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[News] Censorship and Internet Police State Again

  • Subject: [News] Censorship and Internet Police State Again
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 00:29:33 +0100
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Home Office backs down on net censorship laws

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| The government has abandoned its long-standing 
| pledge to force 100 per cent of internet 
| providers to block access to a list of child 
| pornography websites.
| The decision to drop the policy will be 
| finalised at a meeting on Monday to be 
| attended by internet industry representatives, 
| children's charities and Alun Michael MP.


Labour MP: Disconnecting File-Sharers is Futile

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| With the support of at least 18 other 
| politicians, UK Labour Party MP Tom Watson has 
| tabled an Early Day Motion in which he 
| questions government proposals to disconnect 
| or throttle alleged file-sharers. Calling the 
| measures âfutile,â Watson says those accused 
| should have the right to legal redress in a 
| court of law.


ISP slams Mandelson's 'anti-piracy' scheme

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| TALKTALK has carried out an experiment 
| designed to illustrate the extent to which 
| Lord Mandelson's 'anti-piracy' measures are 
| ill thought out.
| The UK Internet service provider is trying to 
| prove that extreme measures designed to thwart 
| file sharing could see innocent people accused 
| of stealing music and other content just 
| because they have left their wireless networks 
| open.


Confused message on UK broadband

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| Finland has made broadband a 'legal right', 
| leading experts to question whether the UK 
| government is similarly committed.


Landmark ISP piracy case could kick thousands offline

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| A landmark Australian court case could see 
| thousands of Australians losing their internet 
| connection, and has major implications 
| worldwide for the law on copyright.


Whaddaya Know: Obama Administration Seeks Delay In Handing Over Telco Immunity Lobbying Info

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| Earlier this week, we noted that a court had 
| rejected, yet again, the Obama 
| administration's attempt to stall in handing 
| over info on who lobbied to get telco 
| immunity. At the time, we asked what excuse 
| the administration would use to delay again -- 
| given that the release of documents was due 
| today, Friday. Well, it appears they haven't 
| come up with any excuse... they've just tried 
| asking the court yet again -- as if the first 
| three "no" answers weren't enough. 


More Stakeholders Weigh in on Net Neutrality Debate

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| The Communication Workers of America have 
| added its voice to the debate over the Federal 
| Communication Commission's proposed net 
| neutrality rules. The Wall Street Journal 
| reports that the union told the FCC that the 
| proposed rules - particularly those that 
| address competition and transparency -- should 
| apply to every Internet company, "including 
| network providers, application and service 
| providers, and content providers."


Secret ACTA treaty can't be shown to public, just 42 lawyers

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| As the secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade 
| Agreement rolls forward, it's clear that some 
| kind of Internet "enforcement" will end up in 
| the text; but what kind? Thirty-eight 
| corporate lawyers and 4 public interest 
| lawyers are the only ones with a say.


Climate change activist stopped from travelling to Copenhagen

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| UK border police used anti-terrorist 
| legislation to prevent a British climate 
| change activist from crossing over into 
| mainland Europe where he planned to take part 
| in events surrounding the forthcoming United 
| Nations summit in Denmark.

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