarely before has the usually controversial subject of copyright rallied such broad agreement in Parliament. [...]
Applauded by many members of the Parliament was that collective management organisations have to open up for alternative licences, like Creative Commons. Especially for young artists, using non-commercial licences might be beneficial, Austrian S&D MEP Josef Weidenholzer said during the debate. [...]
The new consultation shall feed into a white paper to be tabled by his directorate next June, said Michel Barnier, Commissioner for the Internal Market. The next step, he said, would be a review of the 2001 Copyright Directive. That will bring much more discussion over the adaption of copyright to the information society.
Europe’s largest association of hackers has filed a criminal complaint against the German government for aiding foreign spying by NSA and GCHQ, and violating the right to citizens’ privacy, basing their case on leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in cooperation with the International League for Human Rights (ILMR) filed the complaint with the German Federal Prosecutor General's office on Monday.
The government is drawing up a list of sites inadvertently blocked by the filters it asked internet service providers (ISPs) to implement.
Many sites on the list are run by charities that aim to educate children and others about health, sex education and drugs issues. [...]
The group is also looking into ways to set up a standard system that will let any site which thinks it has been wrongly blocked tell ISPs about the mistake so it can get on to the approved list. [...]
Other reports have suggested that many innocuous sites such as TorrentFreak, a copyright and privacy news site, are being accidentally caught up in the filters ISPs are starting to use. [...]
[TechDirt] French Surveillance Programs Eerily Echo The NSA's, Right Down To Codifying Unconstitutional Collections
[...] When news broke of the NSA acquiring millions of metadata records from French phone companies, the response from the French government seemed like little more than an attempt to shift the focus off its own PRISM-esque collection programs.
[...] more details have surfaced suggesting the French government respects its citizens no more than the US government does. Making things a bit messier is the fact that the French intelligence agencies' actions aren't subject to judicial control but rather answer solely to the executive branch (as it were) directly. [...]
The bottom line is virtually identical: these [French surveillance] programs are, for all intents and purposes, legal. What may have seemed to skirt the protections of the French constitution have been codified into law. It may seem illegal to surveill your own citizens, but if legislation is passed making the previously illegal legal, then the legality issue vanishes. Unlike what's currently happening in the US, the French government has yet to ask the French constitutional court to review the constitutionality of these collections. And if it hasn't done it yet, it seems unlikely to do in the future unless prompted by multiple lawsuits by surveilled citizens and entities.
United by 'hackers' spirit', participants at a Brussels hackathon bring the actions of MEPs under scrutiny for the first time [...]
“There is a huge gap between the power of the European parliament and citizens’ knowledge of it. It frightens me. At the national level, we hold politicians to account. But the only people holding MEPs accountable are in the Brussels bubble. Can you name your MEP? Can you name a single MEP?” [...]
Ronny Patz, who works for Transparency International, has lead the project over the weekend. “Why do we, as citizens and volunteers, have to come and spend the entire weekend in Brussels liberating handwritten Lithuanian and Greek just to hold our representatives to account?" he says. "The information goes through the hands of the parliament’s adminstrators - dumping PDFs on a website is not open government.” [...]
[note: LQDN was there, with the Memopol project]
President Barack Obama’s push to strike trade deals with the European Union [TTIP/TAFTA] and 11 Pacific Rim nations [TPP] was put in jeopardy after the top Democrat in Congress quashed the idea of giving the White House congressional approval to negotiate the pacts.
Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said he opposed legislation known as Trade Promotion Authority [TPA], which sets a swift timeline for trade bills and prevents amendments that would slow them down or modify their contents.
[Information] For the NSA, espionage was a means to strengthen the US position in climate negotiations
At the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, the world's nations were supposed to reach an agreement that would protect future generations against catastrophic climate change. But not everyone was playing by the rules. A leaked document now reveals that the US employed the NSA, its signals intelligence agency, to intercept information about other countries' views on the climate negotiations before and during the summit. According to observers, the spying may have contributed to the Americans getting their way in the negotiations [...]
»It gives them incredible opportunities. In many contexts, they will know other countries’ internal agreements on how far they are willing to go. And they will know where to apply pressure, and whether to align themselves with the Danes, the Brazilians, or with some other country with shared interests. This gives them a unique position from which to manipulate things in their direction,« he says. [...]
Freihandelsabkommen: Das Märchen vom Jobmotor
Das MONITOR-Interview mit EU-Handelskommissar Karel De Gucht in der Langfassung
Extract interview about effects of TAFTA
Dutch court finds piracy increased after 'ineffective' Pirate Bay block. [...]
“Victory for the free internet!” proclaimed Niels Huijbregts, spokesman for XS4All in a blog post. “We are very pleased that the court ruled in favour of the freedom of information, protecting a fundamental right of all Dutch citizens.” [...]
The appeal judges ruled that blocking the Pirate Bay at the ISP level had not deterred users from using the BitTorrent network and the illegal downloading of copyrighted content, and had had the opposite effect. The ruling notes that the use of BitTorrent and "magnet" torrent links for piracy had actually increased since the blockade was implemented in 2012. [...]