Press review about Net censorship

[Computerworld] Judge awards class action status in privacy lawsuit vs. comScore

A federal court in Chicago this week granted class action status to a lawsuit accusing comScore, one of the Internet's largest user tracking firms, of secretly collecting and selling Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords and other personal data collected from consumer systems. [...]

[NYTimes] Russia Begins Selectively Blocking Internet Content

The Russian government in recent weeks has been making use of a new law that gives it the power to block Internet content that it deems illegal or harmful to children. [...]

[TorrentFreak] “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Starts Monday

The much-discussed U.S. six strikes anti-piracy scheme is expected to go live on Monday. The start date hasn’t been announced officially by the CCI but a source close to the scheme confirmed the plans. During the coming months millions of BitTorrent users will be actively monitored by copyright holders. After repeated warnings, Internet subscribers risk a heavy reduction in download speeds and temporary browsing restrictions. [...]

[ZDNet] Net neutrality? Let the market decide, says Europe's digital chief

Europe's digital chief Neelie Kroes supports the right of ISPs to choose how they manage internet traffic that flows over their networks. [...]

[NYTimes] France Rejects Plan by Internet Provider to Block Online Ads

In a potential test case for Europe, the French government on Monday ordered a big Internet service provider to stop blocking online advertisements, saying the company had no right to edit the contents of the Web for users. [...]

“Should users be held hostage to these commercial negotiations? That is not obvious to me,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, a spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a group that campaigns against restrictions on the Internet. [...]

[ZDNet] ACTA gets final stake through heart as EC drops court referral

The European Union is certain not to see an ACTA revival, ever, after the Commission dropped an ECJ referral aimed at establishing the dead agreement's legality. [...]

At least six of the signatories need to ratify ACTA if it is to come into force anywhere. Sadly for those who favour the agreement, the withdrawal of the EU and its 27 member states means there are only eight signatories left. [...]

[BBC] Internet porn: Automatic block rejected

Ministers have rejected plans to automatically block internet access to pornography on all computers, saying the move is not widely supported. [...]

But the government says internet providers should encourage parents to switch on parental controls. [...]

It added: "There is also a risk from 'over-blocking' - preventing access to websites which provide helpful information on sexual health or sexual identity, issues which young people may want information on but find difficult to talk to their parents about." [...]

[DiarioJudicial] Los buscadores no pueden filtrarlo todo

La Justicia Federal condenó a Yahoo! al pagarle $50.000 a la modelo Priscilla Prete por haber omitido la eliminación de contenidos "injuriosos", pese a haber sido notificado de su existencia. No obstante, el Tribunal destacó que no era razonable imponer a los buscadores “la obligación sistemática de monitorear todas las páginas existentes en internet a fin de ejercer un filtrado previo”.[...]

[TheMoscowTimes] Internet Censorship Faces Obstacles

As the number of websites banned or blocked under the new Internet law continues to grow, the country's media watchdog backpedaled Tuesday by acknowledging that censoring content was technically and legally difficult, and it promised to remove popular sites from the blacklist. [...]

[TheExpressTribune] Pakistan's human rights review: Internet censorship comes under scrutiny

As part of a review of Pakistan’s human rights standing, the Netherlands has recommended that Pakistan remove restrictions on internet access. [...]

Netherlands made the recommendation that Pakistan “(r)emove restrictions on accessing internet in the country, which runs counter to the criteria of the ICCPR [International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights] and the principle of proportionality.” [...]

[PCWorld] EU backs away from copyright sanctions in Canada trade deal

Following a meeting of the European Union member states on Oct. 5, leaked documents have shown this week that the E.U. plans to back away from criminal sanctions in its copyright agreement with Canada. [...]

[TheVerge] Verizon, MetroPCS push back on FCC's net neutrality rules

Verizon Wireless and MetroPCS have filed a joint appeal against a court decision concerning the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules that took effect in December of last year. The court had ruled in favor of the FCC, despite the complaints levied against it in Verizon and MetroPCS' lawsuit. The carriers contend that the FCC is over stepping its bounds with the regulation, which is designed to prevent network operators from controlling traffic to apps, services, and other functions on an individual basis. [...]

[Telegraph] Internet restrictions in Russia ready to go live

A controversial law in Russia intended to protect young computer users online could be used to crack down on the opposition, critics say. [...]