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  • Subject: [News] Nottingham City Council Pushes for Net Censorship
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 20:24:40 +0000
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A Thinly Veiled Threat? Of What Exactly?

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| Today I received the following communication 
| via email from one of Nottingham City 
| Council's senior solicitors.


Nottingham City Council Attacks Free Speech

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| Nottingham City Council has made the 
| unprecedented step of threatening a critical 
| local blogger via its solicitors. In a 
| letter sent to the author of the Nottingham 
| City Council LOLs (NCCLOLs) blog, solicitor 
| Jon Ludford-Thomas states that the blog 
| "contains personal, derogatory comments 
| regarding a number of [the City Council's] 
| councillors and employees that could cause 
| distress to those individuals." It requests 
| that the author "remove these personal, 
| derogatory comments from ncclols and refrain 
| from posting similar such comments on 
| ncclols or elsewhere on the internet."


Chinese proposal to meter internet traffic

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| China wants to meter all internet traffic 
| that passes through its borders, it has 
| emerged.
| The move would require international 
| agreement - but it is being discussed by the 
| United Nations body in charge of internet 
| standards. 


Seems like pretext....


Questions for the new European Commissioners

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| 2 weeks after launching a consultation, la
| Quadrature du Net is submitting to the
| European Parliament a set of questions to be
| asked to the Commissioners designate.
| They cover a broad range of issues that are
| essential to people's right to access a free
| and open Internet. All these topics should
| be a core component of the upcoming European
| digital agenda.
| All questions directly relate to the
| portfolio of Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for
| the Digital Agenda. Other Commissioners
| designate whose Directorate-General are
| competent for specific issues are indicated
| below.


Government wants new powers to block wikileaks and squeeze web tv

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| Just over a week ago I wrote a fairly dry
| legal analysis of the Digital Economy Bill.
| I spotted an extremely serious provision â
| clause 11 â in the version being discussed
| in the House of Lords. Having looked at the
| amendments (which you can find on the Bill's
| document page) I am worried that no-one in
| Parliament appears to be taking the problem
| serious.


Danish police abuse climate-change demonstrators

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| Zoran sez, "Earlier this week (12th Dec), a
| massive, peaceful protest of 100,000 people
| -- the largest demonstration for climate
| justice in world history -- was met with a
| heavy-handed response by the Danish police.
| Thousands of riot police swarmed the march
| route, blocked off streets surrounding large
| groups of protestors, and arrested almost
| 1,000 people. Arrestees were cuffed and
| forced to sit in rows for hours, as the
| temperatures dipped below freezing; numerous
| people urinated on themselves after being
| denied use of toilets."


BBC deletes important story on toxic waste dumping in the Ivory Coast after legal threats, 12 Dec 2009

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| This file contains a deleted BBC news
| article on the toxic-waste dumping of
| commodities giant Trafigura. According to a
| September 2009 UN report, the dumping drove
| 108,000 people in the Ivory Coast to seek
| medical attention.
| Trafigura and their lawyers Carter Ruck had
| been pursuing an ongoing libel case against
| the BBC over a news story from on the case
| that aired in May 2009[1].
| In the story "Dirty Tricks and Toxic Waste
| in the Ivory Coast", the BBC's Newsnight
| programme stated: "It is the biggest toxic
| dumping scandal of the 21st century, the
| type of environmental vandalism that
| international treaties are supposed to
| prevent. Now Newsnight can reveal the truth
| about the waste that was illegally tipped on
| Ivory Coast's biggest city, Abidjan". The
| programme alleged that a number of deaths
| had been caused by the dumping of this toxic
| waste, which had originated with Trafigura.
| Until this week the story was still
| available on the BBC website.[2]
| The link stopped working some time on
| December 10th or 11th, but at the time of
| writing the Google cache is still
| available[3].


Stand up to Trafigura abuse of outdated libel laws

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| Trafigura took a very aggressive stance,
| using the UKâs outdated libel laws to gag
| the media, and questions in Parliament. When
| the Guardian reported that it had been
| served with a âsuper-injunctionâ that didnât
| allow it to name Trafigura, or Carter-Ruck,
| *or* the fact that they had taken out an
| injunction on them, the Internet took up the
| case and plastered the details everywhere.


Child groups slam Conroyâs ISP filtering plans

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| Childrenâs rights groups have spoken out
| against the Federal Governmentâs plans to
| introduce mandatory ISP-level filtering,
| saying it will not effectively protect
| children.
| International child rights group, Save the
| Children, said while it congratulates the
| government on its attempt to improve the
| safety of children online, an ISP-level
| filter is not the best way to offer
| protection.


