Government & Policy

13 April 2010

NZ Govt urged to come clean over 'secretive' ACTA talks New Zealand Herald

Internet law experts and the Opposition are calling on the Government to come clean over the influence "secretive" international intellectual property negotiations are having on new internet copyright legislation.

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12 April 2010

Britain's political leaders sign up for online debate BBC News

The three main party leaders have agreed to take part in digital debates on websites Facebook and YouTube.

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Swedish law gives shelter to controversial Wikileaks site EurActiv

Sweden's stringent whistleblower laws are protecting the anonymity of sources that have been feeding the controversial Wikileaks website with sensitive government and corporate information, according to Swedish political sources.

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The legislative farce of the Digital Economy Act The Times

They say that there are two things you should never see made: laws and sausages. As a tiny group of MPs debated the Digital Economy Act this week, the stomachs of an online audience turned.

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11 April 2010

Google accused of YouTube 'free ride' Financial Times

Some of Europe's leading telecoms groups are squaring up for a fight with Google over what they claim is the free ride enjoyed by the technology company's YouTube video-sharing service.

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An Internet for Every American by Susan Crawford New York Times

Last week, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the legal authority to tell Comcast not to block certain uses of its Internet access services. This decision has become a rip-the-Band-Aid-off moment for the regulatory agency, forcing it to reconsider its effort to impose "network neutrality" by requiring that Internet access providers treat all content equally.

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09 April 2010

Editorial: Giving FCC authority to set policy on net neutrality Los Angeles Times

Congress should give the FCC specific authority over broadband to keep traffic flowing freely.

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Editorial: Dial-Up Law in a Broadband America New York Times

The Internet has given the government powerful 21st-century tools for invading people's privacy and monitoring their activities, but the main federal law governing online privacy is a 20th-century relic. Adopted in 1986, it has had trouble keeping up with technological advances and is now badly out of date.

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Britain's digital economy bill: what made it The Guardian

The digital economy bill was an ambitious piece of legislation designed, among other things, to overhaul the broadcasting industry, start the ball rolling on radio switchover, ensure high-speed broadband access for all, and deal with internet piracy.

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08 April 2010

Digital economy bill rushed through wash-up in late night parliamentary session The Guardian

Government drops clause on orphan works but inserts amendment criticised as over-broad which could block sites based on 'intent'

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UK's super-fast broadband tax scrapped BBC News

The broadband tax has been scrapped in the last-minute scramble to rush key legislation through before Parliament is dissolved next week.

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Optus sides with Telstra in national broadband controversy The Australian

Optus has joined Telstra in baulking at a deal with the government over the national broadband network, with the No 2 carrier saying drastic changes were needed to draft legislation before it will sign up to the $43 billion project.

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Australia's NBN bid to stretch China ties The Australian

Australia is facing another test in its relationship with China, as the country's largest technology group, Huawei Technologies, makes a bid for a piece of the $43 billion Australian National Broadband Network.

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07 April 2010

Britain's Digital Economy bill faces further scrutiny BBC News

Controversial elements of the Digital Economy Bill will face further scrutiny even if the bill is passed later, Commons Leader Harriet Harman has said.

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06 April 2010

Industry Groups Question Regulations in US Cybersecurity Bill PC World

A U.S. Senate committee has dropped some of the most controversial pieces of a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that had been stalled for nearly a year, but some tech industry groups still have concerns about new regulations that the legislation would create for some companies.

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Call for 'fuller' debate on Digital Economy Bill BBC News

Opponents of the controversial Digital Economy Bill have urged MPs to give it "the debate it deserves" when it is discussed in the Commons later.

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05 April 2010

OPINION: Like it or lump it, net won't be free of regulation The Australian

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says the internet is "not so special" and therefore should be regulated. In the US, one of President Barack Obama's top communications advisers says there's a growing need for regulation -- because the internet is so special.

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01 April 2010

Labour demands removal of New Zealand's Section 92A internet suspension rule PC World

Proposed anti-piracy legislation should not include a provision allowing copyright holders to seek the suspension of internet accounts held by illegal file sharers, says Labour. National disagrees, saying the provision, written into Section 92A of the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, is intended to strengthen enforcement measures and further deter online piracy.

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Opposition mounts to UK's Digital Economy Bill BBC News

The government has published a new draft of a controversial clause in the Digital Economy bill, in an effort to ease its progress through parliament.

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Internet's not special, says Australia's communications minister Sydney Morning Herald

Web experts recoiled today at communications minister Stephen Conroy's assertion that the internet is not "special" and should be censored like books, films and newspapers.

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30 March 2010

Time to reform NZ's censorship laws? Stuff

The first steps are being taken towards a possible overhaul of New Zealand's ageing censorship legislation.

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Canadian broadcast policy gives the web a wide berth by Michael Geist The Star

After months of intense lobbying and marketing that pitted broadcasters ("Local TV Matters") against cable and satellite companies ("Stop the TV Tax"), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission weighed in last week with its much-anticipated broadcasting regulatory policy decision.

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29 March 2010

The Trouble with China Newsweek

Google couldn't find a way to work within Beijing's limits, and employees of mining giant Rio Tinto wound up behind bars. What's the key to succeeding in the world's largest marketplace?

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EU defends itself from attack on ACTA EurActiv

The European Commission attempted to dispel rumours today (22 March) regarding draconian new anti-counterfeiting laws being negotiated under the global Anti-Counterfeiting and Trade Agreement talks.

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28 March 2010

Google Searches for a Foreign Policy New York Times

Nations have interests. So do global information companies. And they're not always the same.

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