Lawmakers in Holland have voted to strike down the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), slammed by many as a free speech and information access choker. Dutch MPs have also ruled the government will never sign any such agreement.
The Dutch parliamentarians have opted not to wait for the EU’s vote on ACTA which is set for June, with consultations kicking off already this Thursday.
“The treaty should be taken off table, whatever [...]
From Economic Policy Journal:
Under a bill, CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, now before Congress, the ability for the government to snoop through the records, of those who use such internet services as Google and Facebook, would be broadly expanded.
Congressman Ron Paul, this morning, issued a statement on the frightening legislation:
Earlier this year, strong public opposition led by several prominent websites forced Congressional leaders to cancel votes [...]
From The Reformed Broker:
… “Ten years ago, everyone thought Mexico would be the place for expansion,” says Pete Selleck, who heads Michelin’s North American operations. “But we can’t tolerate the level of instability there.”
As for China, labor costs are rising quickly, he says, and “there’s still concern about protecting intellectual property.”
A new survey of 106 big U.S. manufacturers by the Boston Consulting Group, to be released Friday, picked up a [...]
From Washington Times:
European politicians are on the hunt for new sources of revenue as the continent’s fiscal situation worsens. The level of desperation is clear in the latest move from German ChancellorAngela Merkel’s coalition government to tap into the cash reserves of Internet search engine giantGoogle to bolster that country’s ailing publishing industry.
The second item on the coalition’s list of priorities released last week was a proposal to slap online news aggregators with [...]