The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
The legal challenge has been brought by The French Association of Internet Community Services (ASIC) and relates to government plans to keep web users' personal data for a year.
The law obliges a range of e-commerce sites, video and music services and webmail providers to keep a host of data on customers.
ASIC head Benoit Tabaka believes that the data law is unnecessarily draconian. "Several elements are problematic," he said.
"This is a shocking measure," added Mr Tabaka.
Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee will work with broadband providers to ‘protect the open internet’, the Government has announced.
Sir Tim has agreed to help the Broadband Stakeholder Group build upon a recently published transparency document so that it includes the rights of consumers and business “to connect to whomever they wanted on the Internet without discrimination” [...]
Net neutrality campaigners believe that it would be wrong for, say, one content providers video traffic to be provided at a higher quality than another's over the open internet.
[Techdirt] Massive Research Report On 'Piracy' In Emerging Economies Released; Debunks Entire Foundation Of US Foreign IP Policy
[...] It's a rather massive 440 pages of research into a variety of issues having to do with infringement, specifically focused on emerging markets.[...]
[...] It goes into great detail how fascinating and innovative new business models are appearing around the globe where "piracy" is rampant, and suggests that we really need to rethink the idea of "piracy" in those markets.[...]
[...] It notes that the industry claims on "piracy" are not exactly credible or trustworthy -- and not very productive towards coming up with solutions, since all they've done is "undermined confidence in the industry research enterprise." In fact, it goes through a rather complete debunking of the overall industry claims, suggesting that they're somewhat meaningless [...]
[...] DH's Love Child points us to the news that some EU politicians, in response to an initial plan to require filters to block sites deemed to have child pornography, have decided that a smarter plan is to actually go after the sources of child pornography
"The new generation of MEPs has shown it understands the Internet and has courageously rejected populist but ineffective and cosmetic measures in favor of measures aimed at real child protection," said Joe McNamee, of the European digital rights movement EDRi. "This is a huge and implausible success for an army of activists campaigning to protect the democratic, societal and economic value of the Internet," he added
"Some well-known services, like Google or Facebook, are ever-growing," Besson complained to his Parliament this month, "without contributing in any way to finance infrastructure or creation."
A government report released last July suggested that Google and other hegemons of the 'Net pay fees on their online advertising revenues. This would subsidize a universal music site offering inexpensive downloads for impoverished Sorbonne students, obviating their need to turn to isoHunt and other frowned-upon portals.
Capital.fr reports that it's a very cozy time to be in the ISP business over there. The average operating margin of leading providers like French Telecom's Orange is around 17.4 percent—"comparable to that of the luxury giants Hermes and Dior."
Despite this, Orange reduced its investment in networks by about six percent in 2009. "Does France Telecom lack ideas?" the article wonders out loud.
The US Government has yet again shuttered several domain names this week. The Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE office proudly announced that they had seized domains related to counterfeit goods and child pornography. What they failed to mention, however, is that one of the targeted domains belongs to a free DNS provider, and that 84,000 websites were wrongfully accused of links to child pornography crimes.
Most of the subdomains in question are personal sites and sites of small businesses. A search on Bing still shows how innocent sites were claimed to promote child pornography. A rather damaging accusation, which scared and upset many of the site’s owners.
The list begins with “cheap, small, low-power plug servers,” Mr. Moglen said. “A small device the size of a cellphone charger, running on a low-power chip. You plug it into the wall and forget about it.”
Put free software into the little plug server in the wall, and you would have a Freedom Box that would decentralize information and power, Mr. Moglen said. This month, he created the Freedom Box Foundation to organize the software.
[...] with tens of thousands of individual encrypted servers, there would be no one place where a repressive government could find out who was publishing or reading “subversive” material.
A controversial law firm that sent letters to alleged illegal file sharers has been told it cannot drop its cases to "avoid public scrutiny".
ACS:Law contacted thousands of people accusing them of illegally downloading movies and songs and demanding payments of £500 to avoid court action.
Some of those contacted paid up, but it later emerged that the two companies had been taking 65% of the fines collected, with the minority of the money being passed back to the copyright holders in question, most of whom remain anonymous.
Quadrature du Net's repository of #cablegate cables related to ACTA, the secretive copyright treaty reveal that governments all over the world were pissed off that the USA and Japan wouldn't let them discuss the treaty with their citizens and industry.
More importantly, they explicitly confirm that the reason that ACTA was negotiated in secret among rich countries was that this was seen as the most expeditious way of getting a super-extreme copyright agreement passed with a minimum of fuss, and that all the poor countries who were excluded from the negotiation would later be coerced into agreeing to it.
WikiLeaks affects one of the key tensions in democracies: the government needs to be able to keep secrets, but citizens need to know what is being done in our name. These requirements are fundamental and incompatible; like the trade-offs between privacy and security, or liberty and equality, different countries in different eras find different ways to negotiate those competing needs.
[...] In 2006, WikiLeaks launched, holding out the possibility of evening up the odds, however slightly, in favour of the citizens. For the first three years of its existence, this change was more potential than actual, but in 2010, with the release of the Collateral Murder video, the Afghan war logs, and, most significantly, the US embassy cables, increased oversight of the state by citizens became real.