Some nations, including Russia, call for laws to allow state censorship
Other countries, including America, call for internet freedom
Nearly 200 countries will give their position on the state of the internet
First major look at the rules since 1988 – a decade before the web went mainstream
The battle over web freedom and controls is set to take place over the next 11 days, with 193 countries gathering to discuss the future of [...]
If the UN is given control of the Internet, that would be a massive step toward making the UN a true global government. The Internet is the number one venue for free speech and freedom of expression on the planet today, and if the UN is given authority over the Internet it would only be a matter of time before free speech is severely cracked down on. Of course it [...]
Even after ACTA was rejected by the European Parliament on 4 July this year, the European Commission was still refusing to admit that the treaty was misguided and dangerous. To this day, it’s not clear what it is planning in terms of trying to bring it back in another form, or by negotiating some kind of ACTA Lite with the other signatories.
But one thing is certain: ACTA is only one of the many ways in which the Commission [...]
One of the fastest ways to ruin the Internet would be to put the United Nations in charge of it. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the United Nations wants. The United Nations is now pushing very hard for complete control over the Internet. A proposal that has the support of China, Russia, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Iran would give control of the Internet to the UN’s International Telecommunication [...]
‘Walled gardens’ restricting possibilities for innovation online, says Sergey Brin
Governments worldwide – from Iran to the U.S. – also imposing restrictions on free speech online
Google could not have been created if the web was dominated by Facebook, Mr Brin says
He concedes that U.S. authorities ability to force Google to divulge users’ data has eroded trust
The internet is facing its biggest ever threat, thanks in part of Facebook and Apple, the [...]
(Guardian.co.uk) The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned there were “very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world”. “I am more worried than I have been in the past,” he said. “It’s scary.”
The threat [...]
As a Member of the European Parliament (EP), I am concerned about the ACTA treaty in the international trade committee (INTA). Please find some information about the procedure of the ACTA treaty in the EU, especially the EP, below. You can reach me on Twitter via @marietjed66, where I will also post a message about this post.
The internet blackouts by thousands of websites last week in protest of the Stop Online [...]
By JOSH GERSTEIN |
1/21/12 5:30 PM EST
At Thursday night’s debate in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich painted himself as a friend of a free and open Internet, but in the past he’s talked up pretty radical proposals to curtail free speech online.
The question Thursday was about the Stop Online Piracy Act, legislation that has the support of the entertainment industry and powerful members of the House and Senate, but is now on life support after running into a [...]
As announced, Wikipedia’s main page is “blackened” today in protest of the controversial Stop online privacy act (SOPA).
“For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia,” says the message on the page.
The actual articles on [...]
Web blacklist legislation latest assault on free flow of information
December 28, 2011
The Stop Online Piracy Act is not intended to make the internet more secure or even to protect copyrighted material. Its sole purpose is to codify First amendment killing actions already being undertaken by an out of control federal government.
Media talking heads and bloggers alike continue to debate the technicalities of the legislation, however, it is clear that SOPA [...]
* Long-delay Open Internet rules clear OMB
* Federal Register publication expected in coming weeks
* Publication will allow rules to be challenged in court
WASHINGTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Controversial new Internet rules adopted late last year by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will soon be published officially, a step expected to trigger legal challenges.
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget signed off on the rules on Friday, according to a [...]
Google confirmed on Friday that the Federal Trade Commission had opened an antitrust investigation into its core search and advertising business.
The inquiry has the potential to turn into the biggest showdown between the United States government and a major technology company since the Microsoft antitrust trial that began in the late 1990s.
In a regulatory filing, Google said that a day earlier it had “received a subpoena and [...]
Armed with an ideological agenda, House Republicans took aim at net neutrality again this month, quietly introducing a Congressional “resolution of disapproval” to overturn recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) laws prohibiting anti-competitive behavior among Internet providers.
H.J. Res. 37 passed 30-23 on March 15, and will now go to the House of Representatives for a vote, which House Speaker John Boehner said in late February [...]
Net neutrality is ‘the First Amendment issue of our time,’ Franken said. | AP Photo
AUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Al Franken claimed Monday that big corporations are “hoping to destroy” the Internet and issued a call to arms to several hundred tech-savvy South by Southwest attendees to preserve net neutrality.
“I came here to warn you, the party may be over,” Franken said. “They’re coming after [...]