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Major Loophole Remains in Net Neutrality Resolution

Brussels, October 19th, 2011 — Negotiations on a weak Net neutrality resolution are coming to an end at the EU Parliament, with the vote taking place tomorrow. After much reluctance, the conservative (EPP) group has finally agreed to endorse a call for a timely assessment of further regulation on Net neutrality. However, the text still includes a major loophole allowing operators to implement Internet access restrictions on the pretext of managing congestion.

Finalization of EU Parliament's Weak Net Neutrality Resolution

Paris, October 17th, 2011 – The European Parliament is finalizing the negotiation of “compromise amendments” to its resolution on Net neutrality. At this point, the weak text binds the Parliament to the failed “wait-and-see” approach of EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, which amounts to letting operators restrict Internet access to pursue short terms economic goals. The resolution could however bring a proper definition of Net neutrality and increase the pressure on the Commission to investigate telecoms operators' behaviour and take action.

Political and Judicial Censorship of French Copwatch

Paris, October 14th, 2011 - The Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris has ordered the blocking of Copwatch Nord-Paris IDF, a website charged by the French government with defaming and putting at risk the safety of police officers.

Tell the EU that "Wait-and-See" Won't Protect Net Neutrality

The European body of telecommunications regulators has launched a consultation on its draft guidelines on "Net neutrality and transparency". Quite shockingly, these guidelines have actually nothing to do with Net neutrality, and instead readily accept that telecom operators can restrict access to the Internet as long as users are informed. They only prove that mere transparency and competition will not prevent operators from violating Net neutrality.

No Privacy Without Net Neutrality

Brussels, October 12th, 2011 - In a ground-breaking opinion on Net neutrality, the European Data Protection Supervisor stresses that restrictions to Internet access inevitably harm privacy. As the European Parliament enters in the final stage of the negotiations on its resolution on Net neutrality, this opinion underlines that the EU Commission's "wait and see" approach is bound to fail and is unjustifiable. Members of the EU Parliament - who will soon hold a crucial vote on the matter - must preserve citizens' privacy by requiring strong regulatory measures to ban discrimination of online communications.

EU Governments Oppose an Open Wireless Infrastructure

Paris, October 11th, 2011 - As the European Union engages in important discussions on the future of the radio spectrum policy - i.e the future of open wireless communications -, it's becoming clear that national governments are aligned on the position of dominant telecom operators. To protect open wireless communications operated and controlled by citizens, the EU Parliament must resist the pressure and defend its position.

ACTA's Impact on Industry and Human Rights - Letters to EU Parliament

La Quadrature du Net has written to two key committees of the European Parliament regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). As the EU Parliament engages in preparatory works in view of its upcoming consent vote on ACTA, La Quadrature stresses that the Parliament must fully assess the dangers of this agreement for innovation, competition and competitiveness of EU businesses, but also for human rights.

Will ACTA Be Killed in the EU?

September 30th, 2011 — Several of the “like-minded” States that negotiated the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will attend the signing ceremony this Saturday in Tokyo1. The European Parliament, which will have the final word, will now face its key responsibility towards European citizens: will it accept a text that forces new broadly applicable criminal sanctions, deeply impacting fundamental freedoms, innovation and competition? Will it seize the opportunity to reject once and for all a text that was negotiated outside democratic arenas?

Will the European Parliament Give Up On Protecting a Free Internet?

Paris, 29 September, 2011 — The European Parliament's proposed resolution on Net Neutrality is very weak and reflects the strong influence of telecom operators. Sadly, even though several tabled amendments aim for real protection of Net neutrality, leading MEPs so far fail to propose enforceable principles to prevent telcos from discriminating online communications. Will the power of lobbyists such as of AT&T override the European Union's objective to protect its citizens' online fredoms?

RespectMyNet: Name and Shame Operators' Attempts to Control the Net

Paris, September 22nd, 2011 — Civil society groups launched today an online platform to help citizens track Internet access restrictions imposed by telecom companies. This platform, RespectMyNet.eu, will present EU lawmakers with the evidence they keep denying: there is an urgent need to legislate against Net Neutrality violations, which harm fundamental freedoms as well as innovation and competition.

