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[] Tory MP Louise Mensch backs social network blackouts during civil unrest

Louise Mensch, the Conservative MP and one of parliament's more active Twitter users, has backed David Cameron's call for social networking services to be shut down temporarily during civil disorder.

On her Twitter feed, she added: "Northamptonshire police advise me that much of their time and resources were wasted answering false alarms due to soc media rumours. At the time, tweeted people should think hard before putting the phrase 'rumours of' into a tweet. Nonsense rumours about W'boro [Wellingborough] = 999 calls."

But there are questions about whether disconnecting people is necessary and whether or not it is technically feasible.

[NyTimes] Cameron Exploring Crackdown on Social Media After Riots

[...] Cameron told Parliament during a special debate on the riots. “Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill.

Free-speech groups said restrictions on the use of social media or smartphones would be difficult to enforce and could violate basic freedoms.

We’ve seen this kind of thing time and time again, especially with young people, when it comes to technology. Now it’s social networks and smartphones. A few years ago it was video games. Before that it was horror films.

Mr. Cameron’s call for a crackdown on social media echoes recent calls for a “civilized Internet” by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.

[Softpedia] Google Admits Handing over European User Data to US Intelligence Agencies

Google has admitted complying with requests from US intelligence agencies for data stored in its European data centers, most likely in violation of European Union data protection laws.

At the center of this problem is the USA PATRIOT ACT, which states that companies incorporated in the United States must hand over data administered by their foreign subsidiaries if requested.

This situation poses a serious problem for companies like Microsoft, Google or Amazon, which offer cloud services around the world, because their subsidiaries must also respect local laws.

[BBCNews] Government drops website blocking

Plans to block websites that host copyright infringing material are to be dumped by the government.

Mr Cable also announced a raft of measures intended to update the UK's copyright laws.

The changes are based on the Hargreaves Review which was set up to examine current legislation's fitness for purpose in the digital age.

Updated laws on copyright could have a profound effect on the popular culture that can be created, albeit one that was hard to measure, she added.

[TorrentFreak] Censorship Fail Reveals Big Music ISP Spying Plan

Previously confidential documents detailing Universal Music’s meetings with the former UK government over the Digital Economy Act are revealing a whole lot more than the pair intended. Blacked-out sections now uncovered show that Universal believed that ISPs could spy on their users and hand over information to rightsholders in order for them to sue.

In late 2009 it was revealed that Virgin Media had partnered with technology company Detica to install a Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) system. Called CView, the product was to be installed to monitor the instances of illicit file-sharing on Virgin’s network.

[BBCNews] French downloaders face government grilling

The body responsible for administering France's "three strikes" anti-piracy law has summoned a group of web users to explain their file sharing habits.

But Jeremie Zimmermann from French citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net [...] thinks that it is unlikely that anyone will ever be charged.

"For Hadopi it's now about this strategy of intimidation - they're sending out warnings to make people believe that file-sharing is bad, but that's as much as they can do "

"Hadopi is hoping that people will come and confess, that they will say that they have indeed downloaded copyrighted material," he told BBC News.

[TorrentFreak] Hotfile to Sue Warner Bros. For Abusing Its Anti-Piracy Tool

The Florida-based file-hosting service Hotfile intends to file a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for abusing its anti-piracy tool. Hotfile claims that Warner Bros. deleted files from the file-hosting service to which it didn’t hold the copyrights.[...]

Earlier this year five major Hollywood movie studios sued file-hosting service Hotfile for several copyright-related offenses.

Hotfile has evidence that Warner used an antipiracy tool provided by Hotfile at Warner’s request to improperly remove material for which Warner did not own a copyright, and that Warner removed some material without ever verifying the contents of what it was deleting. [...]

[BroadBandChoice] Telecoms firms seek new revenue streams for broadband rollout

Three of Europe's biggest telecoms firms are keen to start charging online content providers for delivering material to consumers.

[...] the organisations want national regulators to allow them to charge the biggest online content providers - such as Google and YouTube - for delivering their services to home and business broadband customers.

One critic of this system, citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, argued that allowing the telecoms industry to control content in this manner would be at the expense of "fundamental freedoms".

[TorrentFreak] ISPs, Academics and Citizens Oppose EU Anti-Piracy Legislation

Today the European Commission published the responses to a public consultation on Europe’s anti-piracy directive IPRED. As expected, there is a huge divide between the copyright holders on the one hand, and Internet providers, academics and citizens on the other. The latter fiercely oppose the draconian measures that IPRED introduces, claiming it threatens basic human rights while stifling innovation.

[...] the majority of the respondents argue that the entertainment industry itself is one of the causes of piracy, due to the lacking availability of legal content.

Most citizens go even further and call for legalizing file-sharing entirely, as it helps the free exchange of information.

[NYTimes] Free Speech and the Internet

As the United Nations has said, access to the Internet is a human right. A report by the U.N.’s special rapporteur presented last month to the Human Rights Council in Geneva warns that this right is being threatened by governments around the world — democracies included.

The French and British parliaments have passed draconian laws that would ban users from the Internet for illegally downloading copyrighted material. [...]

The U.N. has proposed sound guidelines to defend free expression: censorship of content online must be transparent and enforced only through the courts. Governments should not rely on private entities like service providers to censor content and should not hold them liable for user content. Counterterrorism should not be an excuse to bar expression, unless it is to prevent imminent threats.

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