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[Mediapart] France's new internet anti-terror law branded "ineffective" and "dangerous"

The French Parliament this week formally adopted a new anti-terrorism law, part of which aims to stop terrorists using the internet to attract recruits and plot attacks. It will allow the authorities to block websites that “condone terrorism” and will create a new offence of “individual terrorist enterprise”. One key objective is to stop the “preparation” of attacks via the web. The government, which has rushed these measures through, says they are needed to combat the growing use of the internet and social media by terror groups and in particular to tackle the threat of so-called “lone wolf” terrorists operating in France and elsewhere. But civil liberties groups, judges and the state body that oversees the impact of digital technology have condemned the law as an attack on freedom, ineffective and unworkable. Jérôme Hourdeaux details the new measures. […]

The internet freedom campaign group Quadrature du net has meanwhile attacked the law as “harmful ... dangerous ... and intrusive”. The group's co-founder Philippe Aigrain said: “Democratic states harming fundamental rights by adopting ineffective measures in the name of fighting the glorification of terrorism is exactly what the terror groups are looking for.” […]

However, in a joint MP-Senate committee examining the text, parliamentarians added a new element that could also turn an internet user into a potential terrorist, namely “the fact of producing, transporting, distributing by whatever means and by whatever medium” a message inciting terrorism and which might be “susceptible of being seen or received by a minor”. This measure directly targets social networks and the practice of re-tweeting on Twitter or sharing items on Facebook. […]

[ES][Pagina12] En la era de la democracia digital

Hoy acecha el espionaje masivo de las agencias de seguridad, el robo sistemático de los datos en las redes sociales y la radiografía permanente de nuestros actos y costumbres. […]

Jérémie Zimmermann, el animador del grupo francés La Quadrature du Net y coautor, junto a Jacob Appelbaum y Andy Müller, del libro de Julian Assange Cyberpunks advierte: “Hay que comprender que estamos asistiendo a la aparición y a la difusión masiva de una tecnología antisocial y anticiudadana”. Frente a esta amenaza polifónica surgió como respuesta una nueva forma de resistencia que consta de tres ramas que terminaron por unirse en un naciente movimiento político. Son, a su manera, los nuevos apóstoles de la transparencia de los Estados, un contrapoder que creció, en parte, en el corazón del poder: se trata, por un lado, de los antiguos militares, diplomáticos y agentes secretos norteamericanos o británicos, de los especialistas de la seguridad informática, de los funcionarios o empleados de las multinacionales. A ellos se les sumaron hombres como Julian Assange o Edward Snowden y una galaxia de jóvenes compuesta por hackers, militantes por los derechos cívicos y los derechos humanos en Internet, abogados, militantes por la privacidad de la red y una Internet libre, neutra y humanista. […]

Filtradores hay muchos más, pero la novedad radica en lo que produjo el caso Snowden. Se trata de una convergencia entre todos hacia la defensa global de la democracia digital y la otra. Como lo recuerda el francés Jeremy Zimmermann, “en la intimidad emerge de nuestras conciencias lo que define nuestra individualidad, nuestra identidad. Eso es justamente lo que está amenazado cuando nos espían”. Zimmermann es un genuino representante de la nueva generación que se alió con los antiguos filtradores y los más recientes. Este link pasa por tres capitales: Londres, Berlín y París. Londres, porque allí está Assange; París, porque el grupo de Zimmermann, la Quadrature du Net, es híper activo y Berlín porque allí fueron a exiliarse varios jóvenes que trabajaron en el entorno de Assange y Edward Snowden. […]

[Arstechnica] Cops' use of facial recognition technology expands north of the border

The article writes that the use of facial technology by law enforcement is spreading fast, but that there are many doubts about its effectiveness and how public bodies will use the information gathered.

Privacy advocated, it writes, "remain concerned that facial recognition technology will become deployed too widely, too fast, and with too few restrictions as to how and where the facial data is kept."

As an example, the article points out that "Vigilant Solutions, the California company that maintains the [US'] nation’s largest private license plate reader database announced last month a mobile app for police officers to scan license plates and faces with just the tap of a button."

[EUobserver] Belgian and French copyright laws ban photos of EP buildings

[...] The EU’s 2001 information society directive contains a clause that says photos of architectural projects in public spaces can be taken free of charge. [...] But the clause is optional. France, Belgium and Italy decided not to transpose it into national law. [...]

People can now take photos of the Eiffel tower during the day but not at night. This is because the architect has been dead so long that the copyright rules no longer apply. But they have since installed lights.

[TheGuardian] Spyware exports will need a licence under new EU rules

[...] Officially referred to as “intrusion software”, the software will now be included on the EU’s list of “dual use” items, defined as “goods, software and technology normally used for civilian purposes but which might have military applications or contribute to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”

The restriction means that companies will have to apply for a licence to export spyware, although it doesn’t affect the sale of the software within the UK. Inclusion on the dual-use list places the technology alongside nuclear reactors, ultra-high-resolution cameras, and rocket fuel. [...]

[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. [...]

[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. [...]

[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.” [...]

[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. […]

[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. [...]

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