Legislation

We may be opposed to the bulk of it, but legislation happens. By keeping an eye on it we can curb it’s worst excesses and show policy makers practical libertarian alternatives.

Tech: UN Advocates Global Internet Censorship With UK Backing

UN Advocates Global Internet Censorship With UK Backing Shortly before I was forced to abandon my efforts, I mentioned how the United Nations was advancing the International Telecommunications Union to become literally the global controller of the internet. Today, a report has become the focus of attention from the United Nations Office on Drugs &…

Tech: ACTA About To Pass As CETA, SOPA To Pass In Chunks

ACTA had been defeated, 478 to 39, in the European Parliament. This was an astounding victory for internet freedom. As I warned at the time, this was but a single battle in what promises to be a long, drawn out conflict, made necessary by the hands of the entertainment industry. However, over the next few…

ACTA Dealt Heavy Blow In EU Parliament

In case you haven’t heard, the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has been rejected by the European Parliament in a vote of 478 to 39 with 165 abstaining, with the only UK MEP voting in favour being Liberal Democrat, Bill Newton Dunn. Considering this is the party of Graham Watson, the MEP who boasts about his…

Video: ACTA and Libertarianism

Last weekend we found ourselves in Amsterdam’s Leidesplein just as the Europe-wide ACTA protest rolled into the square. We found a volunteer for a spur-of-the-moment on-the-spot interview. One week later, I collected my own thoughts on ACTA and committed them to video, posted above. This is what I had to say: First I’d like to…

Civil society advisors reject OECD proposal to make ISPs police net

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has rejected a draft report by the OECD, concerned that it’s approach incentivised “Internet intermediaries to delete or block contested content, and lead to network filtering, which would harm online expression.”. They are concerned “users’ access could be terminated based solely on repeated allegations of [copyright] infringement”.