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[IPtegrity] America ups the ante on ACTA – via the G8

The US government is not happy about ACTA, and is already taking steps to introduce what it really wants by another back door. In a document leaked today by the European Digital Rights group (EDRi), a new plan for intellectual property enforcement is revealed. Where ACTA was vague, the new plan is explicit. [...]

[IBTimes] Iran To Shut Down Internet Permanently; 'Clean' National Intranet In Pipeline

Millions of Internet users in Iran will be permanently denied access to the World Wide Web and cut off from popular social networking sites and email services, as the government has announced its plans to establish a national Intranet within five months. [...]

Unveiling a six-point plan to implement the Iranian Intranet, Taghipour said last March that the Internet "promotes crime, disunity, unhealthy moral content, and atheism," and that government's goal is to eliminate the online "scourges." In October last year, an Iranian official - who called Facebook users a threat to Islamic values - expressed concern that expansion of social media networks was harming the nation and society. [...]

By creating a complete blockade on free Internet, Tehran could be setting a dangerous precedent for authoritative nations that may harbor similar plans in the future. In fact, the Iranian government has already announced its plans to "export" the winning formula for an isolated Intranet to the rest of the world.

[Guardian] UK 'exporting surveillance technology to repressive nations'

Fears that software similar to that which government wants to use in Britain is being sold to monitor dissidents abroad. [...]

It is the responsibility of manufacturers to ensure their technology is not used to perpetrate human rights abuses. But there are now calls for them to be subject to stringent export controls requiring a licence to sell abroad.

Privacy International also argues that, in order to prevent dangerous technologies reaching authoritarian regimes through middlemen, there is a need for "end-use" controls that would make it illegal for companies to provide their products when they know or suspect they will be used in human rights abuses.

In a letter to Privacy International, Downing Street said the government was "actively looking at this issue" and was working within the EU to introduce new controls on surveillance.

[TechDirt] Where TPP Goes Beyond ACTA -- And How It Shows Us The Future Of IP Enforcement

ACTA and TPP have much in common. That's no coincidence, since they are both born of a common desire to move away from multilateral forums like WIPO that are relatively open to scrutiny, to invitation-only groups negotiating behind closed doors. That lack of transparency has allowed all kinds of extreme measures to be proposed without any countervailing arguments being heard about why they are neither fair nor sensible. [...]

Under ACTA, a country may give its authorities the power to force an ISP to identify an infringer to rightholders, subject to certain conditions. Under TPP, a country shall establish administrative or judicial procedures for forcing an ISP to identify an infringer to rightholders, without ACTA’s conditions. [...]

As these excerpts make clear, TPP effectively tidies up all the lose ends that ACTA left dangling -- generally imposing far harsher penalties, adding back patents, and making everything compulsory rather than optional. It also provides us with a clear sense of what ACTA 2.0 will be like unless it is negotiated with real transparency that allows all parties, including civil groups and the general public, to have their voices heard.

[TheSocietyPages] CISPA- the new SOPA

House representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) introduced a bill back in November called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 3523) or CISPA. It has since been referred to and reported by the appropriate committees. Since then, according to Representative Rogers’ own web site, over 100 members of congress have already announced their support for the bill [...]

Under CISPA, the Director of National Intelligence would decide who in the private sector should be given high level security clearance and the ability to work closely with federal intelligence services to monitor, collect, and share online activity that is deemed to be a “cyber threat”. [...]

CISPA is a direct affront to civil liberties but “cyber threats” have less to do about copyright infringement and more to do with the well-being of information/communication infrastructures and what is commonly referred to as “national security.” Facebook, Microsoft and others are not nearly as concerned about CISPA and (I believe) it is safe to assume that the provision that protects private entities from law suits has a lot to do with that change of heart.

[LATimes] Britain's plan to expand state surveillance causes furor

The plan would allow secret trials and tracking of calls and online activities for national security reasons. Critics see an attack on freedom and privacy. [...]

Some of the strongest criticism has come from his ruling coalition, including from his No. 2. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg heads the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in government and a party that traditionally has been a strong supporter of civil liberties. [...]

The government's proposal for greater surveillance powers, as outlined in the British media, would permit authorities to track virtually any resident's use of the cellphone system and the Internet. Intelligence-gathering units could see what numbers someone called or texted and what websites he or she visited, and how often.[...]

[EurActiv] Commission sides with business on ACTA

The European Commission took a stance yesterday (4 April) in favour of a quick adoption of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), against the will of the European Parliament, which plans to reject it in a plenary vote by the summer. [...]

The statement comes in response to noises from the Socialist and Green groups in the European Parliament, which vowed to "bury" ACTA by the summer, before the Court would have a chance to issue a verdict. [...]

According to the draft ACTA treaty, the agreement can enter into force after ratification by six signatory states. None has ratified it so far. It is generally agreed that a negative vote in Parliament would "kill" ACTA.

[ZDNet] Delay ACTA vote, European Commission pleads

The European Commission has asked the European Parliament not to vote on the contentious Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in June.

The Parliament is likely to reject ACTA , but the Commission has argued that the vote should not take place until the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has delivered a verdict on the treaty's compliance with fundamental rights. [...]

However, activists said the Commission's move was a trick designed to head off a quick and final rejection, and the Parliament's trade committee INTA decided late last month not to make a parallel referral to the court. [...]

[Europa] Update on ACTA's referral to the European Court of Justice

Today, the European Commission has taken the next step in the important process of referring the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). By agreeing on the legal submission to be put before the ECJ, the Commission aims to respond to the wide-ranging concerns voiced by people across Europe on what ACTA is about and whether it harms fundamental rights in any way. [...]

The legal submission agreed by the College of Commissioners today is a broad legal question which will allow the European Court of Justice a detailed examination of whether ACTA is in line with European Fundamental Rights such as the freedom of expression and information or data protection and the right to property including that of intellectual property. The question which has been agreed upon unanimously is: "Is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) compatible with the European Treaties, in particular with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union?"

[Español] [Alt1040] Calderón se compromete con Obama a reformar leyes mexicanas para cumplir con los estándares de ACTA

El día de ayer los presidentes del bloque NAFTA, formado por Estados Unidos, Canadá y México se reunieron en Washington. [...]

En México, ACTA no ha sido firmada debido al contundente rechazo por parte de los ciudadanos y quienes lograron explicar con argumentos a sus representantes el por qué México no debe unirse a dicho tratado. Ambos, el Senado y el Congreso mexicano, votaron resoluciones en contra de la ratificación del tratado en caso de que fuera firmado.[...]

El rechazo de la ratificación de ACTA es una de las muy pocas acciones positivas que han sucedido en México en este sexenio y los responsables de tal logro, fueron los ciudadanos. Pero gracias al mediocre gobierno mexicano, este logro solo fue a medias [...] Si bien el comunicado no menciona que México firmará ACTA, si deja claro que México tiene que adaptar sus leyes a los abusivos estándares que busca ACTA.. [...]

Calderón quiere unir a México al TPP, un tratado de comercio con un capítulo de propiedad intelectual mucho peor que la versión final de ACTA y que además, tiene los mismos problemas de opacidad, colusión de gobiernos con industrias, secretismo y medidas fundamentalistas de propiedad intelectual que ACTA. [...]

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