Letter to EU Institutions: WIFI4EU must promote diversity, locality and Human rights

Paris, 22 May 2017 — As the EU Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission enter the dark rooms of trialogues on the WIFI4EU draft regulation, European community networks and the open-wifi community wanted to remind them of the importance of the inclusion of all actors in the development of local connectivity.

Net Neutrality: Respect my Net presented at BEREC

Paris, 11 April 2017 — La Quadrature du Net publishes a position paper co-drafted with the FDN Federation and presented during the stakeholders meeting organised by the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) on 14 March 2017 in Brussels.

YouTube: invisibilisation to benefit advertizing

LQDN is publishing here an op-ed by Okhin.

Paris, 10 April 2017 — Online video platforms (most notably YouTube and Facebook) have surpassed television in audience count, making these media extremely important in terms of how they represent society. They constitute a place of public expression, run by private companies, which permit many persons, cultures, subcultures, and social groups to exist, to communicate among themselves, and to be seen. Certainly there are initiatives and free alternatives, but none of them can hope to reach the level of presence of these platforms.

From bad to worse: the del Castillo Report on the European Electronic Communication Code

Paris, 22 March 2017 — The rapporteur for the European Parliament on the European Electronic Communication Code intends to make Europe retreat from the way to a free, developed, fair digital society.

Open letter to EU policy makers on community networks - joint press release

Paris, 16 March 2017 — Today, more than 25 European Community Networks, joined by over 35 supporting organizations from around the world, are sending an open letter to EU policy-makers. At a time when the European Union is paving the way for a major reform of telecommunications policy, the letter makes a number of recommendations to ensure the continuous development of these citizen initiatives, which provide an alternative, democratic and sustainable way to manage telecom infrastructures and meet the goals of broadband policies.

Automated platform filtering: La Quadrature sends its arguments to MEPs

Paris, 7th march 2017 —  The draft of the new European copyright directive has been presented in september 2016. For now, the work in progress in the european Parliament and mobilisations by concerned people and organisations are multiplying. People pay great attention to the two articles that La Quadrature du Net pointed in september : Article 11 about ancillary copyright for press publishers, and Article 13 about the use of effective content recognition technologies for content platforms.
La Quadrature du Net publishes today its positions about Article 13, that have been fed by discussions and workshops with creators, legal experts and more globally with common users of digital culture. These positions are also send to the Members of the European Parliament to feed the work done in the Committees. The preliminary work carried out by the European Parliament Committtees show that, contrary to what one might think, nothing is locked and many subjects remain open in the copyright dossier. Articles 11 and 13 are subject to various discussions and some proposals by MEPs show that they pay attention to the evolution of use.

Letter to EU Policy-Makers: Making Regulation Work for Community Networks

Paris, 28 February 2017 — In the context of the revision of the European Telecom Package, La Quadrature du Net relays the open letter drafted by the research project netCommons on the importance of community networks for freedoms and fundamental rights. The letter, which will be sent to EU policy-makers, make a number of recommendations for sustaining the growth of community networks.

This letter is open to signatures until March 15th. If your organization wishes to be listed among the signatories, simply send an email to that effect to: advocacy[at]netcommons.eu.

Let's dump CETA once and for all!

Update, 15 February 2017 — The European Parliament adopted CETA by 408 votes against 254 (and 33 abstentions). The “not mixed” parts of the text could thus enter into provisional application in April, until consultations of the regional and/or national Parliaments of the Member States.


Paris, 10 February 2017 — On 15 February, the European Parliament will decide whether to ratify the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA)1. In choosing to back this agreement, MEPs would allow its partial implementation and would open the door for the next steps of the legislative process, which could lead to its complete and definitive implementation. On the other hand, rejecting it would be a death-blow for the agreement, just as it was for ACTA in July 2012. Beyond the unacceptable procedure of its elaboration, CETA is a grave threat to our liberties and fundamental rights. Therefore, La Quadrature du Net calls upon MEPs to oppose it strongly.

