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[News] Comcastsoft (Microsoft-sponsored) May Violate Law Again, the "Fight Against Protocols/Ports"

  • Subject: [News] Comcastsoft (Microsoft-sponsored) May Violate Law Again, the "Fight Against Protocols/Ports"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:15:18 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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FCC Again Wants Details From Comcast On Its Traffic-Shaping Efforts

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| Comcast has already been slapped down -- well, slapped on the wrist, 
| anyway -- by the FCC for violating Commission rules with its traffic-shaping 
| efforts, and it could be on its way for a second rebuke. The FCC has asked 
| Comcast for some more details on its newest "congestion management" system, 
| which throttles heavy users' speeds for periods of time.    


All Major Canadian ISPs Slow Down P2P Traffic

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| Net neutrality really is the hot topic at the moment. After the FCC slapped 
| Comcast for slowing down BitTorrent users, Canada is now looking into the 
| network management practices of its ISPs. And rightly so, as a CRTC 
| investigation reveals that most of the ISPs in Canada actively slow down 
| customers using P2P applications.    


Danish ISP Blocks The Pirate Bay; But Is It For Legal Reasons... Or

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| A year ago, recording industry lobbying group IFPI successfully convinced a 
| Danish court to force ISP Tele2 to block The Pirate Bay. This came after a 
| similar ruling that forced Tele2 to block access to AllofMp3 (which, you'll 
| recall was the big "threat" prior to The Pirate Bay). Of course, these blocks 
| don't work particularly well, and seem incredibly annoying for those content 
| creators who actually want their content distributed through systems like The 
| Pirate Bay.       


Ding Dong, COPA Is Dead

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| The federal government has been trying to pass a law to "protect the 
| children" online for ages. First there was the CDA, the Communications 
| Decency Act, which was struck down as unconstitutional. Then, there was 
| COPA -- the Child Online Protection Act. It tried to be more narrow... but 
| was still a very questionable law, with rather vague wording. It bounced 
| around the courts for years, including hitting the Supreme Court twice -- 
| which sent it back to lower courts both times. Last summer, the appeals court 
| knocked it down again, and today the Supreme Court refused to hear the 
| appeal... meaning that COPA is about as dead as can be. This is definitely a  
| big win for free speech online.        


The Internet is under attack from the MAFIAA.


No opt-out of filtered Internet

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| Australians will be unable to opt-out of the government's pending Internet
| content filtering scheme, and will instead be placed on a watered-down
| blacklist, experts say.


Conroy announces mandatory internet filters to protect children

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| "Labor makes no apologies to those that argue that any regulation of the
| internet is like going down the Chinese road," he said.



Australia to get net censorship

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| The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will be able to
| force content providers to take down offensive material and issue notices for
| live content to be stopped and links to the content deleted.  


Major Aussie ISP Telstra BigPond shafts open source OpenOffice

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| Australia’s largest Internet service provider Telstra BigPond has removed the
| free open source office suite OpenOffice from its unmetered file download
| area following the launch of its own, free, hosted, office application,
| BigPond Office.  
| [...]
| Our reader was outraged by Telstra’s move, which he sees as an attack on the
| open source software movement.
| “The principle of the matter upsets me,” he said. “The fact that BigPond has
| removed previously allowed open source software is un-ethical. They are
| discriminating against me, even though I pay the same as other customers.  
| They are attacking the Free Software movement.”  


Australia to extend web censorship

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| Privacy advocates take a dim view of this proposal, naturally. Roger Clarke,
| chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation, said "This government's extremism
| has reached new heights today." He asked "How can a politician claim the
| right to hold office if they set out to undermine the critical democratic
| right of freedom of speech, and blatantly decline to evaluate the impact of
| measures put before the Parliament?"    


Suit against blogger weaves legal web in Paris, Texas

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| But there is little case law in Texas or nationally to give judges a standard
| for when to expose anonymous postings on the Internet.  


Web 'censorship' bill brings police state one stop closer  

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| Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has slammed moves to give the Federal
| Police powers to ban access to certain Internet content as "another step in
| Australia's descent into a police state".  


Howard row over Wikipedia edits

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| Staff in the Australian prime minister's department have been accused of
| editing potentially damaging entries in online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.


AT&T admits it censored other bands

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| It looks like Pearl Jam isn't the only band that has had its politically
| charged comments bleeped from concerts streamed from AT&T's Blue Room Web
| site.  
| [...]
| AT&T quickly apologized for the incident and blamed the company that handles
| the Webcasting for performances on Blue Room.


AT&T slams Google over open-access wireless proposal

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| AT&T has asked Capitol Hill not to enable an open nationwide wireless
| spectrum, claiming that Google's lobbying of such a network is a bid by the
| search giant to obtain broadband airwaves at bargain-basement prices.  


Microsoft and MySpace join Govt's fight against online predators

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| Microsoft has joined the likes of MySpace and the child protection advocacy
| group Bravehearts to help launch an extension of the Federal Government’s
| NetAlert initiative, the Consultative Working Group.  


Australia's porn-blocking plan unveiled

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| While individual filters will be available beginning later this month,
| ISP-level blocking may take some time to implement. The Australian
| Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is currently planning a trial of
| ISP-level filtering in Tasmania that will inform the government's decision on
| a national launch.    


Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government

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| Microsoft and Yahoo! have signed a pact with the Chinese government
| that "encourages" the big name web players to record the identities of
| bloggers and censor content. So says Reporters Without Borders, an
| organization that fights for journalistic rights across the globe.  


Chinese Internet dissident committed to mental hospital

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| "It is not acceptable that Chinese authorities use such methods to silence
| citizens who have merely peacefully voiced their opinions", expressed the
| organisation in an announcement. Apparently authorities have not abandoned
| the practice of punishing those who have exposed the abuse of power and
| defied censorship by compulsorily committing them to mental institutions.    

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