Disturbing news from Russia, where the lower house of parliament, the Duma, has approved a first draft of an anti-Internet bill supposedly aimed at clamping down on copyright violations. Critics are calling the bill ‘the Russian SOPA’, in comparison to the U.S. anti-Internet SOPA Act which was eventually shelved due to a massive citizen-driven backlash.
As 100 million Europeans face restrictions on their Internet services, new net neutrality rules could soon be enforced across Europe to prevent the anti-competitive blocking of rival services by Internet Service Providers.
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Bashar al-Assad is accelerating his use of targeted Internet surveillance to suppress democracy, using international products and services to intercept, scan and catalogue emails flowing in and out of Syria.
Welcome news from the United States, as the White House announces that taxpayer-funded research will be made freely available to the public within one year of publication.
Net neutrality is gaining prominence as an election issue in Germany, with online activists and politicians calling on major provider Deutsche Telekom to reverse a proposal to eliminate its flat-rate broadband service.
Rodrigo Contreras, formerly Chile's chief negotiator for the TPP Agreement, is calling for greater vigilance around current proposals that could limit access to information available on the Internet
It’s been a whirlwind week at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations as member states scrambled to reach some kind of consensus on the updates to the ITU’s rules by the deadline. As we’ve noted before, some states are intent on using the negotiations to expand the powers of the ITU and legitimize undemocratic practices like Internet surveillance and censorship. Internet content regulation isn’t within the current scope of the ITU’s powers, and some nations like the U.S.