January 2012 Newsletter

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Hello everyone,

This January saw the launch of a large anti-Acta campaign, following the huge demonstrations against the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US. On January 26th, the European Union and its Member States signed ACTA (the last step before the European Parliament's crucial ratification). This, combined with the brutal takedown of MegaUpload and the shelving of SOPA and PIPA in the USA, shocked proponents of a free Internet. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Poland and a growing number of citizens are demonstrating all over Europe and on the Internet, demanding the rejection of ACTA, SOPA's global big brother.

It is in this context that the European Commission is lobbying Members of the European Parliament (MEP) to convince them to vote for ACTA. La Quadrature is creating a collaborative counter-argumentation to debunk the Commission's lies.
To act against ACTA, please see our guide.

Regarding the defence of Net neutrality, cases of Internet access restrictions already listed on RespectMyNet have been sent to BEREC. In the face of such evidence, will European Commissioner Neelie Kroes keep pretending that there is no problem with Net neutrality in Europe?
Keep listing the access restrictions you experience to help us make Respect My Net as accurate as possible. We are also looking for webdesigners and coders to improve RespectMyNet's interface.

Furthermore, concerning ongoing projects at La Quadrature, our new website (https://laquadrature.net) has been launched! Please have a browse and give us your feedback! Many thanks to Snip, Olive and Théodore for their amazing work!
Political Memory is still looking for new contributors to grow to the next level and help citizens to follow their MEPs' activity. With growing movement against ACTA, the project is more useful than ever!

Last but not least, our next monthly "Quadr'apéro" is on Friday the 17th of February in Paris, France. Please join us for drinks, nibblies and a chat about Internet, freedoms and how to act against ACTA.

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