Press review about Net censorship

[Arstechnica] Civilizing the 'Net: ISPs told to play copyright cop

A major Internet conference ended today in Paris with the publication of an official "Communiqué on Principles for Internet Policy-Making" (PDF). A key piece of these principles involves deputizing Internet providers to become Internet cops—cops that would act on the basis of "voluntary agreements" with content owners and other groups, not on national laws.

[PcWorld] OECD Declaration on Internet Policy Angers EFF

"Sound Internet policy should encompass norms of responsibility that enable private sector voluntary co-operation for the protection of intellectual property. Appropriate measures include lawful steps to address and deter infringement. All parties have a role to play, including intermediaries," the communication said.

[] Online rights group savage OECD's copyright plans

Groups including La Quadrature du Net and the Electronic Frontier Foundation said they could not endorse the plan because it calls for private policing of the internet and would lead to censorship in the name of copyright protection.

Under the pressure of the entertainment industries, the OECD is undermining the good principles laid in its framework for Internet policy-making,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of the La Quadrature du Net.

[AlJazeera] Web censorship moves West

For a long time, the dominant conversation around internet censorship has focused on two of the practice's giants: Iran and China.

Arguably owners of the most sophisticated filtering methods, the criticism levied against these two countries has been deserved. And yet, the focus on them has largely been at the exclusion of other countries that also censor the web to varying degrees - including an increasing number of democracies.

[WallStreetJournal] French Government Plans to Extend Internet Censorship

A draft executive order would give various French government agencies the power to take down or block Internet content they deem harmful. Critics see a vast censorship scheme that would allow for “arbitrary” take-downs.

As PC Inpact (in French), which broke the story, has pointed out, however, the definition of “electronic commerce” provided in the LCEN is “misleading.” [...] PC Inpact and digital rights organization La Quadrature du Net have therefore argued that the bill puts “the entire Internet” under government censorship.

[Techdirt] French Government Looks To Create Great Firewall Of France

It was just a few weeks ago that Nicolas Sarkozy brought together a bunch of techies at the e-G8 to tell them that he wanted to start regulating the internet much more seriously. Apparently, he's not wasting much time.[...]

[NyTimes] Internet Piracy and How to Stop It

[...] the Senate Judiciary Committee is trying to bolster the government’s power to enforce intellectual property protections. Last month, the committee approved the Protect IP Act, which creates new tools to disrupt illegal online commerce.

The government [...] can use the injunction to compel Internet service providers to redirect traffic by not translating a Web address into the numerical language that computers understand.[...]

[OreillyRadar] Why the eG8 mattered to the future of the Internet and society

[...] This past week, the official communiqué released by the summit of the Gang of Eight industrial nations, or G8, hailed the importance of the Internet to the world's citizens in the 21st century ahead

[NYTimes] Underpinnings of the Internet Shift

[...] the rapprochement with political leaders has angered some advocates of an open Internet, who say it is counterproductive and futile to extend rules and principles governing traditional media into the digital sphere. [...]

At the Paris gathering, the split between Internet companies and groups saying they represented “civil society” in the digital world grew clearer. The latter complained of being underrepresented.

[Opinion.Financialpost] Terence Corcoran: Start of the ­revolution ­without the Net

The same old ideological apple cart dominated the eG8 Summit […]

government versus individuals, radicals versus corporations, corporations versus corporations, repression versus freedom, statism versus capitalism. It looks new because the technology is new, but the arguments are as familiar and predictable as the dialogue during a third viewing of a favourite Seinfeld rerun.

[Vimeo] La société civile s'en va t'en guerre à l' e-G8

Improvised press conference of the civil society during the e-G8 Forum in Paris led by Jérémie Zimmermann (porte-parole de La Quadrature du Net) and with Jeff Jarvis (Professor in Journalism at City University New York) ; Lawrence Lessig (Professor at HArvard Law School, founder of Creative Commons) ; Susan P. Crawford (former ICANN member) ; Jean-François Julliard (directeur de Reporter Sans Frontières) ; Yochai Benkler (co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet).

[V3.Co.Uk] Rights groups revolt as Sarkozy reveals plans to stamp out internet freedoms

Internet rights advocates have expressed anger after French president Nicolas Sarkozy opened the first ever e-G8 forum in Paris on Tuesday with an impassioned argument to increase internet regulation.

Sarkozy said that the same privacy and protection rules that govern democratic countries should also be applied online. […]

A press conference is being held today to rally support for the campaign, attended by spokespeople from Icann, Reporters Without Borders and La Quadrature du Net (LQN).

[ArsTechnica] France attempts to “civilize” the Internet; Internet fights back

For some time, French Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy has talked about his dream of a “civilized” Internet, but this dream has long been a nightmare for those who worry that “civilization” is really a code for “regulations favorable to big business and the national security state.” […]

[Spiegel.De] eG8 Summit in Paris: Activists Fear Sarkozy's Efforts to Tame Web

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is holding a summit in Paris this week with some of the world's most powerful online luminaries. Netizens worry that Sarkozy's motives might be suspect -- and that he could leave a legislative mess like the one in Germany. [...]

The summit is "a farce," says Jérémie Zimmermann, the cofounder and spokesman of the advocacy group "La Quadrature du Net," noting that Sarkozy has made it clear that he wants to impose his authoritarian ideas about regulation on his G-8 colleagues.

[JakartaGlobe] Internet’s Big Names Prepare to Woo World Leaders at ‘E-G8’

With blogs and Tweets oiling the wheels of revolutions in some countries and scans and downloads sparking trade disputes in others, the stakes are high for leaders seeking to promote and profit from the Web but also to regulate it.

Under the guise of a pseudo-consultative process, it is the governments’ desire to control the Internet a bit more that is becoming apparent,” French Internet freedom campaign group La Quadrature du Net wrote on its Web site.