During the revolutions in the Arab World since December 2010, standing government's fates were determined partly by the ability of their people to communicate via online tools and mobile phones. Whenever an uprising started in a new territory, dictators and government officials scrambled to halt the ability for protestors to communicate in many different ways. Other governments looked on fearfully at how their colleagues were coping or failing to address the challenge posed by the internet, hoping to maybe learn a best-practice or two in digital repression.
As the International Telecommunication Union’s December negotiations move closer, more worrying developments are coming to light. We recently posted about some of the main concerns raised by the secretive negotiations, which threaten to change the Internet as we know it.
The head of the Motion Picture Association of America has claimed that the copyright legislation within the Stop Online Piracy Act is "dead", but a similar threat to our free speech and Internet use lives on in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
A new law has been enacted in the Philippines that will criminalize, fine and compromise the personal data of citizens using the Internet.
Speak out against these continued threats to the global pro-Internet community by signing and sharing the Declaration of Internet Freedom.
Article by John Blau for DW.we
The Internet may never be the same in the Philippines. Netizens are up in arms over the new cybercrime law, which comes into effect on October 3.
This week an interagency hearing was hosted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative regarding Mexico’s addition to the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The pro-Internet community has largely been shut out of these discussions, and judging from the priorities highlighted by this latest hearing, there is little intention of changing that anytime soon.
The Internet generation is often thought of as being the group that is the most disengaged and disillusioned when it comes to traditional politics. But the public outcry and successful pushback from the pro-Internet community against restrictive U.S. copyright bills SOPA and PIPA demonstrated that we do care and we have a voice.
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