Government & Policy

30 September 2010

'Net Neutrality' Is Left to FCC As Congress Fails to Take Action Wall Street Journal

Net neutrality is joining the growing list of issues Congress isn't likely to act on this year, putting new pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to take up the matter.

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29 September 2010

Web founder warns of Internet disconnect law 'blight' Sydney Morning Herald

Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing the world wide web, warned Tuesday of the "blight" of new laws being introduced across the globe allowing people to be cut off from the Internet.

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28 September 2010

FCC Chief Concedes Slow Pace But Impatient to Move Forward Quickly Wall Street Journal

Key parts of the Obama administration's technology agenda are stalled at the Federal Communications Commission, but its chairman said Monday that he's impatient to move them forward soon.

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The Obama administration's war on privacy Salon

In early August, two dictatorial (and U.S.-allied) Gulf states -- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- announced a ban on the use of Blackberries because, as the BBC put it, "[b]oth nations are unhappy that they are unable to monitor such communications via the handsets." Those two governments demand the power to intercept and monitor every single form of communication. No human interaction may take place beyond their prying ears.

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India's Spy Plan Said to Deter Business New York Times

In the United States, law enforcement and security agencies have raised privacy concerns with a new proposal for electronic eavesdropping powers to track terrorists and criminals and unscramble their encrypted messages.

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27 September 2010

U.S. Is Working to Ease Wiretaps on the Internet New York Times

Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is "going dark" as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

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Europe's Parliament Addresses Patchwork of Copyright Laws New York Times

Serving as a member of the European Parliament can be a thankless task. Lobbyists accost you from all corners. Tabloid newspapers complain about your expenses. And after a day of plenary sessions in Strasbourg, you might not be able to watch television shows from your home country without breaking the law.

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24 September 2010

Most in US don't support Internet regulation [when net neutrality isn't explained!] Computerworld

Fifty-seven percent of likely voters in the U.S. don't support any Internet regulation by the federal government, according to a new survey released by Broadband for America, an advocacy group with members including AT&T and Verizon Communications.

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Telecoms fear impact of EU regulation Financial Times

Senior European telecoms executives reacted coolly to the European Union's proposals on regulating the next generation of broadband internet networks, warning that excessive regulation could make large-scale investments less likely.

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23 September 2010

US Senators push for update to electronic privacy law Computerworld

A 24-year-old law setting the rules on how law enforcement agencies can obtain electronic records needs to be updated because it's out of step with modern technology and privacy expectations, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy said Wednesday.

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EU votes to toughen rules on Internet piracy Computerworld

Members of the European Parliament have opened the door to tough new sanctions on Internet users by voting in favor of a controversial report on copyright enforcement.

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21 September 2010

World leaders agree: The future will be Built on Broadband International Telecommunications Union

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré today challenged global leaders to ensure that more than half of all the world's people have access to broadband networks by 2015, and make access to high-speed networks a basic civil right.

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17 September 2010

UK ISPs will pay quarter of copyright notification costs, says Government OUT-LAW News

Internet service providers (ISPs) will have to bear a quarter of the costs of the copyright protection systems to be set up under the Digital Economy Act (DEA), the Government has said. ISPs have objected to the decision.

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15 September 2010

UK rights-holders bear brunt of costs of chasing pirates BBC News

Rights-holders will bear the brunt of the costs for tackling copyright infringers, the UK government has said.

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13 September 2010

E.U. to Back Plan for Pan-European Mobile Market New York Times

The European Commission is poised this week to back a plan that would divert a portion of the valuable broadcast spectrum used by television stations to mobile operators by 2013, in a bid to create an European Union-wide market for wireless broadband services.

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08 September 2010

US Inquiry Zeroes In on Google Deal Wall Street Journal

Plan to Buy Travel-Search Software Firm ITA Raises Two Competition Issues With U.S. Regulators

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ACTA: Piracy setback for movie giants Sydney Morning Herald

The movie giants appear to have lost key political backing in their international efforts to police illegal downloading through ISPs, throwing the legal spotlight back on to the long running piracy case launched against iiNet in Australia.

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07 September 2010

British Advertising Regulator Making Itself Felt Online New York Times

In the digital world, the most effective advertising is not always advertising in the traditional sense. Instead of buying ad space or time on a Web site, many marketers prefer to build their own sites or mobile applications or to promote their brands using social media, encouraging consumers to spread the word.

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04 September 2010

Net Neutrality: The Struggle for What We Already Have New York Times

For something that seems so simple and straightforward, "net neutrality" has sure created one big mess.

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03 September 2010

FCC asks for public comment on net neutrality proposals BBC News

American net users are being asked to help decide what ISPs can do to the web traffic flowing over their networks.

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01 September 2010

ASA to regulate UK social media marketing The Guardian

Marketing messages that appear on company websites and social media services such as Facebook and Twitter are to be subject to the same regulations as adverts that appear on television, newspapers or other media.

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30 August 2010

Waiting on a missed connection: government intervention required for Australian high speed broadband Sydney Morning Herald

Government intervention will be required to give Australian households super-fast fibre, writes Lucy Battersby.

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Opinion: Google's 'open Internet' proposal looks disappointingly conventional Los Angeles Times

The company's stance on net neutrality shows it's trying to monopolize a market just like a conventional, Microsoft-style Bigfoot would, with corporate guile and misdirection.

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27 August 2010

Internet Exploiter: Jon Stewart Isn't Afraid of Google -- Watch Now! The Daily Show

Google may want to secretly decide what we can and can't see on the Internet, but they don't get to make laws, right? Jon Stewart covers the ongoing war over net neutrality in this report from a recent edition of The Daily Show.

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25 August 2010

Online Gambling Banned in South Africa Business Day

According to the Gauteng Gambling Board which has fought a long-running battle with online casinos, it is now illegal to gamble using digital products inside South Africa.

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