  • 1. The free-trade agreement between the EU and Canada. The final version of the text is available online.

2016 Support Campaign: thank you!

Paris, 16 January 2017 — 2017 starts well: the yearly annual campaign of La Quadrature du Net gathered 244 191€ of donations on the closing day. We deeply thank all the person that contributed to the continuation of the action of the organisation. Combined with the support of foundation, 88% of the estimated budget of 2017 have been covered among which 77% of individual donations.

La Quadrature du Net calls to support the campaign #SaveTheLink!

Paris, 12 January 2017 —  A group of MEPs of all political orientations, including Julia Reda, representative of the Pirate Party, calls on citizens to mobilize to prevent the introduction of dangerous measures in European copyright reform. Their campaign "Save the Link!" aims to preserve our ability to share information on the Internet, by preserving the freedom to make hypertext links and preventing widespread automated filtering of contents. La Quadrature du Net calls for support of this campaign to prevent the copyright reform from leading to further incursion on our freedoms.

Generalised data retention: a blow to mass surveillance!

Paris, 22 December 2016 — The European Court of Justice published a very important decision last 21 December, condemning the principle of generalised data retention by operators, including when mandated by Member States implementing this principle on issues linked to security or fight against crime. Data retention must be the exception and not the rule and can only be used with strong safeguards due to the very serious violation that such retention constitutes for privacy. La Quadrature du Net welcomes this very positive decision and is asking French government to acknowledge European decisions by cancelling all legislation linked to the exploitation or conservation of internet users data.

French State of Emergency: same player, play again

Update of 10 January 2017: French Senate adopted the extension as well. The text is available here.

Update of 14 December 2016: French National Assembly adopted yesterday the extension of the state emergency until July 2017. On Thursday 15 December, it is Senate's turn to decide.

Paris, 14 December 2016 — The French National Assembly and Senate are about to extend the state of emergency established in France one year ago, on 13 November 2015, for the fith consecutive time. PM Bernard Cazeneuve's administration is requesting a renewal until 15 July 2017 with no guarantee that this state of emergency will end. France is settling into a permanent state of Human Rights suspension and in limitations of civil liberties that become more difficult to block everyday. La Quadrature du Net is calling on MPs to deny this renewal and return to the Rule of Law and the respect of rights and liberties, in this period of crucial elections.

Open Government in France: an Empty Promise?

Paris, 9 December 2016 — As France is hosting the Open Government Partnership Global Summit, a number of Civil Society Organizations point out the inconsistencies of the French government. Some have decided not to attend.

The report on "open government" in France is co-signed by the following Civil Society Organizations (CSO): ANTICOR, April, BLOOM, DemocracyOS France, Fais ta loi, Framasoft, La Quadrature du Net, Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, Regards Citoyens, République citoyenne, SavoirsCom1.

Newsletter #75

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L'activité de La Quadrature du Net

Exégètes amateurs : la loi Renseignement censurée par le Conseil constitutionnel

La victoire n'est pas petite : les Exégètes amateurs, groupe d'analystes juridiques, issus de la Fédération FDN, de FDN et de La Quadrature du Net (augmentés de l'aide d'Igwan.net à cette occasion), ont réussi à faire censurer par le Conseil constitutionnel un article de la récente loi Renseignement (juillet 2015). Pas mal, non, pour des « amateurs » ?
Il s'agit d'un article discret de la loi de juillet 2015, le L. 811-5, qui reprenait sous une nouvelle numérotation l'article 20 d'une loi de 1991 : pour espionner les communications hertziennes (par ondes radio), les services de renseignement étaient dispensés d'en référer à la commission de surveillance (la CNCIS à l'époque, la CNCTR aujourd'hui).
En 1991, c'était une facilité permettant essentiellement l'espionnage militaire des transmissions "ennemies". Mais en 2016, la quasi totalité de nos communications quotidiennes empruntent des réseaux hertziens : GSM, Bluetooth, wifi, etc. La petite faille était devenue béante, et personne ne l'avait vue pendant les débats parlementaires.
Heureusement, diverses affaires impliquant des barbouzes (celle de Monsieur Squarcini et des fadettes du Monde, par exemple), ont attiré l'attention des Exégètes sur le tour de passe-passe législatif : les services avaient gardé sous la main un outil merveilleux qu'ils utilisaient très volontiers.
Le Conseil constitutionnel a donc censuré cet article le 21 octobre : depuis le jour de la décision, il ne peut plus être utilisé sans contrôle. Mais la décision est aussi clémente avec le gouvernement : il a quatorze mois, jusqu'au 30 décembre 2017, pour boucher le trou législatif.
Bravo aux Exégètes ! Leur communiqué de victoire est à lire sur le site de La Quadrature. Il se termine sur une certitude : ce n'est qu'un début, ils continuent le combat.

