“In short BREIN’s demands are as follows:1. The Pirate Party should be banned from operating a reverse proxy for Pirate Bay2. The Pirate Party should be banned from operating a generic proxy service3. The Pirate Party should be banned from linking to third-party proxies4. The Pirate Party should be banned from listing new IP-addresses / domains Pirate Bay registers5. The Pirate Party should be banned from encouraging people to circumvent the Pirate Bay blockadeIf the Pirate Party violates the above terms BREIN asked for a penalty of €10,000 per day, up to a maximum of €250,000.”~Read More: TorrentFreak
Tag Archive: Censorship
The Internet has a new enemy. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA), also known as H.R. 3523, is a “cybersecurity” bill in the House of Representatives. While CISPA does not focus primarily on intellectual property (though that’s in there, too), critics say the problems with the bill run just as deep.
As with SOPA and PIPA, the first main concern about CISPA is its “broad language,” which critics fear allows the legislation to be interpreted in ways that could infringe on our civil liberties. The Center for Democracy and Technology sums up the problems with CISPA this way:
• The bill has a very broad, almost unlimited definition of the information that can be shared with government agencies notwithstanding privacy and other laws;
• The bill is likely to lead to expansion of the government’s role in the monitoring of private communications as a result of this sharing;
• It is likely to shift control of government cybersecurity efforts from civilian agencies to the military;
• Once the information is shared with the government, it wouldn’t have to be used for cybesecurity, but could instead be used for any purpose that is not specifically prohibited.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) adds that CISPA’s definition of “cybersecurity” is so broad that “it leaves the door open to censor any speech that a company believes would ‘degrade the network.’”
Moreover, the inclusion of “intellectual property” means that companies and the government would have “new powers to monitor and censor communications for copyright infringement.”
Furthermore, critics warn that CISPA gives private companies the ability to collect and share information about their customers or users with immunity — meaning we cannot sue them for doing so, and they cannot be charged with any crimes.
According to the EFF, CISPA “effectively creates a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws.”
“There are almost no restrictions on what can be collected and how it can be used, provided a company can claim it was motivated by ‘cybersecurity purposes.’” the EFF continues.
“That means a company like Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AT&T could intercept your emails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and modify those communications or prevent them from reaching their destination if it fits into their plan to stop cybersecurity threats.”
These bills are going to keep coming…
“This Painting is Not Available in Your Country” by Paul Mutant. Featured in a Budapest exhibition by the artist, which included visualisations of how his work propagated across the internet (see article by Governance Across Borders).
Good work, Internet: GoDaddy has rescinded their support of SOPA. ”Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why GoDaddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation – but we can clearly do better,” said Warren Adelman, GoDaddy’s CEO. “It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. GoDaddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it.” The company says it had been working closely with its general counsel, Christine Jones, on hepling to mold and revise the legislation — prior to now.
Dec 29th is “Leave Godaddy Day”, due to their support of SOPA.
Unless Godaddy makes a bold and significant move to reverse their support for SOPA and to powerfully demonstrate their support for Internet freedom, I’ll be moving my approximately 50 domains and dedicated server.