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[News] Freedom of the Web Under in Attack EU, EFF Exposes US Scandals

  • Subject: [News] Freedom of the Web Under in Attack EU, EFF Exposes US Scandals
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:50:34 +0100
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Please Help Save European Net Neutrality

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| A few days ago I was ruminating on the recent on-the-
| spot conversion of the US FCC's Chairman to network 
| neutrality. I pointed out there was a new site 
| devoted to preserving the same in Europe, called EU 
| Open Internet, which has now clocked up a respectable 
| 2,700 signatures.
| Unfortunately, there is a specific threat to net 
| neutrality in Europe, hidden away in the Telecoms 
| Package. 


EFF Wins Release of Telecom Lobbying Records

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| A judge ordered the government Thursday to release 
| more records about the lobbying campaign to provide 
| immunity to the telecommunications giants that 
| participated in the NSA's warrantless surveillance 
| program. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White ordered 
| the records be provided to the Electronic Frontier 
| Foundation (EFF) by October 9, 2009.


Obamaâs Disappointing State Secrets Procedures

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| After months of internal review, the Obama 
| Administration today announced a new policy on the 
| use of the state secrets privilege. The state secrets 
| privilege traditionally allows the government to 
| withdraw particular pieces of evidence from a court 
| case on the grounds that the evidence would reveal 
| sensitive classified information. Despite this 
| limited purpose, it's been repeatedly misused by the 
| Bush and now Obama administrations to try to throw 
| important litigation out of court, and is badly in 
| need of reform.



Net Neutrality to be curbed in the EU

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| AS US REGULATORS consider new legislation to protect
| net neutrality, European citizens are set to have their
| internet freedoms significantly curbed.
| The debate on net neutrality revolves around whether
| telcoms firms should be allowed to intentionally speed
| up or slow down traffic based on which service or
| application is being used.


Telecoms Package: Contact EU Reps now!

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| It is time to act again to protect Net Neutrality in
| Europe, as reported by the open letter signed by 26
| European internet civil society organizations.

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