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CETA: EU ditches criminal sanctions.... almost

31 October, 2012

In documents seen by EDRi, the current Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union made a proposal at the beginning of October to delete the criminal sanctions section of the proposed EU/Canada Free Trade Agreement.

Lawless, unproven filtering and blocking of content as “best practice”

26 October, 2012

On Monday of next week (29 October, 2012), the European Union and the United States will have a “summit” (draft agenda) on “Exchange of Best Practices for Child Protection Online”. In the course of that meeting, the question of measures to prevent “re-uploading of the content” will be discussed. Both the European Commission and the United States appear to think that widespread, suspicionless upload filtering is “best practice”.

Google threatens to exclude the French online press from its search

24 October, 2012

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Deutsch: Google droht der französischen Online-Presse mit Ausschluss aus der G...

GESTE, a French group of online editors, has been trying for a few years now to get part of Google’s revenues generated by its news service with indexed titles.

"Google has developed on our content” said Corinne Denis, President of GESTE who also stated for Édition Multimédi@: “We have been discussing with them for years on this topic.

Azeri opposition blogger arrested

10 October, 2012

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Deutsch: Aserbaidschan: Oppositioneller Blogger verhaftet

A new arrest made by the Azeri authorities raise concerns over the freedom of speech in Azerbaijan ahead of the next year's general elections.

The well-known blogger and opposition activist Zaur Gurbanli was arrested from his home on 29 September 2012 by several people who identified themselves as members of the Interior Ministry’s organized crime department.

Macedonian draft law may introduce online censorship

10 October, 2012

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Deutsch: Mazedonien: Neues Gesetz könnte zu Internetzensur führen

A draft law on civil liability for insult and defamation related to communication over the Internet, which has passed the first reading in the Macedonian Parliament, may lead to strong censorship of the Internet.

According to the draft law, online service providers are liable for penalties, along with the author, for any damage resulting from offensive or defamatory information the provider has allowed access to, unless it can prove the author of the respective information “was not acting under direct or indirect con

Protecting children in the digital environment and the rule of law

10 October, 2012

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Deutsch: Schutz der Kinder im digitalen Umfeld und Rechtsstaatlichkeit

EDRi sent a letter to the Vice-President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes on 3 September 2012 regarding the current work in the field of protecting children in the digital environment, while respecting digital rights.

While acknowledging the good work already done in some EU projects, such as EUKidsOnline that have set a new global benchmark for thorough research in this policy area, EDRi has raised in this letter a number of concerns, previously presented in policy papers or EDRi-gram, in relation to

ENDitorial: Clean IT is just a symptom of the pinata politics of privatised online enforcement

26 September, 2012

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Deutsch: Clean IT ist bloß ein Symptom für die blindwütige Politik der priva...

There has been a lot of attention to the “Clean IT” project since EDRi published a leaked draft document last week, on 21 September 2012.

Clean IT – Leak shows plans for large-scale, undemocratic surveillance of all communications

21 September, 2012

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Deutsch: CleanIT – Pläne zur Überwachung des Internets im großen Stil

A leaked document from the CleanIT project shows just how far internal discussions in that initiative have drifted away from its publicly stated aims, as well as the most fundamental legal rules that underpin European democracy and the rule of law.

The European Commission-funded CleanIT project claims that it wants to fight terrorism through voluntary self-regulatory measures that defends the rule of law.

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