Child safety vetting list will grow from initial 9m

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| There had been plans for some 11.3 million
| adults to be vetted - but after criticism
| from school leaders and children's authors
| the rules on frequency of contact have been
| eased, reducing this to an estimated nine
| million.


Silvio Berlusconi: Italian government threatens to block anti-Berlusconi Facebook groups

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| Outraged Italian ministers have threatened
| action against dozens of Facebook groups
| which have sprung up praising the actions of
| the man who allegedly attacked Silvio
| Berlusconi.


Battles over Berlusconi rage in cyberspace


Facebook to Monitor Berlusconi Content

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| Facebook said Tuesday that it would monitor
| content on its Web site dealing with Prime
| Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy
| following an attack at a political rally
| that left him hospitalized.


Italian student tells of arrest while filming for fun

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| Police community support officers (PCSOs)
| stopped Italian student Simona Bonomo under
| anti-terrorism legislation for filming
| buildings in London. Moments later, she was
| arrested by other officers, held in a police
| cell and fined. She talks Paul Lewis through
| the footage she recorded of her conversation
| with the PSCOs. Source: guardian.co.uk Link
| to this video


Online-only news to be overseen by press watchdog

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| Internet-only publications are to face the
| same regulations as newspapers for the first
| time under an extension to the powers of
| newspaper industry self-regulator body the
| Press Complaints Commission (PCC).


Google weighs in to Aussie firewall row

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| Google has criticised the Australian
| government's forthcoming mandatory ISP
| censorship system for targeting a "too wide"
| a range of content.


Australia introduces web filters

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| Australia intends to introduce filters which
| will ban access to websites containing
| criminal content.
| The banned sites will be selected by an
| independent classification body guided by
| complaints from the public, said
| Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.


What is the 'Clean Feed'?

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| The Australian Federal Government is pushing
| forward with a plan to force Internet
| Service Providers [ISPs] to censor the
| Internet for all Australians. This plan will
| waste tens of millions of taxpayer dollars
| and will not make anyone safer.z
| Despite being almost universally condemned
| by the public, ISPs, State Governments,
| Media and censorship experts, Communications
| Minister Stephen Conroy is determined to
| force this filter into your home.


Australia Edges Us Towards the Digital Dark Ages

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| The first is that it won't actually stop
| people accessing illegal or unsuitable
| content. As fast as sites and IP addresses
| are blocked, others will pop up in an online
| arms race that is unwinnable by leaden-
| footed bureaucracy.
| Another issue is that by providing a
| compulsory filtering of the feed, the
| Australian government could easily lull
| parents into a false sense of security, and
| actually *increase* the risk of children
| being exposed to dangerous material. As with
| all kinds of online dangers, the best
| protection is for parents to be actively
| involved in the children's exploration of
| that world, and it's foolish to send out the
| message that the government is now
| âtacklingâ this problem, because many people
| will draw the inevitable conclusion that
| they don't need to worry about the issue any
| more.


Chinese domain crackdown targets smut sites

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| Chinese regulators have started to request
| business licences and paperwork before
| allowing future .cn domain registrations.


Mandelson's Power to Censor the Net

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| Hidden away inside the Bill, there's
| unlimited - and arbitrary - censorship of
| any site the Secretary of State takes
| against:
|     Surely something must limit this power
|     you ask? It seems not. The Secretary of
|     State may make an order if "he considers
|     it appropriate" in view of:
|     (a) an assessment carried out or steps
|     taken by OFCOM under section 124G; or
|     (b) any other consideration.
|     Where "any other consideration" could be
|     anything. To their credit the Tories do
|     seem to have realised that this
|     particular alternative is overly
|     permissive. Lord Howard of Rising and
|     Lord de Mauley have proposed (in the
|     first tranche of amendments proposed
|     that the "or" be replaced by an "and".
|     What astonishes me is that there is no
|     obligation for the Secretary of STate to
|     even publish such an order, let alone
|     subject it to the scrutiny of
|     Parliament, yet he could fundamentally
|     change the way the internet operates
|     using it. Other orders made under other
|     parts of the Bill will have to be made
|     by statutory instrument and most will
|     require Parliamentary approval. Not this
|     one.
| If this goes through, we are in deep
| trouble, people....

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