Press review about Net censorship

[Financial Times] Internet lobby would opt for political fight over new data costs

Internet companies that stream their content to mobile devices would be likely to seek government intervention to avoid potentially burdensome new costs imposed by a wireless billing plan under consideration by AT&T (NYSE: T), sources at an apps company and watchdog groups told dealReporter.[...]

AT&T’s billing proposal could start to look like a net-neutrality violation under some circumstances, according to watchdogs. The FCC declined to comment.

[TechDirt] Danish Police Accidentally Censor Over 8,000 Sites As Child Porn... Including Facebook

Reminiscent of the screwup in the US, where Homeland Security's ICE division "accidentally" seized 84,000 sites and plastered them over with a warning graphic about how they'd been seized by the US government for child porn, the Danish police similarly "accidentally" had 8,000 legitimate sites declared as child porn sites that needed to be blocked. Among the sites listed? Google and Facebook. [...]

[DigitalJournal] Op-Ed: Internet censorship and how it can affect innocent websites

In just two examples of internet censorship gone wrong, 92,000 innocent websites lost business and possibly also their good reputation. [...]

On 17th February 2011, RT reported that the US had mistakenly shut down 84,000 websites, wrongfully accused of having links to child pornography during a child porn raid. [...]

Unfortunately, in the process, they also mistakenly seized a large DNS service provider. This provider, owned by FreeDNS hosts some 84,000 domains - none of which are connected to child pornography. [...]

[NyTimes] Pakistan Builds Web Wall Out in the Open

Many countries censor the Internet, but few spell out their intentions as explicitly as Pakistan.

In an effort to tighten its control over the Internet, the government recently published a public tender for the “development, deployment and operation of a national-level URL filtering and blocking system.” [...]

[] The Return of Peer-To-Peer

Back in 2009, Arbor Networks, a company specializing in network management, announced that the peer-to-peer model of file sharing, wherein each client acts as a server, was in decline. Users were turning more and more towards streaming.[...]

For some, like Maxime Rouquet or La Quadrature du Net, the fight against piracy will push users towards securing their connection more and more, something which can have disastrous effects on the network.

[Deutsche Welle] EU parliamentarians tackle ACTA

The global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) treaty aims to combat copied products and reduce online piracy. But its fine print remains a source of heated debate. Now the European Parliament wants to have a say. [...]

[Europeanvoice] Parliament urged to seek legal opinion on ACTA

British MEP says Parliament must have its own legal opinion from the European Court of Justice, not rely on an opinion requested by the Commission. [...]

Christofer Fjellner, a Swedish centre-right MEP who is dealing with ACTA for the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), said a second legal request to the ECJ would be welcome.

[EuropeanParliement] Parliament receives petition against ACTA

A petition calling on MEPs "to stand for a free and open Internet and reject the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)" was received by the European Parliament on Tuesday. The petition had been signed by almost 2.5 million people from all over the world.

[LeMondeDiplomatique] What's (still) wrong with ACTA

Negotiations on ACTA were formerly announced on October 23, 2007. The ACTA announcement came less than three weeks after the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted the “Development Agenda,” and was part of a broader strategy by right holders to move norm setting and technical assistance into more secretive, closed and captured institutions.[...]

[East Media Group] ACTA not contemplated by or sent to government for adoption

The Ministry of Education and Science, responding to incorrect information in the media about Serbia’s accession to the ACTA agreement, stated that this agreement has not been contemplated by the relevant ministry, nor sent to the government for adoption. [...]

[Deutsche Welle] Germany considers two strike online piracy law

A study proposing a two strikes model against Internet piracy in Germany is being welcomed by the Ministry of Economics. The study arrives as others in Europe hesitate to ratify the controversial ACTA treaty. [...]
The German study looked very closely at the French model of Hadopi, the three strikes law that has been in effect there since late 2010.[...]

[TheGuardian] Acta approval stalled by European commission

Approval of the controversial international anti-counterfeiting treaty Acta has been stalled by the European commission, which is to ask Europe's highest court whether implementing it would violate any fundamental EU rights.

[Washingtonpost] EU, facing opposition, suspends ratification of copyright treaty, refers to Court of Justice

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe’s highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights. [...]

[TheTandD] EU suspends copyright treaty ratification

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights.[...]

"ACTA will not censor websites or shut them down; ACTA will not hinder freedom of the internet or freedom of speech," De Gucht said.

[Reuters] KT reviewing network fees on Youtube, Internet TVs

South Korea's top Internet provider, KT Corp plans to charge data-heavy content providers such as Google's Youtube and Internet-enabled TV service operators to subsidize costly network upgrades, a KT executive said on Thursday. [...]

"We want to set a rule that we can equally apply to every platform operator that offers data-heavy content as those services threaten to black out our network. They should pay for using our network," Kim Taehwan, vice president of KT's smart network policy task force, told Reuters in an interview. [...]