À lire : https://www.laquadrature.net/fr/victoire-QPC-surveillance-hertzienne

Liberté d'expression : adieu l'égalité ?

Le Sénat travaille sur la loi « Égalité et citoyenneté ». Une sénatrice a déposé, au nom de la Commission spéciale qui examine le projet de loi, deux amendements stupéfiants : ils créent un véritable régime d'exception pour les « délits de presse » commis en ligne. D'abord, le délai de prescription, qui est de 3 mois pour la télévision ou la presse papier, passerait à un an pour les propos tenus sur Internet. Ensuite, ces nouvelles dispositions exempteraient de poursuites judiciaires les journalistes qui auraient signé une charte professionnelle : mais les internautes « ordinaires », eux, seraient exclus de la liberté d'expression que la loi de 1881 sur la liberté de la presse garantit pourtant à tous les citoyens.
De nombreuses sociétés de journalistes (SDJ) des groupes de presse français ont rédigé un communiqué commun pour dénoncer ces amendements scandaleux. La Quadrature s'y associe et signe cette tribune à lire sur notre site.

À lire : https://www.laquadrature.net/fr/liberte-expression-danger

Neutralité du Net : un combat toujours recommencé

L'ORECE (ou BEREC, en anglais), organe regroupant les régulateurs nationaux des télécoms au sein de l'Union européenne, a publié le 30 septembre ses lignes directrices pour l'application du Règlement sur les télécommunications (octobre 2015).
Malgré des réserves, La Quadrature du Net considère que ces lignes directrices sont une victoire pour les défenseurs de la neutralité du Net. La preuve : les industriels des télécoms, mécontents, dénoncent des contraintes insupportables pour la survie de leur commerce.
C'est l'occasion pour La Quadrature du Net de revenir sur plusieurs années de combat. Avec déjà de nouvelles échéances en ligne de mire : la nouvelle mouture du droit européen des télécoms pourrait remettre sur le tapis les acquis les plus récents. La Quadrature du Net sera là.

À lire : https://www.laquadrature.net/fr/Neutralite-du-Net-ORECE-bonne-direction-...
Voir ausi : RespectMyNet

Victory for the Exegetes Amateurs! French Surveillance Overturned by Constitutional Council

Paris, 21 October 2016 — The French Constitutional Council overturned this morning the article of the 2015 French Surveillance Law on radio surveillance. Following a Priority Preliminary ruling on the issue of constitutionality (QPC)1 submitted by the Exegetes Amateurs (FDN Federation, FDN and La Quadrature du Net and the Igwan.net NGO), this is a clear victory for advocates of privacy against the disproportionate surveillance promoted by Manuel Valls's government. La Quadrature du Net is happy with this decision, which comes into immediate effect (although deploring the extended time allowed the legislature to comply with this decision in the long term), and calls on all citizens concerned with civil liberties to support the tireless judicial and technical work accomplished with our friends at FDN and the FDN Federation.

  • 1. This action is a French Constitutional Law procedure allowing parties involved in a pending case to ask the Constitutional Council to check the constitutionality of laws related to the case at hand.
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