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Iceland Ministry of Interior wants to filter the Internet

27 February, 2013
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Deutsch: Island: Innenministerium will Internetfilter einrichten


Ögmundur Jónasson, Iceland's Minister of Interior, intends to support an "anti-shield" against online pornography, that is Internet filters, to prevent Internet users from accessing certain sites.

Although Jónasson has until now promoted progressive legislation, he is now trying to introduce a law to stop the access to online pornographic images and videos by young people through computers, games consoles and smartphones, a legislation that would do great harm to freedom of expression and speech.

Iceland already has a l

CEO Coalition - the blind leading the bland

2 February, 2013
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After a year of working group meetings, the “CEO Coalition to make the Internet a better place for kids” produces its final documents on 4 February. The outcome of the project is a set of voluntary guidelines divided into five broad headings, ranging from “reporting tools” to “notice and takedown,” It is intended that this will be followed up by a meeting, in about six months, between Commissioner Kroes and the CEOs of the companies responsible. The meeting is designed to put pressure on the CEOs to fully implement the “voluntary” measures.

EU governments keep increasing requests to Google for private data

30 January, 2013
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Deutsch: Google Transparenzbericht: Zahl der Datenabfragen erneut gestiegen


According to Google's latest Transparency Report released on 24 January 2013, EU governments’ requests for users’ IP addresses, Internet browsing history, email communications or documents have dramatically increased during the last three years.

French Minister asks US company to uphold France's values

16 January, 2013
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Deutsch: Frankreich: US-Unternehmen soll französische Werte hochhalten


The French government seems to be very confused regarding questions of net neutrality and interference in networks. In the first two weeks of the new year, the new government managed to contradict itself by organising a round-table to discuss the importance of net neutrality on the one hand... and by asking a private corporation to interfere with communications on its network, on the other.

ENDitorial: Global alliance against CP – no disconnect with reality?

19 December, 2012
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Deutsch: ENDitorial: Globale Allianz gegen Kinderpornographie – Wunsch und Wi...


Two and a half years ago, European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström proposed compulsory EU-wide Internet blocking because some countries, with the USA as the chief offender, left child abuse material online rather than removing it.

Export Controls for Digital Weapons

19 December, 2012
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Deutsch: Exportbeschränkungen für digitale Waffen


While the European Governments often praise the positive role the Internet can have on the society in helping empower people and promoting freedom of information and expression, European mass surveillance and censorship software is being exported under their watch. Some governments not only fail to enact controls, but even further the export of such technology using export credit guarantees.

UK government said no to default filtering for online pornography

19 December, 2012
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Deutsch: Britische Regierung sagt Nein zur automatischen Filterung pornografisc...


The UK government announced on 14 December 2012 that it rejected a proposal to force Internet providers to block online pornography.

The government’s response to the strong campaigns led by Claire Perry MP and the Daily Mail newspaper is based on a consultation into Internet child safety and parental controls run by the Home Office and the Department of Education between 28 June and 6 September 2012.

The report of the consultation says that parents have not shown too

ECtHR: Blocking Google Sites in Turkey breaches human rights

19 December, 2012
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Deutsch: EGMR: Sperre von Google-Seiten in der Türkei verstößt gegen Mensche...


The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decided on 18 December 2012 that the Turkish Court decision to block the entire Google Sites breached the Freedom of Expression as foreseen in Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).

Turkey has a long history of censorship policy regarding Internet content and blocking of websites.

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