Urge the EU Parliament to Stand For Net Neutrality

The EU Parliament just started discussing a resolution and oral question to the Commission on Net Neutrality. Make your voice heard to ensure that your EU representatives make a strong commitment for a free and open Internet against pressure from the telecoms industry.

Respond to the EU Commission's Consultation on Online Gambling

La Quadrature has sent its response to the consultation1 on online gambling organised by the European Commission. Citizens and NGOs should join our effort in urging the EU public authorities to ban any form of website blocking.

European Parliament Study Confirms ACTA Must Be Rejected

Paris, July 20th, 2011 - The EU Parliament just published a study assessing ACTA in view of its upcoming ratification vote. Most of the report includes the typical copyright extremism nonsense, especially when it comes to the digital environment. However, this scholarly study cannot but recognize that ACTA contains serious legal flaws and brings nothing to EU citizens. Despite trying hard to help the Commission, it is forced to conclude by suggesting that the EU Parliament should reject ACTA.

Like Nina, Fight Privatized Censorship of Culture!

Paris, July 14th, 2011 - The illegal censorship in Germany of Nina Paley's multi-awarded movie “Sita Sings the Blues” by YouTube shows how corporate enforcement of an obsolete copyright regime is bound to harm culture and freedom of expression.

Mrs. Kroes: Will You Let Them Control the Net?

Today, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, met1 with the CEOs of corporations acting towards more control over internet communications, to discuss the future of Internet policy. After misleadingly pretending there is no problem with operators restricting Net neutrality, and her choice not to protect freedom of information online… will Mrs. Kroes let dominant actors alter Internet's architecture?

IPRED: the European Commission Must Listen to the Citizens!

Paris, July 11th, 2011 – The European Commission just published the synthesis of the responses to the consultation on the revision of the anti-sharing “IPRED” directive. Among these are a large number of responses from European citizens worried about the transformation of Internet technical intermediaries into a private copyright police. La Quadrature du Net congratulates all citizens for their watchfulness and their responses.

No Net Filtering in the Name of Consumer Protection!

Update, October 4th, 2011 : The National Assembly adopted the controversial provision in first reading.
Update, July 7th, 2011: The amendment to delete the filtering provision was rejected by a one-vote margin by the Committee on Economic Affairs. The one against abusive use of "unlimited Internet" was also rejected. The text now goes to plenary (date still unknown).

Paris, July 6th 2011 – Having just pushed a draft executive order to establish total administrative censorship of the Internet, the French government is now attempting to extend Net filtering, this time through a bill on consumer protection. Tonight and tomorrow, the bill will go through the French Parliament's Committee on Economic Affairs. The latter must absolutely reject this new attempt to control the Net. French citizens can help defend the Internet by calling the members of the Committee.

EU Commission Kicks Off Campaign to Defeat ACTA

Paris, June 30th, 2011 – The European Commission adopted proposals for the ratification of ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting agreement. This opens the door to concerted citizen action in defeating ACTA, as it will be voted upon by both the European Parliament and national Parliaments. Among the many texts and policies that try to pave the way for the private censorship of the Internet, ACTA symbolizes the worse circumvention of democracy by a few narrow interests. Democracy must fight back.

Copyright Interests Force Private Censorship into OECD Communiqué

Paris, June 29th, 2011 – The final OECD communiqué on Internet Policy-Making Principles has been published. The entertainment industries and a few governments ultimately let blind copyright enforcement repression undermine the text's support of fundamental freedoms and the Net's openness. La Quadrature du Net supports the civil society coalition's rejection of a bad compromise and of the final document.

OECD Draft Internet Communiqué Sacrifices Freedoms to Copyright

Paris, June 28th, 2011 – La Quadrature du Net adds its voice to the 80 global civil society groups that have declined endorsing the OECD's communiqué on Principles for Internet Policy-Making. Although the text puts forward positive recommendations, rights and freedoms online are severely undermined by the call for private policing of the network, opening the door to automated censorship in the name of copyright.

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