Press review about Net censorship

[NyTimes] Web’s Users Against Its Gatekeepers

With the majority of Internet traffic expected to shift to congestion-prone mobile networks, there is growing debate on both sides of the Atlantic about whether operators of the networks should be allowed to treat Web users differently, based on the users’ consumption.

In Brussels, the European commissioner for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, plans to hold a public consultation on net neutrality this summer, which could lead to a push for new laws or regulations for operators.

[AustralianIT] Rudd retreats on web filter legislation

KEVIN Rudd has put another election promise on the backburner with his controversial internet filtering legislation set to be shelved until after the next election.

Labor promised before the last election it would force internet service providers to block access to illegal content such as child pornography and X-rated images.

But the US government, Google and free speech advocates have said any efforts to censor the internet would slow download speeds, stop the free flow of information and be ineffective.

[BoingBoing] Music industry spokesman loves child porn

"Child pornography is great," the speaker at the podium declared enthusiastically. "It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites".

[ArsTechnica] ACTA arrives (still bad, but a tiny bit better)

Today, that all changed as the countries behind ACTA finally released a consolidated draft text (PDF) of the agreement. Though billed as a "trade agreement" about "counterfeiting," ACTA is much more than that: it's an intellectual property treaty in disguise.

[DCTP-tv] Interview of Jérémie Zimmermann about ACTA

Interview of Jérémie Zimmermann about ACTA on DCTP-tv the 15th april 2010 in Berlin, during re:publica 2010 :

[ElMundo.Es] España lleva a la UE un documento que mezcla propiedad intelectual con pornografía infantil y xenofobia

"¿Cómo combatir las violaciones de la propiedad intelectual y los contenidos xenófobos y racistas y de pornografía infantil en Internet?" Esta es la pregunta que la Presidencia española de la UE hace a sus socios comunitarios en un documento (PDF) que los ministros de Justicia de la UE van a discutir de manera informal hoy.

[ZeroPaid] France Edges Closer to Filtering the Internet

National Assembly approves law requiring ISPs to block access to list of banned websites in the name of fighting child pornography, but critics point out that purveyors of this obscene material long ago turned to encrypted P2P methods to deliver content, making filtering efforts pointless and jeopardizing free speech in the process. [...]

A study by journalist Fabrice Epelboin on the business of child pornography notes that most already use encrypted P2P networks to distribute content. [...]

[CNet] Skype in a struggle to be heard on mobile phones

BARCELONA, Spain--Josh Silverman, the chief executive of Skype, the voice over Internet phone service, could tick off the names of mobile phone operators that block his company's service.
But for Silverman, a 41-year-old Michigan native, it is quicker to name those that allow it, no strings attached.

[ArsTechnica] Move over, Australia: France taking 'Net censorship lead

Critics of government-mandated filtering schemes contend that such programs first focus on "child pornography" because it's such an unobjectionable target for censorship—but once the program is in place, it's much easier to extend it to more controversial areas, such as copyright protection. At least the French have the decency to admit that this is what's happening.

The French lower house, the National Assembly, has just passed a security bill known as LOPPSI2, [...]

[V3.Co.Uk] Iceland set for boost to online freedoms

A document will be submitted to the Icelandic parliament tomorrow that has the potential to bring the country's inhabitants stronger online freedoms than anywhere else in Europe.

"In the UK a letter from a lawyer can cause any content to be removed from a web site, but if this initiative is adopted in Iceland a legal letter would have to be sent to a judge before any web site content is taken down," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of citizens' rights group La Quadrature du Net.

[TheInquirer] France falls under Internet censorship

THE FRENCH PARLIAMENT has buckled under pressure and approved the Sarkozy government's authoritarian plans to censor the Internet.

[NYTimes] Clinton Urges Global Response to Internet Attacks

WASHINGTON — Declaring that an attack on one nation’s computer networks “can be an attack on all,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a warning on Thursday that the United States would defend itself from cyberattacks, though she left unclear the means of response. [...]

[] Will Google stand up to France and Italy, too?

The stand against China will rightly be lauded. But western states also imperil internet freedom


In the past several years, internet censorship has spread rapidly throughout a range of political systems. According to the Open Net Initiative, a consortium of academics and computer scientists who track censorship trends, the number of countries that censor the internet has gone from a handful a decade ago to almost 40 today – and the censorship club's fastest growing membership segment consists of democracies. [...]