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European Digital Rights was founded in June 2002. Currently 35 privacy and civil rights organisations have EDRi membership. They are based or have offices in 21 different countries in Europe. Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society. The need for cooperation among organisations active in Europe is increasing as more regulation regarding the internet, copyright and privacy is originating from European institutions, or from international institutions with strong impact in Europe.

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Q&A on WCIT : Ask the European Commission

6 December, 2012

Over the next two weeks, EDRi will participate in two video conferences, on the 7 December and 12 December, organised by the European Commission in order to get live feedback from the ITU's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai.

The video conferences are an opportunity to get answers on the discussions taking place regarding some of the proposals that have been put forward and shed more light on the negotiations that could profoundly change the internet as we know it. Some ITU members states have tabled proposals that could indeed mean the end of the open, neutral and free internet.

Do we really want to put the ITU in charge of cybersecurity?

28 November, 2012

Today, the German news site Golem published an article revealing that the ITU left the access to its newslog as good as unprotected. Is this really the institution that should be regulating the internet and be in charge of cybersecurity for the entire world?

The following text is a translation of an article on the Golem.de website:

ITU failed to implement security on its blog

There are insecure passwords and those that offer even less protection: The International Telecommunication Union protected its blog with the username "admin" and "admin" as the password.

CETA: EU ditches criminal sanctions.... almost

31 October, 2012
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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
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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”.

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