Press review about Net Neutrality

[ArsTechnica] France could join the small club of countries that require net neutrality

The French government has put forward a new plan that could enshrine net neutrality in national law. If it passes, France would become the third country in Europe (after the Netherlands and Slovenia joined the club this year—Norway, too, has a similar, but, voluntary system), to enact such a policy and the fourth in the world, after Chile. [...]

[WorldCrunch] European Academics Launch Petition To Protect Personal Data From "Huge Lobby"

This week, more than 90 leading academics across Europe launched a petition to support the European Commission’s draft data protection regulation, reports the EU Observer.

The online petition, entitled Data Protection in Europe, says “huge lobby groups are trying to massively influence the regulatory bodies.” The goal of the site is to make sure the European Commission’s law is in line with the latest technologies and that the protection of personal data is guaranteed. [...]

[NYTimes] France Proposes New Rules for Internet Equal Access

The French government on Tuesday called for a law requiring Internet service providers to give all the traffic on their networks equal priority, saying existing rules were insufficient for protecting free speech online and ensuring fair competition among Web publishers. […]

“Our goal is to support the vision of an Internet that is free, open, respectful of rights and that is a driver of innovation,” Ms. Pellerin said.

[Euobserver] Academics line up to defend EU data protection law

Leading academics across Europe are signing an online petition to support the European Commission’s draft data protection regulation in protest at industry lobbying to weaken it. [...]

But pro-industry groups are pushing amendments into the regulation to help shape parliamentary committee opinion reports.

Some of the amendments weakened the commission’s draft by removing safeguards and introducing terminology that is more open to interpretation in favour of industry. [...]

[Techeye] Iran will lop off your VPN for network adultery

The Iranian government has worked out a way to cut off those people who used VPNs to bypass the countries ludicrous censorship laws.

Many Iranians use proxy servers over virtual private networks to circumvent government restrictions and mask their activities. Officials claim they have blocked use of the "illegal" tool by closing down "illegal VPN ports" in the country. [...]

[FinancialTimes] Brussels to soften data protection rules

Brussels will be forced to water down tough data protection rules in a move that will come as a relief to tech groups after many of the EU’s member states called for a softer approach to the privacy push.

The climbdown will be welcomed by companies that collect large amounts of personal data, such as Google and Facebook, which have lobbied furiously against the proposed regulation, as well as the US government.

[TorrentFreak] “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Starts Monday

The much-discussed U.S. six strikes anti-piracy scheme is expected to go live on Monday. The start date hasn’t been announced officially by the CCI but a source close to the scheme confirmed the plans. During the coming months millions of BitTorrent users will be actively monitored by copyright holders. After repeated warnings, Internet subscribers risk a heavy reduction in download speeds and temporary browsing restrictions. [...]

[PCWorld] European digital rights group pans copyright reform talks

Civil liberties activists attending the European Commission's new copyright talks last week declared the process a "waste of time" and an "outrageous attempt to avoid copyright reform." […]

[ZdNet] Telstra tests P2P throttling, deep packet inspection

Australia's largest telecommunications network is testing methods to curb peer-to-peer traffic on its network. [...]

[TheVerge] The internet is an 'essential' part of life, says German high court

A German federal court this week ruled that consumers have the right to monetary compensation whenever their internet service is interrupted. In what German media outlets are calling a "landmark" ruling, a judge at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe determined that the internet is an "essential" part of life, echoing similar decisions from courts in France and Finland. [...]

[ComputerWorldUK] Will Neelie Kroes Defend or Destroy EU Net Neutrality?

I have a lot of time for Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Agenda. [...]

Changing the overall speed or data cap does not affect net neutrality; neither does a scheme that allows the users to prioritise certain kinds of traffic on a temporary basis (for example video streaming.) What must not be allowed is for ISPs to offer packages that permanently downgrade certain sites or certain applications. [...]

[Techweekeurope] US Data Privacy Campaigners Support Brussels Against US Interference

Whilst the US government and a number of major corporations like Facebook lobby the European Commission to water down its data privacy proposals, other American groups are telling Brussels officials to press on with the plans.

[HuffingtonPost] Eva Blum-Dumontet: 29c3: Hacking Politics

Every year at the end of December, computer hackers from all over the world gather in Germany - this time in Hamburg - for the Chaos Communication Congress, four days of talks, meetings and workshops. [...]

[CIO] EU Commissioner Kroes Won't Be Bullied on Net Neutrality, Says Spokesman

[...] In her blog on Thursday, Kroes said consumers should be free to make their own choices about their Internet subscriptions, but that this "does not preclude consumers from subscribing to more differentiated, limited Internet offers, possibly for a lower price."

La Quadrature du Net interpreted this to mean that "Kroes supports the creation of a fragmented Internet, banning innovation and opening the door to unacceptable censorship."