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Graduated Response : The Lesson

The European Commission opposed on Monday a flat refusal to French president Nicolas Sarkozy's request for deleting amendment 138 of the Telecoms Package. It is yet another slap in the face for the proponents of the graduated response.

Graduated response: Europe must resist Sarkozy's authoritarianism

A letter from Nicolas Sarkozy to the president of European Commission, Jose-Manuel Barroso, has been published today on the website ecrans.fr.[1] Sarkozy begs Barroso to reject Bono/Cohn-Bendit/Roithova amendment (amendment 138) adopted by 88% of the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) during the first reading of the Telecoms package.[2]

Telecoms Package : European democracy's victory already threatened

La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) welcomes the adoption, in the first reading, of several amendments correcting major problems in the Telecoms Package, as well as the rejection of the most dangerous amendments.

Members of the European Parliament have shown today their commitment to privacy, the protection of personal data, and principles of proportionality and separation of powers.

PRESS: Abstimmungsempfehlungen und Pressemeeting zum "Telekom-Paket" am 24.09.08, 10:00 Uhr

Der Zusammenschluß der NGOs „La Quadrature du Net“, mit Hilfe von „FFII“ (=Förderverein für eine freie informationalle Infrastruktur) und „AK Vorrat“ (=Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung) und netzpolitik.org hat seine Abstimmungsempfehlungen aktualisiert für die Plenardebatte zum „Telekom-Paket“ am 24. September 2008 um 11:30 im Europäischen Parlament in Brüssel. Vor der Abstimmung wird eine Kunstinstallation über digitale Überwachung gezeigt und ein Pressemeeting vor dem Parlamentsgebäude abgehalten (s. unten).

PRESS: Voting recommendations and press meeting on "Telecoms-Package"

The joint-venture of the NGOs "La Quadrature du Net" with help of "FFII" (=Foundation for a free informational Infrastructure; Europe) and "AK Vorrat" (=Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung; Germany) and netzpolitik.org has updated their voting recommendations for the plenary vote on the "Telecoms Package" on September 24th 2008 at 11:30AM at the European Parliament in Brussels. A visual art installation about digital surveillance and a press meeting will be held in front of the European Parliament before the vote (see details below).

Telecoms Package: Europe which doesn't protect citizens?

Brussels, September the 16th - La Quadrature du Net / Squaring the Net took notice of compromise amendements [1] to the "Telecoms Package" [2] filed jointly by the 3 main political groups (PPE-DE, PSE and ALDE) in the name of the European Parliament commission in charge of the consumer protection.

Telecoms Package gets to plenary. Vote on September 24th

Swedish member of european parliament Christofer Fjellner (PPE/DE, conservative party) explains the stakes of the Telecoms Package in a 3 minutes illustrated video clip :

Telecoms Package : intervention in the European Parliament

On the topic of Telecoms Package, greek Members of European Parliament Stavros Lambrinidis, vice-président of the civil liberties committee, and Maria Matzouka organized a conference on Internet and liberties Monday Sept. 8th.

La Quadrature du Net presented its position on Telecoms Pacakge, along with the European Data Protection Supervisor, MEPs and NGOs (FFII, statewatch, EPIC).

The European chapters of the Internet Society oppose the Olivennes law and its European extensions

The European chapters of the Internet Society have issued a press release that develops an strong argumented stand against the three-strikes approach proposed by the French Olivennes law. Various amendments to the telecom package in the European Parliament try to pave the way for the introduction of this law and similar European regulation.

Read the text of ISOC's press release

Telecoms Package : the spectre of the graduated response hangs over Europe

Brussels, September 3rd, 2008. MEPs, representatives of the European Commission and Council have discussed yesterday in plenary session, in Brussels, the reform of European law on electronic communications (Telecoms Package).

Telecoms Package: send a postcard to your MEP

Let's show MEPs that debates on early September and vote on end of September are scrutinized by citizens who are concerned by their freedoms on Internet.

During summer, professional lobbies are in holidays too. And they are likely to launch some action in September to introduce amendments that pave the way to the three-strikes approach, or more generally that endangers Net Neutrality.

Telecom Package : vote postponed

Planned for September, 2nd, the vote of the Telecom Package was postponed by the Conference of Presidents (which is made up of the chairs of the political groups and the President of the European Parliament). The debate will take place in Strasbourg, September, 2nd but the vote would be planned during the session which will start September, 22nd. For several MEPs, this is an unusual situation. More infos soon.

The “Telecoms Package”: out of the shadows, into the light

On Monday, July 7th, the IMCO and ITRE committees of the European Parliament passed the review of European telecommunications law known as "Telecoms Package". All of the amendments damaging to the Internet, that were condemmed by la Quadrature du Net and numerous organizations, have been voted through.

MEPs want to torpedo the Free Internet on July 7th

Brussels, July 1st, 2008 - updated : July 2nd, 2008

One week before a key vote in the reform of European law on electronic communications ("Telecoms Package"), La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) denounces a series of amendments aimed at closing the open architecture of the Internet for more control and surveillance of users.

French telecom regulation authority criticizes Olivennes law

The French economic newspaper Les Échos reports, that ARCEP, the French authority for telecom regulation, recently released a notice critical of the Olivennes law project.

ARCEP considers that, given the current state of technology, Internet Service Providers cannot implement the three strike measures.

First, ARCEP "suggests a delay of several months before the law comes into effect", because the Internet service providers will have to build new tools to ensure their judiciary security.

1984: The amendments on the Telecoms Package are killing fundamental freedoms

1984: The amendments on the Telecoms Package are killing fundamental freedoms

Brussels – Guy Bono is indignant about the freedom-killing amendments that have been submitted in the framework of the “Telecoms Package”, that is currently being discussed in the European Parliament.

Mutualised schemes for the funding of and reward to creative activities

Nota for English speaking-readers: the notion of a mutualised scheme is less familiar in English than in Latin languages (in part because of the use of "mutual" for companies). We use this expression for schemes where every potential user contributes equally to the funding of a global ecosystem of activities.

Two imperatives

  1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

Privacy : Film industry pirates European law

Paris May 13, 2008 - La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) is worried about amendments endangering privacy tabled by the rapporteurs of the Culture Committee of the European Parliament. They fit into the consideration of two proposals framework directives known as "Telecoms Package" [1].